Katie Couric breaks silence on Matt Lauer: 'I had no idea'

Katie Couric breaks silence on Matt Lauer: 'I had no idea'

"I mean, I think that's very illustrative of the current media landscape, that something can be plucked, and then taken out of context". The accounts I have read and heard have been very disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it is completely unacceptable that women at the Today show experienced this kind of treatment'.

"I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left", she told People in an interview published on Saturday.

"I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew", Couric told People.

Katie Couric, the long-time partner of Matt Lauer on the Today show, has issued her first extensive comments on his sexual harassment scandal and subsequent firing. Lauer since apologized for his actions.

Katie Couric refused to reveal whether she and Matt Lauer still communicate with each other. Matt was a kind, generous colleague who treated me with a lot of respect'. "It's still very upsetting", Couric continued.

On the subject of Hoda Kotb's promotion to co-anchor alongside Savannah Guthrie, Couric enthused "I'm really happy for Hoda - I think she's a great person and her goodness shines through, I think the audience really likes her, and I think she and Savannah make a great team".

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She was criticized for not addressing the scandal past year.

"I've been very, very fortunate", she said, "I've been regaled by stories from so many friends who grew up with me in the business or other arenas who I never imagined had to deal with some of the things they had to deal with". Following those allegations, multiple women have come forward to accuse Lauer of harassment, and one former NBC employee said the two had an ongoing affair on corporate premises.

Couric addressed the confusion, explaining that what she had previously said was nothing but a joke!

"So to try to kind of make sense of it has been really, nearly impossible and very challenging", she added.

After he was sacked, the allegations of several women who had spoken to various media outlets about his alleged impropriety emerged.

Some have suggested they heard "rumors" of impropriety and affairs but that the notion he was a harasser or assaulter stunned them.

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