NEW YORK (AP) — On a summer season day within the Hamptons final 12 months, Katie Couric and her husband, John Molner, went out for a stroll and noticed a well-recognized white jeep drive by with Matt Lauer on the wheel.
No waves, no hellos. Couric writes in her new memoir, “Going There,” that she realized then that the tv companions would by no means converse once more.
Once the king and queen of morning tv, Matt and Katie have been common “guests” within the properties of tens of millions of Americans, delivering the information with pleasant banter. Yet because the drive-by suggests, a lot can change in 20 years. Couric in the present day is much less seen after a sequence of jobs that did not fairly work out, whereas Lauer was fired from the “Today” present in 2017 after tales about sexual misconduct emerged.
Couric’s e-book, which is out Oct. 26, recounts in uncooked phrases her issue processing what she discovered in regards to the man she labored beside on most weekday mornings from 1997 to 2006.
“I know Matt thinks I betrayed him, and that makes me sad,” Couric writes. “But he betrayed me, too, by how he behaved behind closed doors at the show we both cared about so much.”
Even to Couric, the information got here as a shock. They did not socialize a lot exterior the studio. One exception was a dinner two weeks earlier than he was fired, the place they kicked round concepts for a future challenge. She writes that “I felt closer to Matt that night than I had in all my years sitting next to him at the anchor desk.”
In the e-book, Couric prints textual content messages that chronicle the disintegration of their relationship, from when she reached out following his firing to his unsuccessful effort to attach at 4 a.m. in the future that week. A turning level got here when she heard about his alleged remedy of a younger girl that she had delivered to NBC. “It nauseated me,” she writes.
“So many of us were blindsided, never imagining that a dashing, witty, beloved TV star had such a dark side,” she writes. “I’ve come to realize that Matt could be an excellent professional partner, a good friend, and a predator.”
Lauer has stated that he by no means assaulted anybody or compelled anybody to have intercourse.
As an creator, Couric “goes there” with loads of sharp tales about these she’s encountered alongside the best way. There’s the NCS government who commented on her breasts, awkward encounters as a younger reporter with Larry King and Neil Simon and CBS News executives she feels wronged her.
One of her closest skilled companions, former “Today” government producer and present NCS chief Jeff Zucker, would not escape unscathed. They labored collectively once more on Couric’s short-lived daytime discuss present from 2012 to 2014, the place she suspected he was biding his time for one thing higher. She writes that Zucker requested her for a advice for the NCS place, saying there can be a job for her there if he received it.
After NCS employed him, “I never did hear from him about that job,” she says.
Couric’s largest skilled transfer was leaving “Today” for CBS News in 2006, to take over as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” and report for “60 Minutes.” It proved disastrous.
“When someone said the stains on the carpet at NBC were coffee while the stains at CBS were blood, instead of chuckling, maybe I should have listened … I was so hell-bent on taking a stand for women, I didn’t consider the woman who would be at the center of the storm — me,” she writes.
While Couric has harsh phrases for others, she’s additionally unsparing in writing about her personal errors, from an interview she’d wish to have again with Elizabeth Edwards, the late spouse of former Sen. John Edwards, to an pointless rework of her CBS News workplace that earned her enemies. She’s obtained pre-publication publicity for writing about her regrets in withholding a probably damaging quote given to her by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her reluctance, in a aggressive enterprise, to assist different ladies.
“Mentorship sometimes felt like self-sabotage,” she writes.
Couric additionally tells of an embarrassing night time downing photographs at a disco the place she received so sick she ended up within the hospital. She virtually stored it a secret, till a contestant on “Jeopardy!” advised Alex Trebek that “I once did a flaming Statue of Liberty at a bar with Katie Couric!”
The coronary heart of her e-book, together with some of probably the most painful self-evaluations, is available in detailing the loss of life of her husband, lawyer Jay Monahan, of colon most cancers at age 42 in 1998.
She clearly has regrets, and writes frankly about wishing that they had gone to couple’s remedy for assist navigating by way of adjustments of their relationship introduced on by her sudden fame at “Today.”
In taking management of his battle towards most cancers, Couric stated she stored from him some of the grimmest information about his prospects.
“Why was I so afraid to talk to Jay about the inevitable?” she writes. “Why weren’t we straight with each other and admit that this was not solvable, not fixable, and that our storybook life together would end after just a few chapters? I remember thinking I did not want to destroy the time Jay had left by admitting defeat, leaving him with little choice but to wait for death to take him. I think I was a coward.”
His battle led her into most cancers activism, together with a colon most cancers screening she did on “Today.” She says she hopes the primary line of her obituary identifies her as a tireless advocate for most cancers consciousness and analysis.
Couric raised their daughters, who watched their mother cycle by way of a sequence of ill-fated relationships within the public eye. She recalled being contacted for response from the New York Post when one beau moved out of her residence.
Now 64, she’s settled down with Molner, with whom she runs a media firm.
“It took me 16 long years and so many false starts,” she writes, a reference to their 2014 wedding ceremony. “After all this time and all my searching, it felt like I had made my way home.”