Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb express their 'hopes' for Matt Lauer (exclusive)

Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb hope Matt Lauer is prioritizing his family.

ET's Nischelle Turner spoke with the Today show co-anchors at the Time 100 Gala on Tuesday in New York City, where they talked about what their former co-worker has been up to since his abrupt firing last November due to "sexually inappropriate behavior in the workplace." Though Lauer has been living a very private life in the Hamptons, Guthrie and Kotb have kept in touch.

"My hopes for Matt are what they always are, which is that he just feels good, is connected to his family," Guthrie told ET. "He knows what's important and he's focused on it, and, you know, he's our friend and he always will be. And that's where we are."

Kotb added that Lauer is taking the time to recuperate when it comes to his personal life.

"Yeah, he has some healing that he's working on, and I think that's just part of his process," she explained. "I mean, what you want in your life is your family to love you, and I think that would be the hope for him."

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Journalist Megyn Kelly attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Megyn Kelly attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Jennifer Lopez attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Hoda Kotb attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actors Emily Blunt and John Krasinski attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Nicole Kidman attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Musician Keith Urban and actor Nicole Kidman attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Olympian Lindsey Vonn attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Television host Savannah Guthrie attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Millie Bobby Brown attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: News anchor Al Roker attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Musician Shawn Mendes attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Sterling K. Brown attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Susan Kelechi Watson attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: United States Representative Maxine Waters attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Television hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Martha Stewart attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Greta Gerwig attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Singer Kesha attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Olympian Adam Rippon attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Mia Farrow attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Ben Platt attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Activist Janet Mock attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actors Susan Kelechi Watson and Sterling K Brown attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Comedian Leslie Jones and designer Christian Siriano attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Emily Nestor and Ronan Farrow attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Journalist David Muir attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Yara Shahidi attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Comedian Trevor Noah attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Author Padma Lakshmi attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: MeToo! Founder, activist Tarana Burke attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Journalist Norah O'Donnell attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Deepika Padukone attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Lena Waithe and Alana Mayo attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
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Guthrie, 46, and Kotb, 53, who both made Time 100's Most Influential People list this year, say they're closer than ever since Lauer's scandal. 

"Well, we thought we were bonded before because we've worked together for a lot of years, but there's nothing like the last six months and just getting to be together every day, and just getting closer in every way," Guthrie says about their friendship. "I mean, we already thought we were close, but there's just something about doing this show together, and I just think there's just so much love and respect, and also we just laugh all the time. It's actually ridiculous."

"Yeah, it's funny, the show is actually the extra part, like, I feel like we're in the makeup room, we're talking nonstop and they're like, 'Go downstairs now,'" Kotb adds. "It really is a time we're sharing."

On Tuesday, a source told ET that Lauer is in "bad shape" as divorce proceedings from his wife, Annette Roque, continue.

"Matt cut himself off from the life he knew in Manhattan and has remained for the most part isolated," the source said. "He looks exhausted. Matt is finally coming to terms with the reality that his marriage is over and he is in bad shape. He feels he lost everything important in his life overnight. He is embarrassed and ashamed."

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0863 -- Pictured: (l-r) TODAY Co-Anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb during an interview on May 2, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie are seen on the set of the today show on April 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: (L-R) Joel Schiffman, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Michael Feldman attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
INSIDE THE ROYAL WEDDING: HARRY AND MEGHAN -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb -- (Photo by: Colin Hutton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb attend the 2018 The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People In Media at The Pool on April 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday April 4, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Carson Daly, Sunny, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- 'TODAY live from Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics' -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Monday, February 12, 2018 -- (Photo by: Hagen Hopkins/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Savannah Guthrie & Hoda Kotb Visit 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on January 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Thursday Jan. 11, 2018 -- (Photo by: Zach Pagano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Monday, December 18, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Friday, December 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker on Thursday, December 14, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker during the 2017 Christmas In Rockefeller Center -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: (L to R) Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie embrace at the end of the show on the set of NBC's Today Show, November 29, 2017 in New York City. It was announced on Wednesday morning that long time Today Show host Matt Lauer had been fired for sexual misconduct. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: (L to R) Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb prepare for segment on the set of NBC's Today Show, November 29, 2017 in New York City. It was announced on Wednesday morning that long time Today Show host Matt Lauer had been fired for sexual misconduct. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday Nov. 28, 2017 -- (Photo by: Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb on Monday, October 9, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin, Carson Daly, and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday Nov.15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Zach Pagano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb attend NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on September 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb and Dylan Dreyer on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb and Carson Daly on Monday, September 5, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Lionel Richie and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Chrissy Metz on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Carson Daly, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Heidi Klum, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager, Natalie Morales, Dylan Dreyer and Savannah Guthrie on Friday, May19, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Jennifer Lopez and Savanna Guthrie on Monday, May 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on Friday, April 28, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: (L-R) Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Barry Manilow on stage for NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie,Hoda Kotb are seen on the set of the today show on January 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 30, 2016 shows 'Today' show hosts (L-R) Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer attending the 84th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York City. NBC said Wednesday it has fired Lauer, a well-known morning news anchor, for what it described as inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) TV personalities Willie Geist, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Tamron Hall and Matt Lauer attend the 54th New York Film Festival 'Jackie' screening on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Hoda Kotb (L) and Savannah Guthrie attend The Hollywood Reporter's 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Carson Daly,Tamron Hall, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb attend the 2014 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street on December 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Savannah Guthrie, Meredith Vieira and Hoda Kotb attend the 'LIVES with Meredith Vieira' Launch Party at Gramercy Park Hotel on September 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Tamron Hall, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News' 'Today' show on March 28, 2013 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show on March 21, 2013 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show on March 20, 2013 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show on March 20, 2013 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager and Savannah Guthrie attend 'A White House Christmas: First Families Remember' Premiere Party at Tenjune on December 12, 2012 in New York, New York. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: (L-R) Willie Geist, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Savannah Guthrie,Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb attend the opening night of 'Scandalous' on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on November 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12: Natalie Morales, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Savannah Guthrie attend The Empire State Building in honor of the 60th Anniversary of 'Today' on January 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
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