This Throwback Clip About Katie Couric's Maternity Leave is Awful
Yikes. Katie Couric gave all of us an unpleasant trip down memory lane by reminding us of her obnoxious (and misogynistic) former Today co-host, Bryan Gumbel’s comments on Couric’s maternity leave in 1991.
Couric posted a clip to her subscribers-only newsletter of a thoroughly cringe-worthy 1991 segment of the show — in which Gumbel grilled the then very-pregnant Couric on the validity of her imminent maternity leave. She had a good reason for sharing the footage: Couric posted the “uncomfortable exchange” in the hope of changing the dialogue about working parents’ needs in 2019.
Of the clip, Couric wrote, “I was about to go on maternity leave and let’s just say, Bryant Gumbel didn’t quite get it. it’s pretty shocking to watch it now, 28 years later!”
“Why so long?” demanded an obviously dismissive Bryant in response to Couric saying she’d be taking nine weeks off. (She wound up only taking four weeks off. Ahem.)
Really, you’ve got to see it for yourself. Our jaws dropped.
Ugh. We can’t say we’re shocked that Gumbel reportedly still supports former Today host Matt Lauer, who was fired from NBC after sexual harassment allegations. Couric weighed in on the Lauer firing in an early 2018 interview with Entertainment Tonight, saying, “Clearly the behavior was unacceptable and shocking for so many of us, and yet we also all knew a side of Matt and many positive attributes. So to try to kind of make sense of it has been… almost impossible and very challenging.”
Couric herself has managed to stay fairly scandal-free for most of her career, except for the time she was on thin ice with the Netherlands for a historical gaffe. And speaking of maternity leave? Couric scored an invite to Meghan Markle’s NYC baby shower, according to this tweet, so take that, Gumbel.
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