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. Some of these hosts used to appear only on the weekend shows before becoming faces we saw every weekday morning.

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1,562 312
Dylan Dreyer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
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Weekend Today, 2012-Present
2
1,119 785
Natalie Morales-Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 47
Anchor, 2006-present
3
782 567
Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 68
Anchor, 1976-1989
4
603 448
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
838 699
Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 54
Anchor, 2007-present
6
747 616
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added age 37

Correspondent, 2009-present and Host 2019-present

7
886 758
Savannah Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 47
Anchor, 2011-present
8
730 643
Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 65
Anchor, 2008-present
9
629 582
Willie Geist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 43
Anchor, 2012-present
10
799 816
Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61
Anchor, 1991-2006
11
646 646
Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 78
Anchor, 1976-1981
12
853 906
Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 62
Anchor, 2007-2012
13
690 752
Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 65
Anchor, 2006-2011
14
705 784
Al Roker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 64
Anchor, 1996-present
15
404 505
Deborah Norville is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 60
Anchor, 1989-1991
16
406 510
Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 84
Weather anchor, 1980-1996
17
309 401
Florence Henderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 84
Today Girl, 1959-1960
18
330 435
Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 97
Anchor, 1962-1971
19
471 653
Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 89
Anchor, 1962-1976
20
279 371
Lee Meriwether is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 83
Today Girl, 1955-1956
21
534 768
Tamron Hall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 48
Anchor, 2014-present
22
265 354
Faith Daniels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61
News Anchor, 1990-1992
23
206 312
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
24
203 311
Judith Crist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 90 (1922-2012)
Panelist, 1964-1973
25
204 315
Estelle Parsons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts