On Nov. 29, Lauer was fired from NBC and “Today” after a female employee came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him. In the days since the news, Lauer’s former co-anchor Couric has kept her feelings to herself … until now.
On Dec. 7, Couric posted a throwback picture with her daughter Caroline, now 21 and in the comments section, she addressed the scandal that rocked “Today.”
“Miss these days. Carrie, phone home. (Or at least text me…),” she wrote alongside the photo.
A fan wrote to the former “Today” anchor and asked if she had anything to say about Lauer and she responded, “It’s incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I’m ready to. Thanks for your interest.”
“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 said in a statement.
“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,” Lauer said. “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.”
He continued, “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 the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”