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Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Katie Couric won't comment further on Matt Lauer "out of respect to Matt healing, and the women healing, and NBC"
Couric tells People TV she's said all she's going to say about Lauer's sexual harassment scandal. “I feel like, out of respect to Matt, and also the women who came forward, I don’t want to exploit anybody’s situation at this point,” she says. “I feel like I’ve said everything I’m going to say about it… Just out of respect to Matt healing, and the women healing, and NBC as an organization, coming to terms with the culture that was created there, the environment that existed, I’d rather not discuss it.”
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
Katie Couric says of Matt Lauer sexual harassment coverage: "A lot of stuff gets misreported and blown out of proportion"
"I don’t know the full extent of all these things that happened," Couric told Wendy Williams of her former Today colleague. "I can only talk about my personal experience, and I was always treated respectfully and appropriately." Couric also said, for instance, that too much was made of the under-the-desk buttons that locked Lauer's door. "I think it was just an executive perk that some people opted to have, but I don’t think it was a nefarious thing, and I think that’s been misconstrued," she said.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Katie Couric tells Andy Cohen she regrets joking on Watch What Happens Live that Matt Lauer pinched her butt
Couric, in her first appearance on Andy Cohen's talk show since the Lauer sexual harassment scandal, said she was joking and assumed that it was apparent she wasn't serious.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Inside Katie Couric's Yahoo debacle
As Couric returns to TV in the Nat Geo series America Inside Out, the New York Post looks at where it all went wrong for Couric at Yahoo. "Yahoo staffers told The Post that they sometimes saw Couric appear lost, searching for her producers, as she and her new team prepared to try something that had never been attempted: transplant a television news giant to online and compete with TV news," says Oli Coleman. "What the former TV titan and her team didn’t know was that they would be doing it while Yahoo collapsed around them — and with the system rigged against them by the company’s CEO — all while Couric battled an ugly internal turf war with other journalists." For her part, Couric said of her Yahoo experience: “I wouldn’t say it was an unhappy marriage, but it certainly was not fulfilling for me."
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Katie Couric still hasn't reconciled the Matt Lauer allegations -- she's trying to separate "truth from fiction"
“I don’t think I have reconciled it honestly, because it’s very upsetting and disappointing," she said at a Buzzfeed event promoting her new Nat Geo show America Inside Out. "I also really don’t know the details of these incidents still. And I think a lot of people who worked on the show when I was there, and when Matt and I did the Today show, don’t really understand the extent of these incidents or what exactly happened and, you know, separating truth from fiction.”
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Katie Couric took Jimmy Kimmel to get a colonscopy
Kimmel, who turned 50 in November, took his doctor's recommendation and got a colonoscopy -- with Katie Couric by his side.
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 10:05AM EST
Katie Couric recalls the "gross comments" she's heard in her career, says she dislikes being described as "cute" and "perky"
Couric joked at a women in the workplace forum that her tombstone will read "Perky No More." Couric says she found the words "cute" and "perky" to be "marginalizing." She also recalled a CNN executive saying about her early in her career, "she's successful because of her hard work, intelligence and breast size."
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 6:26AM EST
NBC deserves credit for its stellar Winter Olympics coverage
NBC's decision to let many events play out live in primetime resulted in fewer prepackaged stories and a much-improved game. "The live element sometimes kept NBC from overindulging its worst impulses," says Todd VanDerWerff. "But even in cases when NBC heavily packaged a program around an event that had happened hours earlier — as with the opening ceremony — its choices were generally smarter." But VanDerWerff acknowledges that his praise for NBC may be due to the low bar set by NBC's Rio Summer Olympics coverage. "Its 2016 coverage of the Summer Games (at least in its primetime program) was such a mess that it really had nowhere to go but up," he says. "Some of it was that NBC is almost always better at covering the Winter Games, where the US tends to be less dominant than at the Summer Games, meaning NBC has to cast about for interesting stories about people from other countries, rather than running nonstop human interest stories about American athletes. And some of it was that many of the storylines at these Olympics, especially in the heavily watched sport of figure skating, were unusually compelling."
- Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir and Terry Gannon "dumped the sass and doubled down on the stats" for the Closing Ceremonies -- to mixed results
- Mike Tirico reflects on his first time as primetime host -- which he'll rewatch, again! -- and reveals he's become closer to Bob Costas
- Which Todd is better, Todd Harris or Todd Richards?
- NBC's women’s downhill was Olympics TV at its best—authentic, empathetic and thrilling to watch
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Katie Couric apologizes for her Opening Ceremonies suggestion that the Dutch skate to work every day on frozen canals
Couric apologized via Twitter last night after the Dutch embassy threw her some shade over her suggestion that skating to work on frozen canals is how the Dutch excel in speed skating. Couric tweeted: "My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals. I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn’t come out that way!"
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
NBC's Winter Olympics coverage has become the "Apology Olympics"
NBC dumped analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo after he offended South Koreans by saying during the Opening Ceremony, "every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, and technological, and economic example, has been so important to their own transformation." NBC also apologized for his comment. "If the Olympics gave out medals for apologies, NBC Sports would be in great shape at the 2018 Winter Games," says Michael McCarthy. "Over three days of coverage, the Peacock network has been busy apologizing, or trying to explain on-air gaffes and profanity by analysts and athletes, a tape delay for the first U.S gold medal and a 'wardrobe malfunction' that rekindled network nightmares of Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl."
- About 28.3 million watched the Opening Ceremony, down from 31.7 million for the Sochi Olympics
- Watch the 23 minutes that NBC edited out of the Opening Ceremony
- NBC turned the Opening Ceremony into a dull social studies report
- There was something "lyrical and occasionally irresistible at the core" of the Opening Ceremony
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
NBC hopes to avoid another Olympics Opening Ceremony backlash with livestreaming and fewer commercial breaks
Viewers can start livestreaming the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m PT on Friday without commentary and with what NBC Sports describes as “the event’s natural sound." The livestream will feature advertising. The Katie Couric and Mike Tirico-hosted telecast kicks off at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with 30% fewer commercials than the Rio Summer Olympics. It was the social media outrage from Rio that prompted the change.
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 2:23PM EST
Amy Schumer on “friend” Aziz Ansari’s sexual misconduct scandal: “it’s good for everybody to learn that that behavior’s not acceptable”
“I don’t think anyone wants to see Aziz’s career ruined or his life ruined or anything like that, but that’s where people’s minds go,” Schumer tells Katie Couric on The Katie Couric Podcast. “They go, ‘Does he deserve this?’ And it’s really not about that. I think it’s about expressing and showing women that that behavior is not okay and not only can you leave, but you need to leave. Because then the women who come after you, you’re leaving a mark for them too.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Katie Couric pays tribute to her late husband on the 20th anniversary of his death
Jay Monahan died of colon cancer on Jan. 24, 1998 at the age of 42, leaving behind daughters Ellie, now 26, and Caroline, 22.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 4:02PM EST
NBC Sports has requested an interview with President Trump to air during the Winter Olympics
NBC Sports Olympics boss Jim Bell said his request “is being considered.” ALSO: Katie Couric says NBC won’t “shy away” from covering unplanned protests during the Olympics.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
NBC brings Katie Couric back to co-host the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, which will be live-streamed for the first time
Couric will join Mike Tirico in co-hosting the tape-delayed Opening Ceremony from PyeongChang, South Korea on Friday, Feb. 9. “It’s good to see Mike. We go back 45 minutes,” Couric joked in a press conference this morning announcing her return. NBC also announced that for the first time, NBC will allow fans to stream the Opening Ceremony live via the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com. “It’s beyond exciting to welcome Katie back to our Olympic booth. Katie has extensive Olympic experience, having anchored the Today show at six previous Games, and hosted the Opening Ceremony in Sydney, Salt Lake City, and Athens,” said Jim Bell, president of NBC Olympics Production and Programming. “We have been eagerly awaiting Mike’s first prime time Olympic hosting duties, and now, with Mike and Katie, viewers will have two pros, and two terrific storytellers leading the way.”