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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Natalie Morales-Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Natalie Morales-Rhodes age 45 - Anchor, 2006-present

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428 187
Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Tom Brokaw age 77 - Anchor, 1976-1981

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412 218
Dylan Dreyer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Dylan Dreyer Weekend Today, 2012-Present

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306 233
Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Jane Pauley age 67 - Anchor, 1976-1989

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232 172
Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Hugh Downs age 96 - Anchor, 1962-1971

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497 487
Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Ann Curry age 61 - Anchor, 2007-2012

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246 206
Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Willard Scott age 83 - Weather anchor, 1980-1996

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333 317
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Jenna Bush Hager age 36 - Correspondent, 2009-present

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416 492
Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Katie Couric age 60 - Anchor, 1991-2006

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405 494
Al Roker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Al Roker age 63 - Anchor, 1996-present

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310 484
Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Meredith Vieira age 64 - Anchor, 2006-2011

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131 189
John Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
John Chancellor Died at 69 (1927-1996) - Anchor, 1961-1962

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242 390
Willie Geist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Willie Geist age 42 - Anchor, 2012-present

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168 260
Maria Shriver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Maria Shriver age 62 - Co-Anchor Weekend Today 1987-1990

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142 214
Erica Hill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Erica Hill age 41 - Weekend Today, 2012-Present

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202 333
Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Bryant Gumbel age 69 - Anchor, 1982-1997

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114 173
Dave Garroway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave Garroway Died at 69 (1913-1982) - Anchor, 1952-1961

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141 225
Gene Shalit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Gene Shalit Panelist, 1973-2010

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159 259
Deborah Norville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Deborah Norville age 59 - Anchor, 1989-1991

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292 522
Savannah Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Savannah Guthrie age 46 - Anchor, 2011-present

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109 175
Edwin Newman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Edwin Newman Died at 91 (1919-2010) - Panelist, 1952-1984

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106 189
Joe Garagiola, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Joe Garagiola, Sr. age 91 - Panelist, 1967-1973, 1990-1992

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129 239
Sheinelle Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Sheinelle Jones Weekend Today, 2014-Present

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109 206
Chris Wallace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Chris Wallace age 70 - News Anchor, 1982

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250 514
Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Hoda Kotb age 53 - Anchor, 2007-present

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191 392
Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Kathie Lee Gifford age 64 - Anchor, 2008-present

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Matt Lauer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Matt Lauer age 60 - Anchor, 1994-2017

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89 191
Amy Robach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Amy Robach age 44 - National Correspondent 2006-2012; Co-Anchor Weekend Today 2007-2012

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82 177
Frank McGee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Frank McGee Died at 53 (1921-1974) - Anchor, 1971-1974

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95 210
Florence Henderson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Florence Henderson age 83 - Today Girl, 1959-1960

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80 176
John Palmer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
John Palmer Died at 78 (1935-2013) - News anchor, 1982-1989

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112 250
Jenna Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Jenna Wolfe age 43 - Today Lifestyles & Fitness Correspondent, 2015-Present;  Correspondent, 2010-2014

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84 186
Lee Meriwether is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Lee Meriwether age 82 - Today Girl, 1955-1956

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86 193
Kate Snow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Kate Snow age 48 - National Correspondent, 2010-Present

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67 162
Frank Blair is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Frank Blair News anchor, 1953-1975

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178 451
Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Barbara Walters age 88 - Anchor, 1962-1976

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212 550
Tamron Hall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Tamron Hall age 47 - Anchor, 2014-present

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59 163
Floyd Kalber is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Floyd Kalber Died at 80 (1924-2004) - News anchor, 1976-1979

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67 186
Faith Daniels is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Faith Daniels age 60 - News Anchor, 1990-1992

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57 166
Betsy Palmer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Betsy Palmer age 91 - Today Girl, 1958

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58 169
Michelle Kosinski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Michelle Kosinski Foreign Correspondent, 2010-2014

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54 159
Jack Lescoulie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Jack Lescoulie Died at 75 (1912-1987) - Panelist, 1952-1965

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55 166
Helen O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Helen O'Connell Died at 73 (1920-1993) - Today Girl, 1956-1958

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51 160
Bob Ryan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Bob Ryan Weather Anchor, 1978-1980

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52 163
Margaret Larson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Margaret Larson News anchor, 1992-1994

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51 162
Judith Crist is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Judith Crist Died at 90 (1922-2012) - Panelist, 1964-1973

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50 160
Merrill Mueller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Merrill Mueller News anchor, 1953

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49 162
Jim Hartz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Jim Hartz age 77 - Anchor, 1974-1976

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47 158
Jim Fleming is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Jim Fleming Women's Editor, 1952-1955

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45 154
Lew Wood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Lew Wood News anchor, 1975-1976