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The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV

Updated September 3, 2020 3.4k votes 362 voters 7.7k 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 Pauley1
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    19

    Jane Pauley

    Today, The Jane Pauley Show

    Age69

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Margaret Jane Pauley (born October 31, 1950), known as Jane Pauley, is an American television...  more
  • Kelly Ripa2
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    39

    Kelly Ripa

    Live with Kelly and Michael

    Age49

    BirthplaceStratford, New Jersey, United States of America

    Kelly Maria Ripa (born October 2, 1970) is an American actress, dancer, talk show host, and...  more
  • Hoda Kotb3
    93
    31

    Age56

    BirthplaceNorman, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Hoda Kotb ( HOH-də KOT-bee; Egyptian Arabic: هدى قطب‎, Hudā Quṭb; Egyptian Arabic...  more
  • Jenna Bush Hager4

    Age38

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Jenna Bush Hager (née Jenna Welch Bush; born November 25, 1981) is an American news...  more
  • Oprah Winfrey5
    74
    46

    Oprah Winfrey

    The Oprah Winfrey Show

    Age61

    BirthplaceKosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

    Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media...  more
  • Katie Couric6
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    39

    Age63

    BirthplaceVirginia, USA

    Katherine Anne Couric ( KURR-ik; born January 7, 1957) is an American journalist and author....  more
  • Aisha Tyler7
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    Aisha Tyler

    The Talk, Talk Soup

    Age50

    BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA

    Aisha N. Tyler (born September 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, director and talk...  more
  • Leah Remini8
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    Leah Remini

    The Talk

    Age45

    BirthplaceBensonhurst, New York City, New York, USA

    Leah Marie Remini (born June 15, 1970) is an American actress, author, former Scientologist,...  more
  • Deborah Norville9

    Age62

    BirthplaceDalton, Georgia, United States of America

    Deborah Anne Norville (born August 8, 1958) is an American television journalist and...  more
  • Sara Haines10
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    18

    Age43

    BirthplaceNewton, Iowa, United States of America

    Sara Hilary Haines (born September 18, 1977) is an American television host and journalist,...  more
  • Meredith Vieira11

    Age66

    BirthplaceEast Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Meredith Louise Vieira (born December 30, 1953) is an American broadcast journalist and...  more
  • Ellen DeGeneres12
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    Ellen DeGeneres

    Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Age62

    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, United States of America

    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television...  more
  • Candace Cameron-Bure13

    Age44

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

    Candace Cameron Bure (; born Candace Helaine Cameron; April 6, 1976) is an American actress,...  more
  • Whoopi Goldberg14
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    Age60

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

    Caryn Elaine Johnson (born November 13, 1955), known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg (), is...  more
  • Joan Rivers15
    32
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    Joan Rivers

    The Joan Rivers Show

    AgeDec. at 81 (1933-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan...  more
  • Marie Osmond16
    4
    2

    Marie Osmond

    The Talk

    Age60

    BirthplaceOgden, Utah, United States of America

    Olive Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959) is an American singer, actress, author,...  more
  • Lisa Ling17
    16
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    Lisa Ling

    The View

    Age47

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, United States of America

    Lisa J. Ling (born August 30, 1973) is an American journalist, television presenter, and...  more
  • Kathie Lee Gifford18
    24
    35

    Kathie Lee Gifford

    The View, Today

    Age67

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Kathryn Lee Gifford (née Epstein; born August 16, 1953) is an American television host,...  more
  • Leeza Gibbons19

    Age63

    BirthplaceHartsville, South Carolina, USA

    Leeza Kim Gibbons (born March 26, 1957) is an American talk show host. She is best known as a...  more
  • Robin Roberts20
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    Robin Roberts

    Good Morning America

    Age63

    BirthplaceAlabama, United States of America

    Robin René Roberts (born November 23, 1960) is an American television broadcaster. Roberts is...  more
  • Sharon Osbourne21
    21
    35

    Sharon Osbourne

    The Talk, The Sharon Osbourne Show

    Age67

    BirthplaceBrixton, London, United Kingdom

    Sharon Rachel Osbourne (née Levy; born 9 October 1952) is an English media personality,...  more
  • Eve22
    12
    21

    Eve

    The Talk

    Age41

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978) is an American hip hop recording artist and...  more
  • Debbie Matenopoulos23

    Age45

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    Debra Matenopoulos (born December 13, 1974) is an American television host, journalist, and...  more
  • Bonnie Hunt24
    9
    18

    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,...  more
  • Chelsea Handler25
    17
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    Chelsea Handler

    Chelsea Lately, After Lately

    Age45

    BirthplaceLivingston, New Jersey, United States of America

    Chelsea Joy Handler (born February 25, 1975) is an American comedian, actress, writer,...  more