The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History

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. 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
    1
    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
    180 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1925-2005)
    • Birthplace: Corning, Quincy Township, Iowa, United States of America
    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
  • David Letterman
    2
    Late Show with David Letterman, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
    164 votes
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
    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
  • Conan O'Brien
    3
    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Conan
    210 votes
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    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
  • Craig Ferguson
    4
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
    134 votes
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, 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