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

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Jo Ling Kent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
AelianSyntalia added Jo Ling Kent

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Erica Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Erica Hill age 42 - Weekend Today, 2012-Present

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Kate Snow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Kate Snow age 49 - National Correspondent, 2010-Present

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Natalie Morales-Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Natalie Morales-Rhodes age 46 - Anchor, 2006-present

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Sheinelle Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Sheinelle Jones Weekend Today, 2014-Present

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

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Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Hoda Kotb age 54 - Anchor, 2007-present

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Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Jenna Bush Hager age 37 - Correspondent, 2009-present

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Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Kathie Lee Gifford age 65 - Anchor, 2008-present

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Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Jane Pauley age 68 - Anchor, 1976-1989

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Willie Geist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Willie Geist age 43 - Anchor, 2012-present

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Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Tom Brokaw age 78 - Anchor, 1976-1981

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Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Ann Curry age 62 - Anchor, 2007-2012

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Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Katie Couric age 61 - Anchor, 1991-2006

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Al Roker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Al Roker age 64 - Anchor, 1996-present

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Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Meredith Vieira age 65 - Anchor, 2006-2011

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Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Willard Scott age 84 - Weather anchor, 1980-1996

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Maria Shriver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Maria Shriver age 63 - Co-Anchor Weekend Today 1987-1990

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Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Hugh Downs age 97 - Anchor, 1962-1971

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Jenna Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Jenna Wolfe age 44 - Today Lifestyles & Fitness Correspondent, 2015-Present;  Correspondent, 2010-2014

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Amy Robach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Amy Robach age 45 - National Correspondent 2006-2012; Co-Anchor Weekend Today 2007-2012

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Tamron Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Tamron Hall age 48 - Anchor, 2014-present

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Deborah Norville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Deborah Norville age 60 - Anchor, 1989-1991

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Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Barbara Walters age 89 - Anchor, 1962-1976

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Florence Henderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Florence Henderson age 84 - Today Girl, 1959-1960

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John Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
John Chancellor Died at 69 (1927-1996) - Anchor, 1961-1962

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Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Bryant Gumbel age 70 - Anchor, 1982-1997

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Gene Shalit is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Gene Shalit Panelist, 1973-2010

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Dave Garroway is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave Garroway Died at 69 (1913-1982) - Anchor, 1952-1961

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Joe Garagiola, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Joe Garagiola, Sr. age 92 - Panelist, 1967-1973, 1990-1992

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Michelle Kosinski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Michelle Kosinski Foreign Correspondent, 2010-2014

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Edwin Newman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Edwin Newman Died at 91 (1919-2010) - Panelist, 1952-1984

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Lee Meriwether is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Lee Meriwether age 83 - Today Girl, 1955-1956

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

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Faith Daniels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Faith Daniels age 61 - News Anchor, 1990-1992

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Frank McGee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Frank McGee Died at 53 (1921-1974) - Anchor, 1971-1974

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Chris Wallace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Chris Wallace age 71 - News Anchor, 1982

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Betsy Palmer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Betsy Palmer age 92 - Today Girl, 1958

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Frank Blair is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Frank Blair News anchor, 1953-1975

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

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Helen O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Helen O'Connell Died at 73 (1920-1993) - Today Girl, 1956-1958

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Margaret Larson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Margaret Larson News anchor, 1992-1994

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Estelle Parsons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts

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Matt Lauer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Matt Lauer age 61 - Anchor, 1994-2017

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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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Jack Lescoulie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Jack Lescoulie Died at 75 (1912-1987) - Panelist, 1952-1965

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Floyd Kalber is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Floyd Kalber Died at 80 (1924-2004) - News anchor, 1976-1979

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Jim Hartz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Jim Hartz age 78 - Anchor, 1974-1976

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Bob Ryan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Bob Ryan Weather Anchor, 1978-1980