Speaking to Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday, Couric said she and Lauer are no longer in contact following the 2017 sexual abuse scandal that led to his firing. “There was a side of Matt I never really knew.”
Katie Couric and Matt Lauer spent nine years together as co-anchors on TODAY, but Lauer’s firing in 2017 for inappropriate sexual conduct led to the end of their relationship, Couric told TODAY on Tuesday.
“We have no relationship,” Couric, speaking about Lauer, told Savannah Guthrie in a wide-ranging interview about Couric’s upcoming memoir, “Going There.”
Couric said she did her own reporting after hearing of the allegations of sexual harassment and abuses of power against her former colleague and discovered “there was a side of Matt I never really knew.”
“As I got more information and learned what was going on behind the scenes, it was really upsetting and disturbing,” she said. “It was really devastating, but also disgusting.
“I think what I realized is that there was a side of Matt I never really knew, and I tried to understand why he behaved the way he he did, and why he was so reckless and callous, and honestly abusive to other women.”
From Katie Couric to ’60 Minutes:’ Mainstream media’s most deceptive edits, misleading footage
Joe Concha: ‘These are just the textbook examples of the bias of omission that we know about’
Veteran journalist Katie Couric revealed in her new memoir that she once edited an answer with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to maintain the late judge’s legacy as a liberal icon. The shocking admission raised eyebrows across the journalism industry, but Couric is far from the only mainstream media figure to deceivingly edit an interview or mislead viewers to fit an agenda.
Couric cut portions of Ginsburg’s answer in 2016 criticizing athletes protesting the national anthem. The former “Today” co-host said she was “conflicted” about including the justice’s comment that NFL players such as Colin Kaepernick showed “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.”
In her upcoming memoir, Couric called herself a “big RBG fan” and admitted to seeking advice from some fellow journalists about what to do. Ultimately, the story she wrote for Yahoo! included quotes from Ginsburg saying kneelers were “dumb and disrespectful,” but she omitted the remarks that could have irked the judge’s lefty fan base who turned anthem-protesting athletes into modern heroes.
Katie Couric says she has no relationship with Matt Lauer
Katie Couric says she has “no relationship” with Matt Lauer, her former ‘Today’ co-anchor who was fired in 2017 for inappropriate sexual behavior.
She spoke out on her former show Tuesday to promote the release of her new memoir, “Going There.” In an interview with current ‘Today’ host Savannah Guthrie, Couric said the scandal took her a “long time to process” because she didn’t know that side of Lauer.
“As I got more information and learned what was going on behind the scenes, it was really upsetting and disturbing,” she said, adding that it was “really devastating, but also disgusting.”
Couric admitted in the “Today” interview that there was a side of Lauer that she “never really knew,” and she tried to understand why he was so “abusive to other women.” The book also contains text messages between Couric and Lauer that showed how their relationship “devolved and ultimately deteriorated.”
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