Ann Curry: Not surprised by Matt Lauer sexual harassment allegations

Ann Curry: Not surprised by Matt Lauer sexual harassment allegations

After weeks of silence, Ann Curry is finally speaking out about her former Today Show co-host Matt Lauer and the sexual assault allegations that led to his firing last month.

On "CBS This Morning", co-host Norah O'Donnell asked Curry if she felt Lauer had abused his power by taking advantage of women in lesser positions at NBC during his tenure.

"I don't know what was all behind it", Curry said, visibly affected by the question.

When asked she believed that Lauer abused his power, Curry hesitated.

Curry is back in the public eye thanks to her new show on PBS called We'll Meet Again, in which she will, as she tells People Magazine, "explore people's attractive wishes to reconnect with the people who helped them survive". Curry made a tearful exit from the program in June 2012 after she was removed from her role as co-anchor.

Curry will return to TV screens on January 23 in We'll Meet Again, a six-part docu-series for PBS that was developed by her own production company. Curry, choosing her words very carefully, said she was "not surprised" by the allegations against Lauer, saying that there was a pervasive culture of sexual harassment during her time at the network.

"I think it's, in general, overdue", Curry said.

NEW YORK- OCTOBER 06 Television personalities Katie Couric Al Roker and Ann Curry arrive at the T.J. Martell Foundation 30th Anniversary Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel
Today’ show hosts Katie Couric Al Roker and Ann Curry in 2005

In her interview, Curry also addressed fighting a "power imbalance" in which men are valued over women.

Former "Today" co-host Ann Curry tears up as she says goodbye.

Curry said in an interview with PEOPLE Magazine that leaving the "TODAY" show "hurt like hell."

Host Gayle King tried to get more information from Curry, but she reiterated that she did not want to cause any more pain. I've learned a great deal about myself. At this point I've just really let it go. I'd like to know what you feel about that. "I think it's been years and I want to move on from that".

"I'm trying not to hurt people". "The accounts I've read and heard have been disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it's completely unacceptable that any woman at the "Today" show experienced this kind of treatment".

The show, which she is also an executive producer on, brings together people whose lives intersected at pivotal moments in history. From 1997 to 2011, Curry delivered the morning news alongside anchors Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, and Al Roker. And it's ultimately not only bad for the women, it's bad for the companies. What are we going to do to remove the stigma and the shame. "And it's bad for our nation because it's a limiting of people", she said, adding that we need to pay less attention to all the scandal and more attention to the actual victims, to actually fixing the problem.

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