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The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History

Updated July 29, 2021 4.3k votes 409 voters 19.7k 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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  • 1

    Johnny Carson

    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
    121
    57

    AgeDec. at 79 (1925-2005)

    BirthplaceCorning, 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
  • 2

    Conan O'Brien

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Conan
    133
    82

    Age58

    BirthplaceBoston, 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
  • 3

    David Letterman

    Late Show with David Letterman, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
    101
    66

    Age74

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, 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
  • 4

    Craig Ferguson

    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
    78
    55

    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
  • 5

    Jon Stewart

    The Daily Show, The John Stewart Show
    82
    67

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    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
  • 6

    Dick Cavett

    The Dick Cavett Show
    52
    37

    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
  • 7

    Regis Philbin

    Live! with Regis and Kelly, Live with Regis
    52
    39

    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
  • 8

    Larry King

    Larry King Now, Larry King Live
    53
    42

    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
  • 9

    Steve Harvey

    The Steve Harvey Show
    77
    71

    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
  • 10

    Wayne Brady

    The Wayne Brady Show
    39
    26

    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
  • 11

    Stephen Colbert

    The Daily Show, The Colbert Report
    83
    83

    Age57

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    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
  • 12
    44
    40

    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
  • 13

    Jimmy Fallon

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
    95
    104

    Age47

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, Bay Ridge, New York

    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
  • 14

    Graham Norton

    The Graham Norton Show
    52
    51

    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
  • 15

    Jay Leno

    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show
    68
    73

    Age71

    BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, USA

    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
  • 16

    Martin Short

    The Martin Short Show
    31
    27

    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
  • 17

    Tucker Carlson

    Fox and Friends, Split: A Divided America
    56
    60

    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
  • 18

    Jack Paar

    The Jack Paar Tonight Show
    33
    31

    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
  • 19

    James Corden

    The Late Late Show with James Corden
    68
    77

    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
  • 20

    Dennis Miller

    Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller
    33
    32

    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
  • 21

    Phil Donahue

    The Phil Donahue Show, Donahue
    28
    26

    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
  • 22

    Trevor Noah

    The Daily Show
    68
    81

    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
  • 23

    Seth Meyers

    Late Night with Seth Meyers
    53
    61

    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
  • 24

    Steve Allen

    The Tonight Show, The New Steve Allen Show
    22
    20

    AgeDec. at 78 (1921-2000)

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    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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    Greg Gutfeld

    7
    1
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