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The Best Today Show Hosts 

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Updated May 28, 2019 57k votes 5.3k voters 101.3k views 48 items

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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Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 69
Anchor, 1976-1989
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Natalie Morales-Rhodes ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 47
Anchor, 2006-present
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Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 55
Anchor, 2007-present
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Savannah Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 48
Anchor, 2011-present
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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

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Sheinelle Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added Sheinelle Jones
Weekend Today, 2014-Present
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Willie Geist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 44
Anchor, 2012-present
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Al Roker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 65
Anchor, 1996-present
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Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 62
Anchor, 1991-2006
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Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 79
Anchor, 1976-1981
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Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 63
Anchor, 2007-2012
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Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 66
Anchor, 2006-2011
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Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 66
Anchor, 2008-present
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Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 85
Weather anchor, 1980-1996
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Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Hugh Downs 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
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Faith Daniels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 62
News Anchor, 1990-1992
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Florence Henderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 85
Today Girl, 1959-1960
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John Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dec. at 69 (1927-1996)
Anchor, 1961-1962
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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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Sara Haines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Age: 42
Correspondent, 2009-2013