Al Roker wishes Matt Lauer well nearly 2 years after 'Today' exit (exclusive)

Al Roker is sending Matt Lauer well wishes.

ET spoke with the 64-year-old anchor at the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Summer 2019 TCA press tour event over the weekend, where he opened up about his former Today colleague.

"I'm sure he's doing well," Roker told ET's Katie Krause. "I don't really talk about that much but we wish him well."

As for Roker, in addition to his work on Today, he's hoping to find a way to bridge the gap and help the next generation of broadcasters.

"I don't know if anybody really knows where media is going," he admitted. "It's going, and I think your best bet is to be as well prepared for it as possible."

The interview comes nearly two years after Lauer was fired from his role as Today show co-host in November 2017, after being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by several co-workers. He split with his wife, Annette Roque, with whom he shares three children, shortly after. Roque officially filed for divorce earlier this month. 

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Al Roker with his son, Nicholas Roker
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 14: Al Roker, Deborah Roberts and Nicholas Albert Roker attend the 2019 Adapt Leadership Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 14: (L-R) Al Roker, Nicholas Albert Roker, and Deborah Roberts attend the 2019 2nd Annual ADAPT Leadership Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for ADAPT Leadership Awards )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 14: (L-R) Al Roker, Nicholas Albert Roker, Deborah Roberts, Tamron Hall, David Muir and Susan Lucci attend the 2019 2nd Annual ADAPT Leadership Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for ADAPT Leadership Awards )
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Al Roker and son Nicholas Roker backstage after Roker made his Broadway debut in the hit musical "Waitress" on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Al Roker and family pose backstage after Roker made his Broadway debut in the hit musical "Waitress" on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (L-R) Kourtney Sokmen, Dylan Dreyer, Deborah Kosofsky, Al Roker and Nicholas Albert Roker attend "Siriously Delicious" by Siri Daly book launch event at Williams Sonoma Columbus Circle on April 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Time Inc. Books)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (L-R) Nicholas Albert Roker, Willie Geist, Siri Daly, Jenna Bush Hager and Al Roker attend "Siriously Delicious" by Siri Daly book launch event at Williams Sonoma Columbus Circle on April 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Time Inc. Books)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Nicholas Albert Roker, Deborah Roberts and Al Roker attend New York Knicks Vs Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: (L-R) Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Nicholas Roker, and Leila Roker attend the Adapt Leadership Awards Gala 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Adapt Community Network)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: (L-R) Deborah Roberts, Nicholas Roker, and Al Roker attend the Adapt Leadership Awards Gala 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Adapt Community Network)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 26: (L-R) Leila Roker, Deborah Roberts, Al Roker and Nicholas Albert Roker attend the 2016 CollegeBound Initiative celebration at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 1: Al Roker, his wife Deborah Roberts and their children Leila Roker and Nicholas Albert Roker attend day two of the 2015 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Nicholas Roker, Al Roker and Leila Roker attend the "Kung Fu Panda 3" New York screening at AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 theater on January 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: TV personality Al Roker (2nd R) with Nicholas Albert Roker, Deborah Roberts, and Leila Roker attend Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: TV personality Al Roker (R) with Nicholas Albert Roker, Deborah Roberts, and Leila Roker attend Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Nicholas Albert Roker, Al Roker (C), and Leila Roker attend 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Al Roker, his wife Deborah Roberts and their kids Leila Roker and Nicholas Albert Roker attend Day 4 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Al Roker, his wife Deborah Roberts and their kids Leila Roker and Nicholas Albert Roker attend Day 4 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: TV personalities Deborah Lee-Roberts (L) and Al Roker (R) with children and Nicholas Roker and Leila Roker arrive at Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 23, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MARCH 02: AL Roker and his wife Deborah Roberts pose for a photo with their children Leila and Nicholas Roker at the launch of "First Ladies Tour" series on We TV at the Helen Mills Theater on March 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/WireImage)
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Roker rarely speaks about Lauer these days, but reacted to the first public statement his former co-worker gave following the firing in an interview with ET last May.

"Well, look, I can't speak to what Matt is doing or why he chose to do it, but I think we're all evolving and changing," Roker said at the time. "We all have to find our place in this world."

"My deal is I just do my job and just be thrilled that I'm working with, you know... I like being with the people I work with," he added when asked if his job had been affected in any way following Lauer's abrupt exit.

Late last month, Lauer’s first ex-wife, Nancy Alspaugh, told ET that Lauer is now "moving on" with his life.

"He is doing incredibly well," she said. "We have remained close and always will. And, it makes me happy to see him moving forward and living his life."

