Katie Couric Slams Today for Matt Lauer's 'Completely Unacceptable' Workplace Harassment

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In November, Matt Lauer was sacked from the Today Show on NBC after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.

Couric, 61, who co-hosted the show with Lauer for 15 years until she left in 2006, said the "whole thing" has been "very painful" for her during an interview with People Saturday.

"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", she continued. She also addressed a 2012 clip of her on Andy Cohen's late-night show when she said Lauer pinched her on the buttocks a lot.

Katie Couric is speaking out about Matt Lauer's firing.

Still, the entire situation is "very upsetting" to Couric, and although she's still unsure how to fully process Lauer's actions, she's optimistic about the future of Today. "I really admire the way Savannah and Hoda and the entire "Today" show staff have handled a very hard situation".

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"I think it was really moving to see so many women support each other and demand change, not only for themselves, but for mistreated and marginalized women in all kinds of industries", Couric tells People. In December, Couric said the claims were "upsetting" but that she would only speak when she was "ready".

After the news broke, several anonymous women, who were former of current NBC employees, revealed Lauer, 60, allegedly harassed or assaulted them sexually. She made the remark during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live.

In a statement read on Today after his firing, Lauer said that while some of the allegations were "untrue or mischaracterized", "there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed".

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

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