Appearing on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday in her first TV interview since leaving NBC News and the “Today” show, Anne Curry acknowledged the “pervasive” sexual harassment that took place at NBC prior to Matt Lauer’s abrupt dismissal in November in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.
“I’m trying to do no harm in these conversations. I can tell you that I am not surprised by the allegations,” Curry, 61, said as she ostensibly discussed the moment she was infamously and unceremoniously dismissed on-air from the morning show in 2012, reportedly at the behest of Lauer, and left NBC in 2015.
“See, now I’m walking down that road — I’m trying not to hurt people. I know what it’s like to be publicly humiliated. I never did anything wrong to be publicly humiliated, and I don’t want to cause that kind of pain to somebody else.”
She further explained that “there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed [at NBC]. I think it would be surprising if someone said they didn’t see that. Verbal sexual harassment was pervasive … It was, period.”
When asked about the current “reckoning” of powerful men accused of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, Curry steered away from drama.
“I think it’s in general overdue,” she said. “We clearly are waking up to a reality, an injustice that has been occurring for some time, and I think it will continue to occur until the glass ceiling is finally broken. This is about power, a power imbalance where women are not valued as much as men. I’m not talking about people being attracted to other people. I’m talking about people in the workplace who are powerful who are abusing that power, and women and men are suffering. I think the fact that people are speaking out is important, and the fact that we are working against this imbalance of power is absolutely overdue.”
In terms of what happened behind the scenes during her experience at NBC and “Today,” Curry joked, “Don’t worry, I’m not gonna start crying.”
She went on to say, “I’m not the one to ask about that because I don’t know what was behind it. I do know that it hurt like hell. It wasn’t a fun moment. I’ve learned a great deal about myself. I’ve let it go. It’s been years, and I want to move on from that … I think that the real question in my view is, ‘What are we going to do with all this anger?’”
NBC spared the humiliation Matt Lauer hit Anne Curry with. It was as though Lauer loved to watch her suffer on live tv. I’ll never forget. 😵
— Shtzngiggles (@Shtzngiggles2) January 17, 2018
Anne Curry Breaks Her Silence on Leaving the ‘Today’ Show https://t.co/cmkZAOxM7Y
— Kandayia JE Ali (@JagudEye) January 17, 2018