Does Katie Couric think Matt Lauer can stage a successful comeback? See what she had to say

Katie Couric doesn't believe everything she reads about former "Today" co-anchor Matt Lauer.

Appearing on "The Wendy Williams Show" this week, Couric openly discussed the "painful" experience of reckoning the Lauer that she thought she knew for years with the allegations that resulted in his firing from NBC News last fall.

"It’s been a very painful time for a lot of people who worked with Matt, knew him, really care about him, and who never witnessed or experienced any of this behavior that is now obviously being talked about," Couric said on Tuesday. "I don’t know the full extent of all these things that happened. I can only talk about my personal experience and I was always treated respectfully and appropriately."

When Williams asked Couric if she thought that Lauer had a chance at staging a television comeback in the future, she was hesitant to fully answer, but was clearly skeptical of his chances.

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THE TODAY SHOW -- Pictured: (l-r) Weatherman Al Roker, co-host Katie Couric, co-host Matt Lauer, co-host Ann Curry (Photo by NBC NewsWire/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Katie Couric, Matt Lauer -- Photo by: Darryl Estrine/NBC/NBC NewsWire
Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker and Katie Couric at Al Rokers' Book Party for 'Don't Let Me Stop This Car! Adventures In Fatherhood' held at Fresco Restaurant. (Photo By: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 12: American television journalists Katie Couric and Matt Lauer hosting the NBC Today Show from Sydney Harbour on September 12, 2000 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Peter Carrette Archive/Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: (l-r) Hosts Katie Couric, Matt Lauer during the 2001 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBCU Photo Bank
Al Roker, Katie Couric, and Matt Lauer arrive for the NBC 75th Anniversary celebration taking place live in Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center in New York City, May 5, 2002. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
Katie Couric and Matt Lauer during NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American television news achors Matt Lauer and Katie Couric at NBC's 'Today Show' Book Club launch cocktail party at Branzini Restaurant in The Library Hotel in New York City, New York, June 19, 2002. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
MACY'S 76TH THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Aired 11/28/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) hosts NBC News' Al Roker, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer at the 2002 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2002 -- NBC Photo: Eric Liebowitz/NBCU Photo Bank
Katie Couric and Matt Lauer during The 'Today' Show's 2004 Concert Series - The Rembrandts at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Derek Storm/FilmMagic)
Al Roker,Katie Couric and Matt Lauer during Queen Latifah Performs at the 2004 'Today' Show Summer Concert Series - September 24, 2004 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
Katie Couric as Donald Trump, Al Roker as Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer as Paris Hilton and Ann Curry as Tina Turner (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Katie Couric and Matt Lauer during Jennifer Lopez and Fat Joe Perform on The Today Show Concert Series - March 3, 2005 at NBC Studios, Rockafeller Plaza in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 3: 'Today' Show hosts Katie Couric and Matt Lauer wrap up the show after the Black Eyed Peas performed onstage during the Toyota Concert Series on the 'Today' Show June 3, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Today Show host Matt Lauer jokes with Katie Couric at the signing of 'Today's Kitchen Cookbook' at the NBC store on September 14, 2005 in New York City. 'Today's Kitchen Cookbook' features recipes from chefs who have been featured on the Today show. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the T.J. Martell Foundation, a nationwide organization supporting research into treatments and cures of leukemia, cancer and AIDS. (Photo by Steven A. Henry/Getty Images)
Matt Lauer, Katie Couric and Gretchen Wilson during Gretchen Wilson Performs on the 'Today' Show - September 27, 2005 at NBC Studios Rockafeller Plaza in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Derek Storm/FilmMagic)
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Matt Lauer and Katie Couric (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: (l-r) Al Roker, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 26: (L-R) NBC Today Show hosts Al Roker, Katie Couric, and Matt Lauer appear during the NBC's Today Show on May 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 24: Katie Couric and Matt Lauer at the NY Friars Club 'Roast' of Matt Lauer held in the Hilton Hotel (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 05: TV Personalities Matt Lauer and Katie Couric attend the Museum of the Moving Image Honoring Katie Couric at the St. Regis Hotel on May 5, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Joy Philbin, Matt Lauer, Regis Philbin, Katie Couric and Kathy Lee Gifford attend the New York Giants Super Bowl Pep Rally Luncheon at Michael's on February 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for New York Giants)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) 'Today' show co-host Matt Lauer talks with Katie Couric on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Matt Lauer and Katie Couric attend The New York Observer Relaunch Event on April 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Matt Lauer and Katie Couric attend TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Journalists Katie Couric (L) and Matt Lauer attend the Tenth Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Stree on December 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for UNICEF)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Matt Lauer and Katie Couric attend The Robin Hood Foundation's 2015 Benefit at Jacob Javitz Center on May 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lauer, Sally Field, and Katie Couric appear on the 'Today' show on Monday, March 7, 2016 in New York -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Matt Lauer's 20th Anniversary Celebration -- Pictured: (l-r) Katie Couric and anchor Matt Lauer on Friday, January 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Matt Lauer's 20th Anniversary Celebration -- Pictured: (l-r) Anchor Hoda Kotb, Katie Couric and anchors Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Carson Daly on Friday, January 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Matt Lauer's 20th Anniversary Celebration -- Pictured: (l-r) Katie Couric and anchor Matt Lauer on Friday, January 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Matt Lauer's 20th Anniversary Celebration (l-r) Anchor Al Roker, anchor Savannah Guthrie, anchor Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, anchor Carson Daly and anchor Hoda Kotb on Friday, January 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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"That's really not for me to say, Wendy," she replied. "I think it depends on the path he chooses and how he decides to handle what has happened and the full extent of what has happened, [which] I don't think has truly been revealed." 

In addition to calling the overall situation "challenging," Couric explained that she thinks "a lot of stuff gets misreported and blown out of proportion" when it comes to the Lauer sexual misconduct scandal. One of those points that she thinks is getting misconstrued is the presence of a reported button under Lauer's desk that allowed him to close his office door without having to stand up.

Couric says such buttons were commonplace at NBC News and weren't intended to be used to hide nefarious behavior in the office.

"A lot of NBC executives make it sound like some den of inequity," Couric said. "A lot of NBC executives have those buttons that open and close doors. It was really just a privacy thing … I think it was just an executive perk that some people opted to have, but I don’t think it was a nefarious thing, and I think that’s been misconstrued."

Watch Katie Couric's full appearance on "The Wendy Williams" show below. She discussed Matt Lauer around the 2:00 mark:
 

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