Al Roker the first of 'Today' cast to go public about Katie Couric's dishy new memoir

Al Roker attends the "Today" Show at Rockefeller Plaza on July 16, 2021 in New York City
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Katie Couric is firmly set in the pantheon of “America’s Sweethearts.” The status of which has made her controversial new memoir, Going There, something of a surprise -- especially if you work at NBC.

The title alone hints that Couric doesn’t hold back in the book. Even after she went on the former show that made her name, “Today,” last month -- and put up with some fairly probing questions from Savannah Guthrie -- the current cast of the NBC morning stalwart have kept quiet on any opinions about the book, until now.

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And who is the first to speak up? Maybe the last you’d expect -- ultra-nice guy weatherman Al Roker.

But as one might assume, Roker is not going to be the one to rail his fist at Couric. And in fact, as Good Housekeeping reports, Roker is standing up for his former co-star.

He recently went to People TV to hype his new podcast, “Cooking Up a Storm with Al Roker,” when the subject of Couric’s book came up.

"She was very forthcoming,” said Roker, “the book was called Going There. And she lived up to the title. You know, it’s not your typical everything is sweetness and light kind of memoir, so props to her for that."

The book’s revelations mostly center around the sexism that still exists throughout the news industry, which of course leads to discussion of the 2017 ouster of another former “Today” host, Matt Lauer, after a string of sexual misconduct allegations.

Couric admits to being a longtime friend of Lauer’s before the revelations came to light. "Decent. Kind. Generous. Conscientious,” Couric writes. “The epitome of a good guy." The book even includes texts between the two exchanged around the time Matt was fired. Over time though, Couric learned more about the allegations, and their friendship obviously soured.

Though Couric left NBC for CBS in 2006, she and Roker have remained close -- epitomized by a tweet last December, supporting her old pal in his fight against prostate cancer. Last May, Roker announced he was clear of the cancer.

Notably, Roker didn’t interrupt one of his “Today” show weather reports to offer his thoughts on Couric’s memoir. Instead, he addressed it during the brief interview with People TV. But it nonetheless proved that he felt the need to support his friend.

Roker has been at NBC for 40 years, so one wonders what he might be able to reveal once he most probably writes his tell-all. But for now, he’s in a sweet spot -- he beat cancer, and shows no loss of energy or humor at his daily gig.

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