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He's One of the Top TV Hosts Out There — Carson Daly's Career, Explained

Carson Daly added yet another TV show to his impressive résumé by teaming up with Blake Shelton and Nikki Bella on Barmageddon for USA Network. 

By Tyler McCarthy

Carson Daly is known far and wide as one of the most popular television Hosts of our time thanks to his gigs on both The Voice and the TODAY show. In fact, America has been familiar with Daly as a TV personality for decades.

How to Watch

Watch the Season 26 premiere of The Voice on Monday, September 23 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock. 

On USA Network, Daly added yet another series to his impressive résumé by teaming up with Blake Shelton and Nikki Bella to make the new celebrity-focused game show, Barmageddon. Daly has been in show business a while and is no stranger to launching new projects and finding success among American audiences. However, there was a time when he had significantly different aspirations. 

How did Carson Daly begin his career?

Daly attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on a golfing scholarship. He initially dreamed of hitting the links professionally but told his TODAY co-Host, Hoda Kotb, in 2019 that he also toyed with the idea of becoming a Catholic priest. Ultimately, he ended up pursuing neither of those careers, instead allowing his love of music to win out. 

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He dropped out of college to work at a radio station in Los Angeles as an intern to none other than current late-night Host Jimmy Kimmel. Speaking during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers in 2020, Daly explained their families vacationed together when he was young. Years later, they reconnected and Kimmel offered him an internship on his radio show. That made him realize what he wanted to do with his life. He told Meyers at the time that he believes everything he has he owes to Kimmel. 

How did Carson Daly land TRL and other TV shows?

At age 23, Daly finally had his own on-air job at KROQ in Los Angeles. That’s when he was discovered by MTV. He began moonlighting for them as a Host in various on-camera capacities for $600 a day, according to Forbes. By 1998, he’d quit the radio and moved full-time to MTV, where he quickly became the face of the network thanks to the popularity of Total Request Live. He spent the next five years interviewing celebrities and becoming a recognizable name in pop culture himself. 

Daly, who describes himself as a workaholic, got back into radio in 2001. Now with a little bit of fame at his back, he signed a five-year deal with Premiere Radio Networks to host Carson Daly’s Most Requested. He also straddled two networks and began hosting the late-night series Last Call With Carson Daly.

By 2003, he ended his run on TRL and focused his efforts on being a late-night Host. He further expanded his role within the NBC umbrella by hosting its New Year’s Eve coverage.

Carson Daly standing in front of The Voice Coaches

When did Carson Daly start hosting The Voice?

In 2011, he helped produce the now-immensely popular reality singing competition The Voicewhich airs on NBC. 

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Both he and Blake Shelton were the only on-camera faces who stayed with the show throughout its entire run. (Shelton ultimately left the show in 2023 after his 23rd season.) His work as a producer earned Daly his first Emmy Award, as well. 

Carson Daly with his daughter on set.

When did Carson Daly join TODAY?

In 2013, he added yet another hosting gig to his resume by joining the TODAY show as Host of the Orange Room, bringing the latest in online and social media content to the morning show’s viewers.

Over the years, he expanded his role and is now a co-Host of the entire show. He finally ended Last Call with Carson Daly in 2019 and began to focus all his time on TODAY and The Voice. However, as mentioned, Daly upped his hosting game back to three shows at the end of 2022 with Barmageddon. This time he had the help of his dear friend, Shelton, and his other celebrity pals. Heading into Season 2, Daly will just have to serve some drinks, wisecrack, and enjoy himself at Ole Red in Nashville