Billy Bush reveals Matt Lauer has reached out to him since his firing

Billy Bush says his former Today show colleague Matt Lauer has been in touch, after Lauer was shockingly fired from the Today show in November due to alleged "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."

“He texted me and asked about some of the self-help books I’ve been reading,” Bush reveals in a new interview with People. “I told him, ‘Start here.’”

Bush says he wasn't exactly rejoicing after Lauer's firing, which came after the 46-year-old entertainment journalist himself was let go from the Today show in October 2016. Bush was fired from the hit NBC morning show due to a leaked 2005 tape of Donald Trump -- who at the time was still the Apprentice host -- appearing to brag to Bush about groping women.

“Maybe at one point there was part of me that [felt like] if someone else got [in trouble], I would be like, ‘Now who’s the bad guy?’” Bush admits. “But I took zero pleasure in it. And I’m grateful for that. Let those who transgressed be held accountable. I felt for the women involved and for his wife.”

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: NBC News' Billy Bush in conversation with Jeff Rossen for SiriusXM's TODAY Show Radio at SiriusXM Studios on August 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Billy Bush arrives for the women's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 13 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Billy Bush & Olympic Legend Carl Lewis for Speed-Walking Race for Ages at Copacabana beach on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Access Hollywood )
CULVER CITY, CA - MAY 21: TV personality/host Billy Bush attends the Kaleidoscope Ball at 3LABS on May 21, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Radio host Billy Bush (L) and actress Olivia Jordan attend The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2016 Presented By Macy's at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for AHA)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Bush (L) and Bethany Watson at 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: Billy Bush arrives at the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) TV personalities Billy Bush and Kit Hoover attend the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: TV personality Billy Bush speaks onstage during Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Honoring Oscar De La Hoya, Michael Rosenfeld And Tom Mone at its Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles)
YOUNTVILLE, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Billy Bush attends the Celebrity Tribute during the Napa Valley Film Festival 2015 at the Lincoln Theatre on November 13, 2015 in Yountville, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Master of Ceremonies Billy Bush attends the imagine1day Visionary Leadership Dinner at The London West Hollywood on October 29, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for imagine1day)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: TV host, Billy Bush attends 16th Annual Ubuntu Education Fund 1 Million to One: Changing The Odds Gala at Gotham Hall on June 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Radio host Billy Bush attends the Farrah Fawcett Foundation 1st annual Tex-Mex Fiesta at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Television personalities Bethenny Frankel (L) and Billy Bush tape a segment at 'Access Hollywood' at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on June 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: TV personality Billy Bush attends The CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards on April 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 08: TV Host Billy Bush attends the advance screening of 'Cinderella' benefiting Los Angeles JDRF at Walt Disney Studios on March 8, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE/SPECIAL RATES APPLY) TV host Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on November 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Chloe Grace Moretz and Billy Bush -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: EXCLUSIVE ACCESS/SPECIAL RATES APPLY - Billy Bush visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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As for his own relationship with his estranged wife, Sydney, Bush says the two are still taking time apart to possibly work it out. Last September, Bush's rep confirmed that the couple separated after nearly 20 years of marriage.

Still, he maintains that his marriage with Sydney had "difficulties" even before he was fired from the Today show. The two share three daughters together -- Josie, Mary and Lillie.

“We got married young and had our first child right away," he tells the magazine. "We’re taking a step back. We get to explore and take our time. She’s been so awesome through everything. I love her very much.”

“I have done so much self-help work,” he also notes. “I had some growing up to do anyway in life. I did so much exploring and figuring out. I’m a deeper person. And I’m happy about using my knowledge for a good purpose.”

As for what's next for Bush, he teased a  yet-to-be announced project inspired by his journey.

“I have a plan to make this mess my message,” he says. “I know I’m coming out with a purpose. And I want to use what I know to help other people.”

Last month, an industry source told ET that Bush was ready to resurrect his career.

“If he truly wants to change the narrative, he has to change his life," the source said. "If he truly wants to change his path, he needs to be a force for positive change within the industry."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Television personality Billy Bush and his wife Sydney pose at the 2006 Diamond Lounge By Nathalie Dubois in the Penthouse at Peterson Automotive Museum March 4, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA -OCTOBER 13: Billy Bush and Sydney Bush attend 'Breaking The Ice' A Fundraiser to benefit The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on October 13, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: 3rd Annual Runway For Life Benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and DVD Release of National Treasure in Beverly Hills, United States on May 01, 2005 - Billy Bush and Sydney. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA -OCTOBER 13: Billy Bush and Sydney Bush attend 'Breaking The Ice' A Fundraiser to benefit The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on October 13, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Billy Bush and wife Sydney at the Bunny Hop to benefit the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
Billy Bush and wife Sydney at the Bunny Hop to benefit the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
LA QUINTA, CA - MARCH 10: Actor Billy Bush and Sydney Davis attend the 11th Annual Desert Smash Hosted By Will Ferrell Benefiting Cancer For College at La Quinta Resort and Club on March 10, 2015 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Desert Smash)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Billy Bush and his wife Sydney Davis arrive for the women's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 13 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
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