Famous American TV Presenters

What is the hottest thing on American TV now? Buy it or not, it's the TV presenters. That's right! Love them or hate them, you surely can't ignore America TV's hosts who besides pumping up the X Factor of any show, are actively redefining the way the world views television entertainment as. There is no denying that America has given the world some searing hot television presenters who have taken prime time entertainment as well as late night shows to a whole new level. From Simon Cowell to Oprah Winfrey and from Donald Trump to Jay Leno, America surely has given the world some dollar-worthy TV presenters who have kept America awake and glued to their TV screens, thanks to their sheer presence and panache. No wonder, networks have overcome their urge of throwing any pseudo-celebs in front of the camera to see what sticks to the wall. Here, we bring you a collection of some of the most famous American TV presenters. Read on to explore the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to their lives.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey.
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Famous As: Media proprietor
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States

Oprah Winfrey is arguably one of the most iconic figures in America who broke many barriers to become one of the most influential women in the country. She is a role model for the black community and is also a fierce feminist. Her path-breaking The Oprah Winfrey Show mostly based on lives of common people catapulted her to unprecedented stardom.

 2 Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

As one of the leading television journalists for the past 10 years, Anderson Cooper has played a prominent role in influencing several important events in the United States of America. An openly gay man, Anderson Cooper has also served as an inspiration to the entire LGBTQ community.

 3 Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Welch, West Virginia

Comedian, businessman and entertainer Steve Harvey has been active in the entertainment world since 1985. Born to parents who were avid movie lovers, he developed an early love for performing. He began his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian and soon started performing in TV shows and films. Also an entrepreneur, he founded Steve Harvey Global (SHG).

 4 Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon.
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: September 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Jimmy Fallon began as a stand-up comedian and an SNL cast member and then got his own show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He succeeded Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show. He has also starred in movies, written a few children’s books, and released two comedy albums.

 5 Kimberly Guilfoyle

Kimberly Guilfoyle.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: March 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

One of the prominent speakers at the Republican National Convention 2020 and a vocal supporter of American President, Donald Trump, Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is a senior advisor and top fundraiser at Trump’s re-election campaign. A former deputy district attorney, prosecutor, legal analyst at CNN and TV host at Fox News, Guilfoyle is rumoured to be the Donald Trump Jr.’s partner.  

 6 Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert.
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Famous As: American comedian
Birthdate: May 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Stephen Colbert is an American actor, comedian, political commentator, and television host. Over the years, Stephen Colbert has influenced popular comedians, such as James Corden, Billy Eichner, Mindy Kaling, Jordan Klepper, and Hasan Minhaj. He has been twice named on Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

 7 Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Television presenter and political commentator, Tucker Carlson, is both a popular and controversial figure. His support for Donald Trump has made him popular among Republicans while his racist, misogynistic, and anti-immigration stance has earned him the ire of progressive citizens. He is the author of two books, one of which is a New York Times #1 bestseller.

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 8 Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien.
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: April 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts

Conan O’Brien is an American comedian, writer, television host, podcaster, and producer. Over the years, he has played an important role in NBC, hosting the network's successful shows like The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and writing for Saturday Night Live. His work has influenced comedians like Mindy Kaling, Seth Meyers, and Kumail Nanjiani.

 9 Bill Nye

Bill Nye.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Bill Nye is an American mechanical engineer, television presenter, and science communicator. He is known for hosting the live-action science program Bill Nye the Science Guy. He is credited with inventing a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube, which is used on the Boeing 747 airplanes. He also helped develop MarsDial, a sundial that became part of the Mars Exploration Rover missions.

 10 Howard Stern

Howard Stern.
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Famous As: Radio & TV Personality
Birthdate: January 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Howard Stern is an American television and radio personality who played a major role in popularizing Transcendental Meditation in the United States. He claimed that the technique cured his mother of depression, helped him quit smoking, and beat obsessive-compulsive disorder. Howard Stern is also a prominent fund raiser for an animal rescue organization called North Shore Animal League America.

 11 Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw.
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Famous As: Former NFL Star & TV Analyst
Birthdate: September 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shreveport
Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970, Terry Bradshaw went on to become a dominant NFL quarterback and led the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships. His career halted after an injury, but Bradshaw soon established himself as a prominent television football analyst for Fox NFL Sunday. Later, he ventured into acting, writing and music.

 12 Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh.
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Famous As: Radio Host, Political Commentator, Author, Former Television Host
Birthdate: January 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S
Mostly known for his controversial comments on the LGBT community, sexual consent, and climate change, Rush Limbaugh has hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show, one of the highest-rated in the U.S. He has also hosted a TV show, written several books, including two bestsellers, and won the Presidential Medal of Freedom

 13 Lizzo

Lizzo.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Three-time Grammy-winning rap and hip-hop sensation Lizzo is also a queer and body-positivity icon. She began singing with groups such as The Chalice and Grrrl Prty, and graced the Billboard 200 with the album Cuz I Love You. Time’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, Lizzo is also a talented flute-player.

 14 Phil McGraw

Phil McGraw
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Famous As: College Student Personnel, Actor, Television presenter, Psychologist, Writer
Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vinita

 15 Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan.
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Famous As: American Football Player, Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Michael Strahan is a journalist, television personality, and former professional American football player. Strahan helped the New York Giants, where he spent his entire 15-year National Football League (NFL) career, win the Super Bowl XLII. After retiring from football, Michael Strahan co-hosted the talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, for which he received a couple of Daytime Emmy Awards.

 16 Tomi Lahren

Tomi Lahren.
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: August 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

Tomi Lahren is an American TV host-turned-conservative political commentator. Tomi Lahren, who currently hosts a talk show on Fox Nation, has made controversial comments in the past, attracting criticisms and support from all over America. She supports women's empowerment, abortion rights, and LGBT rights.

 17 David Letterman

David Letterman.
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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: April 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Starting off as a radio weatherman, David Letterman has come a long way. He has been the longest-serving American late-night talk-show host and ranked 45th on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. He later dabbled in production, with hit sitcoms such as Everybody Loves Raymond.

 18 Pat Sajak

Pat Sajak.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Pat Sajak went from being a weatherman to the host of the cult game show Wheel of Fortune. His long stint on the show fetched him three Emmy Awards. He has also hosted The Pat Sajak Show and The Price Is Right, and has written columns for Human Events.

 19 Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest.
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Famous As: Radio Personality
Birthdate: December 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dunwoody, Georgia, United States

Ryan Seacrest is an American television host, radio personality, and producer. He gained national recognition after hosting the popular singing competition TV series, American Idol. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Seacrest established the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in 2010. He is also credited with producing a men's skincare line called Polished.

 20 Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart.
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Famous As: American comedian
Birthdate: November 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.

Jon Stewart is an American actor, writer, political commentator, television host, and filmmaker. He is credited with popularizing Comedy Central's satirical news program The Daily Show. Also a prominent comedian, Jon Stewart has influenced and inspired several other comedians like Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, Hasan Minhaj, Jordan Klepper, Samantha Bee, and Bassem Youssef.

 21 Jonah Falcon

Jonah Falcon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

 22 Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

 23 Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain.
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Famous As: Columnist & TV Host
Birthdate: October 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phoenix

The daughter of popular American politician John McCain, Meghan McCain has established herself as a noted columnist and TV personality, working for TV channels like Fox News, ABC News, and MSNBC. As an author, she has had a major impact upon the release of books, such as Dirty Sexy Politics and My Dad, John McCain. She also supports gay rights.

 24 Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly.
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Famous As: Talk Show Host & Radio Personality
Birthdate: September 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City

Bill O'Reilly is an American author, journalist, and former TV host. The host of Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly played a major role in the success of Fox News Channel during his time at the channel. He is also credited with founding the No Spin News podcast, which he has been hosting since 2017.

 25 Jay Leno

James Douglas Muir Leno.
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: April 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Rochelle
Emmy-winning stand-up comedian Jay Leno is best known for his shows The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Jay Leno Show, both on NBC. The Television Hall of Fame inductee is also an avid car collector and is associated with several charitable initiatives, such as the Love Ride.

 26 Christine Chubbuck

Christine Chubbuck.
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Famous As: TV Reporter
Birthdate: August 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hudson, Ohio
Died: July 15, 1974

Christine Chubbuck was an American TV news reporter. She was working for WXLT-TV when she shot herself with a revolver, becoming the first person to take one's own life on a live television broadcast. Her suicide was attributed to depression and loneliness. In 2016, Rebecca Hall portrayed Chubbuck in the biographical drama film Christine, which was directed by Antonio Campos.

 27 Action Bronson

Action Bronson
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States

 28 Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Metairie

Comedian, television host and actress Ellen DeGeneres is the first actress to win a Saturn Award for a voice performance, winning the accolade for her role in the film Finding Nemo. She has hosted the Academy Awards and has published four books. She is openly lesbian and supports LGBTQA+ rights. She has been accused of workplace harassment.

 29 Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Monica
Died: August 9, 2015
American football player Frank Gifford is remembered for his 12-year stint with the NFL team New York Giants. The NFL MVP-winning footballer was named to eight Pro Bowls. Following his retirement, he gained fame as a sportscaster on shows such as ABC's Monday Night Football and also won two Emmys.

 30 Nicolle Wallace

Nicolle Wallace.
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Famous As: Former White House Communications Director
Birthdate: February 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orange County, California, United States

Nicolle Wallace has been Jeb Bush's press secretary, the White House communications director under George W. Bush, and John McCain’s senior political advisor. She has also hosted Deadline: White House and The View, and written three political novels, including Eighteen Acres. A self-proclaimed “non-practicing Republican,” she supports same-sex marriage.

