MTV’s Total Request Live aka TRL shuffled off its tweenybopper coil this weekend, ending a decade long run as the only show on MTV that actually played music. Your editor was on TRL‘s short-lived spin-off Who Wants to Be a VJ? where he made a bid to be TRL‘s first openly gay VJ by saying “I could play video games with the guys and cry with the girls while watching Beaches“. Hey, I was young. In any event, I lost out to Grandmaster Flash’s nephew and TRL lost out to YouTube.
Has-been Carson Daly hosted the finale, which is fitting because the years he ran the show were the Glory Days for not only Carson but TRL itself. After many years of pimping out boy bands and Britneys, the show took a turn for the worst, no longer filming live, losing host after host, offering a haven for sad tweens who eat their hair – and making life miserable for Mollygood editors who braved the masses for their favorite singers.