Carson Daly Cutting His Hair on Live TV Is the Best Thing You'll See Today

Carson Daly just gave us the entertainment we need to get through today.

By Samantha Schnurr Apr 08, 2020 3:21 PMTags
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This is truly the entertainment America needs right now. 

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the daily headlines can be tough to take. However, on Wednesday, the Today co-hosts managed to mix in some levity by way of Carson Daly cutting his own hair on live TV. 

As is the case with many of us around the country, with salons and barber shops closed for the foreseeable future to halt spread of the virus, we're all getting shaggier than usual. So, Daly attempted to cut his own mane with help from his 11-year-old son, Jackson. Making matters more interesting, celebrity stylist Chris Appleton had to give Daly instructions over the phone after his WiFi cut out and he couldn't show him on video. 

"It's a good thing I don't work in television or anything," Daly quipped. "This will be fine."

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Meanwhile, the co-anchor's 5-year-old daughter, London, adorably stole the spotlight behind him by waving and generally being the star of the show.

"You can stop waving, London," he told his little one with a laugh. "That's ok."

Making matters all the more hilarious, the cameras occasionally cut to his colleagues making various facial expressions as they watched from afar. Eventually, his son took over to cut the back of Daly's head while he monitored using his other daughter Etta's hand mirror. 

Daly was pleased with his son's work, but when it came to tackling the top of his hair, he didn't know what to do with his scissors and comb. 

Judging by a potentially Photoshopped picture he later posted on Instagram, it looks like the father and son found the solution: just buzzing most of it off. 

"Here's the final product!" he wrote online. "I think we did pretty good!"

For more celebrity hair transformations from home, keep scrolling!

Emily Ratajkowski

"Is this insane? Am I being crazy?" Emily asked herself, as chopped her hair into layers and long bangs in an Aug. 21 TikTok. "Definitely." After revealing her final look, she said, "I've cut hair before, and this is not my best work. But, you know, it's a start. It's a moment."

Audrina Patridge

"Never ending summer of blonde, this time with a fun pop of color!" The Hills: New Beginnings star wrote on Instagram. "Maintaining my color the past few months has been so easy thanks to @wellahairusa Koleston Perfect and the magic of my stylist @brianacisneros." 

Pauly D

The Jersey Shore star traded in his dark, gelled hair for a bright blonde look in December 2020.

Kylie Jenner

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star rocked her red tresses in a post shared to Instagram Dec. 7, 2020.

Debby Ryan

"Also cut a bunch of hair off my head last month or whenever," the actress revealed on Instagram on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Tarji P. Henson

Before the 2020 American Music Awards, celebrity hairstylist Tym Wallace transformed the actress' hair to red and vibrant with Joico's Color Infuse Red Shampoo.


While stepping out for a late-night dinner with her celebrity hairstylist, the Grammy winner sports a new mullet. 


The singer had celebrity hairstylist César DeLeön Ramîrez dye her hair a cool blue just in time for winter.

Joe Manganiello

Say hello to blue! "Time to go to work..." the actor shared on Instagram while at the gym. 

Cardi B

"Ya like my hair," the rapper asked her fans while sporting a new hair color from Joico thanks to celebrity hairstylist Tokyo Stylez

Kaia Gerber

"Pink is punk," the supermodel shared on Instagram after celebrity hairstylist Guido Palau helped "direct my dreams of going pink." 

Channing Tatum

The Magic Mike actor debuted a shaved head on social media after wrapping a new movie.

Lady Gaga

"Hello Merpeople. Rocking color by @fredericaspiras named after his mother who just passed...Suzie's Ocean Blonde. I love you Freddie," the music superstar shared on Instagram. "This was extra special glamour with love." Hairstylist Frederic Aspiras used Joico products to complete the look. 

Antoni Porowski

The Queer Eye star made his 4.5 million Instagram followers do a double-take after he debuted his buzzcut.

Ariel Winter

The actress debuts platinum blonde hair after rocking red hair for a few months. "Winter Is Coming," she captions her Instagram.

Miley Cyrus & Cody Simpson

"Matching mohawks," Cyrus wrote alongside the pic. 


Dwyane Wade

The NBA star shows off his fiery red hair on social media over the weekend. "When they think they know—switch it up," he captioned his Instagram post that revealed his major transformation.

Miley Cyrus

The superstar singer debuted her pixie mullet on Instagram Story. To achieve her new look, Miley's go-to hairstylist Sally Hershberger talked Tish Cyrus through the process via FaceTime.

Taylor Swift

The Lover singer recently showed off a fun, flirty and whimsical ensemble and beauty look that will make you dream of summer. She appeared to dye her hair with a few of her stands looking blue and pink.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

The actress debuts a major hair change, one that she did herself! "That's 2 years of physical, emotional, and spiritual growth that I cut off right there on my bday," she shared on Instagram, alongside a pic of her holding up her locks.

Chris Pratt

With the help of his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger, the Parks and Recreation alum got a "damn good" haircut as the parents-to-be continue to practice social distancing. 

Chris Lane

The country singer participated in Schick Hydro's #ShaveFromHome challenge to help raise money for out-of-work barbers during COVID-19. With the help from his Schick Hydro5 Sense Hydrate and Schick Hydro Groomer, Chris showed off his transformation on Instagram

Sarah Michelle Gellar

The Cruel Intentions actress took to Instagram to show off her new hairstyle. "Rose all day," she captioned her video. 

Ryan Reynolds

The Deadpool star is growing out his hair. And because his wife, Blake Lively, trolled him about his new hairstyle... he made fun of her right back.

Pauly D

The Jersey Shore alum makes fans lose their minds over his "quarantine beard."

Chris Noth

"I decided dealing with hair was superfluous during these times of quarantine," the Mr. Big star wrote.

Carson Daly

The Voice host pulled one over on fans by pretending to shave his head live on the Today show.

Armie Hammer

Notice anything different? The actor shows off his major transformation, which entails a mohawk and horseshoe mustache. "Killing the game," he quips on Instagram.

Lauren Burnham & Arie Luyendyk

"Now @ariejr's really a silver fox," the Bachelor alum joked on Instagram

Hilary Duff

The Lizzie McGuire star said goodbye to her signature blonde locks and opted for a bold blue look.  

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