Katie Couric Apologizes For Controversial Opening Ceremony Commentary

When people make mistakes, a proper apology is accepted by everyone. However, what happens when the whole world notices the error?

Katie Couric Apologizes

On Monday, Feb. 14, Television anchor Katie Couric took to Twitter to not only congratulate the Netherlands on their Olympics glory but also made an apology.

"Congrats #Netherlands on your medal count so far! My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals. I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn't come out that way! I'd love to visit again and celebrate your success!" wrote Couric.

In addition to her apology, Couric also received an invitation from the Netherlands's United States embassy to tour the country.

The Shade Is Real

After Couric issued her apology on Twitter, people continued to shade the television personality.

"Looks like you won the gold for fake news reporting, HaHa," commented one Twitter user.

The Controversial Commentary

Couric's apology comes days after her Opening Ceremony commentary regarding the Netherlands and speedskating.

"As you all know, it [The Netherlands] has lots of canals that can freeze in the winter. So for as long as those canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place, to each other, and to also have fun," Couric told the Opening Ceremony audience on Feb. 9.

Couric received immediate social media backlash from people with Dutch ancestry. They took to Twitter to mock the former CBS Evening News anchor.

"You just can't make this up. NBC opening ceremony coverage. Katie Couric talks about why The Netherlands is so good at speed skating as the Netherlands enters the stadium. And this folks is why Americans are less bright about the rest of the world as they spread fake news," wrote another Twitter user.

TV Show Host's Recent Activities

NBC invited Couric to cover the PyeongChang Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. The television icon is a familiar face amongst loyal NBC viewers. Couric served as co-anchor of the network's morning news newscast Today from 1991 to 2006.

In addition to the Olympics coverage, she hosted actress-comedian Amy Schumer on The Katie Couric Podcast. The Inside Amy Schumer and Trainwreck actress admitted to the television news personality that she was "flat out raped" and also defended her friend and Masters of None star Aziz Ansari, as he came under fire for sexual misconduct allegations.

Couric also broke her silence regarding Matt Lauer's fall from grace. The former Today co-anchor stated that she was shocked at the allegations and added it was not the Matt Lauer that she knew for years.

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