The 4 Steps Carson Daly Took to Joining the 'Today' Show

The Voice host will preside over the morning show's new interactive digital studio, called the Orange Room

Carson Daly is joining NBC's Today show! And true to his in-with-the-cool-kids persona, he'll be stationed in the Orange Room, Today's new digital studio that incorporates livestream interviews and social media into the show's content.

“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 told “I was playing in the minor leagues and now I’ve just been called up to the big leagues." 

Indeed, he's played a number of different roles over the course of his TV hosting career. In 1998, he got his big TV break as host of MTV's Total Request Live. His persona on that show was... 

Just one of you crazy teenagers! Who, of course, happens to be a little older and hosting your favorite video countdown show:

In 2002, he launched Last Call with Carson Daly, turning him into a...

Late night talk show host. But he was a cool, edgy one who interviews guests about trendy stuff like Kickstarter: 

Meanwhile, he also became... 

NBC's New Years Eve host with the most:  

And all that hosting and interviewing segued nicely into his first prime-time TV hosting gig. Soon he became... 

Head cheerleader -- well, technically, host -- of The Voice. Head over to this tongue-in-cheek fan website, Carson Cares, to see just what we mean about Daly rooting for the contestants.

At this point, his career trajectory began to look eerily similar to another nice, friendly TV host, which propelled Daly on to his next persona... 

Rival to Ryan Seacrest. (Because it wouldn't be right to let that guy dominate the world without some friendly competition.) Daly naturally denies any jealousy between the two. 

"I hear it a lot," Daly told Salon in May. "We both have radio shows. The Voice, Idol. He does New Year’s Eve [for ABC], I do New Year’s Eve. But Ryan is in his own stratosphere of business and operates on such a higher level." 

Ah, but Thursday's news of Daly's new Today gig has catapulted him into that same professional "stratosphere," wouldn't you say? 

And it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Congrats, Carson! 


Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.

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