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Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 4:02PM EDT
Ann Curry to anchor and executive producer TNT's M.D. Live
"Real good could come of this,” the former Today anchor says of the medical crowdsourcing show. “We aim to help break down the walls that still stop people from accessing the medical information they need. Harnessing the full power of both television and technology to connect people interactively with doctors all over the world is a step toward a future when we are not limited by where we live or whether we can find the right doctor. This is a new way of doing things, a new genre of broadcasting and a chance to help people.”
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
Ann Curry: “I have not participated in any formal investigation by NBC on sexual harassment"
Source: The Daily Beast
Responding to Curry's comments to the Washington Post that she had reported a colleague's sexual harassment allegation against Lauer to NBC management, NBC News said its internal investigation found that “members of NBC News and Today show leadership at the time with whom we spoke denied having any such conversation with Curry.” Asked today about the network's report, Curry took issue with the characterization, saying in a statement: “I have not participated in any formal investigation by NBC on sexual harassment." Curry did say she received a brief phone call from an NBC lawyer the day before The Post story was published inquiring about her comments. In response, NBC News said she“declined to name the alleged complainant, nor would she identify the person in management to whom she says she raised a concern at the time about Lauer. This is accurately noted in our report.” ALSO: NBC says the retirement of its head of human resources has nothing to do with the Matt Lauer scandal: "Any insinuation of that is completely inaccurate."
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 1:30PM EDT
NBC News probe finds "no evidence" that leadership knew of Matt Lauer's sexual misconduct
The NBC News internal investigation found that "all four women who came forward confirmed that they did not tell their direct manager or anyone else in a position of authority about their sexual encounters with Lauer.” Although Ann Curry recently told The Washington Post that she warned management of a colleague's sexual misconduct complaint against Lauer, the report said Curry declined to name the manager she spoke to, and the investigation found no proof that NBC leadership talked to her about a complaint. The NBC News investigation searched Lauer's emails and text messages and found no evidence that management knew of his behavior, but the report noted that “the availability of evidence was impacted by the passage of time." ALSO: The report explained the button under Lauer's desk actually didn't lock the door to his office.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 8:29PM EDT
Ann Curry: I reported a female NBC News staffer's sexual harassment complaint against Matt Lauer in 2012
Source: The Washington Post
When NBC News chairman Andy Lack fired Matt Lauer last November, he said in a statement that it was "the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he's been at NBC News." Yet Curry -- who has a non-disclosure agreement with NBC -- disclosed to The Washington Post that "a woman approached me and asked me tearfully if I could help her. She was afraid of losing her job. . . . I believed her.” Curry said she reported the accusation to two members of NBC News' management team. “I told management they had a problem and they needed to keep an eye on him and how he deals with women,” she says. The woman, who prefers to remain anonymous, confirmed Curry's story. Curry declined to name the two NBC bosses. Additionally, The Post spoke to 12 women who've accused Lauer of sexual harassment, but chose not to report it. "Three of the 12 told The Post about sexual advances from Lauer," The Post's Sarah Ellison reports. "One woman said that the anchor exposed himself in his office and asked her to touch him, and a second said he had sex with her in the middle of the day in his office — alleged incidents that have not been previously reported. A third woman told The Post that Lauer gave her a sex toy, as first reported by Variety at the time he was fired." The Post got Lauer to release a new statement denying that he was "coercive, aggressive or abusive" to female staffers whom he had relationships with. “I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months . . . I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost. But defending my family now requires me to speak up," Lauer said. “I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.”
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
Ann Curry tells The View: “I did not have a button in my office”
The former Today co-anchor was asked about Matt Lauer’s reported button in his office, and the female staffer whom he’s accused of sexually attacking. “I don’t know that from personal experience,” Curry said. “Did you have a button in your office?” asked Joy Behar. “I did not have a button in my office,” Curry responded.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
Ann Curry: No, I didn’t enjoy Matt Lauer’s firing
Source: Us Weekly
“The truth is that I was raised Catholic by a Buddhist,” she told Stephen Colbert. “So I think about the Catholic guilt, mixed with the karma, worries, the intensity of that. It was like all of the sudden my brain — think Game of Thrones — the wall, it went up. There was this whole wall of, ‘Uh-oh, you can’t talk like that. You can’t think like that.’ So I didn’t actually, get to enjoy it.”
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 10:38AM EST
Ann Curry on Matt Lauer: “I am not surprised by the allegations”
The former Today co-anchor also said on CBS This Morning that she witnessed “verbal harassment” during her time on Today. "I can say that I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed," she said. "I think it would be surprising if someone said that they didn't see that. It was verbal sexual harassment."
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Ann Curry on her Today exit: “It hurt like hell”
“It hurt so much, but I learned a lot about myself” she tells People. “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.”
