Talk Show Hosts

Talk show is a radio or television program in which celebrity guests are interviewed by a well-known personality. The history of talk shows date back to the 1950s. Here is a list of some of the most famous talk show hosts from all over the world.
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 1 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.

 2 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.

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 3 Ben Shapiro

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Famous As: Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

A strong conservative political commentator, author, media host and lawyer, Ben Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US at the age of seventeen and at twenty published his first book. The host of a daily political podcast ,The Ben Shapiro Show, he has frequently invited criticism for his views on various issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

 4 Megyn Kelly

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, United States

Megyn Kelly is a well-known American journalist and political commentator. She had a successful career at Fox News and NBC News, where she did reporting and anchored many shows. She quit television and launched her media production company in 2020. She hosts the The Megyn Kelly Show podcast. She has also written an autobiography titled Settle for More.

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 5 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.

 6 Jimmy Kimmel

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Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

Jimmy Kimmel is an American TV host and writer. He is credited with creating one of the most popular American late-night talk shows of all time, Jimmy Kimmel Live! He is also credited with co-founding The Feast of San Gennaro. In 2018, he was named in Time magazine's list of The World's 100 Most Influential People.

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 7 Alan Thicke

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Famous As: Actor, Songwriter, Composer, Television presenter, Voice actor, Comedian
Birthdate: March 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kirkland Lake
Died: December 13, 2016
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 8 Larry King

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Famous As: American Television and Radio Host
Birthdate: November 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: January 23, 2021

Regarded as one of the most popular American TV and radio hosts, Larry King was famous for hosting the successful and popular TV program, Larry King Live. The recipient of several awards, King was an iconic figure on American television. Also known for his charitable works, he founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help poor people undergo cardiac procedures.

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 9 Dr. Phil McGraw

Dr. Phil McGraw.
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vinita, Oklahoma
Phil McGraw, or Dr. Phil, is a well-known psychologist and TV personality. He gained fame with his frequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and then launched his advice show Dr. Phil. He owns the charity Dr. Phil Foundation and has a “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 10 Kathie Lee Gifford

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Famous As: TV Host, Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris

Kathie Lee Gifford achieved celebrity status by working as a television presenter. She then became a singer-songwriter and author, cementing her place in the entertainment industry. Also known for her charity work, Kathie serves as an ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit organization working towards preventing child abuse.

 11 Stacey Dash

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

 12 Bill Maher

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Famous As: Talk Show Host
Birthdate: January 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Bill Maher is best known for his political satire and comedy, as the host of Politically Incorrect. He has also hosted Real Time with Bill Maher, written the film Religulous, and won an Emmy for producing Vice. He has written several books and is a PETA board member.
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 13 Regis Philbin

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

 14 Sean Hannity

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Famous As: Talk Show Host
Birthdate: December 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City

Sean Hannity is a conservative political commentator and talk show host. As one of the most-watched and most-listened-to hosts, he has played a key role in shaping American politics in the last decade or so. Due to his closeness to President Donald Trump, he is characterized as the shadow Chief of Staff.

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 15 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.

 16 Brendan Schaub

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: March 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aurora, Colorado, USA

 17 Cybill Lynne Shepherd

Cybill Lynne Shepherd.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Cybill Shepherd is best known for her roles in films such as The Heartbreak Kid, Taxi Driver, and Alice. Fans also loved her for her Golden Globe-winning portrayals of Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes in the series Moonlighting and Cybill Sheridan in the sitcom Cybill. She is a follower of goddess-worshipping Paganism.

 18 Lisa Rinna

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Medford, Oregon, United States

 19 Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York
Bethenny Frankel shot to fame with the reality series The Real Housewives of New York City. She has also appeared on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and her own shows Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny & Fredrik, and Bethenny. She has written several self-help books and owns a lifestyle brand named Skinnygirl.
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 20 Jerry Springer

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Famous As: Talk Show Host, Former Politician, Former News Anchor
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

English-born American television presenter, actor, politician, and musician Jerry Springer is a multifaceted man. A qualified lawyer, he shifted to politics from law as a young man. After a few years, he moved to journalism and found considerable success. As a TV presenter, he is best known for the tabloid talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. 

 21 Rosie Perez

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Famous As: Film Actress & Show Host
Birthdate: September 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bushwick, New York City, New York, United States
Rosa Perez is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Carla Rodrigo in Fearless and her Emmy-nominated choreography in the series In Living Color. She has also appeared in Broadway plays such as The Ritz and has co-hosted The View. She is also associated with major HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.

 22 Jeannie Mai

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Famous As: Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: January 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Jose, California, USA

 23 Ricki Lake

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hastings-on-Hudson

Ricki Lake is an American television presenter and actress known for her talk show. Well-known for her struggle with obesity and hair loss, Lake has been working hard on maintaining her weight, thereby serving as an inspiration to those struggling with obesity and eating disorders. Not surprisingly, she has been mentioned in popular songs, such as Strong by Robbie Williams.

 24 Cilla Black

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vauxhall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died: August 1, 2015
Priscilla Maria Veronica White, better known as Cilla Black, is best remembered for her chart-topping hits You're My World and Anyone Who Had a Heart. She had her own show, Cilia, and also acted as a comedy actor. She later presented shows such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.

