Ann Curry 'not surprised' by Matt Lauer sexual misconduct allegations: 'There was a climate of verbal harassment'

During an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday, former "Today" co-anchor Ann Curry said that she was "not surprised" when sexual misconduct allegations against Matt Lauer emerged and resulted in his firing from the NBC morning show.

Speaking with Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King, co-anchors of the "Today" show rival, Curry chose her words very carefully when conversation turned to her former colleague.

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"I am not surprised by the allegations," Curry said. "Now I'm walking down that road, and I'm trying not to hurt people. I know what it's like to be publicly humiliated. I never did anything wrong to be publicly humiliated and I don't want to cause that kind of pain to somebody else."

"But I can say that I -- because you're asking me a very direct question -- I can say that I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed."

"I think it would be surprising if someone said that they didn't see that," she continued. "It was verbal sexual harassment."

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TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Ann Curry, Elmo and Matt Lauer appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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TODAY -- 60th Anniversary Party -- Pictured: (l-r) Al Roker, Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford at the Edison Ballroom in New York to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the TODAY show on January 12, 2012 -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Ann Curry and Matt Lauer during the 'Today' show's 60th anniversary episode -- Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Today Show anchors Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Savannah Guthrie pose for pictures at The Empire State Building in honor of the 60th Anniversary of 'Today' on January 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Ann Curry and Matt Lauer during the 'Today' show's 60th anniversary episode -- Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Martha Stewart, Natalie Morales and Al Roker appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) TV personalities Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Al Roker promote 'From Yesterday to TODAY: Six Decades of America's Favorite Morning Show' at the Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on November 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Ann Curry and Matt Lauer appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lauer as Prince William and Ann Curry as Kate Middleton appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Curry also went on to proclaim that the movement of women who are now speaking out about sexual misconduct in the workplace is long "overdue."

"We are clearly waking up to a reality and injustice that has been occurring for sometime," she said. "I think it will continue to occur until the glass ceiling is finally broken."

When asked about the rumors that Lauer was behind her sudden June 2012 exit from the "Today" show, Curry was much more guarded in her answer.

"You'll have to ask someone else," she said. "It hurt like hell."

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Curry's sentiments expressed on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday were reflected in her revealing interview with People magazine that was published this week.

"I wish I could say that I was celebrating," she said about her reaction to the Lauer scandal. "But, actually, I immediately checked myself. Because I knew women had suffered."

So, all things considered, Curry is making sure not to take pleasure in witnessing Lauer's downfall.

"I'm not a vengeful person," she continued. "I know what it's like to be humiliated. I just don't want to play a part in anyone else's humiliation."

Ann Curry's PBS docu-series "We'll Meet Again" premieres on Jan. 23.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: James Nederlander and Matt Lauer attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
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