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Carson Daly
Daly in 2018
Carson Jones Daly

(1973-06-22) June 22, 1973 (age 50)
Years active1991–present
Siri Pinter
(m. 2015)

Carson Jones Daly (born June 22, 1973)[1] is an American television host, radio personality, producer, and television personality. From 1998 to 2003, Daly was a VJ on MTV's Total Request Live (TRL),[2] and a DJ for the Southern California-based radio station 106.7 KROQ-FM. In 2002, Daly joined NBC, where he hosted and produced the late night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly, and occasionally hosting special event programming for NBC, such as the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show, and executive producing New Year's Eve with Carson Daly from Times Square beginning in 2003.

Daly has since been involved in more prominent roles at NBC, such as becoming host for its reality music competition The Voice in 2011, and joining NBC's morning show Today as a social media correspondent in 2013, with his role increasing in subsequent years becoming a co-host.

Daly has also worked as a radio DJ. He was a nighttime host on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM and beginning in 2010, began hosting Mornings with Carson Daly on its sister station KAMP-FM.[3] Daly also hosts a weekly top 30 countdown show The Daly Download with Carson Daly which is produced by Audacy, Inc. (formerly CBS Radio and is the parent of KAMP-FM) and syndicated though Westwood One.[4] The program airs on Saturday and Sunday mornings in a 3-4 hour edition on CHR/hot AC radio stations.

Early life[edit]

Daly was born in Santa Monica, California,[1] the son of Coachella Valley TV personality Pattie Daly Caruso (1944-2017), and car salesman Jim "J.D." Daly.[5][6][7] His mother is from Fayetteville, North Carolina.[8] His father died from bladder cancer when Carson was a child, and his mother married Richard Caruso (1932-2017).[9][8]

Daly attended Santa Monica High School and was a member of the school's golf team before graduating in 1991. He attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles but dropped out to pursue a pro golf career.[1] He is of Irish descent[10] and has worked with Guinness on local "Proposition 3-17" to make Saint Patrick's Day an official holiday.[10] Daly served as an intern to Jimmy Kimmel in radio.[11] He began his radio career at College of the Desert and as an intern at the former KCMJ FM (now KKUU) under the name "Kid Carson".[12]


Daly at Fort Irwin Military Reservation (May 2009)

Daly began his broadcasting career at the radio station KOME in San Jose, California.[13] Daly was then given the 6-10 PM time slot at KOME's sister station KROQ in Los Angeles.[13] It was during Daly's time at KROQ that MTV recruited Daly to serve as a VJ during MTV's summer beach house programming called "Motel California".[13]

At the end of the summer of 1997, MTV hired Daly as a permanent VJ, a position which required Daly to relocate to New York.[13] Once in New York, Daly began hosting MTV Live.[13]

Daly hosted MTV'S TRL from 1998 to 2003.[14] TRL was based on two previous shows, "Total Request" and "MTV Live", both of which had also been hosted by Daly.[15] Daly's role as host of the popular live program included introducing the top 10 videos of the day and interviewing celebrity guests.[15]

In 2002, Last Call with Carson Daly debuted. The show was shot on the same set as Saturday Night Live until 2005, when it moved to Los Angeles.[16]

Beginning in 2003–2004, Daly began hosting a New Year's Eve special for NBC, New Year's Eve with Carson Daly.[17]

In 2011, Daly began hosting and producing NBC's reality music competition The Voice. Daly's duties as host included watching blind auditions alongside contestant's family members.[18] As a producer of The Voice, Daly has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, first in 2013 and again from 2015, 2016, and 2017.[19][20]

When social media correspondent Christina Milian departed the show in 2013, Daly became the sole host.[21][22]

Daly appeared in a brief but pivotal role in the first episode of My Name Is Earl.[23] While in the hospital after being hit by a car, Earl learns about karma from watching an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly where Daly claims that his success is a direct result of doing good things for other people. Earl is thus inspired by Carson Daly to turn his own life around, and sets out to make up for his many past wrongs.[24]

Daly had a small role on Dave Chappelle's show Chappelle's Show.[citation needed]

In September 2013, Daly became the orange room anchor (social media reporter) on the Today show, as well as serving as a fill-in anchor for Willie Geist and the show's weekend edition (Weekend Today).[citation needed]

Daly is a founding partner, along with Jonathan Rifkind, Jonathan B. Davis, and Bam Margera, of an independent record label, 456 Enterprise & Entertainment, which released the "Viva La Bands" compilations.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Carson Daly resides in the Village of Flower Hill, in New York.[26]

In March 2000, Tara Reid met Daly on the set of Total Request Live, and they began dating.[27] They shared an apartment in New York City and Daly proposed on October 29.[27] In June 2001, Reid and Daly broke off their engagement.[28]

Daly became engaged to Siri Pinter, a food blogger,[29] in 2013.[30] Her father is actor Mark Pinter. The couple married on December 23, 2015[30] and have four children.[31]

Daly is Catholic.[32]

