When a shocking scandal comes to light, we naturally tend to look for reactions from the people we think will be most affected by it. When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt broke up, who didn't immediately think about Jennifer Aniston? As the film I, Tonya gains critical praise, we couldn't wait to hear Nancy Kerrigan's reaction. And when Matt Lauer was finally fired after years of sexually harassing the women around him, we thought of Ann Curry.
Now, she's come forward with her own statement about Lauer.
Ann Curry has been a reporter for more than 30 years.
via: GettyShe's spent much of her career reporting on human suffering in war zones and natural disasters. Starting in 1990, she began working for NBC.
via: GettyCurry worked closely with Matt Lauer for several years. She had been a substitute Today news anchor in the '90s and was finally hired on as Lauer's co-host in 2011. But it didn't last.
In June of 2012, Ann Curry was blindsided with the news that she was fired from the Today show. She gave a tearful goodbye on the air with Lauer sitting right next to her.Eventually, it would come out that Lauer had been largely responsible for Curry's ousting. He called his mission "Operation Bambi" (because actually getting Curry fired from the show would be tantamount to killing the Disney character). Lauer focused his efforts on making Curry's work life miserable. And it worked. Curry later told her friends that the work environment at NBC had become a form of professional torture.
And then, in November of last year, Matt Lauer was fired.
via: GettyAfter years of harassing and abusing the people around him, NBC finally saw the light and got rid of the guy who had made his female coworkers' lives miserable.
And naturally, the world speculated on how Ann Curry was feeling about the whole thing.Since Lauer's firing, Ann Curry has maintained a pretty low profile. But this morning, she finally provided a public interview and discussed her experiences with Lauer...
Curry appeared on a CBS This Morning segment to promote her newest project. At one point during the interview, Norah O'Donnell asked Curry point blank: "Do you believe Matt Lauer abused his power?" Here's Curry's response:
.@AnnCurry says she is “not surprised” about the allegations against former “TODAY” co-host Matt Lauer.… https://t.co/psdGuNyArn— CBS This Morning (@CBS This Morning)1516192780.0
John Dickerson then asked why she'd tweeted a #MeToo status back in October.
“I don’t know a single woman who has not endured some form of sexual harassment and many women have endured workpla… https://t.co/eQzL5Wq8oA— CBS This Morning (@CBS This Morning)1516194064.0
Gayle King then asked Curry to directly address the rumors that Lauer was behind Curry's ousting from the Today show. "Do you believe that he was behind it?"
“I don’t know what was all behind it. I do know that it hurt like hell. It wasn’t a fun moment. I’ve learned a grea… https://t.co/Ky85NOTopI— CBS This Morning (@CBS This Morning)1516193565.0
In short, Curry was a true class act.
@CBSThisMorning @AnnCurry Curry took the high road, she knows much more about Lauer.— Dave Johnson (@Dave Johnson)1516193071.0
@CBSThisMorning @AnnCurry Ann Curry, always a cut above...happy to see you back and will watch your new show, sounds great.— Spunky🐱 (@Spunky🐱)1516193889.0