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MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: (l-r) Hosts Katie Couric, Matt Lauer during the 2000 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TODAY SHOW -- Pictured: (l-r) Weatherman Al Roker, co-host Katie Couric, co-host Matt Lauer, co-host Ann Curry (Photo by NBC NewsWire/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Katie Couric, Matt Lauer -- Photo by: Darryl Estrine/NBC/NBC NewsWire
Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker and Katie Couric at Al Rokers' Book Party for 'Don't Let Me Stop This Car! Adventures In Fatherhood' held at Fresco Restaurant. (Photo By: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 12: American television journalists Katie Couric and Matt Lauer hosting the NBC Today Show from Sydney Harbour on September 12, 2000 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Peter Carrette Archive/Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: (l-r) Hosts Katie Couric, Matt Lauer during the 2001 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBCU Photo Bank
Al Roker, Katie Couric, and Matt Lauer arrive for the NBC 75th Anniversary celebration taking place live in Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center in New York City, May 5, 2002. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
Katie Couric and Matt Lauer during NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American television news achors Matt Lauer and Katie Couric at NBC's 'Today Show' Book Club launch cocktail party at Branzini Restaurant in The Library Hotel in New York City, New York, June 19, 2002. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
MACY'S 76TH THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Aired 11/28/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) hosts NBC News' Al Roker, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer at the 2002 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2002 -- NBC Photo: Eric Liebowitz/NBCU Photo Bank
Katie Couric and Matt Lauer during The 'Today' Show's 2004 Concert Series - The Rembrandts at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Derek Storm/FilmMagic)
Al Roker,Katie Couric and Matt Lauer during Queen Latifah Performs at the 2004 'Today' Show Summer Concert Series - September 24, 2004 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
Katie Couric as Donald Trump, Al Roker as Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer as Paris Hilton and Ann Curry as Tina Turner (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Katie Couric and Matt Lauer during Jennifer Lopez and Fat Joe Perform on The Today Show Concert Series - March 3, 2005 at NBC Studios, Rockafeller Plaza in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 3: 'Today' Show hosts Katie Couric and Matt Lauer wrap up the show after the Black Eyed Peas performed onstage during the Toyota Concert Series on the 'Today' Show June 3, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Today Show host Matt Lauer jokes with Katie Couric at the signing of 'Today's Kitchen Cookbook' at the NBC store on September 14, 2005 in New York City. 'Today's Kitchen Cookbook' features recipes from chefs who have been featured on the Today show. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the T.J. Martell Foundation, a nationwide organization supporting research into treatments and cures of leukemia, cancer and AIDS. (Photo by Steven A. Henry/Getty Images)
Matt Lauer, Katie Couric and Gretchen Wilson during Gretchen Wilson Performs on the 'Today' Show - September 27, 2005 at NBC Studios Rockafeller Plaza in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Derek Storm/FilmMagic)
Matt Lauer and Katie Couric (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Matt Lauer and Katie Couric (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: (l-r) Al Roker, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 26: (L-R) NBC Today Show hosts Al Roker, Katie Couric, and Matt Lauer appear during the NBC's Today Show on May 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 24: Katie Couric and Matt Lauer at the NY Friars Club 'Roast' of Matt Lauer held in the Hilton Hotel (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 05: TV Personalities Matt Lauer and Katie Couric attend the Museum of the Moving Image Honoring Katie Couric at the St. Regis Hotel on May 5, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Joy Philbin, Matt Lauer, Regis Philbin, Katie Couric and Kathy Lee Gifford attend the New York Giants Super Bowl Pep Rally Luncheon at Michael's on February 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for New York Giants)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) 'Today' show co-host Matt Lauer talks with Katie Couric on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Matt Lauer and Katie Couric attend The New York Observer Relaunch Event on April 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Matt Lauer and Katie Couric attend TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Journalists Katie Couric (L) and Matt Lauer attend the Tenth Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Stree on December 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for UNICEF)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Matt Lauer and Katie Couric attend The Robin Hood Foundation's 2015 Benefit at Jacob Javitz Center on May 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lauer, Sally Field, and Katie Couric appear on the 'Today' show on Monday, March 7, 2016 in New York -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Matt Lauer's 20th Anniversary Celebration -- Pictured: (l-r) Katie Couric and anchor Matt Lauer on Friday, January 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Matt Lauer's 20th Anniversary Celebration -- Pictured: (l-r) Anchor Hoda Kotb, Katie Couric and anchors Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Carson Daly on Friday, January 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Matt Lauer's 20th Anniversary Celebration -- Pictured: (l-r) Katie Couric and anchor Matt Lauer on Friday, January 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Matt Lauer's 20th Anniversary Celebration (l-r) Anchor Al Roker, anchor Savannah Guthrie, anchor Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, anchor Carson Daly and anchor Hoda Kotb on Friday, January 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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A source echoed those sentiments, telling ET at the time that Lauer is "focusing on his children, reconnecting with old friends and truly keeping a low profile."

"He isn't open to working right now," the source added. "He wants to simplify his life and enjoy his family and friends. He is taking it one day at a time."

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