Carson Daly officially joins the cast of The Today Show

Sep 12, 2013 at 12:55 p.m. ET

Carson Daly has been on NBC for years, but he just got a big promotion by launching a brand-new segment on The Today Show.

Carson Daly's future has been in limbo for a while, but it looks like he finally found his new home. Matt Lauer made the official announcement on Thursday morning that Daly would be joining The Today Show cast, but not just as any other host.

Daly will be hosting the Orange Room, "a space that connects the show and the audience like never before," the show explained. Beyond that description, there wasn't much more info except to say that it will be a digital space and they will be listening to what viewers want on the show.

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"When I got the call about being permanently on Today and launching the Orange Room, it was like a dream come true," Carson told NBC News. "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."

The Orange Room will launch along with a new Studio 1A on Sept. 16.

"I'm really excited to meet Today viewers — I want them to tweet at me and to look at the Orange Room as their room; I want to be their host," Daly said.

The Orange Room will also include new technologies, and Daly will serve as the host for the social media side of Today. The 40-year-old said he feels right at home, because Today is like the "TRL for grown-ups."

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"I feel like I've been adopted by the first family," Daly explained. "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. 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 tweeted a photo of his new "family" after the announcement.


Daly didn't mention whether he would continue hosting his late-night show on NBC, but did say his weekly radio show would continue.

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