awards The Best Emmy Hosts Ever  

Lisa Waugh
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Hosting the Emmy awards is a tough gig. Just showing up for the Primetime Emmys requires wit and reflexes so Emmy hosts who have done well make it look easy. That's one of the reasons this Emmy hosts list is one of those rare times where the best and worst overlap. 

Opinions on Emmy hosts can go either way, depending on who you ask. Sometimes people remember the Primetime Emmys like witnesses at a car accident. As long as no one was seriously injured, it wasn’t so bad. Others have razor sharp recall of the Emmy Awards and a strict criteria for Emmy hosts. That criteria skews wildly with wine. That's not surprising for an awards show that has given Emmys to a ventriloquist (the first Emmy ever given), the yellow first down line on the NFL broadcasts, and the most Emmys to the Oscars.

Even if a host is talented and has a huge following, that’s not a guaranteed win as an Emmy host. A tough industry crowd, pre-awards cocktails, and egos that strain the max capacity of the room all make for a 50/50 shot at success. The only host who consistently and expertly handled the crowd was Johnny Carson as host of the Emmys eight times.

The Emmy hosts list is varied and strange. Top comedians and talk show hosts made sense, but Bruce Willis? Bruce Willis hosted the Emmys? It was 1987, he was white hot from Moonlighting, and won an Emmy that year, but in retrospect, it’s proof that time chipped away at both his hair and his enthusiasm.

Hosting the Emmy Awards takes careful planning, the ability to wing it, and the super power of reading an audience. Barreling forward when it’s not working isn’t smart. Finding the right Emmy host is a talent in and of itself and the Emmy Awards have tried it all. Five hosts, no Emmy hosts, and letting California Governor Earl Warren host in 1951.

Who takes home the faux gold statue as your favorite among all the Emmy hosts? Upvote the Emmy hosts who made you laugh, cry, and schlep toward the limo with more gift bags than they were allotted.
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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Ellen DeGeneres age 59 - 1994, 2001, 2005, 2014

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+ - 122 58
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Johnny Carson Died at 80 (1925-2005) - 1962, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1980, 19

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+ - 160 96
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Neil Patrick Harris age 43 - 2009, 2013

4
+ - 112 91
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Jimmy Fallon age 42 - 2010, 2017

5
+ - 104 89
Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Conan O'Brien age 53 - 2002, 2003, 2006

6
+ - 82 67
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Dick Van Dyke age 91 - 1968

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+ - 81 72
Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Jimmy Kimmel age 49 - 2012

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+ - 80 76
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Michael J. Fox age 55 - 1996

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+ - 71 66
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Lucille Ball Died at 78 (1911-1989) - 1952

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+ - 74 81
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Jon Stewart age 54 - 2003

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+ - 45 47
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Frank Sinatra Died at 83 (1915-1998) - 1968

12
+ - 59 65
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Eddie Murphy age 56 - 1983

13
+ - 54 60
Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Jay Leno age 66 - 1990

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+ - 41 46
Ed Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Ed Sullivan Died at 73 (1901-1974) - 1954

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+ - 45 53
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Tom Selleck age 72 - 1984

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+ - 45 57
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
David Letterman age 70 - 1986

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+ - 38 52
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Alan Alda age 81 - 1978

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+ - 34 47
Bob Newhart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Bob Newhart age 87 - 1962

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+ - 49 69
Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Joan Rivers Died at 81 (1933-2014) - 1983

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+ - 60 86
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Jason Alexander age 57 - 1995

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+ - 35 50
Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Angela Lansbury age 91 - 1993

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+ - 26 37
Dick Clark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Dick Clark Died at 83 (1929-2012) - 1980

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+ - 27 39
Danny Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Danny Thomas Died at 79 (1912-1991) - 1957, 1958, 1965, 1970

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+ - 31 45
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Fred Astaire Died at 88 (1899-1987) - 1960

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+ - 31 45
Merv Griffin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Merv Griffin Died at 82 (1925-2007) - 1969

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+ - 25 38
Paul Reiser is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Paul Reiser age 60 - 1996

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+ - 28 43
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Bruce Willis age 62 - 1987

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+ - 31 49
Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Seth Meyers age 43 - 2014

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+ - 23 38
Steve Allen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Steve Allen Died at 79 (1921-2000) - 1955, 1980

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+ - 23 38
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Sammy Davis, Jr. Died at 65 (1925-1990) - 1965

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+ - 30 49
John Forsythe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
John Forsythe Died at 92 (1918-2010) - 1982, 1985, 1988

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+ - 32 53
Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Jane Lynch age 56 - 2011

33
+ - 21 39
Patricia Richardson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Patricia Richardson age 64 - 1994

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+ - 24 45
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Dennis Miller age 64 - 1991, 1992

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+ - 29 56
Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Wanda Sykes age 53 - 2003

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+ - 26 51
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Henry Winkler age 71 - 1979

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+ - 23 47
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Howie Mandel age 61 - 2008

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+ - 18 39
David Frost is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
David Frost Died at 74 (1939-2013) - 1970

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+ - 20 43
Cybill Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Cybill Shepherd age 67 - 1995

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+ - 17 40
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Ed Asner age 87 - 1981

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+ - 17 40
Danny Kaye is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Danny Kaye Died at 74 (1913-1987) - 1966

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+ - 14 36
Candice Bergen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Candice Bergen age 70 - 1990

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+ - 14 36
Joey Bishop is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Joey Bishop Died at 89 (1918-2007) - 1961, 1963, 1964, 1967

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+ - 24 54
David Hyde Pierce is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
David Hyde Pierce age 58 - 1999

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+ - 17 42
Brad Garrett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Brad Garrett age 56 - 2003

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+ - 17 43
Garry Shandling is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Garry Shandling age 67 - 2003, 2004

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+ - 15 40
John Larroquette is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
John Larroquette age 69 - 1989

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+ - 21 55
Ryan Seacrest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Ryan Seacrest age 42 - 2007, 2008

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+ - 17 48
Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Shirley MacLaine age 82 - 1981

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+ - 22 60
Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Emmy Hosts Ever
Bill Cosby age 79 - 1966, 1969