Hosts The Best Today Show Hosts  

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List of your favorite Today Show hosts of all time. The best hosts of NBC's famed Today Show are ranked here in order of popularity. Former Today Show anchors Ann Curry and Matt Lauer made splashes in the news with rumors of a supposed feud in the world of morning shows. Just like late night talk show titans Leno and Conan and Letterman all duke it out (or Conan and Colbert and Stewart if anyone saw the Writer's Strike episodes), even the early morning talk show hosts have drama.

On November 29, 2017, Matt Lauer was fired from NBC after he was accused of sexual harassment in the workplace. These allegations led back to similar incidents in the past, including sexual misconduct during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Lauer has admitted to some of the allegations. He was on The Today Show for 20 years. 

These breakfast television stars range from Tom Brokaw, who still reigns on MSNBC news productions, to Meredith Vieira, the millionaire who hosted Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, to Katie Couric, who gave the Boston University commencement speech to 2012 graduates. Names like Barbara Walters and Bryant Gumbel on this list make us aware of the absolute stardom often guaranteed by a main primary anchor gig on The Today Show every morning. 

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1,473 293
Dylan Dreyer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Dylan Dreyer Weekend Today, 2012-Present

2
1,066 765
Natalie Morales-Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 46 - Anchor, 2006-present

3
736 554
Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 68 - Anchor, 1976-1989

4
540 420
Sheinelle Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Sheinelle Jones Weekend Today, 2014-Present

5
778 683
Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 54 - Anchor, 2007-present

6
690 596
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added age 37 - Correspondent, 2009-present

7
831 741
Savannah Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 47 - Anchor, 2011-present

8
696 611
Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 65 - Anchor, 2008-present

9
581 568
Willie Geist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 43 - Anchor, 2012-present

10
764 796
Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61 - Anchor, 1991-2006

11
610 627
Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 78 - Anchor, 1976-1981

12
811 886
Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 62 - Anchor, 2007-2012

13
658 730
Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 65 - Anchor, 2006-2011

14
658 768
Al Roker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 64 - Anchor, 1996-present

15
386 485
Deborah Norville is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 60 - Anchor, 1989-1991

16
386 493
Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 84 - Weather anchor, 1980-1996

17
304 379
Florence Henderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 84 - Today Girl, 1959-1960

18
457 630
Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 89 - Anchor, 1962-1976

19
273 353
Lee Meriwether is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 83 - Today Girl, 1955-1956

20
259 335
Faith Daniels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61 - News Anchor, 1990-1992

21
314 425
Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 97 - Anchor, 1962-1971

22
504 754
Tamron Hall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 48 - Anchor, 2014-present

23
203 301
Helen O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 73 (1920-1993) - Today Girl, 1956-1958

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201 301
Judith Crist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 90 (1922-2012) - Panelist, 1964-1973

25
200 305
Estelle Parsons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts

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200 306
Margaret Larson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Margaret Larson News anchor, 1992-1994

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200 310
Betsy Palmer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 92 - Today Girl, 1958

28
282 474
Sara Haines is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 41 - Correspondent, 2009-2013

29
186 374
John Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 69 (1927-1996) - Anchor, 1961-1962

30
209 436
Gene Shalit is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Gene Shalit Panelist, 1973-2010

31
274 581
Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 70 - Anchor, 1982-1997

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157 344
Dave Garroway is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 69 (1913-1982) - Anchor, 1952-1961

33
158 351
Joe Garagiola, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 92 - Panelist, 1967-1973, 1990-1992

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150 343
Edwin Newman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 91 (1919-2010) - Panelist, 1952-1984

35
129 333
John Palmer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 78 (1935-2013) - News anchor, 1982-1989

36
126 333
Frank McGee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 53 (1921-1974) - Anchor, 1971-1974

37
101 297
Jim Hartz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 78 - Anchor, 1974-1976

38
100 295
Jack Lescoulie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 75 (1912-1987) - Panelist, 1952-1965

39
100 297
Bob Ryan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Bob Ryan Weather Anchor, 1978-1980

40
100 299
Lew Wood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Lew Wood News anchor, 1975-1976

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100 299
Merrill Mueller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Merrill Mueller News anchor, 1953

42
101 302
Floyd Kalber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 80 (1924-2004) - News anchor, 1976-1979

43
100 301
Tony Guida is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 77 - News anchor, 1979

44
100 302
Jim Fleming is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Jim Fleming Women's Editor, 1952-1955

45
101 308
Frank Blair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Frank Blair News anchor, 1953-1975

46
156 566
Chris Wallace is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 71 - News Anchor, 1982

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364 1,409
Matt Lauer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61 -

Anchor, 1994-2017