Following his middle-of-the-night dismissal from NBC News and “Today,” Matt Lauer took a couple of days to himself and then issued this statement:
There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.
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.
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 people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.
Basically, he said it was true. In the following weeks more women came out with their stories about Lauer and his “Today” colleagues came to his defense less and less.
Now, after months of wondering, Ann Curry, Lauer once co-host on “Today” has shared her views on the situation and they are troubling.
Speaking on CBS’ “This Morning,” Curry, when directly asked if Lauer abused his power at NBC, shared, “I can say that I would be surprised if — if — many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment — that existed. I think it’d be surprising if someone said that they didn’t see that. So it was p — a verbal — sexual.”
After 15 years on “Today” and not much time at the anchor desk, Curry was pushed out at NBC, with speculation that Lauer was behind it. Curry said that it was time to move on from that, ” don’t know what was all behind it. I do know that — it hurt like hell. It wasn’t a fun moment. I’ve learned a great deal about myself. I’ve really at this point let it go. I’ve just let it go. And I — and I — and I think that it’s time to — it’s been years and I want to sort of really move on from that. I mean, it’s — it’s — it’s — you know, at this point I’m thinking Hakuna Matata. You know, it’s just sort of over. But, no, I think — I think that — I think that the real question, in my view, is what are we going to do with all of this anger? And it’s not just, obviously, about where I used to work. It’s not about where you’re now working. But it’s about the problem that’s pervasive across industries in work places across America. And this is actually the issue. And the question is, ultimately, what are we going to do about it? And I– I wonder if we– if we keep focusing only on these individual scandals — if we’re actually going to move off of that foot into creating something better in the future.”
Curry also shared that she wants to do more to help the victims of harassment and abuse, “I don’t know a single woman who has not endured some form of sexual harassment. And — and many women have endured work place sexual harassment. It’s happened to me in multiple jobs. And — and it — and it is a way of sidelining women. You know, and it’s ultimately not only bad for the women it’s bad for the companies. And it’s bad for our nation because it’s a limiting of people. And — and really ultimately also we should be talking about the victims. We’re talking about the scandal, the scandal, scandal. What about the victims? What are we going to do to remove the stigma and the shame? What are we gonna do to make sure these women work and are not sidelined and prevented from contributing to the greater good that we all are trying to do?”
Curry’s full interview: