On the final hour of Today, Hoda Kotb once again read aloud Lauer's statement and her guest co-host, Jenna Bush Hager, was on the verge of tears talking about his ousting, admitting it was "hard watching" Kotb and Savannah Guthrie break the news on Wednesday morning.
"When I started here, I remember someone saying, 'NBC, the Today show, is a family.' And that feels cliché. That feels like something people just say," she said. "But that's true. So, when something rocks your family, it rocks all of us -- and that includes a man who was a mentor to many of us."
She then praised those who have come forward. "The women who are here, too, who are part of that same family, who have come forward and want to feel listened to and feel safe and respected -- and they should, and they do," she continued. "It was hard not to be here yesterday. It's hard to be here today. I know many of you feel that same way because you've woken up with this family. I watched this show before I was on it."