In late November of last year, TODAY’s highest-paid anchor, Matt Lauer, was fired following a detailed sexual harassment report by one of his co-workers. As of January 2018, the filer of the report still remains anonymous and it is unlikely that their identity will ever be released.
Since the news broke, several current and ex-TODAY employees have spoken out about the incident. On Wednesday, January 17th, a former co-host who worked closely with Lauer, Ann Curry, weighed in with her opinion for the first time.
Curry, who worked at NBC for 15 years until 2015, appeared in an interview with “CBS This Morning” Wednesday, where she revealed there was a culture of verbal sexual harassment.
When asked about Lauer, Curry began, "I am not surprised by the allegations,” being very careful about her word choice because she “didn’t want to hurt anyone.”
“I can say that I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed,” she continued. “I think it'd be surprising if someone said that they didn't see that,” confirming the network’s environment of “verbal sexual harassment.”
Curry would not say if Matt Lauer was behind her departure from TODAY. Curry co-anchored with Lauer from 2011-2012, but was eventually fired for reasons that are unclear to the public. Rumors circulated that Lauer “did not like” working with her, according to CNN.
She also commented on the #MeToo movement in general, saying the exposure of imbalanced power between males and females is “overdue” and changes will not be made unless people keep fighting for them.
Watch Curry’s full interview below:
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