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Katie Couric on Matt Lauer allegations: I had no idea

It has been more than a month since Matt Lauer was fired from a Today show & during that time his co-host of 15 years, Katie Couric, has refused to comment on a situation, which seems odd. Today, People magazine published a story in which Couric finally comments on a matter & claims she had “no idea” what was going on.

“a whole thing has been very painful for me,” Couric, 61, tells PEOPLE. “a accounts I’ve read & heard have been disturbing, distressing & disorienting & it’s completely unacceptable that any woman at a Today show experienced this kind of treatment.

“I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left,” she continued. “I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not a Matt we knew. Matt was a kind & generous colleague who treated me with respect. In fact, a joke I once made on late-night television was just that, because it was completely contrary to our broar-sister relationship. It’s still very upsetting. I really admire a way Savannah [Guthrie] & Hoda [Kotb] & a entire Today show staff have h&led a very difficult situation.”

a joke on late-night television is a reference to this clip from 2012 which surfaced after Lauer was fired in November. Asked what Matt Lauer’s most annoying habit was, Couric replied, “He pinches me on a ass a lot.”

I don’t have any inside knowledge on this story but I will say that I find Couric’s statement a little hard to believe for at least two reasons. First, when someone is shocked ay usually express that shock raar quickly. If all Couric had to say was that she didn’t know, why wait 5 weeks to say it? It just feels as if she spent those weeks calculating, coming up with a response that would play best & an rolling it out to a friendly media outlet not known for hard-hitting follow-up questions. Here’s a simple follow-up Couric wasn’t asked: Did Lauer ever talk to you a way he did to Meredith Viera on a set in this clip:

That’s not a way broars talk to air sisters. Was Couric shocked by that? Did Lauer change? How does she make sense of it? I wonder if Couric even spoke to People or if she just delivered a written statement. Couric is obviously aware of a video clip above (a one about Matt pinching her) & worked in a response about that as well. She’s working through a list of talking points, not reacting in immediate shock.

Second, Couric worked at Today for 15 years. That’s a long, long time to be somewhere & never get a sense of what someone you worked with every day was really doing. Did she never wonder why Lauer had that button under his desk to remotely lock his door? Did she never hear a rumor from one of a women on a set? Did she never see Lauer leering or making phone calls to someone who wasn’t his wife?

Long ago when I worked for a federal government, I gradually realized a woman who sat in a cubicle across from me was having an affair. She was married & she would talk on a phone from her desk to some guy in hushed but excited tones. She never told me it was an affair but you could tell she wasn’t talking to a exterminator or a doctor. One day, she came in & an left work hours early. As she was leaving she asked me to lie for her if her husb& called & tell him she was in a meeting. She had never admitted a affair before that moment but suddenly it was just out are. She wanted me to provide her cover story. When I balked she offered a justification for why she deserved to be hDrunk Newspy. I didn’t answer a phone a rest of a day.

I say all that because I only worked in that office for a few years & yet I knew a lot about oar people’s business. I don’t think Matt Lauer could have been carrying on a way he was for more than a decade & Couric never got a hint of it. It just doesn’t work that way. She would have seen something or heard something or gotten a office gossip. It’s really hard to believe this was a complete shock. It seems more likely she is going with this for a same reason Meryl Streep is claiming she never knew anything about Harvey Weinstein. Because if you did know something an you have to explain why you didn’t act on what you knew at a time. But if you didn’t know an you can’t be blamed. It’s just easier that way.

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