 25 Phil Donahue

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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: December 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Phil Donahue is best known for his long stint as the host and creator of The Phil Donahue Show, later named Donahue, the first talk show that involved audience participation. He inspired iconic talk show host Oprah. He also hosted an MSNBC show and co-directed the documentary Body of War.

 26 Nev Schulman

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Famous As: Show Host & Producer
Birthdate: September 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York

Nev Schulman is an American TV host and the subject of a documentary film titled Catfish. Following the success of Catfish, Schulman hosted and executive produced MTV's Catfish: The TV Show. Apart from being a TV personality, Nev Schulman is also a founding member of the Young Leadership Committee for Leave Out Violence, a youth organization.

 27 Mike Huckabee

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, United States

 28 Arsenio Hall

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 29 Dick Cavett

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: November 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gibbon, Nebraska

Dick Cavett is an American comedian, television personality, and former talk show host. For five decades, Cavett made frequent appearances on the United State's nationally broadcast television. In 2020, Stephen Colbert on his TV show, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, acknowledged that Dick Cavett had served as a major influence due to his conversational style. 

 30 Tammy Faye Bakker

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Famous As: Evangelist
Birthdate: March 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: nowrap International Falls, Minnesota, U.S.
Died: July 20, 2007

 31 Ina Garten

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Ina Garten is an American author and TV host best known for hosting Food Network's cooking show, Barefoot Contessa. Over the years, Garten has released several best-selling cookbooks, including The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home.

 32 Elisabeth Hasselbeck

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Famous As: Talk Show Host
Birthdate: May 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cranston

Retired TV personality and talk show host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, first gained fame as a contestant on the American version of the TV show, Survivor, in 2001. In the ensuing years, she became a co-host on the daytime talk show, The View, which further added to her popularity and earned her a  Daytime Emmy Award. She is also a published author.

 33 Joy Behar

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City

Joy Behar is an American actress, comedian, television host, and writer. She is best known for co-hosting the popular ABC talk show The View, for which she received the Daytime Emmy Award in 2009. The show has also earned her several Emmy Award nominations. Apart from hosting TV shows, Behar has also performed in theatrical plays like The Vagina Monologues.

 34 Paula White

Paula White
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States

 35 Mike Wallace

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Famous As: Journalist, TV Presenter, Host
Birthdate: May 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: April 7, 2012

A popular American journalist and media personality, Mike Wallace is credited with bringing important information to the household of several Americans during his illustrious career that spanned nearly 70 years; he interviewed prominent personalities like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Ayn Rand, and Salvador Dalí among others. His life and career inspired several films and he was portrayed by popular actors.

 36 Mo'Nique

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States

 37 Greg Giraldo

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: December 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 29, 2010

 38 Edd China

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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: May 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Edd China is best known as the host of the Discovery Channel show Wheeler Dealers. He has also been part of Fifth Gear and Top Gear. He established Cummfy Banana Limited. After racing a motorized sofa at 148 km/h, China set a Guinness record for the fastest furniture.

 39 Kennedy Montgomery

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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Political commentator and host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, began her career as MTV VJ “Kennedy” on the alternative rock shows 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation. She has authored two books and has also hosted Fox network shows such as Kennedy and Outnumbered. She has also been a panelist on The Five.

 40 Andrea Tantaros

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Famous As: Political Analyst
Birthdate: December 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

 41 Hallie Jackson

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Famous As: Political Reporter, Analyst
Birthdate: April 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yardley, Pennsylvania, United States
TV journalist Hallie Jackson is known for her association with NBC News and now serves as their chief White House correspondent and an anchor for MSNBC. She also fills in as an anchor on the talk show Today. She has previously worked for WBOC-TV, WFSB, and Hearst Corporation.

 42 Boomer Esiason

Boomer Esiason
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: April 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Islip, New York, USA

 43 Dennis Miller

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Famous As: Talk Show Host
Birthdate: November 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 44 Ruth Westheimer

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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: June 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karlstadt am Main, Germany
German-American sex therapist Ruth Westheimer, also known as Dr. Ruth, soared to fame with the radio show Sexually Speaking and later hosted many sexuality-related shows and wrote many books, too. She is also an ethnographer and a Holocaust survivor. Her life inspired the documentary Ask Dr. Ruth.

 45 Andy Cohen

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Famous As: Television Show Host
Birthdate: June 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
TV producer Andy Cohen is best known as the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. He is the first openly gay host of a late-night talk show. He hosts Radio Andy and has produced shows such as Top Chef and the Real Housewives franchise.

 46 Kasie Hunt

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Famous As: American Correspondent
Birthdate: May 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wayne, Pennsylvania

Kasie Hunt is an American political correspondent. Over the years, Kasie Hunt has been an important member of NBC News and MSNBC. Apart from being the Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC News, Hunt also hosts MSNBC's morning news show Way Too Early with Kasie Hunt, which airs on weekdays from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.

 47 John Salley

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

 48 Ed Sullivan

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: September 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 13, 1974
Sports reporter and TV personality Ed Sullivan is best remembered as the host and creator of the variety show named The Toast of the Town, later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. One of TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time, he was also a skilled columnist.

 49 Joey Bishop

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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: February 3, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: October 17, 2007

 50 Loni Love

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
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