Recent allegations declare that former NBC anchor Katie Couric sought to humiliate her colleague Ashleigh Banfield on the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Couric has been the middle of a number of controversies in current days earlier than the discharge of her tell-all guide “Going There,” which sheds mild on her decades-long profession in broadcast journalism.
In response to her new guide, an NBC insider informed the Daily Mail that Couric sought to disgrace and humiliate Banfield after Banfield was suggested to fill in for Tom Brokaw in interviewing Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson. Upon getting ready for the interview, a feminine producer who labored for Couric allegedly marched as much as Banfield and yelled in her face.
“You aren’t supposed to be in here,” the insider claimed she stated. “Spit was flying everywhere into Ashleigh’s face.”
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The producer reportedly compelled Banfield to attend exterior as Couric joked concerning the debacle to others.
“I hope it wasn’t too mean having her kicked out of here. Hehehehe,” Couric allegedly stated.
Couric was additionally reportedly livid with Banfield when she requested Johnson a query concerning his rumored drug use.
“What is she doing? Who does she think she is? This is so embarrassing for me and for the TODAY Show,” Couric stated.
When the interview ended, Couric additionally supposedly mocked Banfield saying “Eww that was awkward Ashleigh. Eww. Awkward.”
“It was such a disappointing scene,” the insider described.
Couric described the 2000 Olympics in her upcoming memoir “Going There,” however made no point out of Ashleigh Banfield.
“How could I not bring the girls to the Olympics in Salt Lake City, Sydney, Athens? They met gold medalists; Ellie interviewed sprinter Michael Johnson for a school paper, and he autographed one of his gold running shoes for her,” Couric wrote.
The insider additional emphasised that Couric “openly took joy” in shaming Banfield throughout the interview.
“Here was America’s so called sweetheart, showing she was no supporter of her colleague or another woman and she openly took joy in the fact that she’d at first blocked Ashleigh from being on set, then had her child do this pathetic school project interview with Michael and then she relished in Michael’s response when he stopped the interview at the point Ashleigh asked the most important question,” the insider added.
Couric didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request for remark.
In a response to Daily Mail, Banfield declined to touch upon the matter saying “I don’t want to reopen old wounds, but Sydney certainly was a professional challenge for me.”
However, Banfield did reply to one of many accusations Couric makes in her new guide. Banfield known as out Couric for claiming that her and her father have been making an attempt to steal Couric’s place.
Couric has additionally confronted backlash for expressing sympathy for disgraced NBC “Today” cohost Matt Lauer and attacking one-time rival Diane Sawyer.
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