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The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV  

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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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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
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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Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today
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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Kelly Ripa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Live with Kelly and Michael
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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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Oprah Winfrey Show
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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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Joan Rivers Show
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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Sally Jessy Raphael is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Sally, I'm Still Sally!
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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Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today
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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Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today
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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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Chelsea Lately, After Lately
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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Lilly Singh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
A Little Late With Lilly Singh
Lilly Singh, also known by her YouTube username Superwoman, is a Canadian YouTube personality, motivational speaker, and comedian. She has also taken part in rapping and film acting. After ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View
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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Joy Behar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View, The Joy Behar Show
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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Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Good Morning America
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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Candace Cameron-Bure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View
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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Ricki Lake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Ricki Lake, The Ricki Lake Show
Ricki Pamela Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, television presenter and producer. Lake is best known for her lead role as Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 film Hairspray. She is ...more
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Sara Haines is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today
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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Busy Philipps is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Busy Tonight
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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Bonnie Hunt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Bonnie Hunt Show
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
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Lisa Ling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View
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
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Fox and Friends, The View
Elisabeth DelPadre Hasselbeck (née Filarski; born May 28, 1977) is a retired American television personality and talk show host. Hasselbeck was born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island. ...more
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Wendy Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Wendy Williams Show
Wendy Joan Williams Hunter (born July 18, 1964) is an American television and radio presenter, businesswoman, writer, actress, fashion designer, and media personality. She has hosted the ...more
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Deborah Norville is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today
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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Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today, The Jane Pauley Show
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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Jenny Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Jenny Jones Show
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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Star Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View
Starlet Marie Jones (born March 24, 1962) is an American lawyer, journalist, television personality, fashion designer, author, and women's and diversity advocate. She is best known as one of the ...more