Matt Lauer ‘withdrawn’ from friends following Katie Couric’s criticism: ‘I’m really upset’

Matt Lauer ‘withdrawn’ from friends following Katie Couric’s criticism: ‘I’m really upset’

Former Matt Lauer friends are seeing less and less of the disgraced newsman. Five years after his dismissal from NBC’s “Today” show — as well as the release of former co-host Katie Couric’s book “Going There” in 2021 — Lauer, 64, has “kind of withdrawn from some friendships in the last year.”

According to a source, the struggling talk show host was “really upset” by Couric’s book. “She shared their private text messages and she semi-slammed him. It made him lose trust.”

The insider added, “His level of trust has just diminished with a lot of people he considered friends and much of that was because of Katie’s book, and because talking to people from his past is painful.” Lauer was terminated from “Today” in November 2017 after claims of sexual harassment and misbehavior surfaced.

In her book, the 65-year-old said she “heard the whispers” about Lauer’s unethical behavior, including one female coworker who supposedly confessed to receiving a nasty email from Couric’s co-host.

Couric stated in her book that Lauer confessed he was so upset that he “can’t even put [his] arm around” the women who came into his office weeping.

She said that she couldn’t imagine a scene occurring,” and she told Lauer that “he cannot do that – you cannot put your arm around them.” Despite being terminated, she claimed that Lauer was a “decent” man, and her “heart sank” when she heard the news.

During a live broadcast of the famous morning news show, Savannah Guthrie revealed the devastating report. “This is a terrible morning at ‘Today’ and NBC News,” Guthrie stated at the time, adding that the event was revealed to her only moments before going live.

“As I’m sure you can understand, we are devastated. I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear friend and partner,” the now 50-year-old anchor continued.

While she noted that she was sad for the woman who accused Lauer of misconduct, she added that “This reckoning that so many organizations have been going through is important. It’s long overdue, and it must result in workplaces where all women — all people — feel safe and respected.”

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