"The whole thing has been very painful for me", Couric told People of Lauer's behaviour.
Before that, she had told Andy Cohen while appearing on his show that the disgraced former Today co-host went so far as to pinch her behind once.
"I had no idea this is happening during my tenure or once I left", she lasted. Let us know what you believe! It was Lauer's sunny "America's dad" reputation, in fact, that prompted Couric to joke about him pinching her ass on Watch What Happens Live, because "it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship".
After reports about Lauer's alleged sexual misconduct came to light, Couric and her friends who also know him struggled to make sense of what happened. She left in May 2006 to anchor the CBS Evening News.
After the news broke, several anonymous women, who were former of current NBC employees, revealed Lauer, 60, allegedly harassed or assaulted them sexually. Matt was a kind, generous colleague who treated me with a lot of respect'.More news: FDA Approves Olaparib for Breast Cancer With a BRCA Gene Mutation
Lauer said in statement immediately following his firing, "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions". She added that "It's still very upsetting", and that she "really admire [s] the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation".
"To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry". I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.
Asked whether she had ever encountered inappropriate behavior in the workplace, Couric said that she had been "very lucky, I think because I was in a position of relative power pretty early on in my career".
"I think that we need to continue to have the conversation". "I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation", she concludes. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul-searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort.
Couric is gearing up for the debut in a few months' time of a six-part issues-driven documentary series for National Geographic.