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The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV

Updated September 3, 2020 3.5k votes 392 voters 9.5k 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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    Jane Pauley

    Today, The Jane Pauley Show

    Age70

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, USA

    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

    Live with Kelly and Michael

    Age50

    BirthplaceStratford, New Jersey, USA

    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
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    Age56

    BirthplaceNorman, 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 personality and...  more
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    Age39

    BirthplaceDallas, 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 fourth hour of...  more
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    Oprah Winfrey

    The Oprah Winfrey Show

    Age67

    BirthplaceKosciusko, Mississippi, USA

    Alternative NameOprah

    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
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    Leah Remini

    The Talk

    Age51

    BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA

    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
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    Age64

    BirthplaceArlington, Virginia, USA

    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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    Aisha Tyler

    The Talk, Talk Soup

    Age50

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    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
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    Age62

    BirthplaceDalton, 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 she has...  more
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    Age67

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, USA

    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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    Age43

    BirthplaceNewton, 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 co-host of...  more
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    Age45

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

    Alternative NameCandace Cameron-Bure, Candace Cameron Bure

    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
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    Joan Rivers

    The Joan Rivers Show

    AgeDec. at 81 (1933-2014)

    BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA

    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
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    Marie Osmond

    The Talk

    Age61

    BirthplaceOgden, Utah, USA

    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
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    Lisa Ling

    The View

    Age47

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, USA

    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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    Ellen DeGeneres

    Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Age63

    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, USA

    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 has...  more
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    Age65

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    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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    Kathie Lee Gifford

    The View, Today

    Age62

    BirthplaceParis, France

    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
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    Age64

    BirthplaceHartsville, South Carolina, United States of America

    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
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    Bonnie Hunt

    The Bonnie Hunt Show

    Age59

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    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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    Robin Roberts

    Good Morning America

    Age64

    BirthplaceAlabama, United States of 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 Southeastern...  more
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    Eve

    The Talk

    Age42

    BirthplaceUSA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978) is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best...  more
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    Sharon Osbourne

    The Talk, The Sharon Osbourne Show

    Age68

    BirthplaceBrixton, 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. She is the...  more
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    Busy Philipps

    Busy Tonight

    Age42

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

    Alternative NameBusy Philipps

    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 (1999–2000),...  more
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    Age46

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, USA

    Debra Matenopoulos (born December 13, 1974) is an American television host, journalist, and lifestyle expert....  more
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