Katie Couric, who spent 15 years co-hosting the “At the moment” present alongside Matt Lauer, claims she was utterly “unaware” of the alleged sexual misconduct Lauer was accused of throughout his tenure at NBC.
Couric defined at The Wrap’s Energy Girls Breakfast occasion on Sunday night time that she and Lauer had a “fantastic working relationship” so when the allegations towards the disgraced star got here out she was shocked.
“It is surprising, truthfully, and disturbing, disorienting, disheartening — all of these d-words,” Couric mentioned. “However I believe, he’s not the one one who behaves on this means. Folks far and wide … have participated in this type of habits, which have used their energy in an exploitative and unacceptable means.”
As for a way she couldn’t have recognized about Lauer’s alleged habits?
“I do not assume folks paid a lot consideration to it. In my case, it was one thing I used to be unaware of as a result of if you happen to speak to specialists about this, individuals are very proficient at being secretive about sure habits and ensuring folks do not witness sure behaviors,” Couric defined.
She added, “Cultures have existed within the media, and in each enviornment, the place behaviors have been tolerated, folks regarded the opposite means, it was an accepted means of doing enterprise.”
Lauer was accused of sexual harassment by a number of girls at NBC. Lauer was faraway from his $20 million a 12 months gig after a number of girls and colleagues claimed he uncovered his penis, made lewd remarks and stored intercourse toys in his workplace.
Couric, 61, mentioned a change should come from “the highest” so as to repair the issue of sexual harassment within the office.
“Culturally, it’s an enormous downside: the tone that’s set from the highest,” she mentioned earlier than saying that she was fortunate sufficient to not expertise “this type of remedy.”
“It is hit very near dwelling with Matt Lauer and what occurred there,” Couric mentioned on the occasion. “It has been an vital expertise for me as a result of I by no means confronted this type of remedy. I used to be one of many fortunate ones — I believe I’m harassable and I’m not harassable in that sense, and I believe it’s as a result of I used to be able of energy early in my profession.”
Couric’s feedback straight contradict Lauer’s different former “At the moment” co-host Ann Curry who mentioned in January she could be stunned if anybody at NBC did not learn about Lauer’s alleged habits and that there was a tradition of sexual harassment on the peacock community.
“I believe it might be stunning if somebody mentioned they did not see that,” an uncomfortable Curry mentioned on “The View” on Jan. 17. She added, “I’d be stunned if many ladies didn’t perceive that there was a local weather of verbal harassment that existed.”
NBC is investigating whether or not prime administration knew of Lauer’s alleged habits.
NBC instructed us on the time they will say “unequivocally” that “present NBC Information administration was by no means made conscious of any complaints about Matt Lauer’s conduct.”