"The whole thing has been very painful for me", the news anchor told People on Saturday. The accounts I have read and heard have been very disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it is completely unacceptable that women at the Today show experienced this kind of treatment'. Kotb, who had been on the show since 2008, received encouragement from all her fellow anchors and even Lauer himself. I feel I speak for many of my coworkers once I say it was not exactly the Matt we knew.More news: Seattle Seahawks reportedly hire Brian Schottenheimer as OC
The woman who submitted the complaint alleged Lauer began behaving inappropriately while in Russian Federation covering the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to NBC.
After the news broke, several anonymous women, who were former of current NBC employees, revealed Lauer, 60, allegedly harassed or assaulted them sexually. "It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to", she wrote, adding, "Thanks for your interest". "But it was nice for me to be able to say that that was a joke", she explained. I guess I made [the joke] because it was, again, so contrary to the relationship I had with Matt which was respectful, and professional.
"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions", Lauer said in a statement released by NBC. I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation, ' she added.More news: Panic in Hawaii over warning of 'ballistic missile strike'
He apologized afterwards in a groveling statement in which he said "some" of the allegations were "untrue".
Asked whether she had ever encountered inappropriate behavior in the workplace, Couric said that she had been "very lucky, I think because I was in a position of relative power pretty early on in my career. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC", he said.More news: African immigrants in Raleigh 'insulted' by Trump's vulgar remarks