Carson Daly is about to trade in those late nights for some VERY early mornings. Earlier today, NBC announced that Daly would be joining the 'Today' show on a permanent basis, as the host of the show's new social media space called 'The Orange Room.'
This brand new segment will supposedly give viewers unprecedented access to the show, as well as allow audience members to weigh in and influence what happens from day-to-day. The space will also be the main hub for social media hangouts and extended live-stream interviews with guests as part of the series' digital platform.
So what does this mean for all his other jobs? Daly plans to transition out of his current hosting duties on NBC's 'Last Call with Carson Daly,' while still remaining on in an official executive producer capacity. There's no word yet on who his successor might be. Meanwhile, his role as 'The Voice' host will remain unchanged.
While Daly has filled in as a substitute co-host on the show before, this full-time job will be a major step forward in the late night host's career. And he couldn't be more thrilled. “When I got the call about being permanently on 'Today' and launching the Orange Room, it was like a dream come true,” he recently shared with Today.com. "You know that scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, where Charlie peels back the wrapper and finds the golden ticket? I felt like I got the golden ticket."
“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 added. “I was playing in the minor leagues and now I’ve just been called up to the big leagues. It’s amazing that I get to be a small part of the new era and generation of 'Today' -- not just to be here, but to be here to help build the future of 'Today' and serve as the bridge between viewers and the show.”
Daly first got his big break as the host of MTV's 'TRL,' which eventually led to his other hosting gigs on 'The Voice' and 'Last Call.' This guy really has come a long way. Congratulations on a job well done!
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