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Asked if Lauer had abused his power, Curry said, “You know, I I’m trying to do no harm in these conversations. I can tell you that I I am not surprised by the allegations.”
The MeToo movement and recent tidal wave of sexual misconduct allegations has toppled powerful men in media, politics, and entertainment, including the former co host of “CBS This Morning,” Charlie Rose. Curry says righting the “power imbalance” in the workplace is “absolutely overdue.”
“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,” she said. “I’m not talking about people being attracted to other people. I’m talking about people in the work place who are powerful, who are abusing that power and women and men are suffering.”
Curry also called for the focus on sexual harassment to move beyond individual accusations.
“The real question, in my view, is what are we going to do with all of this anger? And it’s not just, obviously,
about where I used to work. It’s not about where you’re now working. But it’s about the problem that’s pervasive across industries in work places across America,” she said. “The question is, ultimately, what are we going to do about it?”FULL TRANSCRIPT: Part I of Ann Curry’s interview
O’DONNELL: Good to see you.
CURRY: Thanks for having me.
O’DONNELL: It’s great to have you back. It’s great to be we’re gonna talk a lot about your show. But I do think a lotta people wanna hear from you as well because this is your first television interview and a lot has changed in the television landscape on morning television in the last three months. Our former co host, Charlie Rose, has left. Someone you anchored with, Matt Lauer, has left his broadcast. What do you make of this reckoning?
CURRY: I think it’s in general overdue. 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 work place who are powerful, who are abusing that power and women and men are suffering. And I think the fact that people are speaking out is important and the fact that we are moving against this imbalance of power is absolutely overdue.
O’DONNELL: Do you believe that Matt Lauer abused his power?
CURRY: You know, I I’m trying to do no harm in these conversations. I can tell you that I I am not surprised by the allegations.
KING: What do you mean by that, Ann?
CURRY: What I mean
KING: What do you mean that you’re not surprised?KING: You had heard things? You knew things? What does that mean?
CURRY: That means that in see now I’m down walking down that road. I’m trying not to hurt people. And I know what it’s like to be publicly humiliated. I never did anything wrong to be publicly humiliated. And and I don’t wanna cause that kinda pain to somebody else. But I can say that I because you’re asking me a very direct question I can say that I would be surprised if if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed. I think it’d be surprising if someone said that they didn’t see that. So it was p a verbal sexual
KING: All right, let me stick with the the the
sorry I just don’t, I mean she just said verbal sexual harassment was pervasive.
O’DONNELL: At at NBC at the time when you were there?
CURRY: You know, I I I, like, again, I I don’t wanna boy I you know, I don’t wanna cause more pain. But no, I’m you are asking me a very direct question. I’m an honest person. I wanna tell you that it was. Yes. Period.
KING: All right. I was gonna to pick up on the notion of power. Because in the court of public opinion it was viewed that a powerful man, meaning Matt Lauer, derailed your career. I know that in this crazy business of ours, you know, it’s their sandbox. By that I mean management. They get to decide who plays. And it can happen to all of us at any time that we lose our jobs. But in your particular case, in the court of public opinion, many people thought that Matt Lauer was behind you leaving The Today Show. I’d like to know what you feel about that. We’ve never talked about this and I’ve always wondering wondered your your last day was very emotional. It was very difficult for you clearly. And I don’t wanna upset you here again either.