Entertainment 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 is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View
Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, comedienne, political activist, writer, producer, and television host. Although Goldberg made her film debut in the avant-garde ensemble film Citizen: I'm ...more
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Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today
Hoda Kotb is an Egyptian-American television news anchor and TV host known as the co-host of the Today Show's fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford. She won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010 as part of ...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 is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, ...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, known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona — where she was ...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, better known as Sally Jessy Raphael, is an American talk show host known for her eponymous talk show program Sally, which she hosted for two decades, and for the bright red ...more
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Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Good Morning America
Robin René Roberts is an American television broadcaster. Roberts is the anchor of ABC's morning show Good Morning America. After growing up in Mississippi and attending Southeastern ...more
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Wendy Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Wendy Williams Show
Wendy Williams-Hunter, better known by her maiden name Wendy Williams, is an American media personality, actress, comedian, author, and a day time host. She hosts a syndicated television talk ...more
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Busy Philipps is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Busy Tonight
Elizabeth Jean Philipps, known professionally as Busy Philipps, is an American actress, known for her supporting roles on the television series Freaks and Geeks and Dawson's Creek. She has also ...more
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Kelly Ripa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Live with Kelly and Michael
Kelly Maria Ripa is an American actress, talk show host and television producer. Ripa played Hayley Vaughan on the television soap opera All My Children from 1990–2002 and is best known as ...more
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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Chelsea Lately, After Lately
Chelsea Handler has become one of entertainment’s most sought-after and versatile rising stars. In July 2007, Handler broke into the world of late night talk shows with her E! series, Chelsea ...more
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Ricki Lake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Ricki Lake, The Ricki Lake Show
Ricki Pamela Lake is an American actress, producer, and Emmy Award-winning television host. She is best known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally 1993–2004. In autumn 2012, ...more
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Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View, Today, Good Morning America
Kathie Lee Gifford is a French-born American television host, singer, songwriter, comedian, and actress, best known for her 15-year run on the talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, which ...more
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Rachael Ray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Rachael Ray is an American television personality, businesswoman, celebrity chef and author. She hosts the syndicated daily talk and lifestyle program Rachael Ray, and three Food Network series. ...more
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Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Tyra Banks Show
Tyra Lynne Banks is an American television personality, former talk show host, producer, author, actress, and former model. She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of ...more
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Julie Chen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Talk, The Early Show
Julie Chen is a news anchor, presenter, reporter, television producer and an actress.
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Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today
Katie Couric became a household name when she co hosted the number one morning show in the US, The Today show (NBC), from 1991 to 2006. She made a highly publicized move from from NBC to CBS on ...more
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Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today, The Jane Pauley Show
Margaret Jane Pauley, better known as Jane Pauley, is an American television anchor and journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She is best known for her 13-year tenure ...more
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Jenny Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Jenny Jones Show
Jenny Jones is a talk show host and comedian.
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Sara Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Talk
Sara Gilbert is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997, as co-host and creator of the daytime talk show The Talk and for her ...more
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Abby Huntsman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Cycle
Abigail Huntsman is the daughter of Jon Huntsman, Jr.
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Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
Today
Meredith Vieira is an American journalist and talk show and game show host. She is known for serving as the original moderator of the ABC talk show The View, and for co-hosting the long-running ...more
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Samantha Bee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Daily Show, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee is a Canadian comedic actress and author best known as a cast member on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2012, Bee surpassed Stephen Colbert as The Daily Show '​s longest-serving ...more
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Raven-Symoné is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The View
Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman is an American actress, comedian, model, singer, songwriter, dancer, and television producer. She first appeared on television in 1989 on The Cosby Show as ...more
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Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV
The Talk, The Sharon Osbourne Show
Sharon Rachel Osbourne is an English television host, media personality, television talent competition judge, author, music manager, businesswoman, and promoter, and the wife of heavy metal ...more