- The Washington Times - Monday, December 11, 2017

Former “Today” show host Katie Couric addressed the sexual harassment allegations brought against Matt Lauer, her ousted former co-host, for the first time Friday.

Ms. Couric, who co-hosted the “Today ” show with Mr. Lauer for 15 years until she left in 2006 to anchor the “CBS Evening News,” posted an old photo of herself and her daughter on Instagram, prompting fans to ask her about her thoughts on Mr. Lauer.

“Nothing to say on Matt?? Huh – ya’ll would have been all over the story years ago,” one commenter wrote, People magazine reported. “I want time back I spent watching!!!!! and you have nothing to say. Crickets. People hear you loud and clear though.”

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Ms. Couric responded, “[I]t’s incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I’m ready to. Thanks for your interest.”

Until now, Ms. Couric had chosen to remain mum on the topic after Mr. Lauer was fired last month for allegedly engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior with multiple women.

Despite her silence, a June 2012 appearance on Bravo that resurfaced in light of the allegations showed her complaining about Mr. Lauer’s grabby behavior on the “Today” show set.

“He pinches me on the ass a lot,” Ms. Couric said at the time.

Mr. Lauer has apologized for his behavior and said his new full-time job will be trying to make things right with the people he harmed.

“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. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly,” he said in a statement Nov. 30. “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”

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