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Katie Couric hired a nanny whose troubling behavior including trying to split up her marriage — and even accusing her late husband of pedophilia.
The “Today” show alum writes in her upcoming memoir “Going There” that shortly after the birth of her first daughter, Ellie, now 30, she hired a woman named Doris as nanny. The woman came with impeccable references and stints working for Diana Ross and Bianca Jagger.
Couric, 64, was at that point living in New York while husband Jay Monahan stayed in Virginia during the work week. She grew close to Doris, who had been hired to stay only during the week but then requested to also live with the family on weekends.
“I spent more time with Doris than anyone else in my life and I was completely unguarded around her,” Couric writes in her explosive memoir. “Doris and I really were a couple, in a weird kind of way.”
The former newscaster concedes that the nanny was wonderful with her daughter but claims things began to get ominous when, one night, Doris asked for a hug before she went to bed.
Couric says that while she was alarmed at first, she rationalized the request by feeling sorry that Doris seemed so lonely. However, it was not a one-off occurrence.
“It all felt so creepy,” she writes, admitting that she let it go because “I was completely dependent on her.”
On weekends Couric, Ellie, and Doris would fly down to Virginia to join Monahan, where oftentimes friends trying to visit them there would be turned away at the door by Doris.
“An alarming level of codependency had been achieved,” Couric writes.
Meanwhile, the couple took Doris on “fancy” vacations and lavished her with expensive presents like clothing and an antique silver perfume bottle.
What finally prompted Couric to fire her increasingly sinister nanny was Monahan’s move to New York. Couric claims Doris was irked by his presence, and the atmosphere in the apartment grew tense, with the woman attempting to drive a wedge in their marriage by attributing a (manufactured) hurtful remark to Jay.
But when Doris angrily threatened to quit because Jay was contemplating staying home to write a book, Couric was apoplectic.
She realized that Doris was “delusional” and trying to “destroy my marriage.”
Then, after Doris’ abrupt dismissal, embarrassing stories began to turn up in tabloids. Even more disturbing were flyers accusing Monahan of pedophilia that Doris had printed up being distributed to the lobby of the new building the family was about to move into.
The “evidence” was a close-up of a photo from a family holiday of Monahan after a huge meal sprawled on a bed with Ellie with — in true dad fashion — the top button of his khakis undone to let his stomach out.
Worried for their daughter’s safety, Couric and Monahan hired an ex-cop to keep watch on Ellie’s preschool and toyed with the idea of obtaining a restraining order. Eventually, Doris stopped harassing the family.
Sadly, Monahan died of cancer at age 42 in 1998.
The journalist’s new memoir, which was obtained by the Post, is out Oct. 26.
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