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The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV

Updated September 3, 2020 3.2k votes 342 voters 6.4k views58 items

List RulesVote up the women who have been the best at hosting talk shows.

Though the field is expanding, most of the best female talk show hosts are the faces we see and the voices we hear on morning and daytime talk shows. Women like Ellen DeGeneres, Barbara Walters, and Oprah Winfrey are household names who have hosted some of the longest running talk shows on television. There are more female late night talk show hosts than there used to be, with Samantha Bee and Busy Philipps joining the ranks of comedians and personalities such as Chelsea Handler and Joan Rivers. Whether they're great at conducting interviews, know how to ask the hard questions, or just make a show something you can't miss, these women are the best at what they do.

Of these great female talk show hosts, which of these women have been the very best? Vote up the women who have done the best job hosting chat shows, late night talk shows, morning shows and more.

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  • 1
    Jane Pauley
    278
    18

    Jane Pauley

    Today, The Jane Pauley Show

    Age69

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Margaret Jane Pauley (born October 31, 1950), known as Jane Pauley, is an American television... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Kelly Ripa
    114
    38

    Kelly Ripa

    Live with Kelly and Michael

    Age49

    BirthplaceStratford, New Jersey, United States of America

    Kelly Maria Ripa (born October 2, 1970) is an American actress, dancer, talk show host, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Hoda Kotb
    92
    28

    Age56

    BirthplaceNorman, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Hoda Kotb ( HOH-də KOT-bee; Egyptian Arabic: هدى قطب‎, Hudā Quṭb; Egyptian Arabic... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Jenna Bush Hager

    Age38

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Jenna Bush Hager (née Jenna Welch Bush; born November 25, 1981) is an American news... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Oprah Winfrey
    73
    43

    Oprah Winfrey

    The Oprah Winfrey Show

    Age66

    BirthplaceKosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

    Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Katie Couric
    47
    36

    Age63

    BirthplaceVirginia, USA

    Katherine Anne Couric ( KURR-ik; born January 7, 1957) is an American journalist and author.... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Leah Remini
    27
    25

    Leah Remini

    The Talk

    Age50

    BirthplaceBensonhurst, New York City, New York, USA

    Leah Marie Remini (born June 15, 1970) is an American actress, author, former Scientologist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Aisha Tyler
    22
    19

    Aisha Tyler

    The Talk, Talk Soup

    Age50

    BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA

    Aisha N. Tyler (born September 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, director and talk... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Ellen DeGeneres
    45
    52

    Ellen DeGeneres

    Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Age62

    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, United States of America

    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Deborah Norville

    Age62

    BirthplaceDalton, Georgia, United States of America

    Deborah Anne Norville (born August 8, 1958) is an American television journalist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Whoopi Goldberg
    44
    52

    Age60

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

    Caryn Elaine Johnson (born November 13, 1955), known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg (), is... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Meredith Vieira

    Age66

    BirthplaceEast Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Meredith Louise Vieira (born December 30, 1953) is an American broadcast journalist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Joan Rivers
    32
    39

    Joan Rivers

    The Joan Rivers Show

    AgeDec. at 81 (1933-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Candace Cameron-Bure

    Age44

    BirthplacePanorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Candace Cameron Bure (; born Candace Helaine Cameron; April 6, 1976) is an American actress,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Sara Haines
    15
    18

    Age43

    BirthplaceNewton, Iowa, United States of America

    Sara Hilary Haines (born September 18, 1977) is an American television host and journalist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Lisa Ling
    15
    21

    Lisa Ling

    The View

    Age47

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, United States of America

    Lisa J. Ling (born August 30, 1973) is an American journalist, television presenter, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Kathie Lee Gifford
    22
    31

    Kathie Lee Gifford

    The View, Today

    Age67

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Kathryn Lee Gifford (née Epstein; born August 16, 1953) is an American television host,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Robin Roberts
    21
    29

    Robin Roberts

    Good Morning America

    Age63

    BirthplaceAlabama, United States of America

    Robin René Roberts (born November 23, 1960) is an American television broadcaster. Roberts is... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Sharon Osbourne
    19
    30

    Sharon Osbourne

    The Talk, The Sharon Osbourne Show

    Age67

    BirthplaceBrixton, London, United Kingdom

    Sharon Rachel Osbourne (née Levy; born 9 October 1952) is an English media personality,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Leeza Gibbons

    Age63

    BirthplaceHartsville, South Carolina, USA

    Leeza Kim Gibbons (born March 26, 1957) is an American talk show host. She is best known as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Julie Chen
    11
    18

    Julie Chen

    The Talk, The Early Show

    Age50

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Julie Suzanne Chen Moonves (born January 6, 1970) is an American television personality, news... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Joy Behar
    23
    37

    Joy Behar

    The View, The Joy Behar Show

    Age78

    BirthplaceWilliamsburg, New York City, New York, USA

    Josephine Victoria "Joy" Behar (; née Occhiuto; born October 7, 1942) is an American comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Barbara Walters
    4
    8

    Barbara Walters

    20/20, Today

    Age91

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Barbara Jill Walters (born September 25, 1929) is an American broadcast journalist, author,... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Nicolle Wallace
    8
    15

    Nicolle Wallace

    The View

    Age48

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Nicolle Wallace (née Devenish; February 4, 1972) is an American author, current anchor of... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Chelsea Handler
    18
    30

    Chelsea Handler

    Chelsea Lately, After Lately

    Age45

    BirthplaceLivingston, New Jersey, USA

    Chelsea Joy Handler (born February 25, 1975) is an American comedian, actress, writer,... more on Wikipedia