Ann Curry, once the host of NBC’s Today show alongside Matt Lauer, is speaking out for the first time on television about her disgraced former co-anchor.
“I feel outraged,” Curry said in a People TV interview, a portion of which aired on Good Morning America Wednesday. “I feel empathy for the victims.”
“And now, given that it’s part of a broader movement across industries, across this country, I feel real hope that change is coming.”
Curry’s interview comes six years after she bid a tearful farewell to her Today show audience, when she left the show abruptly after more than a decade. She left NBC three years after her departure from Today.
“It hurt a lot to feel that you weren’t wanted anymore,” Curry said of her ouster in her interview on People TV. “So I can’t lie about that.”
Many have speculated, since the allegations of sexual harassment and assault torpedoed Lauer’s career, that Curry would feel some vindication as a result. But she told People TV she is not harboring resentment.
“I do know, from experience, that hanging on to anger weighs you down,” she said. “And it’s very hard to rise with it, unless you can channel it.”
“For the first time I actually have real hope that we will see a day when women will finally be unbound and unleashed upon the world.”
ABC News’s Juju Chang added on GMA that Curry told her she was “not surprised” by the allegations leveled against Lauer, which include a number of accusations of workplace sexual harassment and assault during his time at NBC.
Watch above, via ABC News.
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