The Most Memorable TV Host Farewells TV Programs
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The Most Memorable TV Host Farewells

The best final episodes of talk shows, farewells and finales from some of the all-time greatest late night talk show hosts, news shows and daytime television talk shows. With Jay Leno's heartfelt goodbye on February 6, 2014 from the Tonight Show, it's a good time to remember and re-watch the finale episodes of the most popular former talk show hosts. This list is ranked according to the legacy of these TV hosts and which one put on the last final show. 

Whether these shows were canceled due to ratings (Tom Snyder), lack of advertisers (Politically Incorrect), changes in the network (The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien) or because it was time to retire (Johnny Carson) the final episode can be tough for a TV talk show host or news anchor. Hosts, especially those who have been on air for a long time, become a big part of American households. When it is time to say goodbye, they often leave with a departing message of gratitude or thanks. Sometimes they even cry!

Which one of these last episodes of famous talk shows do you remember loving the most? Vote for your favorite TV host farewell and add any video clips that should be on this list. 

See also: The Best Today Show Hosts, Famous Male Talk Show Hosts and Famous Female Talk Show Hosts
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    Johnny Carson (1962–92)

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    Douglas Edwards (1962–81)

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  3. 3
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    Peter Jennings On ABC's World News Tonight (1983-2005)

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    Eric Callero (June 1, 2009 – January 22, 2010)

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    Katy Perry, Jay Leno (NBC; 1992–2009, March 1, 2010–February 6, 2014)

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    Michael Douglas, Jane Pauley, Don Pardo (1982-2004)

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    Amy Poehler, Conan O'Brien, Max Weinberg (1993–2009)

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    Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Geraldo Rivera

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  10. 10
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    Tom Snyder (1995–99)

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    Jack Paar (1957–62)

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  12. 12
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    Live! With Regis and Kelly (2001-11)

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  14. 14
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    Live With Regis and Kathie Lee (1988-00)

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  15. 15
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    Mike Birbiglia, Craig Kilborn (1999–2004)

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    Oprah Winfrey (1986-2011)

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    Bill Maher, Al Franken, Arianna Huffington No video available. (ABC; 1997–2002; Comedy Central; 1993–97)

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    Bill Murray, Arsenio Hall, Burton Richardson (Syndication; 1988–94, 2013–present)

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    Spike Feresten (Fox; 2006–09)

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