Carson Daly’s going to have to wake up a little earlier than he’s used to. The late-late night talk show host is joining the early-early morning “Today” show team, the show announced on Thursday.
“Everything I’ve done in my career up until this point has trained me for ‘Today,’ – the interviews, the live TV, the live radio – it all gets paid off,” Daly said. “I was playing in the minor leagues and now I’ve just been called up to the big leagues.”
Daly, who’s very familiar to NBC viewers as the host of both “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “The Voice,” will host the show’s new “Orange Room” digital space.
“When I got the call about being permanently on ‘Today’ and launching the Orange Room, it was like a dream come true,” Daly said. The Orange Room will makes its debut on Monday when the show unveils its newly-remodeled set. The announcement didn’t get into specifics of what the Orange Room will actually be, but it sounds like it’ll be a place for live viewer interaction with the show via social media.
“Today” described the Orange Room as “a space that connects the show and the audience like never before. As the Orange Room host, Carson will allow viewers to weigh in and influence show segments and give them unprecedented access to our ‘Today’ family and friends. The lineup will evolve as we continue to hear what viewers want, so speak up, share your ideas and stay tuned!”
The former MTV “Total Request Live” host had appeared on “Today” many times in the past, filling in for Matt Lauer and Kathie Lee Gifford, but now he’s an official member of the “Today” show family.
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