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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"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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