Katie Couric ‘trashed’ Ashleigh Banfield at 2000 Olympics: ‘Spit was flying’


Katie Couric’s imply woman antics go additional even than what she’s revealed in her upcoming scorched earth memoir.

An insider has come ahead to share the complete extent to which Couric, 64, humiliated colleague Ashleigh Banfield on the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. 

“It was such a disappointing scene,” an NBC insider told the Daily Mail of the previous “Today” host’s conduct towards Banfield, 53, on the time. “Katie Couric caused that problem in Sydney and she used it to trash Ashleigh Banfield within the network. It was disgraceful.”

Both newswomen had booked interviews with Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Michael Johnson — Banfield for NBC Nightly News rather than anchor Tom Brokaw and Couric for “Today.” While Couric did her interview, although, she made Banfield wait exterior, after which proceed ready whereas Couric’s then 9-year-old daughter interviewed Johnson for her faculty paper. 

Indeed, Couric reportedly made certain Banfield was uncomfortable from the second she arrived on set, having one in all her producers greet her by yelling “You aren’t supposed to be in here” (“spit was flying everywhere” the insider added) earlier than instructing her to sit down exterior, whereas letting a manufacturing assistant into the studio. “I hope it wasn’t too mean having her kicked out of here. Hehehehe,” Couric reportedly laughed from contained in the studio, earlier than saying: “I think Michael [Johnson] has another interview to do before he leaves, but before he does that, my daughter Ellie needs to interview him first for a school paper.”

When Banfield lastly did get an opportunity to interview Johnson, her interview was lower brief as a result of her breaching an unwritten settlement to not ask Johnson about his use of performance-enhancing medicine. (The Olympian would later give again his gold medal for the Sydney relay race after admitting his teammate — though not himself — had certainly used steroids.)

“Eww that was awkward Ashleigh. Eww. Awkward,” Couric advised Banfield as she left the set. 

In response to the Daily Mail’s request for touch upon the matter, Banfield declined to bash Couric. “I don’t want to reopen old wounds, but Sydney certainly was a professional challenge for me,” she responded as a substitute.

In “Going There,” Couric’s upcoming bombshell memoir, she talks about Sydney with out point out of 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,” she writes within the e-book, out later this month.

NBC News’ Katie Couric and Matt Lauer on the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
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