Katie Couric speaks out about sex scandal surrounding former co-host Matt Lauer. Here Couric attends a “Katie” panel at the 2012 TCA press tour.
Former NBC “Today” show host and an old friend of Matt Lauer, Kate Couric, eventually weighed in on the sexual misconduct controversy surrounding her famous former co-host.
On Friday, Couric posted a throwback photo with her daughter on Instagram that was a meeting with fans insist Couric to comment on Lauer.
“Nothing to say on the Mat?? Huh – ya’ll would have been about the story years ago,” said one commenter.
Couric eventually replied to her fan saying: “It is very annoying and I will say something like I’m ready to go,” Couric responded to her Instagram post, according to The Wrap. “Thank you for your interest.”
People have been waiting on a response from Couric since the news broke of Lauer fired by NBC for sexual misconduct back in November. Her response was Couric, the first step in the direction of a public statement on Lauer, but some people were not so happy with what Couric had to say on the social platform.
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NBC News President Andy Lack, was released in a memo to his colleagues on Wednesday, 29 November, after a complaint against Lauer was submitted by a staff member detailing “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” Lauer was fired shortly after.
The announcement was made on the top of the ‘Today’ show, in the words of the breaking of the co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.
Lauer was a veteran of the co-host of the “Today”, which he joined in 1994. The burgeoning on-air journalist began as a news anchor for the show and was a co-host three years later. Lauer was the longest-serving “Today” host in history with a $20 million dollar contract according to the New York Post report. The long-time host to celebrated its 20-year anniversary of comment at the Macy’s Parade on Thanksgiving.
In 2012, Lauer was widely blamed for the firing of co-host Ann Curry, who was ousted from the show after just one year as co-host. On Curry’s last day, the two shared a tearful and awkward on-air goodbye, who continue to feed the rumors of Lauer’s involvement in her departure.
In a recent interview with People magazine, Curry admitted to the “processing” Lauer termination, but not to speak further about the incident. Instead, she expressed her admiration for the women this year who are brave enough to speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace.
“Women need to do their jobs, and all women should be able to work, to thrive, without fear. This kind of behavior exists in different industries, and it is therefore much too late for him to stop,” she said to the People. “This is a time when we all need to be a beacon of light for those women, all women, and for ourselves.”