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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1,339 283
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
557 46
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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829 271
Erica Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added age 42 - Weekend Today, 2012-Present

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741 250
Kate Snow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added age 49 - National Correspondent, 2010-Present

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1,033 757
Natalie Morales-Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 46 - Anchor, 2006-present

6
510 404
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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621 545
Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 68 - Anchor, 1976-1989

8
785 727
Savannah Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 47 - Anchor, 2011-present

9
723 674
Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 54 - Anchor, 2007-present

10
647 592
Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 65 - Anchor, 2008-present

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628 587
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added age 37 - Correspondent, 2009-present

12
561 559
Willie Geist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 43 - Anchor, 2012-present

13
601 618
Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 78 - Anchor, 1976-1981

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708 786
Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61 - Anchor, 1991-2006

15
766 879
Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 62 - Anchor, 2007-2012

16
639 761
Al Roker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 64 - Anchor, 1996-present

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602 726
Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 65 - Anchor, 2006-2011

18
385 483
Maria Shriver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added age 63 - Co-Anchor Weekend Today 1987-1990

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367 487
Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 84 - Weather anchor, 1980-1996

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269 345
Amy Robach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added age 45 - National Correspondent 2006-2012; Co-Anchor Weekend Today 2007-2012

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312 421
Jenna Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added age 44 - Today Lifestyles & Fitness Correspondent, 2015-Present;
 Correspondent, 2010-2014

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304 420
Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 97 - Anchor, 1962-1971

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303 472
Deborah Norville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 60 - Anchor, 1989-1991

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233 367
Florence Henderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 84 - Today Girl, 1959-1960

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368 623
Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 89 - Anchor, 1962-1976

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426 742
Tamron Hall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 48 - Anchor, 2014-present

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187 309
Michelle Kosinski is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Foreign Correspondent, 2010-2014

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194 343
Lee Meriwether is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 83 - Today Girl, 1955-1956

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176 329
Faith Daniels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61 - News Anchor, 1990-1992

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179 371
John Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 69 (1927-1996) - Anchor, 1961-1962

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204 429
Gene Shalit is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Gene Shalit Panelist, 1973-2010

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268 574
Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 70 - Anchor, 1982-1997

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139 294
Helen O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 73 (1920-1993) - Today Girl, 1956-1958

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142 303
Betsy Palmer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 92 - Today Girl, 1958

35
138 299
Margaret Larson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Margaret Larson News anchor, 1992-1994

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135 298
Estelle Parsons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts

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152 340
Dave Garroway is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 69 (1913-1982) - Anchor, 1952-1961

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133 296
Judith Crist is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 90 (1922-2012) - Panelist, 1964-1973

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153 348
Joe Garagiola, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 92 - Panelist, 1967-1973, 1990-1992

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147 339
Edwin Newman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 91 (1919-2010) - Panelist, 1952-1984

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193 468
Sara Haines is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 41 - Correspondent, 2009-2013

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126 327
Frank McGee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 53 (1921-1974) - Anchor, 1971-1974

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126 328
John Palmer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 78 (1935-2013) - News anchor, 1982-1989

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98 304
Frank Blair is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Frank Blair News anchor, 1953-1975

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91 291
Jack Lescoulie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 75 (1912-1987) - Panelist, 1952-1965

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93 298
Floyd Kalber is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 80 (1924-2004) - News anchor, 1976-1979

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150 476
Chris Wallace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 71 - News Anchor, 1982

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84 294
Jim Hartz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 78 - Anchor, 1974-1976

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359 1,308
Matt Lauer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61 -

Anchor, 1994-2017

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70 293
Bob Ryan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Bob Ryan Weather Anchor, 1978-1980