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The Best Black Male Talk Show Hosts In TV History

Updated July 13, 2020 501 votes 72 voters 4.7k views23 items

List RulesVote up the current and former talk show hosts who make their programs worth watching.

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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  • 1
    RuPaul
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    27

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

  • 2
    Trevor Noah

    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (since 2015)

  • 3
    Arsenio Hall

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

  • 4
    Montel Williams

    The Montel Williams Show (1991-2008)

  • 5
    D. L. Hughley

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

  • 6
    Byron Allen

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

  • 7
    Sinbad

    Vibe - Season 2

  • 8
    Magic Johnson

    The Magic Hour (1998)

  • 9
    Keenen Ivory Wayans
    5
    11

    Keenen Ivory Wayans

    The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show (1997-1998)

  • 10
    Steve Harvey

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

  • 11
    Wayne Brady

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

  • 12
    Chris Rock

    The Chris Rock Show (1997-2000)

  • 13
    Michael Strahan

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

  • 14
    Eric Andre

    The Eric Andre Show (since 2012)

  • 15
    Tavis Smiley
    4
    15

    Tavis Smiley

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

  • 16
    Nick Cannon

    Yet to be named talk show (2020)

  • 17
    W. Kamau Bell

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

  • 18
    Michael Zinzun
    1
    8

    Michael Zinzun

    Message to the Grassroots (1988-1998)

  • 19
    Bryant Gumbel

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

  • 20
    Larry Wilmore

    The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (2015-2016)

  • 21
    Ralph Greene

    Petey Greene's Washington (1976-1982)

  • 22
    Danny Brown

    Danny's House (since 2019)

  • 23
    Bow Wow

    106 & Park (2013-2014)