Meanwhile, Couric also explained her 2012 statement about Lauer when she said that the most annoying thing about her then-co-host was that he pinched her butt a lot.
She called Lauer a "kind and generous" colleague who "treated me with respect".
"In this hyper-reactionary instantaneous culture where you have to have something to say right, away, I appreciated the opportunity to sit with this and to wrap my head around it before I spoke about it", Couric told reporters at the Television Critics Association Press Tour today (January 13), following a panel for her upcoming National Geographic show, America Inside Out With Katie Couric. "While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident".
Katie Couric has more to say about Matt Lauer's firing. 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. I guess I made [the joke] because it was, again, so contrary to the relationship I had with Matt which was respectful, and professional.
The TV journalist anchored the morning show from 1991 to 2006, while Lauer served as co-anchor from1997 to 2017.
Lauer apologized in a statement a day later. "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". "As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC". "It's still very upsetting", Couric said. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Couric broke her silence on the Lauer allegations in a December Instagram reply, in which she told a user asking why she had not addressed the scandal in public, "It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to".
"I think that we need to continue to have the conversation". I think companies certainly are in the midst of a lot of soul-searching and reexamining the culture that exists in their workplaces.