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The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History 

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Updated July 13, 2020 329 votes 51 voters 3k views 23 items

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Talk show hosts help audiences dissect the issues of the day while often adding humor into the conversation. The best Black male talk show hosts have appeared on a variety of shows including advice shows, morning news programs and panel discussions. Iconic series like The Daily Show, The Montel Williams Show, and The Arsenio Hall Show have featured some amazing Black male hosts as have such morning talk shows as Today and Good Morning America.

Hosts keep the conversation going with candid honesty and humor. People like Tavis Smiley, Eric Andre, and Chris Rock are iconic Black men talk show hosts. BET Tonight, The Early Show, and United Shades of America have all featured talented Black male hosts over the years.

While the guests change each episode, hosts often stick around year after year. Many fans tune into see people like Steve Harvey, Sinbad, and Byron Allen create magic out of impromptu moments.

Who are your favorite Black male talk show hosts? Here's your chance to vote for your favorite Black and African American men who host talk shows, from late-night talk show hosts to morning talk shows, to make sure the best of the best lands in the top spot on this ultimate list. There are many great Black male hosts so vote for everyone you love to watch.

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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

The RuPaul Show (1996-1998)
RuPaul (since 2019)
Good Work - (2015)

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Trevor Noah is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (since 2015)

Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is known for hosting The Daily Show, an American ...more
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Montel Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

The Montel Williams Show (1991-2008)

Montel Brian Anthony Williams (born July 3, 1956) is a former American television personality, radio talk show host, and actor. He is best known as host of the long-running daytime talk show The ...more
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D. L. Hughley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

Weekends at the D.L. (2005)
The D.L. Hughley Show (2019)

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Arsenio Hall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

The Arsenio Hall Show (1989-1994, 2013-2014)

Arsenio Hall (born February 12, 1956) is an American comedian, talk show host, actor, writer and producer. He is best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show, a late-night talk show that ran ...more
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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

The Magic Hour (1998)

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the ...more
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Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History
Keenen Ivory Wayans

The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show (1997-1998)

Keenen Ivory Wayans Sr. (born June 8, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, and a member of the Wayans family of entertainers. He first came to prominence as the host and the creator ...more
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Sinbad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

Vibe - Season 2

David Adkins (born November 10, 1956), better known by his stage name Sinbad (), is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He became known in the 1990s from being featured on his own HBO ...more
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Byron Allen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

Kickin' It with Byron Allen (since 1992)
Entertainers with Byron Allen - (since 1993)
Comics Unleashed (2006–07 & 2014)

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Wayne Brady is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

The Wayne Brady Show (2001-2004)
That's What I'm Talking About - Season 1

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Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

The Chris Rock Show (1997-2000)

Christopher Julius Rock (born February 7, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. After working as a stand-up comedian and appearing in supporting film roles, Rock ...more
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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

Live with Kelly and Michael (2012-2016)
Good Morning America (since 2016)
Strahan, Sara and Keke (previously Strahan and Sara) - Season 1, 2

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Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

Steve Harvey (2012-2017)
Steve (2017-2019)

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Eric Andre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

The Eric Andre Show (since 2012)

Eric Andre (born April 4, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, and television host. He is the creator, host, and co-writer of The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim and played Mike on the FXX series ...more
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Larry Wilmore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (2015-2016)

Elister L. "Larry" Wilmore (born October 30, 1961) is an American comedian, writer, producer, and actor. Wilmore served as the "Senior Black Correspondent" on The Daily Show ...more
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Michael Zinzun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History
Michael Zinzun

Message to the Grassroots (1988-1998)

Michael Zinzun (February 14, 1949 – July 9, 2006) was an African American -ex-Black Panther and anti-police brutality activist .
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Ralph Greene is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

Petey Greene's Washington (1976-1982)

Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. (January 23, 1931 – January 10, 1984), was an American television and radio talk-show host. A two-time Emmy Award-winner, Greene overcame drug addiction ...more
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Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

Danny's House (since 2019)

Daniel Dewan Sewell, better known by his stage name Danny Brown, is an American hip hop recording artist from Detroit, Michigan. He is known for his individuality, being described by MTV as ...more
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Bow Wow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

106 & Park (2013-2014)

Shad Gregory Moss (born March 9, 1987), better known by his stage name Bow Wow (formerly Lil' Bow Wow), is an American rapper, actor, television presenter, and broadcaster. As Lil' Bow Wow, he ...more
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Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

The Early Show (1999-2002)
Bryant Gumbel (1982-1997)

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Tavis Smiley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History
Tavis Smiley

BET Tonight (1996-2001)
Tavis Smiley (2004-2017)

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Nick Cannon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

Yet to be named talk show (2020)

Nicholas Scott Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American actor, rapper, director, producer, television presenter, radio personality, and activist. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on ...more
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W. Kamau Bell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (2012-2013)
United Shades of America (since 2016)