Former “Today” show host Ann Curry is speaking out for the first time about Matt Lauer’s firing over alleged inappropriate sexual behavior.
Curry appeared on “CBS This Morning,” where Norah O’Donnell asked if she felt Lauer had abused his power.
Ann responded, "You know, I — I'm trying to do no harm in these conversations. I can tell you that I — I am not surprised by the allegations.”
She also touched on the wave of change brought on by the #MeToo movement, saying, "We clearly are waking up to a reality, an injustice that has been occurring for some time. And I think it will continue to occur until the glass ceiling is finally broken... I'm not talking about people being attracted to other people. I'm talking about people in the workplace who are powerful, who are abusing that power, and women and men are suffering."
Curry, who is returning to television January 23 with her new PBS show “We’ll Meet Again," is now looking to the future.
She said, “The real question, in my view, is what are we going to do with all of this anger? And it's not just, obviously, about where I used to work. It's not about where you're now working. But it's about the problem that's pervasive across industries in workplaces across America... The question is, ultimately, what are we going to do about it?"
The 61-year-old also spoke out to People for a new cover story. She told the magazine, “I feel real hope that change is coming. That our daughters are not going to have to face what the majority of women in this country who’ve entered the workplace have had to face.”
Ann, who was let go by “Today” five years ago, explained how she was able to get through the darkest times in her life. “I’m not going to say it wasn’t hard,” she said. “But I had to let go. And I learned that when you not only let go but open your arms wide and learn the lessons that an experience — no matter how bad — can teach you, that’s when you rise.”
After Lauer was fired in November, he shared a statement with “Today," in which he apologized for the pain and shame his actions caused others, saying, "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”
Lauer continued, “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”