Katie Couric sent Matt Lauer supportive texts after he was fired for sexual misconduct, book reveals
Katie Couric wrote sympathetic lyrics to Matt Lauer after he was fired for sexual misconduct, including a text: “I love you and care about you very much.”
Just when it was revealed that Lauer had been hunting multiple female producers at NBC, Couric texted him “I am crushed,” in one of the many messages she reproduces in her new memoir.
In go thereCouric explains that despite the horrific accusations, she took pity on him when she hosted Today with Lauer for nine years.
She writes that Lauer was a “decent” man, worried about how he would break the news to his children and that it “felt heartless to abandon him.”
Lauer was fired by NBC in November 2017 after reports that he had crossed the line with numerous women at the network for years.
In her new memoir, Katie Couric reveals that she sent messages of support to former colleague Matt Lauer after he was fired from NBC in 2017 for sexual misconduct.
According to reports, he gave a woman a sex toy and an explicit note stating how he intended to use it on her. He was also accused of showing his penis to another woman in his office and playing “f***, marry or kill” in the office.
Lauer’s wife Annette divorced him in a stunning fall from favor for someone who was once the highest paid TV host in the country, making $25 million a year.
Since then, in his book Catch and Kill, journalist Ronan Farrow has made the even more serious accusation that Lauer raped Brooke Nevils, a former NBC News employee, during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
According to Nevils, she was in Lauer’s hotel room when he pushed her onto the bed and asked if she liked anal sex, which she “refused several times.”
Going There will be published by Little, Brown and Company at the end of October
Despite this, Lauer put it on her ‘just’, without using any lubricant, making it ‘excruciatingly painful’.
Lauer denied Nevils’ claims, but said he “really regretted” the wider allegations, saying there was “enough truth in these stories to make me feel ashamed and ashamed.”
In Going There, written long after all the allegations came out, Couric spends pages discussing ambiguities about Lauer’s behavior.
She writes that “my heart sank” when she learned that Lauer had been fired and says she “couldn’t imagine” what it was like to be him.
Couric says there was still a part of her that wondered if the allegations were just wild rumours.
On November 28, 2017, the day Lauer was fired, Couric had a brief text exchange with Lauer, which she portrays in the book.
‘I am crushed. I love you and care about you very much. I’m here. Let me know if you want to talk. Better days will come,” she wrote.
Lauer responded with a blowing kiss emoji.
Couric admits she read about all the “terrible things” Lauer had done, but she worried about him and feared he was “sleepless, haggard, depressed, maybe worse.”
Lauer co-hosted NBC’s Today Show from 1997 until his contract was terminated in November 2017 after allegations that he sexually harassed an employee.
Wife Annette Roque divorced Lauer after the scandal – a stunning fall from favor for one of the highest paid TV presenters in the country who made $25 million a year
Couric says it “felt heartless to abandon him, someone who was literally by my side for so many years.”
She eventually came to realize that he could be an “excellent professional partner, a good friend and a predator.”
Writing earlier in the book about her time at Today — where she was co-anchor from 1991 to 2006 — Couric admits she “heard the whispers” about Lauer.
She describes how Lauer’s wife once called 911 on a Saturday morning to ask for the phone number of a woman she thought was having sex with him.
Another time, Lauer accidentally sent a Today producer a lewd e-mail suggesting that she “put butter on her thighs” and invite her to his office and “wear that skirt that came off so easily.”
Couric realized that Lauer was having an affair with a production assistant with the same last name as the woman he emailed and accidentally wrote to her.
Couric’s opinion was that it was “crude” and that Lauer was cheating on his wife and “taking advantage” of a young woman on the show.
But she writes, “The general rule at the time was: it’s none of your business.”
Couric, 64, has previously spoken about how difficult the entire Lauer episode was.
Couric admits it felt ‘heartless’ to let someone down who had ‘literally been by my side for so many years’
In November 2019, at the annual Women Who Inspire event, she said that Lauer’s resignation was “painful to me on many levels.”
Couric said that was “mainly to understand what was going on with Matt, who I think ended up being two very different people, in terms of my relationship with him versus some of the other things that went into the were hand.’
Couric, who began her career in 1979, said she grew up in a media culture where “fraternization existed and continued unabated, where people had relationships with other people within the company.”
She said, “Now, I hope these big broadcasters also have a reckoning and realize that there are certain standards, certain behaviors.”
Going There will be released in late October and will be accompanied by a book tour of 11 cities and an extensive media rollout.
DailyMail.com has already revealed how the book is far less flattering than Lauer about former co-workers, ex-boyfriends, and even A-list celebrities.
In Going There, Couric says she gave Ashleigh Banfield, the CNN host, the cold shoulder because helping her would be “self-sabotage.”
Couric is tearing up Deborah Norville, who she replaced TODAY, because she had a “ruthless perfection” that turned viewers off breakfast shows.
When Couric switched from TODAY to the Evening News on CBS, the staffers fought back with a ‘rebellion’ that made her feel like Hillary Clinton for being so under siege
Couric is just as blunt about her love life, saying ex-boyfriend Brooks Perlin, who was 17 years her junior, was having a “midlife crisis,” while TV producer Tom Werner was a “textbook narcissist.”
She also puts Martha Stewart down and says it took “a healthy humility (prison will do that…) to develop a sense of humor.”
Even the royal family gets into Couric’s crosshairs, and she describes how Prince Harry reeked of cigarettes and alcohol when they met, and how Prince Andrew coexisted with Jeffrey Epstein over a bizarre dinner at his New York mansion.