Former Today anchors Ann Curry and Natalie Morales have, more or less, weighed in on the sexual harassment allegations against the now-fired Matt Lauer, though neither is adding much to the emerging public portrait of their one-time colleague.
In an interview with People that had been set up before the Lauer news broke today, Curry declined to go into specifics about Lauer — she said she is “still really processing” the information — but she did praise women who come forward in such cases.
“I admire the women who have been willing to speak up both anonymously and on the record,” Curry said. “Those women need to keep their jobs, and all women need to be able to work, to be able to thrive, without fear. This kind of behavior exists across industries, and it is so long overdue for it to stop. This is a moment when we all need to be a beacon of light for those women, for all women, and for ourselves.”
Morales, who now hosts Access Hollywood, said today: “I woke up to the news like everyone this morning — just in shock. The Today show, of course, has been my family for 16 years now and it is difficult. I think everyone is saying how difficult it is to process the news. I have personally dealt with rumors in the past for years that were hurtful to me, my family – they diminished my hard work. I’ve addressed those rumors head-on in the past. That is not the story today. The story today is the courage of a colleague who did come forward, and when and if she wants to tell her story publicly, I’m sure she will. But it did take a lot of courage for her to come forward. It was no doubt a very painful decision.”
NBC has suggested the network only recently became aware of Lauer’s alleged history of harassment, though a report by Deadline’s sister publication Variety today indicates that several women had previously complained to the network.