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The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History

Updated July 29, 2021 4.3k votes 407 voters 19.6k views58 items

List RulesVote 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. Some talk show hosts, like Trevor Noah, have the skills to be the best - not just best Black talk show hosts but one of the best talk show hosts period - even though they are newer to the scene.

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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    Johnny Carson

    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

    AgeDec. at 79 (1925-2005)

    BirthplaceCorning, Quincy Township, Iowa, United States of America

    Alternative NameJohnnie Carson

    John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known as the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson...  more
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    80

    Conan O'Brien

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Conan

    Age58

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Conan Christopher O'Brien (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows; since 2010, he has hosted...  more
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    100
    65

    David Letterman

    Late Show with David Letterman, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction

    Age74

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, USA

    Alternative NameDavid Letterman

    David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer and automobile racing team owner. He hosted late night television talk shows for 33 years,...  more
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    78
    55

    Craig Ferguson

    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

    Age59

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK

    Craig Ferguson (born 17 May 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author, and actor. He hosted the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game (2014–17), for which he won two Daytime...  more
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    82
    67

    Jon Stewart

    The Daily Show, The John Stewart Show

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, activist, political commentator, actor, and television host. He hosted The Daily...  more
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    51
    37

    Dick Cavett

    The Dick Cavett Show

    Age84

    BirthplaceGibbon, Nebraska, United States of America

    Richard Alva Cavett (; born November 19, 1936) is an American television personality, comedian and former talk show host notable for his conversational style and in-depth discussions. He appeared...  more
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    Steve Harvey

    The Steve Harvey Show

    Age64

    BirthplaceWelch, West Virginia, United States of America

    Broderick Stephen Harvey (born January 17, 1957) is an American comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, the Steve talk show,...  more
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    51
    39

    Regis Philbin

    Live! with Regis and Kelly, Live with Regis

    AgeDec. at 88 (1931-2020)

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (August 25, 1931 – July 24, 2020) was an American media personality, actor, and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s. Philbin holds the Guinness...  more
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    53
    42

    Larry King

    Larry King Now, Larry King Live

    Age87

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Larry King (November 19, 1933 – January 23, 2021) was an American television and radio host, whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys, an Emmy award, and 10 Cable ACE Awards....  more
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    39
    26

    Wayne Brady

    The Wayne Brady Show

    Age49

    BirthplaceColumbus, Georgia, United States of America

    Wayne Alphonso Brady (born June 2, 1972) is an American actor, singer, and comedian who is a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?...  more
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    83
    81

    Stephen Colbert

    The Daily Show, The Colbert Report

    Age57

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    Alternative NameStephen T. Colbert

    Stephen Tyrone Colbert ( kohl-BAIR; born May 13, 1964) is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy...  more
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    102

    Jimmy Fallon

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

    Age41

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    James Thomas Fallon (born September 19, 1974) is an American comedian, actor, television host, singer, writer, and producer. He is known for his work in television as a cast member on Saturday Night...  more
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    Age61

    BirthplaceDoncaster, England

    Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the motoring programmes Top Gear,...  more
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    71

    Jay Leno

    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show

    Age71

    BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, United States of America

    James Douglas Muir Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and television host. After doing stand-up comedy for years, he became the host of NBC's The Tonight...  more
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    50
    51

    Graham Norton

    The Graham Norton Show

    Age58

    BirthplaceClondalkin, Dublin, Ireland

    Graham William Walker (born 4 April 1963), known professionally as Graham Norton, is an Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, actor, author, and commentator based in the United Kingdom. He...  more
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    33
    31

    Jack Paar

    The Jack Paar Tonight Show

    AgeDec. at 85 (1918-2004)

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Jack Harold Paar (May 1, 1918 – January 27, 2004) was an American author, movie actor, radio and television comedian, and talk show host. He is best known for his stint as the second host of The...  more
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    30
    27

    Martin Short

    The Martin Short Show

    Age71

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice artist, singer and writer. He is known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live....  more
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    67
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    James Corden

    The Late Late Show with James Corden

    Age43

    BirthplaceHillingdon, England, UK

    James Kimberley Corden (born 22 August 1978) is an English actor, singer, comedian, and television host. He hosts The Late Late Show with James Corden, a late-night television talk show on CBS....  more
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    33
    32

    Dennis Miller

    Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller

    Age67

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Dennis Michael Miller (born November 3, 1953) is an American talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, actor, and comedian. He was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 to...  more
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    54
    60

    Tucker Carlson

    Fox and Friends, Split: A Divided America

    Age52

    BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA

    Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson (born May 16, 1969) is an American conservative political commentator who has hosted the nightly political talk show Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News since...  more
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    Phil Donahue

    The Phil Donahue Show, Donahue

    Age85

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    Phillip John Donahue (born December 21, 1935) is an American media personality, writer, film producer, and the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show. His television program, later known as...  more
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    68
    81

    Trevor Noah

    The Daily Show

    Age37

    Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is known for hosting The Daily Show, an American satirical...  more
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    53
    61

    Seth Meyers

    Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Age47

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

    Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) is an American television host, comedian, writer, political commentator, and actor. He hosts Late Night with Seth Meyers, a late-night talk show that airs on...  more
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    Steve Allen

    The Tonight Show, The New Steve Allen Show

    AgeDec. at 78 (1921-2000)

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    Alternative NameSteve Allen

    Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American television personality, radio personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, writer, and advocate of...  more
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    69
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    Jimmy Kimmel

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Age53

    BirthplaceMill Basin, New York City, New York, United States of America

    James Christian Kimmel (born November 13, 1967) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a late-night talk show...  more
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