On Tuesday (Jan. 28), NBC listed its “Today” regulars soon to travel to Russia for the XXII Winter Olympics, but Carson Daly wasn’t among them.
He has a good reason not to be going: As the host and an executive producer of “The Voice,” he’ll be immersed in taping segments with returning judges Shakira and Usher for the singing contest’s sixth season that starts Monday, Feb. 24, the night after coverage of the Games ends.
Still, Daly tells Zap2it, “I think anybody would be lying if they didn’t say they had some concerns” about security in Sochi. “We lead our [‘Today’] broadcast every day with some sort of story about a concern of a threat. My family’s glad I’m not going, and of all the Olympics, I can’t say I’m terribly bummed to be missing this one in particular.”
Daly notes the 2016 Games will be in Rio, “and that sounds a little bit better, but we’ve had plenty of national security experts on the show recently, basically all saying the same thing.
“Inside the ring where our crews are going to be, and in the Olympic Village and everything that’s been built out, I think it’s going to be pretty safe. I think they’re worried about some of the ‘soft’ targets in and around the Sochi area, but it’s definitely nerve-racking.”
Also continuing his dual roles as host and executive producer of NBC’s late-late-night “Last Call With Carson Daly,” the former MTV personality is enjoying his new weekday job as the “Orange Room” social-media anchor on “Today” — which he considers “‘TRL’ for grownups.”
The amiable Daly cites “Today” as “one of the great institutions in television. I possess very few talents, and there, I am able to flex the three or four muscles that I have. I’m a radio DJ who became an MTV veejay, then went into late-night and ‘The Voice.’ I’m a television host, but ‘Today’ is live and kinetic. The Orange Room is that nexus of people watching and being on social media, and that feels like ‘TRL.'”