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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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Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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Trevor Noah is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Larry King is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Tucker Carlson is listed (or ranked) 15 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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James Corden is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Jerry Springer is listed (or ranked) 17 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
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Morton Downey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Morton Downey Jr. Show
Sean Morton Downey was an American singer, songwriter and later a television talk show host of the 1980s who pioneered the "trash TV" format on his program The Morton Downey, Jr. Show. ...more
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Phil Donahue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Phil Donahue Show, Donahue
Phillip John "Phil" Donahue is an American media personality, writer, and film producer best known as the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show. The television program, also known ...more
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Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Piers Morgan Tonight
Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan, known professionally as Piers Morgan, is a British journalist and television personality currently working in the United States as the US editor-at-large for Mail ...more
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Jeremy Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Alan Thicke is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 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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Steve Allen is listed (or ranked) 25 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