The Orange Room will allow audience members and viewers to participate in the daily morning show. Audience members will have the opportunity to influence segments on the show, as ‘Today’ tries to bridge their TV and digital platforms. The Orange Room will also be the setting for social media hangouts, live-stream interviews and analysis of real-time social media data with online viewer reactions.
“‘The Orange Room’ is where the newsroom meets the living room,” said ‘Today’ executive producer Don Nash. “In this space, we will evolve the way news is gathered and delivered by creating a direct and meaningful relationship with our Today audience on any platform. Carson is the perfect fit for this exciting new role. He’s passionate about being on the forefront of new media, and has distinguished himself as a socially savvy broadcaster with a unique ability to engage audiences.”
Daly became a household name when it hosted MTV’s TRL. Nowadays, he hosts his own late-late-night talk show called “Last Call” and is the host of singing competition “The Voice.” However, with his new gig, Daly may not have room in his schedule to continue hosting “Last Call.” He will stay one as executive producer, but the show will soon be announcing transition plans.
“When I got the call about being permanently on ‘Today’ and launching the Orange Room, it was like a dream come true,” Daly said. “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.”
He added: “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,” Carson said. “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.”