Ann Curry: Harassment Was Pervasive at NBC

She is 'not surprised' by the Matt Lauer allegations
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2018 9:21 AM CST
Ann Curry on Matt Lauer Allegations: 'Not Surprised'
Ann Curry in a 2014 file photo.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Ann Curry for the first time addressed the sexual harassment scandal involving her former NBC co-host Matt Lauer, and one quote from her Wednesday interview on CBS This Morning is getting much attention: "I am not surprised by the allegations." Curry, while attempting to be tactful ("I'm trying to do no harm in these conversations"), also said in response to questioning that a "climate of verbal harassment" was pervasive at NBC. "I don't wanna cause more pain," she said. "But no, I'm—you are asking me a very direct question. I'm an honest person. I wanna tell you that it was. Yes. Period." Curry anchored the Today show with Lauer in 2011-12 before a public split with the show, and she left the network in 2015.

As People notes, Curry's supporters took to the internet in droves when the Lauer scandal broke, largely because of the perception that he had forced her off the show. But Curry tells the magazine that she's not interested in gloating. "I'm not a vengeful person," she says. "I know what it's like to be humiliated. I just don't want to play a part in anyone else's humiliation." In both interviews, she talked about the larger issue at stake. "We clearly are waking up to a reality and injustice that has been occurring for some time," she said on CBS. Curry is making the rounds to promote her new PBS series, We'll Meet Again, which premieres Tuesday. (More Ann Curry stories.)

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