Co-anchors Hoda Kotb, left, and Savannah Guthrie embrace on the set of the "Today" show Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York, after NBC News fired host Matt Lauer. Associated Press/Craig Ruttle The "Today" show hosts have vowed to cover the allegations against their former colleague Matt Lauer "as journalists" and be transparent with viewers. Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford have said on the show that they are saddened by the allegations and grappling with how to process the news. The "Today" show has since reported on subsequent allegations made by other Lauer accusers in investigations by Variety and The New York Times. NBC's "Today" show hosts have been open with their emotions in their coverage of the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against their former colleague, Matt Lauer, who was fired from the network on Wednesday. Co-host Savannah Guthrie first announced Lauer's firing on the Wednesday morning show, saying she and her colleagues were "devastated" by the news, but vowed to cover the story "as reporters, as journalists" and be transparent with viewers. "I'm heartbroken for Matt, he is my dear friend and partner, and he is beloved by many, many people here. And I'm heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story, and any other women who have their own stories to tell," Guthrie said. "And we are grappling with a dilemma that so many people have faced these past few weeks: How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly? And I don't know the answer to that." Kathie Lee Gifford also expressed sorrow for both Lauer and his accuser in the show's fourth hour that day. She revealed that she texted Lauer after the allegations were made public, saying, "I adore you." "What we need now is forgiveness and we need mercy for one another, and we don't need taunts and we don't need ugliness. We have enough of that in the world," Gifford said. "I send out my love right now to the person, whoever it is, that came forward — may God heal that person." Since the initial announcement, the show has followed up on reports from The New York Times and Variety that have