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The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV 

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Updated September 16, 2019 1.5k votes 214 voters 3.2k views 56 items

List Rules 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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Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today, The Jane Pauley Show

Age: 68

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

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
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Kelly Ripa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Live with Kelly and Michael

Age: 48

Birthplace: Stratford, New Jersey, United States of America

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, ...more
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Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today

Age: 54

Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, United States of America

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 ...more
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Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today

Age: 37

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

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 ...more
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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Oprah Winfrey Show

Age: 65

Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

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 ...more
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Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today

Age: 62

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Katherine Anne Couric ( KURR-ik; born January 7, 1957) is an American journalist and author. She recently served as Yahoo's Global News Anchor. Couric has been a television host on all Big Three ...more
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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Age: 61

Birthplace: USA, Metairie, Louisiana

Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View

Age: 63

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

Caryn Elaine Johnson (born November 13, 1955), known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg (), is an American actor, comedian, author, and television personality. She has been nominated for 13 Emmy ...more
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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Joan Rivers Show

Age: Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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 ...more
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Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today

Age: 65

Birthplace: East Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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
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Sally Jessy Raphael is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Sally, I'm Still Sally!

Age: 84

Birthplace: Easton, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Sally Lowenthal (born February 25, 1935), better known as Sally Jessy Raphael, is an American former talk show host known for her talk show program Sally (originally titled The Sally Jessy ...more
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Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View, Today, Good Morning America

Age: 65

Birthplace: France, Paris

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 ...more
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Joy Behar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View, The Joy Behar Show

Age: 76

Birthplace: Williamsburg, New York City, New York, United States of America

Josephine Victoria "Joy" Behar (; née Occhiuto; born October 7, 1942) is an American comedian, writer, and actress. She co-hosts the ABC daytime talk show The View. She hosted ...more
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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Chelsea Lately, After Lately

Age: 43

Birthplace: Livingston, New Jersey, United States of America

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! ...more
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Rachael Ray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray's Week in a Day

Age: 50

Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, United States of America

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 ...more
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Deborah Norville is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today

Age: 60

Birthplace: Dalton, Georgia, United States of America

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 ...more
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Jenny Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Jenny Jones Show

Age: 72

Birthplace: Bethlehem

Jenny Jones (born Janina Stronski; June 7, 1946) is a Canadian-American stand-up comedian, presenter, singer and talk show host. She hosted The Jenny Jones Show from 1991 to 2003.
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Sara Haines is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today

Age: 41

Birthplace: Newton, Iowa, United States of America

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 ...more
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Candace Cameron-Bure is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View

Age: 42

Birthplace: Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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, ...more
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Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Talk, The Sharon Osbourne Show

Age: 66

Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

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. ...more
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Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Good Morning America

Age: 62

Birthplace: Tuskegee, USA, Alabama

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 ...more
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Busy Philipps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Busy Tonight

Age: 39

Birthplace: Oak Park, USA, Illinois

Elizabeth Jean "Busy" Philipps (born June 25, 1979) is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles on the television series Freaks and Geeks ...more
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Leah Remini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Talk

Age: 48

Birthplace: Bensonhurst, New York City, New York, United States of America

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 ...more
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Aisha Tyler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Talk, Talk Soup

Age: 48

Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

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 ...more
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Nicolle Wallace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Nicolle Wallace The View

Age: 47

Birthplace: California, United States of America

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 ...more