Katie Couric in 2012: Lauer ‘pinches me on the ass a lot’


PageSix.com

OMG! Do lots of publicity. Have a big feature article few years ago on Grand Central. What do I do! Put a “balloon head” animation in place of Matt Lauer???

Five years before NBC axed Matt Lauer amid allegations of sexual misconduct, former “Today” show anchor Katie Couric addressed her longtime co-host’s most “annoying” habit.

During a June 2012 appearance on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Couric, 60, revealed Lauer, 59, got touchy with her behind during the show’s “Plead the Fifth” segment.

“He pinches me on the ass a lot,” Couric said.

NBC announced Wednesday morning Lauer had been fired over sexual harassment allegations by an employee.

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“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment,” NBC Chairman Andy Lack said in a memo to staffers.

“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” he continued.

“Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender.”

“This happened so quickly. She didn’t go to the media, she made a complaint to NBC’s human resources, and her evidence was so compelling that Matt was fired on Tuesday night.”

Couric anchored the “Today” show from April 1991 to May 2006. Lauer joined in January 1997.

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