 31 Oliver North

Oliver North.
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Famous As: Political Commentator and Television Host
Birthdate: October 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Antonio
Former U.S. marine lieutenant Oliver North was convicted in the Iran-Contra case, which involved selling weapons to Iran illegally. After the charges were dropped, he hosted a radio talk show and War Stories with Oliver North. He has also been the president of the National Rifle Association

 32 Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 33 Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette.
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: March 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States

 34 Al Roker

Al Roker.
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Famous As: Weather Forecaster
Birthdate: August 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Al Roker is best known as the weather anchor of Today on NBC. He is also a co-host on shows such as 3rd Hour Today. He set a Guinness world record by reporting non-stop for 34 hours. He has co-authored several books, including a set of murder mysteries. 

 35 Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Richard Thomas is best known for his Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of John-Boy Walton in The Waltons. He also played significant roles in the 1990s’ miniseries It and the spy thriller series The Americans. A talented stage actor, he played Ebenezer Scrooge in A Musical Christmas Carol.

 36 Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray.
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Cook, Author
Birthdate: August 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, United States
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray is best known for her Food Network show 30 Minute Meals. She also made waves with her talk show Rachael Ray and her culinary shows such as Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels. She has also authored several cookbooks and launched the magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray.

 37 Julie Chen

Julie Chen
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Famous As: Presenter, Television producer, Journalist
Birthdate: January 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens

 38 Katie Couric

Katie Couric.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

Regarded as “America’s Sweetheart”, Katherine Couric has been a familiar face on top US television networks for decades. The journalist and presenter had a long stint with NBC News before she switched over to CBS News and then to ABC News. She is also known for co-hosting programmes on Today. She co-founded multimedia news and production company Katie Couric Media.

 39 John Walsh

John Walsh
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Famous As: television presenter, actor
Birthdate: December 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auburn

 40 Brooke Baldwin

Brooke Baldwin.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Brooke Baldwin is an American television host and journalist. Since 2008, Brooke Baldwin has been an important member of CNN. She has been hosting CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, which has gained popularity over the years. Also a public speaker, Brooke Baldwin speaks at important events and venues.

 41 Brandi Cyrus

Brandi Cyrus.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee

Brandi Cyrus is the half-sister of singer/actor Miley Cyrus through their mother, actor Tish Cyrus. She appeared in the popular series Hannah Montana and the 2009 movie of the same name, along with Miley. She has also co-hosted Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer and the podcast Your Favorite Thing.

 42 Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jake Tapper is an American author, cartoonist, and journalist. Over the years, Jake Tapper's work as a journalist, which includes the coverage of President Barack Obama's inauguration, has been praised by many critics. As the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper plays a vital role in the TV channel's coverage of political matters.

 43 Debi Mazar

Debi Mazar.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York, United States
Debi Mazar is known for films such as Goodfellas and Little Man Tate and series such as L.A. Law and Civil Wars. She has also appeared in several videos by Madonna. She is married to Italian celebrity chef Gabriele Corcos and co-hosts the show Extra Virgin with him.

 44 Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: March 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Mike Rowe is an American narrator, television host, and former opera singer. He has narrated popular programs on the Discovery Channel, such as How the Universe Works and Deadliest Catch. Also an activist, Rowe joined hands with the 'Association of Equipment Manufacturers' in 2010 in order to create jobs in the manufacturing sector through a campaign named "I Make America".

 45 Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite.
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: November 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Joseph
Died: July 17, 2009
TV journalist Walter Cronkite, named “The most trusted man in America," is remembered for his 19-year association with CBS Evening News and his catchphrase "And that's the way it is.” His U.S. space program reports made him the only non-NASA person to receive the Ambassador of Exploration award.

 46 Alton Brown

Alton Brown.
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Chef, Author
Birthdate: July 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Alton Brown soared to fame as the creator of the Food Network culinary show Good Eats. He has also hosted shows such as Iron Chef America and Feasting on Asphalt. He has authored several bestselling cookbooks. He also created two culinary shows on YouTube during the COVID-19 lockdown.

 47 Gayle King

Gayle King.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: December 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States

Gayle King is an American author and TV personality. Since 2012, King has been co-hosting CBS News' popular program, CBS This Morning. She has also been serving as CBS News' broadcast journalist. Also an editor-at-large for the famous O, The Oprah Magazine, King was included in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in 2019.

 48 Abby Huntsman

Abby Huntsman.
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Famous As: Journalist, TV Presenter
Birthdate: May 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pennsylvania

 49 Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson.
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: June 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Randy Jackson started his career playing bass guitar for various artists, He then started his stint as a producer with Columbia and MCA Records. He is best known for his appearance as a judge on American Idol. He has also been the executive producer of America's Best Dance Crew.

 50 Joe Bastianich

Joe Bastianich.
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: September 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States
Restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich co-owns 30 restaurants across four countries, with his mother, Lidia Bastianich. His ventures include the Michelin-star-rated Babbo and the Pizzeria brand of eateries in Los Angeles. He has been a judge on the MasterChef franchise and has also authored several cookbooks and a bestselling autobiography.