Ann Curry, who used to work at the Today Show, was not surprised by the allegations of misconduct against Matt Lauer. According to the former host, there was an environment of “sexual harassment” at the NBC show where she worked.
Executives at NBC fired Curry from her position as Lauer’s co-anchor in 2012 and left the network in 2015. During an appearance on CBS This Morning, she said it “hurt like he*l.”
Ann didn’t reveal any specific instances of misconduct on Matt’s part; the former host said she didn’t want to contribute to any more pain.
Celebrity Insider reported in November of 2017 that Matt lost his job primarily because of an inappropriate relationship with one of his colleagues.
“I don’t know a single woman who has not endured some form of sexual harassment and many women have endured workplace sexual harassment. It’s happened to me in multiple jobs. It is a way of sidelining women” — @AnnCurry#AnnCurryThisMorning pic.twitter.com/lspNY1qoZX
— CBS This Morning ❄️ (@CBSThisMorning) January 17, 2018
In other news, Today is making history as the two lead roles on the show will be women for the first time in its history. Additionally, Don Nash was replaced by Libby Leist as the executive producer. The top executives of the production are all women.
Cury said she would be “surprised” if many women didn’t understand that there could be a climate of harassment and abuse in a workplace where girls are meant to feel as less valuable.
Curry said the world is “waking up to a reality” that there has been injustice occurring in the workplace for a long time. Curry said the problem would not be solved until the power imbalance between men and women is finally equalized.
Curry’s farewell didn’t fare well for the network show considering it lost its role in first place in morning ratings after she left.
Many people blamed Matt for her firing, and when asked if she was behind Matt losing his job, she said, “I’m not the one to ask.” Gayle King from CBS noted Ann is the only one to ask.