"This one does hit close to home," Kelly told viewers. "I too have known Matt for a long time and he has been a friend and kind and supportive to me in my transition to NBC news. I see the anguish on my colleagues' faces, but when this happens, what we don't see is the pain on the faces of those who found the courage to come forward, and it is a terrifying thing to do."
She added, "We don't see the career opportunities women lose because of sexual harassment or the intense stress it causes a woman dealing with it when she comes to work each day. I am thinking of those women this morning and hoping they're OK."
Kelly also shared a message of hope while seemingly addressing not only the sexual allegations against Lauer but also other powerful men in the spotlight, including former CBS This Morning anchor Charlie Rose and former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who Kelly worked with when she was employed at the cable news network.
"The days to come will not be easy. We are in the middle of a sea change in this country, an empowerment revolution," she said. "Women, who thought for years that they had no choice but to be sexually harassed at work, are now starting to picture another reality -- to feel that change is in their grasp."
She continued, "As painful as this moment is for so many here at NBC today, at CBS earlier this month, at Fox News over the last year, in Hollywood this fall, it is a sign of progress -- of women finding their voices, their courage, and of the erosion of a shameful power imbalance that has been in place for far too long."
Kelly further remarked on the prior sexual misconduct allegations made against men who worked at Fox News, including O'Reilly and the late Roger Ailes. "I have been at another news channel where this has happened, as you know," she noted. "A news organization is bigger than one person. They all face challenges, they all stumble. But the good ones stay standing and forge forward fulfilling their correlation -- journalism. We'll continue to stay on the story."