The news landscape at NBC is definitely changing. First, Bob Costas requested and was granted an early release from the network after a 40-year run, and now, Carson Daly is removing himself from his own show, Last Call with Carson Daly, after 17 years. This, according to NBC, is so that he will be able to spend more time with his family.
Commented Carson, 45, in a statement, “If you had told me in 2002 I would be a part of the historic NBC late-night family for 17 years, I would have said you were crazy. Hard to believe it’s been so long — 2,000 episodes. It’s time to move on to something new and let someone else have access to this incredible platform.”
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Apparently, one of the people who could be taking over Carson’s show’s 1:30 a.m. slot is Chelsea Handler — she previously spent seven years on her own late night series with E! and then brought a similar show to Netflix — who has signed a first-look deal with NBC (meaning that any projects she comes up with, the Peacock Network has rights of first refusal on).
Fans of Carson actually don’t have to say goodbye to him beyond Last Call. He will be continuing his role as host of The Voice and remains a part of the Today show, where he works from the “Orange Room” delivering social media reports.
As Carson commented in his statement, “My 20s was all about finding a good job. My 30s was about taking on as many of them as I could. Now, in my 40s, I’m focused on quality over quantity. I want to do more with my Today family and continue hosting and producing The Voice and explore new opportunities.”
While we’re not sure at this point exactly when Last Call with Carson Daly will complete its run, there will be a total 2,000 episodes recorded before it does so.