-Welcome back, my friend.
-This is so exciting. -It’s very exciting, right?
-It’s a long time. It’s hard to believe I hosted
one of these things for so long. -You hosted one of these things.
We were talking backstage. So, “Last call” —
I’ve been doing this show now for six years. -Congratulations, by the way.
-Thank you very much, yeah. -Six years.
-Six years. [ Cheers and applause ]
It’s amazing. -It’s not easy. -And you — For the first
5 1/2 years of this show, I would always end by saying,
“Stay tuned for Carson Daly.” -And, by the way,
thank you for that. -Oh, my God, of course.
-That was amazing. -Sometimes, I would stay up late
just to watch you say my name and then go to bed
before my show. -But you did “Last call” for —
I mean, talk about six years, you did it for 17 years. -You can succeed
in this business if you program entertainment
while America’s asleep. -Yeah.
-100%. -It was always a show that
started at 1:37 in the morning. -1:37 in the morning. -We were talking
backstage, though. You know, I think people
might not even remember that — Or was it just the first season
that you shot in 8H, the “SNL” — -The great Lorne Michaels
allowed us. -Yeah.
-God bless him. It was great. At the time,
we didn’t have a home, so he allowed us to sort of
squat in famous 8H. And we would shoot, you know, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
and put up our thing and get a bunch of rappers
in there and do our little show. and get out before “SNL”
would rehearse. -I believe I was a Season 1
guest on your show. -I believe you were.
-Yeah. -Thank you again for that,
by the way. -Of course, man. That was big.
-I owe everything to you. -That was huge for me. That was huge for me. -That was big for me.
Are you kidding me? -And now you —
Obviously, not 17 years, but you are in the 18th season
of the “The Voice,” which is also incredible. -Incredible. Yes, yes. -And you and Blake are
the only ones who have been there
from the beginning. -Correct. -But, yet, I think one of the
reasons the show continues to refresh itself is the fact
you have different people come in every year. -I think when we started,
you know, “American Idol” was obviously a trailblazer
for this format of shows. People love to watch people
sing on television. -Yeah.
-It’s officially a fact. But back in the day, I think if
there had been — You know, if Simon Cowell
or one of the people on “Idol” would have left the show,
at that time, the press would’ve been,
“Oh, my God. ‘Idol’ is over.” When we came in, we were like,
“Hey, we have, you know, these A-list artists
who have to tour, and they’re going to leave. And we’re going to be like,
you know, ‘Iron Chef.’ There’s going to be
a lot of them. And they’ll rotate in and out.” And I think it’s been
a big reason why the show has done so well,
because we’ve had a chance to bring in, you know,
Alicia Keys and Usher, and all these great people now
want to be in the chair. -And it changes the DNA
of each season, which I think is a nice way
to keep it fresh. -And we have Nick Jonas now.
-Which is very exciting, yeah. [ Cheers and applause ]
-He’s great. -You are backstage with
the families while — -While they’re auditioning. -Yeah, while they’re
auditioning. I would imagine not only are
there highs and lows for them, but by being next to it,
you must be on that high and low with them. -I am.
I get very excited for them. I cheer when their loved one
gets a chair to turn, but minutes later,
it’s like being at a funeral and it’s very sad, because, you
know, their loved one — Their opportunity is
now stopped, so, yeah, it’s tough. But I love it.
I love that part of the show. It’s a lot of fun. -I mean, in those moments when
it doesn’t go the way — And, of course, the show only
survives because there are winners and losers,
so that’s a vital part — -They don’t know that
part, though. -Right.
-Yeah. -Do you say like,
“I am so sorry for you. We’re going to get you out of
here, though, now.” -I’ve tried every way to make
it semi-comfortable, but, like, it’s just impossible. -And I assume you can feel their
pain as a family member, like, the way they root, because
you have a beautiful family. -I do.
-They’re all here tonight. -They’re here, and I’m nervous,
’cause I’m out here — My entire family — I’ve —
My family has happened so fast for me that I’ve, like,
probably been on your show before I had a wife or kids. And now I have a wife,
three kids, and a fourth child on the way,
and they’re all here. [ Cheers and applause ]
-Yeah. -Hi, guys! I’m just so old. I’m like one of the oldest
employees at NBC now. -And I, like,
have had a chance — I was on
“The Arsenio Hall Show.” Did you know that?
-No. -No, I’m not that old.
-Yeah. But you were an intern for
Jimmy Kimmel’s radio show. -Crazy. Yes. -So that does speak to how long
you’ve been in the business. -That’s long. Oh, my gosh.
Yeah. -That you interned for Kimmel…
-In the ’60s. -…in the radio era.
-No. There was no TV. -How did you end up
doing that job? -It’s a crazy story. Our families vacationed in Maui
when I was like 8-years-old. And he was on a — He was
graduating from high school. And we’re Catholic, and he was
with his Catholic high school. And we met and became friends. And long story short,
when I dropped out of college and moved out to Palm Springs
to try and play professional golf,
I re-met with Jimmy when I was 18
and he was about 24. And, you know, I was his intern. And he’s like, “Here,
just come be my intern, and I’ll sign your papers
and you can, you know, just get up early.” And I ended up falling
in love with radio. And we ended up
working together, and, you know, I sort of owe
everything I have to him.