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Katie Couric Reveals Matt Lauer Was Ever 'Pervy' In Her Presence, If They Still Speak

Katie Couric Reveals Matt Lauer Was Ever 'Pervy' In Her Presence, If They Still Speak

Katie Couric is opening up about her current relationship with her former longtime Today show co-host Matt Lauer, and revealing if she had heard any of the whispers about him during their time at NBC.

The 64-year-old longtime NBC co-host called Lauer‘s behavior “grossly inappropriate” and “callous.”

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“What upset me the most about hearing these stories [was] that obviously [his behavior] was grossly inappropriate, but also it just seemed so callous,” Katie continued in her People interview. “And that’s not the Matt I knew. There’s a duality in human beings, and sometimes they don’t let you see both sides.”

If she ever noticed inappropriate behavior, she said, “He might comment on a movie star or something, saying, like, ‘Oof, she’s unbelievable,’ He was admiring of beautiful women. But I never felt he was pervy or inappropriate in my presence, ever.”

She acknowledged that she knew he was a “player,” but that they didn’t discuss “intimate” things about their lives

“I think we have all these euphemisms that we used to use for bad behavior — and player was one of them,” she continued. “He was a flirt. Certainly I read that he was unhappy in his marriage. But, honestly, I never had that discussion with him. I think it’s hard for people to understand that we didn’t share intimate parts of our lives with each other. I could count on one hand the times that I talked to him as I would a confidant or a really close friend.”

“Our offices were next to each other, and so I think when he engaged in this kind of behavior, he was extraordinarily secretive about it,” Katie added. “I [had] heard a few pieces of gossip, that he was involved with an anchor, and I remember thinking, ‘Who knows if this is true?’ I think it was considered nobody’s business. At many news organizations in the ’90s and early 2000s there was a lot of inappropriate fraternization.”

“It took me a very, very long time to kind of come to terms with it,” she added. “Also, to appreciate the damage that was done to women who were taken advantage by many powerful men.”

She then confirmed they do not speak today, saying, “we’re starting to look at, as a culture, certain offenses — and I’m not putting Matt in this category, but where is there room for redemption, personal growth and grace, it’s not for me to say with Matt.”

“It’s really not for me to forgive him,” she added. “This is Matt‘s story, and it’s the story of the people he exploited.”

Katie revealed what she texted Lauer after he was fired from the Today show. He was let go in 2017 over his misconduct.

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