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
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Weekend Today, 2012-Present

2
1,088 773
Natalie Morales-Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 46
Anchor, 2006-present

3
752 558
Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 68
Anchor, 1976-1989

4
565 430
Sheinelle Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
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Weekend Today, 2014-Present

5
713 603
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added age 37

Correspondent, 2009-present and Host 2019-present

6
800 690
Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 54
Anchor, 2007-present

7
853 747
Savannah Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 47
Anchor, 2011-present

8
707 623
Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 65
Anchor, 2008-present

9
595 575
Willie Geist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 43
Anchor, 2012-present

10
782 803
Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61
Anchor, 1991-2006

11
623 635
Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 78
Anchor, 1976-1981

12
833 891
Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 62
Anchor, 2007-2012

13
669 741
Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 65
Anchor, 2006-2011

14
681 773
Al Roker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 64
Anchor, 1996-present

15
397 493
Deborah Norville is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 60
Anchor, 1989-1991

16
396 501
Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 84
Weather anchor, 1980-1996

17
307 388
Florence Henderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 84
Today Girl, 1959-1960

18
464 637
Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 89
Anchor, 1962-1976

19
278 359
Lee Meriwether is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 83
Today Girl, 1955-1956

20
265 341
Faith Daniels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61
News Anchor, 1990-1992

21
319 428
Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 97
Anchor, 1962-1971

22
519 757
Tamron Hall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 48
Anchor, 2014-present

23
205 305
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
203 305
Judith Crist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 90 (1922-2012)
Panelist, 1964-1973

25
202 309
Estelle Parsons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts