Katie Couric returned to the ‘Today’ show on Tuesday and had nothing nice to say about former co-host Matt Lauer.
via Page Six:
Couric, 64, smiled nervously as Savannah Guthrie quizzed her about her new book’s “snark” and “brutally honest” put-downs, including attacks on former colleagues on the NBC morning show that she was on for 15 years.
Couric insisted the attacks have “been wildly misrepresented” — except for those against Lauer, who’d been her TV partner there for nine years.
She fully ripped into him after earlier being accused of being too soft and defensive when her then-beloved pal started getting accused of sexual misconduct, leading to him getting booted in November 2017.
She complained Tuesday that it had been “really, really hard” when the disturbing accusations emerged, admitting she initially found them too hard to believe.
“It took me a long time to process what was going on, because the side of Matt I knew was the man I think you all knew: He was kind and generous and considerate, a good colleague,” she recalled.
“As I got more information and learned what was going on behind the scenes, it was really upsetting and disturbing,” she said.
She “did some of my own reporting” and “really tried to excavate what had been going on.”
“And it was really devastating, but also disgusting,” she seethed.
“What I realized is there was the side of Matt I never really knew. And I tried to understand why he behaved the way he did — and why he was so reckless and callous and honestly abusive to other women,” she said.
Now the two “have no relationship,” she insisted.
Despite savaging Lauer for his behavior, Couric in part blamed sexism in the TV world on the “very permissive environment in the ’90s,” saying, “I think permissive environments often result in serious transgressions.”
Noting the “seismic societal changes” she has lived through, she also defended her admission in her book that she was unwelcoming to “charismatic female correspondents” in a bid to “protect my turf.”
“I think that when there are very few jobs for women and men are making decisions — not necessarily based on the right criteria — that sometimes you do get insecure, and sometimes you do get territorial,” she told Guthrie. “I think it’s human nature.”
Asked if she “ever actively [tried] to sabotage” female colleagues‘ careers, Couric insisted, “Never! Never, never, never.”
“I think I just wish that maybe I had extended myself more and shown people the ropes a little bit more. But I think when people are outwardly kind of vying for your job, it is hard to be generous,” she said.
She said it was part of her aim to “share the messy parts” of her life and career, including her controversial decision to remove part of a Ruth Bader Ginsburg interview to “protect” the Supreme Court justice.
Guthrie told the former host that she’d not used “that objectivity that’s so important to us journalists,” even asking if it “undermines journalism at a time when reporters are under attack for bias like that.”
This sounds like an episode straight from Apple TV’s ‘The Morning Show,’ doesn’t it?