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Daly attended Santa Monica High School, and wanted to become a priest. His mother hosts a television talk show in Palm Springs, California and was a dancer and actress. His father died of cancer when Daly was six. Later, he began playing golf, had the goal of playing professionally one day and attended Loyola Marymount University on a golf scholarship, where he studied theology. He attended university for one year, but changed direction after starting an internship at a Palm Springs radio station, as well as a disc jockey slot at a station in San Diego.
The DJ job in San Diego led to Daly being offered a job at Live 105 in San Francisco, which later became KOME, and in 1995, Daly was offered the coveted drive time slot at that station. In 1996 he returned to the Los Angeles area as a DJ for popular Los Angeles rock radio station KROQ.
In 1997, Daly first appeared on MTV as a VJ, and the following year became the host of Total Request Live. In 2002 he began a second show, Last Call with Carson Daly, that airs late-night on NBC. In 2003 he stepped down from TRL to concentrate on Last Call.
His engagement to actress Tara Reid ended in 2001.
A recent burglary of Daly's home, allegedly by an obsessed female fan, saw such personal items as clothes, awards, and photographs stolen. An arrest was made when the unnamed person attempted to auction stolen boxer shorts on eBay.
After the airing of a popular sketch on Saturday Night Live, many of his detractors began referring to him as Carson "The Tool" Daly or simply "The Tool."
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