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Sunday 17th February 2019

Former ‘Today’ Co-Host Issues Apology for ‘Bewildering’ Comments

"I'm still laughing," one fan mused.

Katie Couric issued a public apology on Monday for inaccurate remarks she made about the Dutch city of Amsterdam.

The former Today co-host, who has spent the past week covering the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, irked many fans when she made "bewildering" comments about the Dutch, and their supposed method of transportation.

“As you all know, it [Amsterdam] has lots of canals that can freeze in the winters,” the journalist stated during the Opening Ceremony on Friday.

“So, for as long as those canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place, to race each other and also to have fun.”

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Katie Couric attends the 'Genius' Premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Katie covered the 2018 Winter Olympics on behalf of NBC. (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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Following the television personality's commentary, many fans took to social media to roast her "laughable" take on Dutch customs.

"I'm still laughing about Katie Couric claiming that the Dutch win a lot of olympic ice skating medals because we 'ice-skate to work on the canals,'" one person joked.

Another person chimed in, saying, "Perhaps @katiecouric was stoned the whole last time she visited Amsterdam. I think she should rectify for both the #Dutch as well as her American viewers."

"I enjoyed watching the #OpeningCeremony tonight, but after hearing @katiecouric give bewildering/wrong information about the Dutch and ice skating, I wonder if all the other information about Korean culture was also fake," someone else added.

They continued, "Yes, the Dutch love ice skating, for fun, but the canals in Amsterdam do not freeze very often. So, no, people in Amsterdam do not use ice skating as a regular means of transportation."

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The Netherlands Embassy even chimed in on the controversy, writing, "Hi @katiecouric, please come visit the Netherlands. We’d love to show you all the innovative ways the Dutch get around, & are building the future of transportation. Of course, we can also visit our famous skating rinks. Let’s break the ice!"

The message must have caught Katie's attention because she replied right away.

"Congrats on your medal count so far. My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals," the 61-year-old responded.

"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 & celebrate your success!"

All inaccuracies aside, her apology was accepted.

"We're letting it slide," the Netherlands Embassy joked.