Katie Couric ‘heard the whispers’ about Matt Lauer, tales ‘broken’ women

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Katie Couric lastly admitted she “heard the whispers” about longtime co-anchor Matt Lauer’s lecherous habits behind the scenes at the “Today” present — and he or she claims the women he “damaged” reached out to her.

In her new blockbuster memoir, “Going There” — which was obtained by The Post — Couric mentioned there have been loads of tales that saved of us by the water cooler chatting.

One story involving Lauer — who was fired in November 2017 following complaints of alleged sexual misconduct — really handled women behind closed doorways in his now-notorious office, which was geared up with a desk button to lock the door.

Couric wrote in the ebook that Lauer allegedly mentioned that generally women got here into his office “crying,” and he fearful that in the event that they sat subsequent to him on the couch, he “can’t even put [his] arm around them.”

The former anchor mentioned she tried to “imagine such a scene taking place” and suggested Lauer that “he cannot do that — you cannot put your arm around them.”

Meanwhile, Couric goes on to say one girl confided in her after she acquired an inappropriate e mail from Lauer following a phase with biographer Kitty Kelley for her tell-all ebook on the Bush household in September 2004. A feminine producer who retold the story to Couric mentioned she reached out to Lauer to congratulate him on the combative interview.

The unnamed producer mentioned that Lauer requested if she was “trying to butter him up” in an e mail. When she mentioned that was not the case, as Couric wrote, Lauer reportedly responded providing to “show her” butter him up and steered she “spread it on her thighs.” Couric additionally wrote that the producer advised her that he proceeded to ask her into his office, requesting she wears a “skirt that came off easily.”

Couric additionally recalled the producer telling her {that a} “flustered” Lauer visited her office after sending the e mail with a ebook choice for the present, however didn’t tackle his blunder.

“They never spoke about the incident,” Couric alleged.

Reps for Lauer didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s requests for remark.

This was all a part of a tradition the place intercourse and affairs have been rife in the workplace, Couric mentioned, nothing that she later discovered about “a secret office they known as ‘the Bunker.’” Couric alleged that only an unnamed “male anchor” had the key to use it for “one-on-one encounters, and I don’t imply interviews,” she wrote.

Matt Lauer and Katie Couric.
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But it appears Lauer himself additionally knew what the future lay forward, she recalled in the memoir.

“’This MeToo stuff feels like it’s getting kind of out of control,’” Lauer reportedly advised her, in keeping with the ebook. “’It feels like a witch hunt.’”

She added that she thought Lauer was “worried about a lack of due process, people’s livelihoods and reputations being destroyed.”

Couric, who stop the NBC flagship “Today” present in 2006 to helm her ill-fated CBS “Evening News” present, additionally advised how she heard office “scuttlebutt” that Lauer had had a fling at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In 2018, Brooke Nevils, a former NBC producer in Sochi, accused Lauer of raping her in his Sochi resort room, prompting his exit from “Today.”

Lauer said in a lengthy statement that it was “consensual,” noting that they “engaged in a variety of sexual acts. “We performed oral sex on each other, we had vaginal sex, and we had anal sex. Each act was mutual and completely consensual,” Lauer wrote.

Although Couric initially thought it was “gross” that Lauer was dishonest on his now ex-wife Annette, and making the most of a younger staffer, she added: “The general rule at the time was, ‘It’s none of your business. A don’t-ask-don’t-tell culture where anything goes, and everything did.”

Couric wrote in her ebook that she assumed it was a “consensual fling” and didn’t “consider talking to the young employee” for concern of “embarrassing” her.

Couric additionally wrote in the ebook, out Oct. 26, that she additionally heard “rumors” that Annette Lauer had known as the management room one morning searching for her husband and demanding the telephone variety of a TV anchor he had been linked with.

The cover of Katie Couric’s new memoir, out this October.

But when Lauer was fired, Couric did attain out to him, calling him a “decent man” whom she felt “heartless to abandon.”

Lauer isn’t the solely goal in Couric’s ebook. The former morning present host goes after longtime rival Diane Sawyer, in addition to celebs like Prince Harry and Martha Stewart.

When reached by The Post for remark, a spokesperson for Little, Brown and Company mentioned: “We’re excited for people to read Katie’s book, which is heartfelt, hilarious and very honest. Readers will get the complete story from Katie herself about her incredible life and career.”

After initially texting with him after his NBC exit, she couldn’t convey herself to maintain the friendship up, noting she’s “sad” he thinks she “betrayed him.”

“But he betrayed me, too, by how he behaved behind closed doors at the show we both cared about so much,” she mentioned.

She additionally claimed in her ebook that she “connected” with “women Matt damaged” and was in a position to “hear the shame and humiliation in their voices.”

“I suspect they’ll be dealing with this for the rest of their lives,” she wrote.