Ann Curry Says She's 'Not Surprised' by Matt Lauer Allegations

While saying that she's 'trying to do no harm,' Curry reveals that she 'would be surprised if many women [at 'Today'] didn't understand there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed.'

AceShowbiz - %cAnn Curry% weighs in on the recent sexual harassment allegations against her former "Today" co-host %cMatt Lauer% while making her first TV interview since abruptly leaving the NBC show in 2012. During her appearance on the "CBS This Morning", Curry, who was abruptly dismissed from "Today" in 2012, was asked about her opinion on whether or not she thought Lauer abused his power.

"You know, I'm trying to do no harm in these conversations," Curry responded. "I can tell you that I'm not surprised by the allegations."

Her remarks prompted %cNorah O'Donnel% to ask her, "What do you mean? You heard things? You knew things?" to which Curry said, "I'm trying not to hurt people. I know what it's like to be publicly humiliated. I never did anything wrong to be publicly humiliated and I don't want to cause that kind of pain to someone else."

Curry went on saying, "But I can--because you're asking me a very direct question--say that I would be surprised if many women [at 'Today'] didn't understand there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed. I think it would be surprising if somebody didn't see that. It was verbal sexual harassment."

The discussion quickly took an intense turn as Curry was asked if she thought Lauer was behind her "Today" dismissal, just like what people suspected. "You should ask somebody else about that. I don't know what was all behind it," Curry shared. "I know it hurt like hell. It wasn't a fun moment. I've learned a great deal about myself, I really at this point let it go. It's been years and I want to move on from that…"

Rumors had it that Curry was fired due to the lack of chemistry she had with Lauer, whose contract was terminated in late 2017 after being accused of sexual inappropriate behavior. "It wasn't obvious at the time, but Ann Curry was a dead woman walking," New York Times reporter Brian Shelter wrote in his 2013 book titled "Top of the Morning".

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