Katie Couric Speaks Out on Matt Lauer's 'Painful' Firing

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Katie Couric has finally opened up on her former "Today" co-host Matt Lauer's shock firing over sexual harassment allegations. "The accounts I have read and heard are upsetting, debilitating and disorienting plus it's really completely improper that any female in the Now show experienced this sort of treatment method".

The joke that Couric is referring to occurred on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in 2012, when she said that Lauer's most annoying habit was that he "pinches me on the a** a lot".

"I had no idea this is happening during my tenure or once I left", she lasted. "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, ' she said. "It's still very upsetting", Couric said.

Couric had been criticized for not speaking out in the more than a month since Lauer was sacked for what NBC said was an investigation into a complaint showing "inappropriate sexual behavior" by Lauer's colleague. The statement continued by mentioning the network had reason to believe it "may not have been an isolated incident".

In her People interview, however, Couric dismissed the suggestion it was proof that she knew of Lauer's reputation.

Couric initially chose to remain quiet about the situation, writing on social media in December that "I will say something when I'm ready to".

Couric co-hosted the Today show with Lauer for 15 years until she left in 2006 to host CBS Evening News. "Thanks for your interest".

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".

"To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry".

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