Willie Geist says Matt Lauer is 'as good as he can be' after firing over misconduct allegations

Willie Geist says Matt Lauer is 'as good as he can be' after firing over misconduct allegations

Geist was silent on the sexual misconduct allegations on Lauer up until now

Seems like all is going to be somewhat better for Matt Lauer, his former co-host Willie Geist said in a recent interview.

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 (L-R) Co-hosts Al Roker, Willie Geist, Natalie Morales-Rhodes, Matt Lauer and Carson Daly appear on NBC's 'Today' for the Counting Crows performance at the NBC's TODAY Show on September 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

On Tuesday night, ET spoke with the Today show’s Willie Geist about the NBC morning show’s recent shakeup, placing Hoda Kotb as a co-anchor alongside Savannah Guthrie.

Geist, the Sunday Today host, told ET that he stays in touch with Lauer, who was officially replaced by Hoda Kotb last week.

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Geist said in the interview that Lauer is currently focusing on reconnecting with his family. (Source: Pinterest)

“I've texted with him just on a personal level,” Geist said. “It was his birthday the other day, his 60th birthday.”

“He’s good. As good as he can be. He’s sort of reconnecting with his family and figuring everything out,” the 42-year-old Sunday Today anchor said from the red carpet of the National Board of Review Awards, which he hosted.

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 (L-R) Willie Geist, Melissa Lonner, and Matt Lauer attend Billboard's annual Women in Music event at Capitale on December 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Lauer, whose birthday is December 30, was fired from NBC amid sexual harassment allegations made against him in late November.

When asked what Lauer might be looking toward in terms of his career moving forward, Geist responded, “I have no idea . . . I really don’t know. I think he’s totally focused on his kids and his family right now.” Lauer married Dutch model Annette Roque in Bridgehampton on Oct. 3, 1998, and the couple has three children, teens Jack and Romy and 11-year-old son Thijs.

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MSNBC anchor Willie Geist and 'TODAY' Show hosts Matt Lauer take part in the 'Summer Camp' competition at NBC's 'TODAY' Show on July 11, 2013, in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Geist had more definite words about “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and Lauer’s recent replacement, co-anchor Hoda Kotb.

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 (L-R) TV personalities Natalie Morales, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, and Matt Lauer attend the 82nd annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

“Amazing. Amazing,” he described them. “They’re both my good, honest-to-goodness friends. I’m so happy for Hoda. They’re kickin’ butt. They won the week again last week. I think they’ve won every week since they’ve started. You can’t not be happy for Hoda. She’s such a genuine, loving, feeling, energetic person. She deserves it, and it’s good for everybody.”

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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)

Since he was fired from Today for alleged inappropriate sexual behavior in November, Lauer has remained in touch with his former co-workers — even texting Kotb earlier this month to congratulate her when news broke she would be replacing him on the popular NBC morning show.

He has remained away from the public eye though and has not spoken out since releasing a statement in the hours after his dismissal.

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NBC Today Show anchor Matt Lauer and his wife, UNICEF Ambassador Annette Roque Lauer attend the 2nd Annual Snowflake Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on November 28, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said in the statement. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”

“Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed,” he added. “I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.”

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TV personality Matt Lauer and wife attend the Time Magazine's celebration of the 100 most influential people on May 8, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Lauer continued: “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”

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