If you took the wholesome smirk of Johnny Carson and fused it with the raw pop-culture power of Tyne Daly, you just might create a superceleb named Carson Daly. ”Carson is just like you and me,” notes his buddy Jimmy Kimmel, ”except you and I don’t get to have sex with every girl in this magazine.” Now the toothsome host of MTV’s ”TRL” (who also anchors NBC’s late-night talk show ”Last Call With Carson Daly” and the nationally syndicated radio show Carson Daly Most Requested) will get his comeuppance as he is roasted for — among other things — his doomed Hollywood romances and aggravated heartthrobbery in the inaugural installment of ”MTV Bash” (airing July 13). Shall we preheat Daly’s oven?
How does it feel to be an icon to millions of screaming teens and billions of indifferent adults?
It’s an honor. Lukewarm has never felt better.
When you were younger, you considered entering the priesthood. What are the similarities between being an MTV VJ and a man of the cloth?
Both positions require drinking a lot of red wine…. There’s got to be something with that Britney Spears video and the Catholic-schoolgirl outfit…. Oh, and either way, I would’ve worn a lot of black.
Your mom, Pattie Daly Caruso, hosts a local TV talk show, ”Valley Views,” in Palm Springs, California. At the dinner table, are you like, ”Mom, please pass the potatoes, and by the way, I freakin’ rule your ass in the ratings…”?
Not at all. She’s much better than I am. She asks real questions, like ”How do you enjoy the nightlife in Palm Springs?” I’m more like Kathie Lee, and she’s more like Regis.
You met your ex-fiancée, Tara Reid, while shooting ”MTV Spring Break” in Cancún. What was the second clue that the relationship might not work out?
When she drank more than me the night we met.
Just between us, when you’re doing your radio show, do you sometimes not wear pants?
When do I wear pants? C’mon, these questions have to get harder than that.
Are you now or have you ever been ”totally dreamy” or ”2 cute 4 words”?
No, never. I still have goals and dreams like everybody else.
Leno and Letterman have a storied late-night-ratings rivalry. What’s the next chapter in the Last Call?versus? self-tanning-cream-infomercial late-late-night wars?
Well, first I have to beat the food-dehydrator guy.
In ”The Real Slim Shady,” Eminem raps, ”S—, Christina Aguilera better switch me chairs/So I can sit next to Carson Daly and Fred Durst,” because he wants to hear you two argue over who Christina, um, serviced first. This is kind of an uncomfortable question, but have you ever, you know, sat next to Fred Durst?
I refuse to answer that. Way too personal.
When you were named one of People’s sexiest men alive, you said, ”I do not mentally feel sexy. I’m still waiting to fill out an application to work at the Gap.” So, what’ll it be: greeter or folder?
Definitely greeter. I can’t fold to save my life.