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The Best Talk Show Hosts Of Daytime, Late Night, and All Time

May 29, 2020 9.2k votes 474 voters 5k views155 items

List RulesVote up the hosts who truly had the most, whether they were on daytime, late night or any time in-between.

There have been as many top talk show hosts as there have been types of talk shows over the years. Everyone has a favorite, someone they think is the best late-night talk show host or the daytime talk show they love to spend each morning with. As some talk shows have been around a long time, there are also opinions about who was the best host of this show or that show. But, if all things were equal and you had to decide who was the best talk show host - from any time slot, any era, any type of show, who would you pick?

Is Johnny Carson really the best talk show host of all time when he's going up against Barbara Walters and Arsenio Hall? Who rules the roost: Kelly Ripa or Oprah? And what about Ellen, Letterman, Eric Andre, and Sally Jesse Raphael? When it comes down to raw skill against raw skill, charm against charm, and the pure ability to guide a conversation and nail an interview, what talk show hosts are the best?

It's a difficult decision, but don't worry, you can vote for as many talk show hosts as you like. So vote up the best talk show hosts and vote down the hosts who wish they had the most.

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    Conan O'Brien

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Conan
    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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    Johnny Carson

    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

    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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    Craig Ferguson

    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
    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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    David Letterman

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

    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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    Graham Norton

    The Graham Norton Show
    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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    Dick Cavett

    The Dick Cavett Show
    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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    Ed Sullivan

    The Ed Sullivan Show
    Edward Vincent Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American television personality, sports and entertainment reporter, and syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News and the...  more
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    Jon Stewart

    The John Stewart Show, The Daily Show
    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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    Regis Philbin

    Live! with Regis and Kelly, Live with Regis
    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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    Merv Griffin

    The Merv Griffin Show
    Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was an American television host and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on...  more
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    Jack Paar

    The Jack Paar Tonight Show
    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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    Stephen Colbert

    The Daily Show, The Colbert Report

    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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    Dick Clark

    The Other Half
    Richard Augustus Wagstaff "Dick" Clark, Jr. was an American radio and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987. He...  more
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    Steve Allen

    The Tonight Show, The New Steve Allen Show

    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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    Arsenio Hall

    The Arsenio Hall Show
    Arsenio Hall (born February 12, 1956) is an American comedian, talk show host, actor, writer and producer. He is best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show, a late-night talk show that ran from...  more
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    Phil Donahue

    The Phil Donahue Show, Donahue
    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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    John Oliver

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
    John William Oliver (born 23 April 1977) is an English comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. Oliver started his career as a stand-up comedian, both in the...  more
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    Martin Short

    The Martin Short Show
    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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    Barbara Walters

    Today, The View
    Barbara Jill Walters (born September 25, 1929) is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. Walters has hosted a variety of television programs, including Today, The View,...  more
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    Joey Bishop

    The Joey Bishop Show
    Joseph Abraham Gottlieb (February 3, 1918 – October 17, 2007), known professionally as Joey Bishop, was an American entertainer who appeared on television as early as 1948 and eventually starred in...  more
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    Jimmy Kimmel

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    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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    Oprah Winfrey

    The Oprah Winfrey Show

    Alternative NameOprah

    Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show...  more
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    Chris Rock

    The Chris Rock Show
    Christopher Julius Rock (born February 7, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. After working as a stand-up comedian and appearing in supporting film roles, Rock came...  more
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    Steve Harvey

    Steve Harvey
    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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    Pat Sajak

    The Pat Sajak Show
    Pat Sajak ( SAY-jak, born Patrick Leonard Sajdak; October 26, 1946) is an American television personality, former weatherman, and talk show host, best known as the host of the American television...  more
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List Rules: Vote up the hosts who truly had the most, whether they were on daytime, late night or any time in-between.