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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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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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Natalie Morales-Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 47
Anchor, 2006-present
3
Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 55
Anchor, 2007-present
4
Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 69
Anchor, 1976-1989
5
Sheinelle Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Sheinelle Jones
Weekend Today, 2014-Present
6
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added age 38

Correspondent, 2009-present and Host 2019-present

7
Willie Geist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 44
Anchor, 2012-present
8
Savannah Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 48
Anchor, 2011-present
9
Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 79
Anchor, 1976-1981
10
Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 62
Anchor, 1991-2006
11
Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 66
Anchor, 2008-present
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Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 66
Anchor, 2006-2011
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Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 63
Anchor, 2007-2012
14
Al Roker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 65
Anchor, 1996-present
15
Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 85
Weather anchor, 1980-1996
16
Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 98
Anchor, 1962-1971
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Deborah Norville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61
Anchor, 1989-1991
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Tamron Hall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 49
Anchor, 2014-present
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Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 90
Anchor, 1962-1976
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Lee Meriwether is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 84
Today Girl, 1955-1956
21
Florence Henderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 85
Today Girl, 1959-1960
22
Faith Daniels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 62
News Anchor, 1990-1992
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Sara Haines is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 42
Correspondent, 2009-2013
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Betsy Palmer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 93
Today Girl, 1958
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Helen O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dec. at 73 (1920-1993)
Today Girl, 1956-1958