TODAY   |  September 12, 2013

Carson Daly: Orange Room ‘a home’ for viewers

The new host of TODAY’s Orange Room talks about the special new area of the studio designed to “intersect” the show with what viewers are thinking online.

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>> welcome to "today" on this thursday morning september 12th , 2013 . willie geist along with al and natalie. look who else, carson daly , an official member of the "today" show family.

>> orange room host.

>> it's been such a crazy morning. i am so thankful to be here. thank you for making the transition.

>> so people know the orange room in our new studio, which we will debut on monday is the melding of digital and broadcast.

>> that's kind of the idea of it, al. it's a studio in the new 1-a, which we will see on monday. let face it. i think the average person can understand a place like today for over 60 years has gathered and delivered news as a tra dirnl means. technology is in a crazy place, citizen journalism , a ton of stuff happening online t. orange room will be a place during the live "today" show, we will be able to intersect with what you are doing.

>> so we'll be checking in with you periodically on issues, whatever stories are getting the viewers excited or whatever emotions.

>> the viewer looks at it as a hub or a new home to them to reach out to me through the orange room to have sort of a richer relationship with the show. we'll see how it manifests in real time when we're on the air with whatever given story we are doing or interview.

>> we should request live.

>> i can't get enough of that.

>> it will always itself be trl to me. somehow, they'll make it work.

>> if you look at the first day from "today" show, it was a gathering of what was cutting edge tech following then. wire machines, wire photos. tape recorders. all that stuff. this is just another iteration.

>> we see how in a typical news story, the actual story, itself, takes another life outside the traditional means of news, in the social media space. we can tap into that and add it. hopefully, it will make the news process that much more efficient.

>> nowadays on twitter, they're breaking news.

>> it's also i view it as kind of a bonus area, too. if you have matt damon on the "today" show, you can talk to carson for ten minutes.

>> that's good. matt's boring.

>> this will be the place where you will get all those kiddie videos.

>> what are you talking about?

>> all the stuff.

>> the kiddie videos, how dare you?

>> going to a dark place .

>> we do have state of the art technology in the new orange room him al, you have done some work on it as well.

>> it's pretty excited.

>> he has toys.

>> wait until you see the stuff we got on monday.

>> it will be great.

>> we are so glad to have you. we got some stuff we want to show you. how do you feelant an inked up beauty queen ?

>> why did it take so long? in there miss america . a slightly different interest. this is miss kansas . sergeant theresa --

>> yes.

>> did you hear me? she'll be the second contestant from the military to compete. she is also the first to break a longstanding taboo in beauty pageants . the ig i insignia for the core and the serenity prayer down the right side of her torso. quoted, my platform is to empower women to break stereotypes. what a hypocrit i would be if i covered myself."

>> she owns it. she looks amazing and the ink looks great on her.

>> would it be different on the lower back and some tribal weerld tattoo?

>> fine like a tramp stamp ?

>> yes.

>> what's your twitter handle?

>> yeah, basically.

>> that's what they call it, i guess. i wouldn't know.

>> what i find fascinating is that there is an army dental core. that's pretty cool. dentists who can kill.

>> who has nice teeth, i'm sure.

>> i didn't notice the teeth.

>> this also be i the way will not be a surprise for anyone under the age of 35. maybe old timeling. wow.

>> what taboo? what are you talking about? tattoo a big deal .

>> when you were here, you revealed the tattoo that you kind of regret now.

>> i have a bunch, on my left arm within i was competing in the miss universe , mr. universe, my grandfather is a green beret in the army. i have his big insituation fiia. when it's military like that, even if there was a dumb rule, they should waive that for people in the military.

>> you have one on your ankle.

>> i have one, i told he tattoo reportist, the braino.

>> you got a tattoo guy

>> you got to get it. he did. it's a crab claw coming out of a pocket knife now.

>> i got a crab claw.

>> he made the exgirlfriend's name become a crab claw.

>> that almost looks like a swiss army knife .

>> that's what it is.

>> that's fan taft ec.

>> pocket knife clab claw.

>> it's what i'm not doing with that girl's name on my leg.

>> it could have been a car.

>> it might be next year.

>> might be another guy named braino in hel's kitchen.

>> brano. brano.

>> it may be rare like miss kansas .

>> less pressure. look, i think it looks cool on some people. it's a lot of pressure to live with something like that forever. you want to pick something from the times.

>> you need something smart.

>> well, that's it. it's like, you can't do something that becomes too trendy. everybody has like a piece or an olm.

>> carson has a preamble.

>> that would be really bad.

>> a lean there.

>> wow.

>> okay.

>> i love this story. my favorite story of the day.

>> a utah dad found a creative way to protest his teenage's daughter's affection for simpy clothing. he was fed up for her preference for very short shorts.

>> her name is miley?

>> that was the real miley.

>> we got the wrong one.

>> that's the duties.

>> she made herself look like miley cyrus .

>> that's the story. she has a look-alike.

>> the dad made himself look like billy ray . crazy.

>> so the idea is he tried to embarrass his daughter say, listen, if you will wear short shorts, i will.

>> he turned the other cheek.

>> he puts on the world another best dad tee-shirts.

>> do the kids know?

>> yeah.

>> he went out, mini golf .

>> they're mormon, very conservative. he --

>> so he wrote on a bloggings, in our family, we have definite modesty glients. my daughter will know her father cares about her enough to make a fal out of himself.

>> i think it's great. the.was mortified.

>> we don't know.

>> we do, he wrote a whole blog on it. they went out. they had this great evening out at mini golf and everything else, in certain places, she was like, no, dad, why don't we go through the drive through, we're not going in there, all her friend hang out there.

>> a little sent of humor.

>> my sister came up once in high school . i was in the kitchen with my mom. she was wearing one of my dad's white tee -shirt, around the neck, she slit it down, bye, mom. get back here young lady and had my dad at dinner that night come to dinner wearing a tee-shirt as a skirt, we had a good laugh. it taught us a good lesson. like no other. sorry, that just got weird. but it's great that the parenting is having some fun with it.

>> good. you used to have teenage girls , so, already ilo likes abercrombie and fitch . and so i went in with her. i said, i'm going to boy some cargo shorts. she said, oh, no you are not. i said, yes, i am. i am going to wear them out. we don't go --

>> you are not allowed.

>> because she thinks i'm not hip. i'm not cool. i can't wear those. oh, she's right.

>> you can rock 'em.

>> isn't there some perverse pleasure in embarrassing your children?

>> i don't know.

>> you can drop them off at parties and wave.

>> when they're that young.

>> for halloween, we dressed up our son as a cow or a rock. we sat around, he doesn't know.

>> because they're going to make your life difficult anyways.

>> you might as well enjoy it if you can.

>> the picture in the bathtub, you threaten them down the road.

>> you know what i'm going to do, the nicknames, let's do them real quick. women find people, men with short names sexier. i give al roker .

>> there you go. you are not willie.

>> will.

>> isn't it short in that case?

>> we can.

>> honestly, it's not the nail that does it. i'm sorry to say.

>> if not, what is it then?

>> it's all about the total package. the total package.

>> the toll package.

>> okay. got it.

>> i will go to the orange room and investigate this story. google total package.

>> do the weather wheel natalie investigates.

>> al, you all right?