The TV journalist anchored the morning show from 1991 to 2006, while Lauer served as co-anchor from1997 to 2017. One person who has remained mum on the situation was Lauer's former, "partner in crime", Katie Couric.
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". "I think there's been a lot of cognitive dissonance for me and a lot of people on the show, and clearly the behavior was unacceptable and shocking for so many of us, and yet we also all knew a side of Matt and many positive attributes".
'Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect. "That was a complete joke, because it was so contrary to our relationship, and it was on a late night lightning round".
"It's still very upsetting", she said. "I think not everything has to be for public consumption these days", she told ET - also praised current Today co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb for how they've handled Lauer's scandal on-air.
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Lauer has since apologised in a statement.
In her People interview, however, Couric dismissed the suggestion it was proof that she knew of Lauer's reputation. In it, Couric says Lauer "pinches me on the ass a lot", a clip that went viral after Lauer's issues surfaced.
NBC News fired Matt Lauer on November 29 as a result of an internal complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior". Multiple women came forward and accused him of sexual misconduct. "But it was nice for me to be able to say that that was a joke". She finally broke her silence on Lauer.
All of the Today staff who have spoken out since Lauer's firing are unanimous in their shock over the claims of predatoriness. "Thanks for your interest". "You'll find not any phrases to convey my grief and regret the pain I've caused others by actions and words", he explained, in part. "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", he said.