In the new book ‘Going There’, the author Katie Couric wrote that she almost visited Matt Lauer after the sex scandal that led to the former ‘Today’ show hosts firing from NBC.
In her new surprising autobiography Going There!
After her colleague Matt Lauer was ousted as host of NBC’s morning show TODAY in 2017 over allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, Katie wrote that she put her personal feelings aside and reached out to her former fallen co-host to see how he was doing.
“Even though I had read about all the awful things Matt had done, I was worried about him. I imagined him sleepless, haggard, depressed… maybe worse. And how were Annette and their children holding up? So I reached out again and asked how he was doing. Which I realized was a very dumb question,” the iconic journalist wrote. “Matt got back to me two and a half hours later. He gave me his new number ‘for my files’. He said he was struggling and would like to hear my voice”.
“I guess I could have visited in the dead of night, like Jennifer Aniston’s character on The Morning Show after her colleague, played by Steve Carell, had an eerily similar crash and burn,” Katie joked about the uncomfortable position she was in at the time. Ultimately, however, she decided against the middle-of-the-night visit, as she valued her career more, writing, “I was confused, and simply not ready to take on the role of sympathetic friend and colleague just yet.”
When writing about her final interaction with Matt. Katie concluded, “One summer day in East Hampton, John and I were taking a walk when a white Jeep drove by Matt. However, I’m sure he saw us; needless to say, he didn’t stop. I knew at that moment, we’d never speak again”.