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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1,430 287
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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1,047 759
Natalie Morales-Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 46 - Anchor, 2006-present

3
706 547
Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 68 - Anchor, 1976-1989

4
523 407
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
810 731
Savannah Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 47 - Anchor, 2011-present

6
756 677
Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 54 - Anchor, 2007-present

7
679 599
Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 65 - Anchor, 2008-present

8
666 589
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Dave_7672 added age 37 - Correspondent, 2009-present

9
570 562
Willie Geist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 43 - Anchor, 2012-present

10
605 620
Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 78 - Anchor, 1976-1981

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741 791
Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61 - Anchor, 1991-2006

12
800 880
Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 62 - Anchor, 2007-2012

13
641 727
Meredith Vieira is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 65 - Anchor, 2006-2011

14
646 763
Al Roker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 64 - Anchor, 1996-present

15
376 476
Deborah Norville is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 60 - Anchor, 1989-1991

16
300 371
Florence Henderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 84 - Today Girl, 1959-1960

17
377 488
Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 84 - Weather anchor, 1980-1996

18
266 345
Lee Meriwether is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 83 - Today Girl, 1955-1956

19
442 625
Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 89 - Anchor, 1962-1976

20
309 422
Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 97 - Anchor, 1962-1971

21
246 330
Faith Daniels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61 - News Anchor, 1990-1992

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500 746
Tamron Hall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 48 - Anchor, 2014-present

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201 296
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

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200 297
Judith Crist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 90 (1922-2012) - Panelist, 1964-1973

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200 300
Estelle Parsons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts

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200 301
Margaret Larson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Margaret Larson News anchor, 1992-1994

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200 305
Betsy Palmer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 92 - Today Girl, 1958

28
267 469
Sara Haines is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 41 - Correspondent, 2009-2013

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182 371
John Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 69 (1927-1996) - Anchor, 1961-1962

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207 430
Gene Shalit is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Gene Shalit Panelist, 1973-2010

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270 577
Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 70 - Anchor, 1982-1997

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153 341
Dave Garroway is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 69 (1913-1982) - Anchor, 1952-1961

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154 348
Joe Garagiola, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 92 - Panelist, 1967-1973, 1990-1992

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147 340
Edwin Newman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 91 (1919-2010) - Panelist, 1952-1984

35
126 328
Frank McGee is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 53 (1921-1974) - Anchor, 1971-1974

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126 329
John Palmer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 78 (1935-2013) - News anchor, 1982-1989

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100 292
Jack Lescoulie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 75 (1912-1987) - Panelist, 1952-1965

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100 294
Bob Ryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Bob Ryan Weather Anchor, 1978-1980

39
100 295
Jim Hartz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 78 - Anchor, 1974-1976

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100 296
Merrill Mueller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Merrill Mueller News anchor, 1953

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99 296
Lew Wood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Lew Wood News anchor, 1975-1976

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100 299
Floyd Kalber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Died at 80 (1924-2004) - News anchor, 1976-1979

43
99 298
Tony Guida is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 77 - News anchor, 1979

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99 299
Jim Fleming is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Jim Fleming Women's Editor, 1952-1955

45
100 305
Frank Blair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
Frank Blair News anchor, 1953-1975

46
153 550
Chris Wallace is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 71 - News Anchor, 1982

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359 1,388
Matt Lauer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Today Show Hosts
age 61 -

Anchor, 1994-2017