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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • William Maher (born January 20, 1956) is an American comedian, actor, political commentator, and television host. He is known for the HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher (2003–present) ...more
  • 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
  • Stephen Tyrone Colbert (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 Central ...more
  • Thomas James Snyder (May 12, 1936 – July 29, 2007) was an American television personality, news anchor, and radio personality best known for his late night talk shows Tomorrow, on the NBC television ...more
  • Christopher Julius Rock (born February 7, 1965) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and film director. After years working as a stand-up comedian and appearing in minor film ...more
  • Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, television host, actor, and political commentator. He is the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy ...more