Former ‘Today Show’ Co-Host Ann Curry Reported Matt Lauer in 2012, and Now Comments New Allegations
News anchors and executives from NBC News and the Today Show are still reeling after the latest allegations against former co-host Matt Lauer. After being fired in November 2017 due to accusations of sexual misconduct, the disgraced journalist is now facing charges of rape from former NBC employee Brooke Nevils.
The current allegations are recorded by reporter Ronan Farrow, who detailed Nevils’ story in his upcoming book “Catch and Kill.” Lauer has vehemently denied the claims in an open letter released by his lawyer, and his former colleagues are clearly shaken by the disturbing details. Now another Today Show alum is weighing in on the latest developments, and revealed last year that she had complained about Lauer’s behavior to superiors in the past.
‘Disturbed to the core’
On October 9, Today Show lead anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb found themselves in a familiar uncomfortable dilemma. The pair had originally reported on Lauer’s firing due to allegations of sexual misconduct back in November 2017, and now had to deliver the distressing new account as described in Farrow’s book.
According to Deadline, Guthrie called the new bombshell “shocking and appalling” and Kotb stated to viewers, “We don’t know the facts in all of this, but they are not allegations of an affair. They are allegations of a crime.”
Guthrie’s voice was shaky as she addressed the very awkward situation she was in, reporting on her former colleague. “I feel like we owe it to our viewers to pause for a moment,” she said. “This is shocking and appalling, and I honestly don’t even know what to say about it. I know it wasn’t easy for our colleague Brooke to come forward then. It is not easy now, and we support her and any women who come forward with claims. And it is just very painful. For all of us at NBC who are at the Today show, it is very, very difficult.”
Kotb also was floored by the new allegations. “You feel like you know someone for 12 years, you feel like you know them inside and out, and all of the sudden a door opens up and it is a part of them you didn’t know,” she said, adding in support of Nevils, “I think we are just going to continue to process this part of this horrific story. As you said, our thoughts are with Brooke. It is not easy to come forward. It is not easy at all.”
Guthrie added that she spoke on behalf of the Today Show by saying they were all “disturbed to their core.”
A difficult history
There is clearly no love lost between former Today co-hosts Curry and Lauer. According to the 2017 article in Vulture, complaints from Lauer to executive producer Jim Bell about the lack of chemistry with Curry are what prompted her ousting from the morning news program in 2012.
Curry spoke to People last year about being released from the show she had served on for 15 years. “It hurt like hell,” she said. “It hurt so much, but I learned a lot about myself. I can say I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve been honest and true. I’ve tried to stay pure. I’ve tried to not respond in a knee-jerk manner, and I’ve stayed very close to who I am. So it hurt, but I’m also proud of myself.”
A former report and current support
With news of the latest allegations against Lauer, Curry took to Twitter to show her support of Nevils. “Brooke Nevils is a credible young woman of good character. She came to NBC News an eager and guileless 20-something, brimming with talent,” Curry tweeted. “I believe she is telling the truth. And that breaks my heart.”
Curry’s alignment with Nevils may have something to do with reports of other complaints of sexual harassment by Lauer. In 2018, the Washington Post reported that during her last year on Today 2012, Curry went to two members of NBC’s management team after an NBC female staffer confided in her that she was ‘sexually harassed physically’ by Lauer.
“A woman approached me and asked me tearfully if I could help her,” Curry said, according to the Washington Post. “She was afraid of losing her job… I believed her. I told management they had a problem and they needed to keep an eye on him and how he deals with women.” The story was later confirmed by the NBC staffer who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, though an NBC spokesman claimed the company has no record of Curry’s warning.
In a January 2018 interview on CBS This Morning with Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, Curry commented that she was “not surprised by the allegations,” regarding Lauer’s firing in 2017.
In his statement, Lauer maintained that he refutes the accusations made by Nevils. “I have never assaulted anyone or forced anyone to have sex. Period,” he wrote, according to Buzzfeed. Farrow’s book “Catch and Kill” is scheduled to be released on October 15.