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 1:35PM EST
CBS This Morning lands Ann Curry’s first TV interview since the Matt Lauer sexual harassment scandal
The former Today co-anchor, who is promoting her new PBS docuseries We’ll Meet Again, will talk about the #MeToo movement and her former co-worker on the CBS morning show on Wednesday.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Some women have always wanted a Today sans Matt Lauer
"Frankly, I'm not surprised at all that the Today show ratings have improved, because I always thought (Lauer) was the weakest host," says attorney Liesel Burks, who considered Katie Couric and Ann Curry the strongest past hosts. "Today show's greatest strength has been the high-caliber female journalists that the show has promoted over the years, and I wish they had been able to shine more."
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Matt Lauer’s sexual harassment problem was hiding in plain sight at NBC News
Source: Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison reports that Lauer’s sexual harassment problem “was hiding in plain sight” in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein story, which NBC News passed on -- one high-level source even says "everybody knew." For weeks, Ellison writes, NBC News executives “had been hearing rumors of stories being reported at Variety and The New York Times about Lauer’s alleged sexual relationships with NBC bookers and producers.” They even questioned Lauer about the rumors, which he adamantly denied. Ellison further explains that because Lauer was frequently followed by paparazzi, the only place he could engage in sexually inappropriate behavior was in his office or on the road. According to her reporting, there were “two groups of women that Lauer seemed to focus his attention on: interns, pages, and production assistants in charge of running scripts in the morning; and also bookers.” Ellison explains that Lauer’s downfall could’ve come from “any number of his current or former colleagues,” speculating, based on one source, that Megyn Kelly might’ve helped women come forward. (A person close to Kelly denies this is true.) “Similarly,” she adds, “NBC insiders saw the hand of Ann Curry, whom Lauer ousted, in his demise, and possibly even Billy Bush.” But neither could be reached for comment.
- NBC News "unequivocally" denies Variety's report that executives received complaints about Lauer before Monday: “We can say unequivocally, that, prior to Monday night, current NBC News management was never made aware of any complaints about Matt Lauer’s conduct.”
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Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 2:16PM EST
Matt Lauer amassed a lot of power on Today — perhaps too much power
NBC's Today, says Daniel D’Addario, “wasn’t quite The Matt Lauer Show, but that may have, at times, just been semantic: Lauer got many of the big interviews and his particular wry yet knife-twisting style of interviewing defined the show’s voice.” Now in wake of his firing over an allegation of sexual harassment, his past comes back for re-evaluation, especially the circumstances surrounding Ann Curry’s exit. “Lauer will eventually be replaced—notably, his substitute on the first morning after his firing was Hoda Kotb,” says D’Addario. “But it’s hard to imagine whomever comes in after him amassing quite as much fame or as much seeming ability to question along whatever lines he sees fit—lines that are, now, well worth re-examining critically and carefully. Lauer was on his way to becoming a TV legend; instead, now, he’s just another name on a long list.”
- Ann Curry declined to comment on Lauer’s firing, saying: “I’m still really processing it”
- Keith Olbermann: “Matt Lauer was remorsely vindictive and tyrannical to everyone at NBC News and management repeatedly enabled him and buried the issue"
- The Ghost of Matt Lauer: His absence this morning show into a mourning show
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- The Daily Show revived a 2012 Today show comedy bit in which Lauer said he was the “real victim” of sexual harassment
- NBC News fired Matt Lauer’s Today booker just two weeks ago for alleged sexual harassment
- To recap: NBC News shut down Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story, which helped pave the way for Matt Lauer's firing
- Recalling Lauer’s 2012 “totally gross” “sexist ambush” interview with Anne Hathaway
- A history of Lauer behaving badly: From Ann Curry to Anne Hathaway to Corey Feldman
- Corey Feldman tweets “THIS MIGHT EXPLAIN THE HOSTILE INTERVIEW…”
- Lauer was supposed to participate in tonight’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony, but his vacancy won’t be filled
- Lauer already pre-taped much of Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and now he has to be edited out
- More Lauer controversies: In 2014, he was criticized for asking GM’s first female CEO a sexist question
- Lauer’s interview with Bill O’Reilly on sexual harassment now takes on a different meaning
- Today hosts were visibly shaken off-camera
- Today staffers tell what coming to work was like this morning: Savannah Guthrie arrived with her eyes puffy
- Natalie Morales, who vehemently denied rumors of an affair with Lauer, was “just in shock” this morning
- Revisiting the Matt Lauer-Ann Curry Today drama
# TOPICS: NBC, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Today Show, Ann Curry, Corey Feldman, Keith Olbermann, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales (Journalist), Savannah Guthrie, Daytime TV, NBC News, Sexual Misconduct