Katie Couric shares her thoughts on Matt Lauer's firing

Katie Couric Slams Today for Matt Lauer's 'Completely Unacceptable' Workplace Harassment

Katie Couric finally responds to former co-host Matt Lauer's sexual misconduct allegations: 'I had no idea this was

Still, the entire situation is "very upsetting" to Couric, and although she's still unsure how to fully process Lauer's actions, she's optimistic about the future of Today. "I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation".

She also said the news came as a shock, despite reports which recalled the journalist making a remark about Lauer "pinching her on the a** a lot".

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The woman who submitted the complaint alleged Lauer began behaving inappropriately while in Russian Federation covering the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to NBC. He had infamously been accused of almost two decades worth of sexual harassment and sexual assault in November 2017.

"I mean, we communicate, and listen, it's been a very trying situation in all corners of the world, and all kinds of industries, and you know, people have to move forward", she said. NBC News conducted an investigation of a Lauer colleague's detailed complaint of "inappropriate sexual behavior". The clip received wide attention online after Lauer's firing in late November. "Thanks for your interest". Couric broke her silence on the Lauer allegations in a December Instagram reply, in which she told a user asking why she had not addressed the scandal in public, "It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to".

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Lauer made a statement following the allegations, apologizing and stating "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed".

Couric is working on a six-part documentary series for the National Geographic channel called "Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric" and said one episode will focus on harassment women have faced in the workplace.

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Couric told People that the allegations have been painful for her to learn, and that she had no idea such activity was going on during her "Today" tenure. "It's completely unacceptable that any woman at the "Today" show experienced this kind of treatment".

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