Matt Lauer was fired by NBC on Wednesday morning after 25 years anchoring the “Today” show due to an allegation of sexual assault against him that was made by a colleague. Though Americans all over the country were stunned by this, one of Lauer’s former co-anchors likely was not surprised.
Daily Mail reported that a 2012 interview with Katie Couric, Lauer’s longtime co-anchor, has just resurfaced, and what she had to say about the way he treated her has many raising their eyebrows. During an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live!” Couric told host Andy Cohen that Lauer sexually harassed her.
She revealed this during a game of “Plead the Fifth,” which involves answering three questions. In the game, players are allowed to “Plead the Fifth” in order to get out of answering one of the questions, but must answer at least two.
For the third and final question of the game, Couric was asked what Lauer’s worst habit was during their nearly a decade working together. Though she had answered the first two questions, meaning she could have plead the fifth and gotten out of this one, Couric decided she wanted to answer it anyway.
“He pinches me on the a** a lot,” Couric said.
“Wow, I wouldn’t have a problem with that,” Cohen said as he quickly brought the show to an end.
Couric and Lauer hosted the “Today” show together from January 1997 until May 2006, when she left to join CBS as the anchor of CBS Evening News.
This comes after Daily Mail reported that Lauer’s cohost Savannah Guthrie broke down as she revealed the news live this morning on “Today.”
“This is a sad morning here at Today and NBC News,” Guthrie said. She went on to read the letter that NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack had sent to employees just moments before, which stated that Lauer’s alleged offense may not have been an “isolated incident.”
“We learned this moments ago, just this morning. As you can imagine, we are devastated. And we are still processing all of this,” said Guthrie. “I will tell you, we do not know more than what I just shared with you. But we will be covering this story, as reporters, as journalists. I’m sure we’ll learn more details in the hours and days to come. We promise to share that with you.”
What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.