Carson Daly, Orange Room host

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Carson Daly

Carson Daly is the current host of NBC’s “The Voice” and TODAY’s digital studio, the Orange Room. 

Carson joined the TODAY family on Sept. 16, 2013, when the revamped Studio 1A — including the Orange Room, a space that connects the show and the audience like never before — was unveiled.

Carson began his career in radio in the early 1990s, quickly moving up the ranks as an on-air DJ in five different cities within his first five years. Shortly thereafter, he landed one of the most coveted positions in the business: the early evening voice of Los Angeles’ influential and top-rated KROQ-FM. 

MTV soon recognized his talent and brought him to New York City. Carson served as host and executive producer of MTV’s “Total Request Live” (TRL), where for four years he transformed an afternoon music video program into a must-stop on the publicity circuit for musicians, movie stars and entertainers alike. 

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    In the kitchen -

    While lending his talents to TODAY, Daly donned an apron to cook simple summer salads with Giada de Laurentiis and Natalie Morales in a segment on July 30.

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    Daly joined NBC's "The Voice" in 2011 as a producer and host. Here, he stands next to "Voice" coach Cee Lo Green and contestant Juliet Simms.

    "The live shows on the Voice — those were a highlight for me, I love live TV," Daly told TODAY.com.

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    Award winner -

    Daly shows off an award "The Voice" won for Best Reality Series - Competition at the Critics' Choice Television Awards on June 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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    'Voice' cast -

    Carson Daly poses with "Voice" coaches Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine before the second season of the reality competition.

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    Family man -

    Carson Daly arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards with his girlfriend Siri Pinter on Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. The couple has two children together, Jackson James and Etta Jones.

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    'Last Call with Carson' -

    Carson Daly interviews "Heroes" actor Masi Oka on his show, "Last Call with Carson Daly," on March 20, 2009. Daly has hosted the late-night program for 12 seasons straight, since 2002.

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    Proud papa -

    On "Last Call," Carson Daly interviews TV personalities Jack and Kelly Osbourne on March 27, 2009.

    "I’m really proud that 'Last Call' has been on for over a decade — we had thousands of diverse guests – it was great practice for TODAY," Daly told TODAY.com.

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    New Year's Eve -

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Carson Daly celebrate the start of 2009 at "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" in Times Square on December 31, 2008.

    Daly has rung in the new year with millions of people across the country since he started hosting the special in 2003.

    "All the New Year’s Eve specials in NYC have been bright spots for me, they are a lot of fun," Daly told TODAY.com.

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    After ten years on-air, "Total Request Live" came to an end on Nov. 16, 2008. During the three-hour "Total Finale Live" show, Daly talked to singers Justin Timberlake and J.C. Chasez.

    When asked about his time on "TRL," he told TODAY.com, “There were a lot of highs and lows to that. I’m proud of what we did in New York there after 9/11 – I was part of the team that went back to work right away. We were one of first productions that went back on air, and we had to really think about what to tell the kids watching 'TRL.'"

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    In the midst of a strike -

    Musical guest Soulja Boy rehearses for "Last Call With Carson Daly" on Nov. 29, 2007.

    Daly's show was the first late-night talk show to resume production during the Writers Guild of America strike, which started on Nov. 5, 2007, and came to an end on Feb. 12, 2008.

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    Carson Daly and his mother, Pattie Daly Caruso, arrive for the Breast Cancer Heroes Luncheon hosted by Lifetime Television on Sept. 27, 2004 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.

    Daly's mom is a breast cancer survivor who was honored at the luncheon. Her fight with cancer inspired Daly to become a breast cancer activist.

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    Sitting with celebrities -

    Daly talks with host Hilarie Burton and actress Angelina Jolie during MTV's "TRL" at the MTV Times Square Studios on July 14, 2003 in New York City.

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    Hangin' with Madonna -

    Carson Daly chats with Madonna in 2003.

    "My time with Madonna through the years were some of my favorite moments," he told TODAY.com.

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    'Spring Break' -

    Daly poses with rapper 50 Cent during MTV’s 2003 “MTV Invades Miami” as a part of the network's annual “Spring Break” series.

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    Carson and Britney -

    Pop singer Britney Spears frequently found her videos in the “TRL” countdown. Here, she joins Daly on the show’s set in 2002.

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    Black and white -

    Jimmy Fallon, who did an impression of Daly on "Saturday Night Live," jokes with and dresses identical to Daly on an episode of “TRL” in 2002. Daly’s wardrobe often reflected current trends in pop culture.

    "I'm from California, so I've always had a sort of laid back approach to apparel. I'm from the beach," Daly told TODAY.com. "But I always call what I wear the 'Johnny Cash look.' I wear a lot of black, and a lot of jeans."

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    Tiger Woods joined Daly, an avid golfer, in 2002 to promote “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002” video game. While the focus was mostly music, “TRL” featured a wide range of guests including musicians, actors and athletes.

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    Teen Choice Awards -

    Daly accepts his Teen Choice Award for “Choice TV Personality” on August 12, 2001. He won two Teen Choice Awards during his time hosting "TRL."

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    Shock rocker Marilyn Manson joins Daly during “TRL’s” Spankin' New Music Week in 2000. During these episodes, musicians would premiere new videos that would likely be seen in the show’s countdown.

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    Pageant host -

    Daly laughs with former Miss Kentucky, Lexi Kemper. Daly hosted the Miss Teen USA competition in 1999.

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In January 2002, he joined NBC as host of “Last Call with Carson Daly.” While at “Last Call,” he has given many of the hottest bands their first break on U.S. television, including The Killers, Maroon 5, B.o.B., fun, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar and many more. 

For the past eight years, Carson and Universal Media Studios have produced NBC’s annual New Year’s Eve primetime special, “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.” As host and executive producer, he has led the broadcast on all NBC platforms.

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Updated Dec. 11, 2013. 

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