Matt Lauer has a special connection with his Today show family.
Lauer gushed over former co-hosts Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira, and his current co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, in a recent interview with TV Insider
"Savannah gets it," Lauer said. "Meredith Vieira warms my heart. Katie Couric is kind of my soulmate. We make each other laugh."
The 59-year-old journalist also revealed how his playful chemistry with Couric landed him the job at Today.
"When I was a local NBC anchor, I did early morning teasers with Bryant Gumbel and Katie. I usually found a way to have fun with Katie," he explained. "Jeff Zucker [Today’s former executive producer] noticed our chemistry and he called me in to fill in for a vacationing Bryant."
As for the future of the morning show franchise, Lauer praised incoming NBC News anchor
, Megyn Kelly, whose show is speculated to replaceToday's
"She's multitalented and would fit right in," he said. "She's a remarkable broadcaster and journalist, a real force."
After two decades with Today, the father of three revealed a plan to retire from his "dream job."
"I haven't found anything in broadcasting or journalism that I am as well-suited for," Lauer noted, joking that he’d be perfect to host "ESPN's old show Fly Fishing the World."
"I do have a time in mind when I'll leave," he added.
Despite having an exit date, Lauer won't be leaving Today
anytime soon. Last year, he signed a $20 million contract
, that will keep him on the NBC morning show until at least 2018.