Last week, former Today show host Matt Lauer was fired from NBC due to allegations of sexual misconduct. The reports added him to a long list of powerful men who have recently been accused of sexual harassment. And although some women who have previously worked with the anchor have spoken out against him, Katie Couric—who co-hosted the Today show with Lauer for 15 years—has remained noticeably silent. Until now, that is.
On Friday she posted a photo on Instagram of herself and her daughter Carrie. An angry commenter attacked Couric for not speaking up about Lauer, saying,“I want time back I spent watching!!!!! and you have nothing to say. Crickets. People hear you loud and clear though.”
Shortly after, Couric replied to the comment: “It’s incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I’m ready to. Thanks for your interest.”
Couric should, of course, speak up if and when she feels ready to—that’s her own, personal choice to make, not a commenter’s.
Accusations against Lauer include claims that he used a button under his desk to lock his office door to avoid being caught harassing women and an accusation that he gave a sex toy to a coworker with a description of how he would use it with her. These reports add to a list of problematic behavior with women both on and off the air. Lauer has apologized for his actions, admitting that there is some truth to the allegations.
Couric referenced Lauer’s inappropriate sexual conduct on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live back in 2012.
“You cohosted the Today show with Matt Lauer for 15 years,” Cohen began. “What is Matt’s most annoying habit?”
“Hmmm…” Couric said. “He pinches me on the ass a lot.”