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The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History  

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List Rules Vote up the men who have been the best at hosting talk shows

Most of the best male talk show hosts are on late night talk shows. From Conan O'Brien and David Letterman to James Corden and Daniel Tosh, the best late night talk shows are often hosted by men. Even so, there are plenty of men like Regis Philbin, Steve Harvey, and Jerry Springer are household names who have hosted some of the best daytime talk shows on television. The best male late night talk show hosts include some of the best old talk show hosts as well, such as Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. Whether they were great at conducting interviews, knew how to ask the hard questions, or just made a show something you can't miss, these male talk show hosts are the best.

Of these great male talk show hosts, which of these men have been the very best? Vote up the men who have done the best job hosting late night talk shows, chat shows, daytime talk shows and more.

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Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Conan
Conan Christopher O'Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, musician, and voice actor. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows through Conan, which ...more
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Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
John William "Johnny" Carson was an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, actor, and musician known for thirty years as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ...more
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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Late Show with David Letterman, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
David Michael Letterman is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, and actor. He hosts the late night television talk show Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS. ...more
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Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American political satirist, writer, producer, singer, television host, actor, media critic, and comedian. From 2005 to 2014, he was the host of Comedy Central's The ...more
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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Daily Show, The John Stewart Show
Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, actor, media critic, and former television host. He was the host of The Daily ...more
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Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
James Christian "Jimmy" Kimmel is an American television host, producer, writer, comedian, voice actor, musician and radio personality. He is the host and executive producer of Jimmy ...more
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Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
James Thomas "Jimmy" Fallon is an American television host, comedian, actor, singer, writer, and producer. He currently hosts The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a late-night talk ...more
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Trevor Noah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Daily Show
Trevor Noah is a South African political satirist, writer, producer, DJ, television host, actor, media critic, and comedian. In March 2015, Comedy Central announced that Noah would become the ...more
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Jack Paar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Jack Paar Tonight Show
Jack Harold Paar was an American author, radio and television comedian and talk show host, best known for his stint as host of The Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962. Time magazine's obituary noted ...more
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Dick Cavett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Dick Cavett Show
Richard Alva "Dick" Cavett is an American former television talk show host known for his conversational style and in-depth discussions. Cavett appeared regularly on nationally ...more
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Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Seth Adam Meyers is an American comedian, writer, producer, television host, actor, and voice actor. He currently hosts Late Night with Seth Meyers, a late-night talk show that airs on NBC. ...more
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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He was the host of The Late Late Show with Craig ...more
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Larry King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Larry King Now, Larry King Live
Larry King is an American television and radio host, actor, voice artist, and comedian whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys and 10 Cable ACE Awards. He began as a ...more
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Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Live! with Regis and Kelly, Live with Regis, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
Regis Francis Xavier Philbin is an American media personality, actor and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s. Sometimes called "the hardest working man in show ...more
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James Corden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Late Late Show with James Corden
James Kimberley Corden, OBE is an English actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer, and television host. He hosts the late night television talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden, ...more
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Tucker Carlson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Fox and Friends, Split: A Divided America, Hannity
Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson is an American political news correspondent and conservative pundit for the Fox News Channel. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller and formerly ...more
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Jeremy Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Clarkson
Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the BBC TV show Top Gear with Richard Hammond and ...more
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Gordon Elliott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Gordon Elliott Show
Gordon Elliott is a British-born Australian journalist and producer. He is the executive producer of ABC's daytime program The Chew, but is probably better known for his 1990s TV talk show ...more
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Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Graham Norton Show
Graham William Walker, better known by the stage name Graham Norton, is an Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, and actor. He is the host of comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. ...more
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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Martin Short Show
Martin Hayter Short, CM is an Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, singer and producer. He is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. ...more
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Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Steve Harvey Show
Broderick Steven "Steve" Harvey is an American comedian, television host, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey, and Family Feud. ...more
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Daniel Tosh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious, Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts, Tosh.0
Daniel Dwight Tosh is an American comedian, television host, actor, writer, and executive producer who hosts the Comedy Central television show Tosh.0.
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Phil McGraw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Dr. Phil
Phillip Calvin "Phil" McGraw, known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002. ...more
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Wayne Brady is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Wayne Brady Show
Wayne Alphonso Brady is an American actor, singer, comedian, and television personality, known for his work as a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series ...more
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Jerry Springer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Jerry Springer Show
Gerald Norman "Jerry" Springer is an English-born American television presenter. He is a former Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, news anchor, actor, and musician. He has hosted ...more