FILE - In this May 31, 2006 file photo, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, co-hosts of the NBC Today" program, open her farewell broadcast in New York. Couric told People in a story published Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018: “I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left.” She left NBC in 2006 to anchor the “CBS Evening News” and has been criticized for not speaking out in the more than a month since Lauer was fired. The show’s network, NBC, said an investigation of a Lauer colleague’s detailed complaint showed “inappropriate sexual behavior.” Since, other women have reportedly accused him of harassment and assault.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Katie Couric breaks silence on Matt Lauer: 'I had no idea'

January 13, 2018 - 3:43 pm

Katie Couric has broken her silence on sexual misconduct allegations against her former "Today" co-host, Matt Lauer.

Couric told People magazine in a story published Saturday she had "no idea this was going on" while she was working with him and even after she left in 2006 to anchor "CBS Evening News."

She called Lauer a "kind and generous" colleague who "treated me with respect."

Couric had been criticized for not speaking out in the more than a month since Lauer was fired for what NBC said was an investigation into a complaint showing "inappropriate sexual behavior" by Lauer's colleague.

Since then, other women have come forward with accusations. Lauer apologized after he was fired by NBC News in late November.

Couric and Lauer were co-hosts for nearly a decade.

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