While speaking with ET on Saturday, she also addressed her 2012 interview on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, when she quipped that the most annoying thing about Lauer was that he "pinches me on the a** a lot".
Couric called the allegations made against her former co-host "disturbing, distressing and disorienting" and said such behavior is "completely unacceptable".
'I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left.
Couric went on to describe Lauer as a "kind and generous colleague" in her experience, and expressed admiration for how the "very hard situation" was handled by current "Today" anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. Since, other women have reportedly accused him of harassment and assault.
The woman who submitted the complaint alleged Lauer began behaving inappropriately while in Russian Federation covering the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to NBC.
'Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect. I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation, ' she added. "I think Savannah and Hoda, and the whole Today show staff took a really, very upsetting and incredibly troubling situation and were able to handle with a lot of dignity and grace, and I really applaud them all".
He apologized afterwards in a groveling statement in which he said "some" of the allegations were "untrue".
"I mean, we communicate, and listen, it's been a very trying situation in all corners of the world, and all kinds of industries, and you know, people have to move forward", she said.
Many of Lauer's colleagues and friends handled the news with dignity while also adding their own hurt and pain they felt from the revelation. Because I am writing this, I still know the thickness of the disappointment and damage I have gone behind at home and in NBC.
Couric acknowledged that this is a "watershed moment". We need to transition into policy changes and steps that can be taken to ensure a better work environment for everyone. "I think that's really important".