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

Katie Couric on Rumors Ashleigh Banfield Wanted to Replace Her: 'It Didn't Bring Out My Generous Side'

Katie Couric is clarifying her stance after she says words about fellow female journalists in her upcoming memoir Indo lá estavam “cherry-picked and twistedin pre-publication leaks by tabloids.

Of former colleague Ashleigh Banfield, Couric writes in the book that sheheard through the grapevine that her father was telling anyone who’d listen that she was going to replace me. In that environment, mentorship sometimes felt like self-sabotage.

In multiple sit-down interviews with PEOPLE, o antigo Hoje co-anchor asserts that there is a difference between being protective of her hard-won position and tearing other women down. (Banfield had responded to the leaked passage by wondering whether Couric’s view of her had negatively impacted her career at NBC.) Couric says she never iced Banfield out.

“Absolutamente não,” says Couric, 64, in this week’s cover 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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katie couric

The culture at the time and the scarcity of high-profile jobs for women — not to mention the fact that I watched Jane [Pauley] get pushed out [Como Hoje co-anchor in 1989] because of the whims of the men in charge — sometimes made me feel protective of my position,” ela continua.

In her book, Couric admits to feeling like she needed toprotect my turfon the morning news show, where she worked from 1991 Através dos 2006, and says she was awaresomeone younger and cuter was always around the corner,” naming Banfield, 53, as an example.

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Banfield, who was an NBC correspondent in the early 2000s, decided to correct the recordlast month on her NewsNation show. She said Couric’s claims about her dad werejust not true.

Banfield said she wasstunnedwhen she first read the leaked comments, and that when she first met Couric, “she was the queen of television, and nobody was better than Katie.

Em uma entrevista TMZ in early October, Banfield discussed Couric’s view of her and the abrupt end of her career at the network.

I’ve just been going over the last 20 years of why my career just derailed so quickly with no explanation at NBC,” she said 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 horas… 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,” ela adicionou. But Banfield understands why Couric felt like mentorship could beself-sabotage.

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

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No Indo lá, Couric also addresses sexism in the media. She tells PEOPLE she “defendeu” e “supportedwomen however she could in a tough industry.

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

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

Indo lá hits bookstores on Oct. 26.