Before “reality” TV was king, we had good old chair-throwing, baby daddy-finding out, wrasslin' with your mama daytime talk shows. Ah, those were the days. When you could smell the dirty laundry for miles as talk show hosts donned turtlenecks or red glasses and dumped fresh drama at our doorsteps every day, five, sometimes six days a week. You knew them well, your favorite 1990s daytime talk show hosts, but where are they today?
Geraldo got his nose broken, Jerry had to hire some bouncers, Maury helped people figure out where to send Father’s Day cards, and Montel helped people pick up the pieces. Jenny made you over. Whoopi channeled her inner Barbara Walters. And Oprah managed to emerge unscathed from this shifty era as Queen of All Things. You get a mansion! And YOU get a mansion! But what became of the kinds and queens of '90s daytime talk?Some of these television hosts have gone on to great things, while others have preferred to stay out of the limelight. Take a look at these '90s TV stars in their daytime heydays, and see what they're up to now!
Montel Williams (Then)Photo: The Montel Williams Show / Viacom
Williams was the first Black man to have a daytime talk show. The Montel Williams Show focused on helping people not just for show content but also had a follow up program in place. The show had a full-time psychologist and helped guests with aftercare. in 1996, Williams won an Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Frequent guest psychic Sylvia Browne brought criticism to Williams’s door when she became involved in several high-profile kidnapping cases.
- Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. He launched The Montel Williams MS Foundation and has been a spokesman for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. He has worked in both radio (Montel Across America) and in TV as an informercial host for Living Well Healthmaster.
- At age 24, Ricki Lake became the youngest talk show host in history when she launched The Ricki Lake Show in 1993. Lake was so popular, the show was running neck and neck with The Oprah Winfrey Show in ratings! Lake went after the issues of the day such as STDs and infidelity.
Ricki Lake (Now)The Hairspray star still pops in and out of acting, and has hosted a few TV shows, including Gameshow Marathon and VH1’s Charm School. Lake also had a stint on Dancing with the Stars. Lake brought The Ricki Lake Show back for one season in 2011 and won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2013. Since her time in the daytime sun, Lake has focused on women’s fertility issues and parenting resources. She also made a documentary in which you can watch her at home water birth, if you are into that sort of thing.