It is now my full-time job The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. 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 think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I saw this was not the Matt we knew".
The former "Today" stalwart, who co-hosted the morning show with Lauer for 15 years, was taken aback when the news broke in late-November that the anchor had been fired for years of alleged sexual misconduct and harassment.
Couric made the remark during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live. Now, she's opened up about her thoughts on the matter. Matt was a kind, generous colleague who treated me with a lot of respect'. "I think not everything has to be for public consumption these days", she told ET - also praised current Today co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb for how they've handled Lauer's scandal on-air.
She was criticized for not addressing the scandal a year ago.
Lauer was sacked by NBC in November after the network received a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior", saying it had reason to believe it wasn't an isolated incident.
Couric added that Lauer's conduct to her was always professional, and that he was like a brother.
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"So to try to kind of make sense of it has been really, nearly impossible and very challenging", she added.
Lauer made a statement following the allegations, apologizing and stating "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed".
Some have suggested they heard "rumors" of impropriety and affairs but that the notion he was a harasser or assaulter stunned them.
After he was sacked, the allegations of several women who had spoken to various media outlets about his alleged impropriety emerged.
All of the Today staff who have spoken out since Lauer's firing are unanimous in their shock over the claims of predatoriness.