Katie Couric has finally broken her silence on the sexual misconduct allegations against her former co-host and friend Matt Lauer.
Couric has received a lot of criticism for remaining silent since the allegations were made public.
abcnews.go.com reports: Katie Couric, who was Matt Lauer's "Today" co-host for several years, broke her silence Saturday on sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Couric told People magazine: "I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left."
She departed NBC in 2006 to anchor the "CBS Evening News" and has been criticized for her silence in the more than a month since Lauer was fired. NBC News conducted an investigation of a Lauer colleague's detailed complaint of "inappropriate sexual behavior." Other women have come forward with accusations against him.
"I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew," Couric told People. "Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect. In fact, a joke I once made on late-night television was just that, because it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship. It's still very upsetting. I really admire the way Savannah (Guthrie) and Hoda (Kotb) and the entire 'Today' show staff have handled a very difficult situation."
Couric was referring to a remark she made in 2012 on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" that Lauer "pinches me on the ass a lot." The clip received wide attention online after Lauer's firing in late November.
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NBC News has fired “Today” show host Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior.”
Katie Couric in 2012 .. Andy Cohen asks her what Matt Lauer’s most annoying habit was.. she says, “he pinches me on the ass a lot”!
Matt Lauer has been fired after a laundry list of sexual assault claims surfaced during his time at NBC News. Do you think the people that have been accused / fired so far will ever have a career in their industry again?