Disgraced television host Matt Lauer has been fired for sexual harassment and Today Show ratings are higher than they’ve been in years.
Now, months later, Katie Couric is speaking out about Lauer and what it was like to work with him and how she insulated herself against harassment.
She also speaks about what she hopes for Matt Lauer’s present and future.
While speaking at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast at SXSW, Katie Couric discussed the #MeToo movement and what it’s been like as a woman in her position to experience that for these past months.
And, very naturally, she also speaks about her fallen former colleague, Matt Lauer.
First, she acknowledges that she’s been immersed in this perilous world since long before the #MeToo movement came about.
“I certainly dealt with sexist environments and environments that marginalized and didn’t give women their due, and didn’t treat women as intellectual equals.”
Katie says, however, that the accusations against Matt Lauer and ensuing scandal were much more personal.
“But it’s hit very close to home with Matt Lauer and what happened there.”
Katie elaborated about how listening to #MeToo stories has been illuminating for her.
“It’s been an important experience for me because I never faced this kind of treatment.”
A lot of people — men and women — are discovering for the first time just how perilous the world can be.
Katie knows why predatory men were wary of her.
“I was one of the lucky ones — I think I am harassable and I’m not harassable in that sense, and I think it is because I was in a position of power early in my career.”
To be clear, she’s not saying that there’s something special about her demeanor that makes people unwilling to harass her. Women who are targeted for harassment do not “invite” it.
Rather, she’s saying that …read more
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip