Katie To The Rescue! Couric Has ‘Soft Spot’ For Disgraced Matt Lauer

Feb. 25 2019, Updated 11:54 a.m. ET

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Matt Lauer and Katie Couric are quietly bonding, as he finds his way back up from the gutter, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

“They’re a lot closer than people think,” an insider told Radar. “Matt’s been putting in strategy calls to Katie and she’s giving him tons of advice in both his personal life and career.”

As Radar readers know, Lauer’s career is in freefall, after the 60-year-old former Today show host was fired by NBC following a slew of sexual assault allegations.

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But Couric, who sat next to Lauer on the morning show couch for 15 years, has been sympathetic to his troubles, and recently reiterated that she had a “wonderful working relationship” with the disgraced anchor.

“She’s still got a soft spot for the guy and wants to see him make a comeback. She’s telling friends she believes he’s truly sorry,” the insider added.

Lauer apologized after the allegations became public, writing in a note that he regretted “that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.”

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry.” Lauer’s statement read. “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”

As for her shocking admission that Lauer used to pinch her butt on several occasions, Couric would like to put that all behind her.

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“She’d like people to think she was ‘joking’ when she said he would pinch her ass all the time, but he did and it used to annoy her.”

Lauer has been relatively silent since being laid off, hiding in his Hamptons home. But sources tell Radar he is busy planning his comeback – as a documentary movie producer!

“People say he’s delusional,” another source told Radar. “But Matt’s convinced it could win him back a lot of the credibility and trust he’s lost from this scandal.”

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