Willie Geist raves about Hoda Kotb's 'Today' promotion, says he's been in touch with Matt Lauer (Exclusive)

Happy for Hoda! On Tuesday night, ET’s Lauren Zima 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.

“They’re both my honest-to-goodness friends. I’m so happy for Hoda,” Geist told ET at the National Board of Review Awards, which he hosted. “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.”

And though many thought he might be a top contender for the spot, Geist seems happy where he is.

“I do my Sunday Today show. I do Morning Joe, which I love, during the week, so I get into the politics of it all,” he said. “And I’m there all week this week with the gang, so I’m not too far.”

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Willie Geist arrives at the 2009 Miss USA Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on April 19, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 04: Host of MSNBC's 'Way too Early with Willie Geist,' Willie Geist and his daughter Lucy attends the 3rd Annual New York Times Great Children's Read at Columbia University on October 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
MORNING JOE -- Pictured: (l-r) Willie Geist, Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough -- Broadcastng from New Orleans' John McDonogh High School, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist encourage viewers with a community involvement call-to-action (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Willie Geist attends Launch Party Celebrating the Publication of SIR HAROLD EVANS' Memoir MY PAPER CHASE at 3 Times Square on November 9, 2009 in New York. (Photo by JACKIE SNOW/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Willie Geist and Hoda Kotb attend 56th Annual 'SPIRIT OF ACHIEVEMENT' Luncheon hosted by the NATIONAL WOMEN'S DIVISION of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University at The Pierre on April 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by BEN GABBE/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Willie Geist attends The Pink Agenda's Annual Spring Gala at The Box on May 20, 2010 in New York City.
TODAY -- Pictured: Willie Geist appears on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 11: Hoda Kotb and Willie Geist attend HODA KOTB Celebrates 'Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee' at Deutsch Residence on October 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by CLINT SPAULDING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Cheryl Hines and Willie Geist appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Willie Geist appears on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Willie Geist and Faith Hill appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MORNING JOE -- February 11, 2011 -- Pictured: (l-r) Oprah Winfrey, Willie Geist, Tom Brokaw -- MORNING JOE's live broadcast from the Ralph Lauren Restaurant in Chicago (Photo by Stacie Freudenberg/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE - - 'Guest: Caroline Manzo and Willie Geist' -- Pictured: Willie Geist -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Morales and Willie Geist appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 718 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Geist -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Willie Geist and Savannah Guthrie appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Tamron Hall and Willie Geist appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Curtis Jackson also known as '50 Cent', Savannah Guthrie, Willie Geist and Natalie Morales appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Natalie Morales, and Willie Geist attend the Hoda Kotb And Kathie Lee Gifford AARP Magazine Cover Celebration at Le Bernardin on June 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Willie Geist appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and Laila Ali appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Willie Geist and Terry Bollea (Hulk Hogan) appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Brooke Shields and Willie Geist appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Willie Geist appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Brooke Shields and Willie Geist appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Willie Geist and actress Marilu Henner appear on NBC News' 'Today' show on January 21, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Willie Geist appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: (L-R) TV Personality Willie Geist and President and Chief Operating Officer at Time Warner Cable Rob Marcus attends the 2014 UJA-Federation of New York's Leadership Awards Dinner at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Co-anchor Willie Geist attends NBC's 'Today' at TODAY Plaza on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Willie Geist is an American television personality. He is the co-anchor of MSNBCs Morning Joe, and co-anchor of NBC's Today's Take the third hour of The Today Show. May 15, 2014. (Photo by Sebastiano Tomada/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: News anchor Willie Geist attends the 92nd Street Y Presents Bill Geist & Willie Geist In Conversation With Mike Barnicle at 92nd Street Y on May 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Moderator Chuck Todd, left, and Willie Geist, 'Today Show' co-host, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Tamron Hall and Willie Geist attends NBC's 'Today' Halloween Boo-Nanza at TODAY Plaza on October 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Actress/model/author Brooke Shields and journalist Willie Geist pose for a photo at the book signing event 'Brooke Shields In Conversation With Willie Geist: 'There Was A Little Girl' at Barnes and Noble Union Square on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Willie Geist attends Alzheimer's Association 32nd Annual Rita Hayworth Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: TV personality Willie Geist and advertising executive/TV personality Donny Deutsch attend the USA Network hosts the premiere of 'Donny!' at The Rainbow Room on November 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Tamron Hall, Willie Geist, Al Roker and Rachel Dratch appear on the 'Today' show on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 482 -- Pictured: (l-r) Journalist Willie Geist during an interview with host Seth Meyers on February 1, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Willie Geist attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Willie Geist, host of NBC News' 'Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist' visits the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to ring the Opening Bell in celebration of TODAY's 65th anniversary and the successful launch of 'Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist' at NASDAQ MarketSite on January 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: (L-R) Co-Founder and CEO of Team Rubicon Jake Wood and Willie Geist attend the 2017 New York City Salute to Service Awards at Metropolitan Pavilion on April 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Team Rubicon USA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: (L-R) Actress Kira Reed Lorsch and TV Personality and Operation Mend Supporter, Willie Geist attend the UCLA Operation Mend 10 Year Anniversary at the Home of Founder Ron Katz Sponsored by The Thalians Entertainment by The Operation Mend All Star Band with Special Guest Billy Idol on September 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Willie Geist photographs Rachel Platten as she perfoms on the TODAY Show's Concert series at Rockefeller Plaza on October 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: TV Personality Willie Geist attends the 11th Annual IAVA Heroes Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Willie Geist attends Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation Annual Breakthrough Ball at The Plaza Hotel on November 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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As for his former co-star, Matt Lauer, who was fired late last year after sexual assault claims were made against him by a co-worker, Geist revealed that he has stayed in touch.

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

Adding that Lauer is “as good as he can be,” Geist noted, “He’s sort of reconnecting with his family and figuring everything out.”

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