On a summer day in the Hamptons last year, Katie Couric and her husband, John Molner, went out for a walk and saw a familiar white jeep drive by with Matt Lauer at the wheel.
No waves, no hellos. Couric writes in her new memoir, “Going There,” that she realized then that the television partners would never speak again.
Once the king and queen of morning television, Matt and Katie were regular “guests” in the homes of millions of Americans, delivering the news with friendly banter. Yet as the drive-by suggests, much can change in 20 years. Couric today is less visible after a series of jobs that didn’t quite work out, while Lauer was fired from the “Today” show in 2017 after stories about sexual misconduct emerged.
Couric’s book, which is out Oct. 26, recounts in raw terms her difficulty processing what she learned about the man she worked beside on most weekday mornings from 1997 to 2006.