ET caught up with Today show co-host Hoda Kotb at the Woman's Day Red Dress Awards in New York City on Tuesday, where the news anchor opened up about the morning show shakeup that led to Tamron Hall's exit.
"I love Tamron. I miss her, man," Kotb told ET. "I really miss her. She is a rock star."
Hall left NBC News after nearly a decade when the network canceled her and Al Roker's "Today's Take" hour to make room for a new daytime show from Megyn Kelly. Kelly's show will take over either the 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. hour of Today.
Much has been speculated about the shakeup, but Kotb told us she doesn't let headlines influence how she feels about a co-worker.
"I guess when you know what's real and you know what isn't, who cares, right?" she said.
As much as Kotb will miss Hall, she is looking forward to Kelly's arrival.
"I'm gonna feed her wine until she passes out, OK?" Kotb joked. "That's the first order of business. Get her on our 10 o'clock hour and see how she reacts after three or four glasses. It's our version of hazing!"
"I'm excited to get Megyn on the show," she continued. "Come on. You know she's got a wild side. It's dark. It's like Fifty Shades! It's going to be exposed!"
According to NBC News, Roker will continue to host "Today's Take" until a new morning lineup begins in the fall of 2017.
Reporting by Rande Iaboni