Carson Daly

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Carson Daly
Carson Daly.jpg
Born Carson Jones Daly
(1973-06-22) June 22, 1973 (age 43)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Talk Show Host, radio personality, television personality
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Siri Pinter (m. 2015)
Children 3
Website Daly at

Carson Jones Daly (born June 22, 1973)[1] is an American television host, radio personality, producer and television personality. Prior to 2002, Daly was a VJ on MTV's Total Request Live,[2] and a DJ for the Southern California-based radio station 106.7 KROQ-FM. In 2002, Daly joined NBC, where he began hosting and producing 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.

Daly has also served as a radio DJ; he was formerly a nighttime host on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM; beginning in 2010, Daly began hosting a morning show "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 CBS Radio (parent of KAMP-FM) and syndicated though Westwood One.[4] The program airs on Saturday and Sunday mornings in a three- or four-hour edition on CHR/AC radio stations. He also co-founded an independent record label named 456 Entertainment.

Early life[edit]

Daly was born in Santa Monica, California,[1] the son of Coachella Valley TV personality Pattie Daly Caruso, and actor J. D. Daly.[5][6] His mother is from Fayetteville, North Carolina.[7]

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 and dropped out to pursue a pro golf career.[1] He is of Irish descent[8] and has worked with Guinness on local "Proposition 3-17" to make Saint Patrick's Day an official holiday.[8] Daly served as an intern to Jimmy Kimmel in radio at the age of 18.[9]


Daly began his broadcasting career at the radio station KOME in San Jose, California.[10] Daly was then given the 6-10 PM time slot at KOME's sister station KROQ in Los Angeles.[10] 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."[10] At the end of the summer, MTV hired Daly as a permanent VJ, a position which required Daly to relocate to New York.[10] Once in New York, Daly began hosting MTV Live.[10]

Total Request Live[edit]

Main article: Total Request Live

Carson Daly hosted MTV'S TRL from 1998-2002. TRL was born out of two shows, "Total Request" and "MTV Live" both hosted by Daly.[11] Daly's role as host of the popular live program included introducing the top 10 videos of the day and interviewing celebrity guests.[11]

Last Call with Carson Daly[edit]

In 2002, Last Call with Carson Daly went on the air. The show was shot on the same set as Saturday Night Live until 2005 when it moved to Los Angeles.[12]

New Year's Eve with Carson Daly[edit]

Beginning in 2003-04, Daly began hosting a self-titled New Year's Eve special for NBC, New Year's Eve with Carson Daly.[13]

The Voice[edit]

In 2011, Daly began hosting and executive-producing NBC's reality music competition The Voice. Daly's duties as host include watching blind auditions alongside contestant's family members.[14] As a producer of The Voice, Daly has won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, first in 2013 and again in 2015.[15] As the previous social media correspondent, Christina Millian didn't return to the show, Daly began assuming her role as a social media correspondent.


Carson Daly plays a small but pivotal role in the first episode of My Name Is Earl. 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.[16] Carson Daly also had a small role on Dave Chappelle's show Chappelle's Show.

Today [edit]

In September 2013, Daly became the "orange room" anchor (social media reporter) on the Today show and also serves as a fill-in anchor for Matt Lauer, Willie Geist and Weekend Today.

456 Entertainment[edit]

Carson is a founding partner with Jonathan Rifkind, Jonathan B. Davis and Bam Margera of 456 Enterprise & Entertainment which released the "Viva La Bands" compilations.[17]

Personal life[edit]

In March 2000, Tara Reid met Daly on the set of Total Request Live and they began dating.[18] They shared an apartment in New York City and Daly proposed on October 29.[18] In June 2001, Reid and Daly broke off their engagement.[19]

Daly's mother is a breast cancer survivor who was honored at Lifetime's 2004 Breast Cancer Heroes Luncheon.

Daly has three children with wife Siri Pinter (the daughter of actor Mark Pinter): a son, Jackson James Daly, born March 2009,[20] and daughters Etta Jones Daly, born in September 2012 and[21] London Rose Daly, born on August 20, 2014.[22] Daly and Pinter became engaged in 2013 and married on December 23, 2015 in a small ceremony.[23]

Daly is a Catholic.[24]

Radio shows[edit]

  • Mornings with Carson Daly - KAMP-FM - 97.1 - Los Angeles - 2010–present
  • The Daly Download with Carson Daly - Syndicated - 2013 to present


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2002 TRL VJ (Video Jockey)
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–present Last Call with Carson Daly Host
2003–2015 New Year's Eve with Carson Daly Host
2011–present The Voice Host
2013–present Today Show Orange Room Anchor


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  2. ^ "Carson Daly - MTV VJs Then and now". 
  3. ^ "Carson Daly Returns To Radio". Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Buzz Monday". The Riverside Press-Enterprise. November 27, 2006. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ Carson Daly (April 2010).
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  8. ^ a b "Late Night with Conan O'Brien Interview". Late Night with Conan O'Brien. March 12, 2008. 
  9. ^ Kissell, Rick (18 September 2014). "Q&A: Carson Daly on Casey Kasem, 'The Voice' and 'TRL'". Variety. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Jackman, Ian (2000). Total Request Live: The Ultimate Fan Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 45. ISBN 0743418506. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Anderson, Kyle (14 September 2014). "On the 15th anniversary of the 'TRL' premiere, a look back at the first top 10". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "In Step With: Carson Daly". Parade Magazine. December 26, 2004. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Carson Daly stakes his claim on New Year's Eve". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 31, 2004. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Weber, Lindsey; Frank, Sarah. "Meet The Voice's Seven Most Apoplectically Happy Families". Vulture. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Voice". Emmys. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  16. ^ DeWolf Smith, Nancy (2005-09-16). "Arts and Entertainment Review". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  17. ^ "Carson Daly Sees Fireworks". TV Guide. 
  18. ^ a b Grossberg, Josh (October 31, 2000). "Sorry, Girls: Carson Daly, Tara Reid Engaged!". E! News. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Carson Daly and Tara Reid Confirm Split". ABC News. July 3, 2001. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ Garcia, Jennifer (March 16, 2009). "It's a Boy for Carson Daly & Girlfriend!". People. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Carson Daly Welcomes Daughter Etta Jones". People. 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  22. ^ Murray, Matt. "It's a girl! Carson Daly welcomes new baby London Rose Daly". Today. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  23. ^ Jordan, Julie; Lindsay, Kimble (December 24, 2015). "Carson Daly is Married! Host Weds Longtime Love Siri Pinter". People. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  24. ^ Riley, Jenelle (July 11, 2013). "Carson Daly On Hosting, Fame, and Not Being a 'Tool'". Backstage. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 

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