Carson Daly continues to grow up with millennials.
It's been over a decade since Daly ended his four-year stint as host of MTV's after-school favorite, TRL, but he's still proving his relevance with America's young adults and youth. The amiable television personality was announced Thursday as the latest addition to NBC's Today show.
The 40-year-old will host the show's "Orange Room," described as a "first-of-its-kind digital studio," as part of the morning show's newly revamped Studio 1A, which will debut on Monday.
Daly tells Today.com, “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."
He adds, “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.”
In a statement, Today show executive producer Don Nash shares, " 'The Orange Room' is where the newsroom meets the living room. 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."
The addition of Daly and the new set are both opportunities to gain an edge against morning show arch nemesis, Good Morning America, which has eclipsed the Today show in ratings in the last year.
On Daly's qualifications, Nash says, "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's big break, of course, came when he served as host of TRL. He is also the current host of The Voice and Last Call with Carson Daly. The personality has appeared as a substitute co-host on the Today show on several occasions, taking whiskey shots with Hoda Kotb in one memorable segment. Now that he's joining the Today show, he says, "I was playing in the minor leagues and now I’ve just been called up to the big leagues."
Daly adds, “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 starts Monday.