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The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV

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Vote 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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  • Olive Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959) is an American singer, actress, author, philanthropist, talk show host and a member of the show business family the Osmonds. Although she was never part of ...more
  • Leah Marie Remini (born June 15, 1970) is an American actress, author, former Scientologist, and Scientology critic. She starred as Carrie Heffernan on the long-running CBS comedy series The King of ...more
  • Kelly Maria Ripa (born October 2, 1970) is an American actress, dancer, talk show host, and television producer. Ripa portrayed Hayley Vaughan on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children, between ...more
  • Aisha N. Tyler (born September 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, director and talk show host. She is known for playing Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer, Dr. Tara Lewis ...more
  • Margaret Jane Pauley (born October 31, 1950), known as Jane Pauley, is an American television journalist and author, active in news reporting since 1972. She is the anchor of CBS Sunday Morning. ...more
  • Candace Cameron Bure (; born Candace Helaine Cameron; April 6, 1976) is an American actress, producer, author, and talk show panelist. She is known for her role as D.J. Tanner on Full House, which ...more
  • Jenna Bush Hager (née Jenna Welch Bush; born November 25, 1981) is an American news personality, author, and journalist. She is currently the co-host of Today with Hoda & Jenna, the fourth hour of ...more
  • Deborah Anne Norville (born August 8, 1958) is an American television journalist and businesswoman. Norville is the anchor of Inside Edition, a syndicated television news magazine, a position she has ...more
  • Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show ...more
  • Sara Hilary Haines (born September 18, 1977) is an American television host and journalist, known for her work as a correspondent on Today, ABC News, and Good Morning America. Haines was a co-host of ...more
  • Hoda Kotb ( HOH-də KOT-bee; Egyptian Arabic: هدى قطب‎, Hudā Quṭb; Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈhodæ ˈʔotˤb]; born August 9, 1964) is an American broadcast journalist, television personality and ...more
  • Meredith Louise Vieira (born December 30, 1953) is an American broadcast journalist and television personality. She is best known as the original moderator of the daytime talk show The View ...more
  • Debra Matenopoulos (born December 13, 1974) is an American television host, journalist, and lifestyle expert.
  • Leeza Kim Gibbons (born March 26, 1957) is an American talk show host. She is best known as a correspondent and co-host for Entertainment Tonight (1984–2000) as well as for having her own syndicated ...more
  • Lisa J. Ling (born August 30, 1973) is an American journalist, television presenter, and author. She is currently the host of This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN. She is the former host of Our ...more
  • Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her often ...more
  • Nicolle Wallace (née Devenish; February 4, 1972) is an American author, current anchor of Deadline: White House, and chief political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News. She is a frequent contributor and ...more
  • Rachael Domenica Ray (born August 25, 1968) is an American television personality, businesswoman, celebrity chef, and author. She hosts the syndicated daily talk and lifestyle program Rachael Ray, ...more
  • Bonnie Lynn Hunt (born September 22, 1961) is an American comedian, actress, director, producer, writer and television host. Her film roles include Rain Man, Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd, Jumanji, ...more
  • Sharon Rachel Osbourne (née Levy; born 9 October 1952) is an English media personality, businesswoman, television host, talent competition judge, music manager, live promoter, and author. She is the ...more
  • Robin René Roberts (born November 23, 1960) is an American television broadcaster. Roberts is the anchor of ABC's Good Morning America.After growing up in Mississippi and attending Southeastern ...more
  • Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated ...more
  • Chelsea Joy Handler (born February 25, 1975) is an American comedian, actress, writer, television host, producer, and activist. She hosted the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately on the E! network ...more
  • Julie Suzanne Chen Moonves (born January 6, 1970) is an American television personality, news anchor, and producer for CBS. She has been the host of the U.S. version of the CBS reality-television ...more
  • Kathryn Lee Gifford (née Epstein; born August 16, 1953) is an American television host, singer, songwriter, and author. She is best known for her 15-year run (1985–2000) on the talk show Live! with ...more