Curry Speaks Out

Ann Curry on “CBS This Morning.”

Former “Today” co-host Ann Curry has spoken publicly for the first time about being ousted from the NBC morning show and the recent firing of her former co-host, Matt Lauer, over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Curry, who was with “Today” for 15 years before being let go in 2012, was interviewed by Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King and John Dickerson on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday.

Asked about the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movement, which has resulted in the ouster of Lauer, former “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose, and other media personalities, Curry said:

“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 workplace 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.”

Regarding Lauer, she said, “I am trying to do no harm in these conversations. I can tell you that … I am not surprised by the allegations.”