‘Today’: Carson Daly Wanted This Job, and It’s More Than a Little Surprising

Carson Daly is a fixture on the Today Show and as a host on NBC’s The Voice ever since the hit singing competition began in 2011. He just ended in May 2019 the ratings hit Last Call with Carson Daly, which went off the air after a 17-year run on NBC.

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But Daly hasn’t always wanted a career in broadcasting. There was another vocation he preferred and would have pursued.

Find out what that career was and why Daly decided against it.

Daly wanted to be a priest

It’s unusual to learn of too many men these days that want to be Catholic priests. The church itself has stated that the priesthood has been dwindling to alarming numbers.

The father of three (soon to be four!) explained to Hoda Kotb in March 2019 his desire to be “Father Daly” before he turned to music and television.

“I was willing to take an oath of poverty. . . and almost was gonna become a priest. . . really was. I really thought about it.”

“Thank God, God didn’t ask me to do that, but I thought about it,” he said. “In a little bit of that, whatever your faith is, there was a part of me that was really willing to take an oath of celibacy and an oath of faith.”

“And I think when I entered my career and I was a radio DJ and I was fueled by my love of music, I was totally willing to be broke. And I did. I lived in a Motel 6, I made 20 grand when I was like 25 years old.”

He met Jimmy Kimmel at mass on a Hawaiian beach

As it turned out, Daly was offered a golf scholarship at Loyola Marymount University. However, he decided to drop out and work in radio instead.

“Jimmy Kimmel and I met in Maui, with our families,” Daly told Golf Channel. “I was on a family vacation. And Jimmy’s Catholic, and Jimmy and his priest, Father Bill, who’s still a close friend of ours, . . . were there in Maui. My mom and my dad started talking to this priest and he invited us to mass on the beach and that’s how we met.”

He got the opportunity of a lifetime when he was offered an internship at one of Los Angeles’ hottest radio stations. His boss was future late show host, Jimmy Kimmel.

Because of their families’ friendship after that mass in Hawaii, Kimmel remembered Daly when he was looking for a new intern, and the rest is history.

Faith is important to Daly

Daly’s faith has always been a big part of his life, but it wasn’t until the loss of his mother in 2017 followed two weeks later by the loss of his dear stepfather that the 46-year-old truly understood how quickly time and life pass us by.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York blesses Carson Daly’s cross

“I can’t believe I’m 45,” Daly said at the time. “[that] I’ve been in Times Square for 20 years. I can’t believe I’m on the Today show. Life goes by so fast and it’s like for me now, it’s just live and marinate in that moment,” he said.

“And then when I go to bed it’s just like, you know what? I hope I did good today, and if God gives me another day, I’m going to just do it again.”

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