Ann Curry is finally speaking out about her 2012 exit from NBC’s “Today” — a departure that followed her lack of on-air chemistry with scandal-plagued host Matt Lauer.
“It hurt like hell,” she told People for an upcoming cover story. “It hurt so much, but I learned a lot about myself. I can say I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve been honest and true. I’ve tried to stay pure. I’ve tried to not respond in a knee-jerk manner, and I’ve stayed very close to who I am. So it hurt, but I’m also proud of myself.”
Curry’s leaving the show came five years before Lauer — who anchored alongside Curry from June 2011 to June 2012 — was fired after being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by a female coworker.
“Most of the men I’ve worked with have been exemplary,” Curry said.
She also expressed optimism that a brighter future is on the horizon thanks to the hundreds of women who have come forward in recent months with their stories of being sexually harassed or assaulted by men within the entertainment industry.
“I feel real hope that change is coming,” Curry told the magazine. “That our daughters are not going to have to face what the majority of women in this country who’ve entered the workplace have had to face.”
Curry anchored alongside Matt Lauer, who was fired by NBC in November after being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior.
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The new comments from Curry, 61, were published online ahead of the magazine’s release.
Curry, who left NBC in 2015, is hosting a six-episode documentary series called “We’ll Meet Again,” which premieres on PBS on Jan. 23.
She’s also slated to appear Wednesday on “CBS This Morning,” where she’s expected to discuss Lauer, as well as the widespread anti-harassment movement, #MeToo.
Multiple additional women came forward to accuse Lauer of inappropriate behavior shortly after his firing. Lauer said in a statement a day after his firing that there was enough truth in the accusations to make him feel “embarrassed and ashamed,” but he refuted some aspects of allegations against him.