Five years after television host Ann Curry made her surprise exit from the “Today” show, she’s speaking out about former co-star Matt Lauer and the “pervasive” culture of harassment she says the network fostered.
In a new interview with CBS News, Curry said it “hurt like hell” to get booted from the popular morning show, where she was an anchor until her exit in 2012.
Many speculated she was let go from the show due to disagreements with Lauer, Variety reports. But she told “CBS This Morning” she still isn’t entirely sure what the network’s reasons were, and she had “let it go” over time.
However, she said she was sure of one thing — recent allegations about Lauer shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Curry seemed cautious to speak negatively against her former co-star, but was candid about her experience at the network. She told CBS News:
“I’m trying to do no harm in these conversations. I can tell you that I’m not surprised by the allegations. That means that, you know I’m walking down that road I’m trying not to hurt people.”
The former “Today” star then clarified that she thought there was a “pervasive” culture of “sexual and verbal harassment” at the network.
Curry told the CBS hosts:
“But I can say…I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed. I think it would be surprising if someone said they didn’t see that.”
According to CNN, Lauer was fired from “Today” in November after an NBC employee filed a complaint against him for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
The behavior allegedly started in 2014, when Lauer was covering the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He later released a statement expressing “sorrow and regret for the pain” he caused.
Curry has since moved to PBS where she’ll host the upcoming series, “We’ll Meet Again.”
For now, the veteran television host said that focus should shift to helping victims of sexual harassment, instead of the scandal surrounding them.
Watch her CBS interview below: