Katie Couric: Rumors Ashleigh Banfield Wanted to Replace Me ‘Didn’t Bring Out My Generous Side’

Katie Couric, Ashleigh Banfield

Katie Couric, Ashleigh Banfield

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Katie Couric is clarifying her stance after she says phrases about fellow feminine journalists in her upcoming memoir Going There had been “cherry-picked and twisted” in pre-publication leaks by tabloids.

Of former colleague Ashleigh Banfield, Couric writes within the guide that she “heard by means of the grapevine that her father was telling anybody who’d pay attention that she was going to exchange me. In that surroundings, mentorship typically felt like self-sabotage.”

In a number of sit-down interviews with PEOPLE, the previous Today co-anchor asserts that there’s a distinction between being protecting of her hard-won place and tearing different girls down. (Banfield had responded to the leaked passage by questioning whether or not Couric’s view of her had negatively impacted her profession at NBC.) Couric says she by no means iced Banfield out.

“Absolutely not,” says Couric, 64, on this week’s cowl story. “I think if someone was openly saying they were going to replace me, I don’t think I helped them. I never iced her out. I never criticized her. It just didn’t bring out my generous side.”

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“The tradition on the time and the shortage of high-profile jobs for girls — to not point out the truth that I watched Jane [Pauley] get pushed out [as Today co-anchor in 1989] due to the whims of the boys in cost — typically made me really feel protecting of my place,” she continues.

In her guide, Couric admits to feeling like she wanted to “protect my turf” on the morning information present, the place she labored from 1991 by means of 2006, and says she was conscious “someone younger and cuter was always around the corner,” naming Banfield, 53, for instance.

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Banfield, who was an NBC correspondent within the early 2000s, determined to “correct the record” final month on her NewsNation present. She mentioned Couric’s claims about her dad had been “just not true.”

Banfield mentioned she was “stunned” when she first learn the leaked feedback, and that when she first met Couric, “she was the queen of television, and nobody was better than Katie.”

In an interview TMZ in early October, Banfield mentioned Couric’s view of her and the abrupt finish of her profession on the community.

“I’ve just been going over the last 20 years of why my career just derailed so quickly with no explanation at NBC,” she mentioned in a video interview with the outlet. “All I can think about is that I was at the top of my game. I had just come back from Afghanistan, I had a million viewers at night at 9 o’clock… The press on me was huge and it was positive. And just within an instant and with no warning and no explanation, it was just all over. It all disappeared. They canceled me.”

“To have them unceremoniously ditch me — it broke my heart, it broke my soul,” she added. But Banfield understands why Couric felt like mentorship may very well be “self-sabotage.”

“I don’t think it’s wrong that Katie felt that way,” she advised TMZ. “I think that every woman, no matter how successful they were, felt like they were disposable on television.”

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In Going There, Couric additionally addresses sexism within the media. She tells PEOPLE she “defended” and “supported” girls nevertheless she may in a tricky trade.

“I encouraged women that I was working with and who were producing and writing for me and booking stories for me,” she says. “I would encourage other reporters and tell them how great they were.”

“It was male-dominated,” she continues, “and I think I tried to support women wherever I could, however I could.”

Going There hits bookstores on Oct. 26.


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