Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb on Julie Chen's 'Talk' Exit: "We Have to Respect Her"

The 'Today' co-hosts also discussed Guthrie's interview with Omarosa Manigault Newman while visiting 'Watch What Happens Live.'

Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb took on the role of interviewees on Tuesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live.

The Today co-hosts discussed Julie Chen's decision to leave The Talk following her husband and former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves' departure from the network.

"I think that was probably a tough decision for her," said Kotb. "That show — and I really love that show, actually — you have to give so much of your own personal life in it. I think it would be hard. I sort of get it. It would be hard, you know, to be on that show if you couldn't share."

Guthrie added, "We just have to respect her. Whatever she decides, we have to respect her."

Host Andy Cohen then asked Guthrie if she has any regrets about her interview with Omarosa Manigault Newman. During the interview on Today, Manigault Newman continuously told Guthrie to slow down while asking questions before abruptly ending the interview.

"She said, 'Slow down, Savannah,' which actually my assistant made a coffee mug that says, 'Slow down, Savannah,'" she shared. "But then at the end she said, 'I'm out of time. I have to go.'"

"I don't know if I would do anything differently. She was on the show. She was promoting her book. Then she said she had to go, had something better to do," she said. "I leave it at that."

Kotb then applauded her co-host for handling the interview the way that she did. "I think Savannah was masterful with it," she said. "That was like J school, take notes and we need to do it just like that."

"I've never met anyone who wanted less time to sell their book, but then she was like, 'I'm out,'" added Guthrie.

Cohen also asked Guthrie about an interview she did with Kellyanne Conway following Trump's tweets defending the travel ban.

"I always try to look at it as a professional. They're doing their job, I'm doing mine," she said about Conway, who Cohen noted is always changing the subject. "Their job is to promote their message. That's their job, and my job is to try to cut through that and try to elicit something real and new. Sometimes I succeed; sometimes I don't."