Daly has opened up about his struggle with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder.[33]

Radio shows[edit]

  • Most Requested, syndicated daily show (2001–2006)
  • Mornings with Carson Daly, KAMP-FM, Los Angeles (2010–2017)
  • The Daly Download with Carson Daly, syndicated (2013– )


Year Title Role
1997–1998 MTV Live Host
1998 Total Request Host
1998–2003 TRL Host
1999 Miss Teen USA Host
2000 Daria Presents "Is It Fall Yet?" David (Quinn's Tutor)
2000 Miss USA Host
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Himself
2001 Joe Dirt Himself
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Himself
2002–2019 Last Call with Carson Daly Host
2002 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Himself
2003 Windy City Heat Himself
2003–2016, 2018–2020 New Year's Eve with Carson Daly Host
2005 My Name Is Earl Himself
2011–present The Voice Host
2013–present Today Orange Room Anchor


  1. ^ a b c "Carson Daly Biography: Television Host (1973–)". Biography.com (FYI / A&E Networks). Archived from the original on November 6, 2018. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Eng, Joyce (November 14, 2008). "Carson Daly Looks Back as TRL Counts Down its Final Days". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "Carson Daly Returns To Radio". Billboard.biz. Archived from the original on April 29, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Daly Download With Carson Daly Hits the 100 Affiliate Mark". WestwoodOne.com. August 21, 2014. Archived from the original on November 11, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Carson Daly posts sweet birthday message to his late mother: 'She was special'". March 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "The Buzz Monday". The Riverside Press-Enterprise. November 27, 2006. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010.
  7. ^ Carson Daly[permanent dead link] Filmreference.com (April 2010).
  8. ^ a b Stump, Scott (November 14, 2013). "Carson Daly #InspiredBy his mother, a breast cancer survivor". Today. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Richard "Dick" Caruso Obituary (1932 - 2017) Los Angeles Times". Legacy.com.
  10. ^ a b "Late Night with Conan O'Brien Interview". Late Night with Conan O'Brien. March 12, 2008.
  11. ^ Kissell, Rick (September 18, 2014). "Q&A: Carson Daly on Casey Kasem, 'The Voice' and 'TRL'". Variety. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  12. ^ "College of the Desert Foundation". stepupforcod.com. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d e Jackman, Ian (2000). Total Request Live: The Ultimate Fan Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 45. ISBN 0743418506. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  14. ^ Eng, Joyce (November 14, 2008). "Carson Daly Looks Back as TRL Counts Down its Final Days". TVGuide.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  15. ^ a b Anderson, Kyle (September 14, 2014). "On the 15th anniversary of the 'TRL' premiere, a look back at the first top 10". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  16. ^ "In Step With: Carson Daly". Parade. December 26, 2004.[dead link]
  17. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (December 31, 2004). "Carson Daly stakes his claim on New Year's Eve". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Zap2it.com. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  18. ^ Weber, Lindsey; Frank, Sarah (April 10, 2013). "Meet The Voice's Seven Most Apoplectically Happy Families". Vulture.com. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  19. ^ "The Voice". Emmys.com. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  20. ^ "Carson Daly | Television Academy". Television Academy. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  21. ^ Lee, Ashley (February 24, 2014). "'The Voice': Usher Talks Cee Lo's Departure, a 'Feistier' Shakira". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  22. ^ Harp, Justin (August 26, 2013). "Christina Milian not returning to 'The Voice'". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 2, 2024.
  23. ^ "My Name Is Earl Pilot". IMDb. September 20, 2005. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  24. ^ DeWolf Smith, Nancy (September 16, 2005). "Arts and Entertainment Review". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 20, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  25. ^ "Carson Daly Sees Fireworks". TVGuide.com. 2007. Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  26. ^ "Carson Daly's House in Flower Hill, NY (Google Maps) (#2)". Virtual Globetrotting. December 11, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  27. ^ a b Grossberg, Josh (October 31, 2000). "Sorry, Girls: Carson Daly, Tara Reid Engaged!". E! News. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  28. ^ "Carson Daly and Tara Reid Confirm Split". ABC News. July 3, 2001. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  29. ^ Leon, Anya (September 6, 2012). "Carson Daly Welcomes Daughter Etta Jones". People. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  30. ^ a b Jordan, Julie; Lindsay, Kimble (December 24, 2015). "Carson Daly is Married! Host Weds Longtime Love Siri iPrinter". People. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  31. ^ Schaffstall, Katherine (March 27, 2020). "Carson Daly Details Experience of Baby Being Born During Coronavirus Pandemic". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 8, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  32. ^ Riley, Jenelle (July 11, 2013). "Carson Daly On Hosting, Fame, and Not Being a 'Tool'". Backstage. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  33. ^ Frank, Gabrielle (March 23, 2018). "Carson Daly does this 1 thing when he feels". Today. Retrieved July 26, 2019.

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Preceded by
Host of The Voice
With: Alison Haislip (2011)
Christina Milian (2012–2013)
Succeeded by