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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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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 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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Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Trevor Noah is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Dick Cavett is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Larry King is listed (or ranked) 12 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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James Corden is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Jack Paar is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Alan Thicke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Alan Thicke Show, Thicke of the Night
Alan Willis Thicke is a Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host. He is known for his role as Jason Seaver, the father on the ABC television series Growing Pains. He is the father ...more
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Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Phil McGraw is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Steve Allen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Tonight Show, The New Steve Allen Show
Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen was an American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best ...more
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Charlie Rose is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Charlie Rose
Charles Peete Rose Jr. (born January 5, 1942) is an American television journalist and former talk show host. From 1991 to 2017, he was the host and executive producer of the talk show Charlie ...more
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Donny Deutsch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch
Donald Jay "Donny" Deutsch is an American advertising executive and television personality. He is the former host of the CNBC talk show The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch.
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Ty Treadway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Soap Talk
Tyrus "Ty" Richard Treadway is a game show host, actor, and talk show host. Treadway co-hosted Soap Talk with Lisa Rinna.
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George Lopez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Lopez Tonight
George Lopez is an American comedian, actor, and talk show host. He is mostly known for starring in his self-produced ABC sitcom George Lopez. His stand-up comedy examines race and ethnic ...more
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Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show
James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, voice actor and television host. Leno was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to ...more
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Chris Matthews is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Chris Matthews Show, Morning Glory
Christopher John "Chris" Matthews is an American political commentator and news anchor known for his nightly hour-long talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, which is televised on ...more