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

May 29, 2020 5.3k votes 261 voters 2.2k 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'Brien1
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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,... more on Wikipedia
  • Johnny Carson2
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    Johnny Carson

    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
    John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host,... more on Wikipedia
  • Graham Norton3
    108
    45

    Graham Norton

    The Graham Norton Show
    Graham William Walker (born 4 April 1963), known professionally as Graham Norton, is an Irish... more on Wikipedia
  • Craig Ferguson4
    100
    44

    Craig Ferguson

    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
    Craig Ferguson (born 17 May 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author,... more on Wikipedia
  • David Letterman5
    95
    42

    David Letterman

    The Late Show with David Letterman, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
    David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host, comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jon Stewart6
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    40

    Jon Stewart

    The John Stewart Show, The Daily Show
    Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • Dick Cavett7
    52
    25

    Dick Cavett

    The Dick Cavett Show
    Richard Alva Cavett (; born November 19, 1936) is an American television personality, comedian... more on Wikipedia
  • Stephen Colbert8
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    47

    Stephen Colbert

    The Daily Show, The Colbert Report
    Stephen Tyrone Colbert ( kohl-BAIR; born May 13, 1964) is an American comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Ed Sullivan9
    50
    28

    Ed Sullivan

    The Ed Sullivan Show
    Edward Vincent Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American television... more on Wikipedia
  • Regis Philbin10
    35
    18

    Regis Philbin

    Live! with Regis and Kelly, Live with Regis
    Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (August 25, 1931 – July 24, 2020) was an American media... more on Wikipedia
  • Eric Andre11
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    Eric Andre

    The Eric Andre Show
    Eric Andre (born April 4, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, and television host. He is the... more on Wikipedia
  • John Oliver12
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    42

    John Oliver

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
    John William Oliver (born 23 April 1977) is an English comedian, writer, producer, political... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeremy Clarkson13
    32
    17
    Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster, journalist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Arsenio Hall14
    50
    37

    Arsenio Hall

    The Arsenio Hall Show
    Arsenio Hall (born February 12, 1956) is an American comedian, talk show host, actor, writer... more on Wikipedia
  • Phil Donahue15
    38
    25

    Phil Donahue

    The Phil Donahue Show, Donahue
    Phillip John Donahue (born December 21, 1935) is an American media personality, writer, film... more on Wikipedia
  • Seth Meyers16
    45
    35

    Seth Meyers

    Late Night with Seth Meyers
    Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) is an American television host, comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Harvey17
    42
    32

    Steve Harvey

    Steve Harvey
    Broderick Stephen Harvey (born January 17, 1957) is an American comedian, television host,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jack Paar18
    34
    22

    Jack Paar

    The Jack Paar Tonight Show
    Jack Harold Paar (May 1, 1918 – January 27, 2004) was an American author, movie actor, radio... more on Wikipedia
  • Barbara Walters19
    44
    37

    Barbara Walters

    Today, The View
    Barbara Jill Walters (born September 25, 1929) is an American broadcast journalist, author,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jane Pauley20
    41
    34

    Jane Pauley

    Today, The Jane Pauley Show
    Margaret Jane Pauley (born October 31, 1950), known as Jane Pauley, is an American television... more on Wikipedia
  • Jimmy Kimmel21
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    55

    Jimmy Kimmel

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    James Christian Kimmel (born November 13, 1967) is an American television host, comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • Wayne Brady22
    27
    18

    Wayne Brady

    The Wayne Brady Show
    Wayne Alphonso Brady (born June 2, 1972) is an American actor, singer, and comedian who is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Trevor Noah23
    47
    44

    Trevor Noah

    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
    Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political... more on Wikipedia
  • Joan Rivers24
    34
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    Joan Rivers

    The Joan Rivers Show
    Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan... more on Wikipedia
  • Hoda Kotb25
    34
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    Hoda Kotb

    Today,
    Hoda Kotb ( HOH-də KOT-bee; Egyptian Arabic: هدى قطب‎, Hudā Quṭb; Egyptian Arabic... more on Wikipedia