Broadcaster Katie Couric once said that Matt Lauer “pinches me on the ass a lot” during their time working together on NBC’s “Today,” according to TMZ.
TMZ on Wednesday reported that Couric made the remark during a 2012 interview on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.”
“You co-hosted ‘The Today Show’ with Matt Lauer for 15 years. What is Matt’s most annoying habit?” host Andy Cohen asked Couric.
“Um, he pinches me on the a—a lot,” she said after a pause, eliciting laughter from Cohen and others listening.
“Wow, I wouldn’t have a problem with that,” Cohen retorted. “Thanks everybody. Thank you. Katie Couric did not plead the Fifth.”
Couric co-hosted “Today” alongside Lauer from 1991 to 2006, and the veteran journalist has also appeared extensively on other NBC broadcasts in the past.
Savannah Guthrie, a current “Today” co-host, earlier Wednesday announced that NBC News had fired Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
The broadcaster then read a memo from NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack explaining Lauer’s abrupt termination.
“Dear colleagues, on Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” she read from Lack’s statement.
“It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards,” Guthrie continued. “As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”
“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Lauer began co-hosting “Today” in 1997, and he was a marquee name associated with NBC News prior to his ouster.
Variety reported last year that Lauer had extended his contract with NBC News through 2018 for $20 million annually.
Lauer is the latest male celebrity who has faced backlash for alleged sexual misconduct this year amid renewed global focus on the issue.