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Carson Daly from 'Last Call with Carson Daly.' Memba Him?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 13, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 13, 2019 |


Do you guys remember Carson Daly? The former MTV VJ and host of MTV’s Total Request Live, who became host of Last Call back in 2002? The show aired at 1:30 a.m. after Late Night with Conan and apparently, he won a Teen Choice Award in 2003 and 2004. Do you remember that controversial interview … wait. Do you remember that interview he did with … wait, did Carson Daly do interviews? What happened on Last Call? Has anyone actually seen Last Call?

I looked up “Last Call with Carson Daly interview” on YouTube to see what the SEO gods singled out for Last Call. Here’s what it gave me: An interview with Rhett and Link that Carson Daly doesn’t appear to be involved in. It’s just a produced segment with the hosts of a YouTube show, in which they discuss — at one point — eating the world’s hottest pepper. It’s got 3,642 views.

Here’s the most recent produced interview (again, Carson Daly does not appear) with Aya Cash. It has 52 views.

Oh wow. Don’t watch that. I didn’t think it was possible to make Aya Cash boring, but that interview succeeds.

ANYWAY, so remember Last Call with Carson Daly? Whatever happened to that show?

What’s that? It’s still on. You mean, on TV? It’s still broadcast into television homes every night at 1:30?

Huh. How about that.

Wait, what’s that? It’s ending its run. From Variety:

“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!” Daly said.

If you had told me that Carson Daly had been on late-night television for the last 17 years, I would have told you that 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.”

You mean, that platform where an interview with Aya Cash gets 52 views? I’m not sure how incredible that is.

But good for you, Carson Daly! You get to go out on your own terms because NBC completely forgot you were still in the studio every year for the last 15 years. Those NBC execs are going to be surprised when they find out. “Wait, have we been paying him the whole time?” “No, Chuck. He just kind of shows up. Every single night. We told him a decade ago that he didn’t have to come in anymore, but he was like, ‘Eh. I got nothing else to do.’”

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