Katie Couric Just Broke Her Silence on Matt Lauer's Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Katie Couric has spoken out about the allegations mounted against Matt Lauer, including one that made by her years ago.

The journalist stated that she was "unaware" of anything Lauer had been accused of, before and after her time on the popular morning show.

Couric, who co-hosted the show with Matt Lauer for no less than 15 years stated soon after the scandal exploded that: 'The whole thing's been very painful. She said, "The accounts I've read and heard have been disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it's completely unacceptable that any woman at the "Today" show experienced this kind of treatment".

Katie Couric has broken her silence over her former Today co-host Matt Lauer's firing amid sexual harassment and assault claims.

Instead of joining the #MeToo movement, most stars in showbiz should be tweeting "I didn't know".

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She called Lauer a "kind and generous" colleague who "treated me with respect".

"A joke I once made on late-night television was just that, because it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship", Couric told People. A chunk of the comment made the rounds on the web within the aftermath of Lauer's firing.

On the subject of a clip which resurfaced in the wake of the allegations, in which Couric says that Lauer "pinches [her] on the ass a lot", she clarified that she was joking. News conducted an investigation of a Lauer colleague's detailed complaint of "inappropriate sexual behavior".

In her People interview, however, Couric dismissed the suggestion it was proof that she knew of Lauer's reputation. "I think not everything has to be for public consumption these days", she said. Kotb, who had been on the show since 2008, received encouragement from all her fellow anchors and even Lauer himself. "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by my words and actions", he said at the time. "I've been doing a lot of thinking, I've been having a lot of conversations with people, and I've been doing a lot of reporting, to understand what steps can be taken to create a safer work environment for all of us".

"I think that we need to continue to have the conversation".

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