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Katie Couric Opens Up About Matt Lauer's Firing From 'Today' Show

14 January 2018, 11:00 | Winston Chapman

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Katie Couric has broken her silence on her longtime co-host Matt Lauer's firing from the Today Show, following a slew of sexual harassment allegations made against him.

Couric went on to describe Lauer as a "kind and generous colleague" in her experience, and expressed admiration for how the "very hard situation" was handled by current "Today" anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.

While speaking with ET on Saturday, she also addressed her 2012 interview on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, when she quipped that the most annoying thing about Lauer was that he "pinches me on the a** a lot". "That's why I think so many people on the show were stunned when they heard about this other life he was leading".

Couric seems to have been completely blindsided by the revelations about Lauer.

"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.

Couric went on in the interview to describe Lauer, who has since apologized for his behavior, as "kind" and "generous".

I really respect the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] along with the whole Today display staff have handled an exact tricky situation.

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She was criticized for not addressing the scandal a year ago.

The woman who submitted the complaint alleged Lauer began behaving inappropriately while in Russian Federation covering the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to NBC.

"It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to", she wrote on the social media account in December.

Couric, who has faced backlash for staying quiet on the issue since the news broke, said the accounts she read were "disturbing, distressing and disorienting".

"So to try to kind of make sense of it has been really, nearly impossible and very challenging", she added.

Some have suggested they heard "rumors" of impropriety and affairs but that the notion he was a harasser or assaulter stunned them.

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