Katie Couric shares thoughts on Matt Lauer's firing

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The 61-year-old journalist, who served as Lauer's Today show co-host from 1997 to 2006, has kept relatively quiet since he was sacked in late November for sexual misconduct, but is finally ready to share her story.

The TV veteran told People that she had "no idea" about the misconduct Lauer is accused of and that the scandal has been "very painful" for her. "The accounts I have read and heard are upsetting, debilitating and disorienting plus it's really completely improper that any female in the Now show experienced this sort of treatment method".

"FILE - In this May 31, 2006 file photo, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, co-hosts of the NBC Today" program, open her farewell broadcast in NY. I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew.

Couric, 61, and Lauer hosted the "Today" show together for 15 years. 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". "It's still very upsetting", Couric said.

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

The woman who submitted the complaint alleged Lauer began behaving inappropriately while in Russian Federation covering the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to NBC. She said she passed out during the incident, but didn't report it for fear of losing her job.

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Couric initially chose to remain quiet about the situation, writing on social media in December that "I will say something when I'm ready to".

Lauer was sacked in November when NBC received a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior".

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

Couric claimed she had "no idea" about the problems.

"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions", he said. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry", he wrote.

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