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 Oprah Winfrey

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Famous As: Talk Show Host
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 Khloé Kardashian

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Famous As: Talk Show Host, Socialite, Model
Birthdate: June 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Best known for playing a key role in the popular TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian is one of the most popular American celebrities on the internet. Having launched many clothing collections, she is also involved in the fashion industry. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, Khloé had a long-term memory loss but has recovered since.

 3 Jimmy Fallon

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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: September 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bay Ridge, New York, United States
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.
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 4 Whoopi Goldberg

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Famous As: Actress, Talk Show Host
Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chelsea, New York, United States

Accomplished American comedian, actress, singer and Broadway star, Whoopi Goldberg is amongst the select few who have won all the four awards—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Moreover, she is also a political activist, author and talk show host. Her notable work include films Ghost, Sister Act and The Color Purple; Broadway show Thoroughly Modern Millie and talk show The View.

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 5 Ben Shapiro

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Famous As: Political Commentator
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burbank, 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.

 6 Jimmy Kimmel

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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

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 Larry King

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Famous As: The Host of The Nightly Interview Television Program 'Larry King Live' on CNN
Birthdate: November 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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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 8 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.
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 9 David Letterman

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Famous As: TV Presenter, TV Host
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.

 10 Alan Thicke

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Famous As: Film actor, Composer
Birthdate: March 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
Died: December 13, 2016

Best known for his star role in the television sitcom Growing Pains, Alan Thicke was a Canadian actor, songwriter and television host, who began his career as a series regular in It's Our Stuff, eventually appearing in numerous films and television productions. Also a popular game and talk show host, he patronized many NGOs including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

 11 Regis Philbin

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

 12 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

 13 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.

 14 Graham Norton

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Famous As: Actor, Talk show Host
Birthdate: April 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clondalkin, Ireland

Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, and actor, Graham Norton, is an eight-time BAFTA TV Award winner. He is best known for his comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. His innuendo-laden dialogue and flamboyant presentation style have made him a fan favorite. He is openly gay and is the winner of one Gaytime Award.

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 15 Seth Meyers

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Famous As: Host of 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' and Former Cast Member of 'Saturday Night Live;
Birthdate: December 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Seth Adam Meyers is best known as the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. He was a writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live and won several awards for his work, including a Peabody Award and an Emmy. He also hosted SNL’s Weekend Update segment.

 16 George Lopez

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Famous As: Actor Known for Starring in His Self-Produced 'ABC Sitcom'
Birthdate: April 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

George Lopez is an American actor and comedian. Lopez is best known for discussing race and ethnic relations in his stand-up comedy routine. His contributions to the Latino community have earned him several awards. In 2005, he was named in Time magazine's The 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America list. Also a humanitarian, George Lopez heads his own charity.

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 17 Geraldo Rivera

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Famous As: Host of the Talk Show 'Geraldo' and Famous for the Live TV Special 'The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults'
Birthdate: July 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Journalist and TV personality Geraldo Rivera is best known for hosting the talk show Geraldo. He has also been part of the TV special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults and the shows Geraldo at Large, Geraldo Rivera Reports, and The Five. He has authored several books, such as Willowbrook.

 18 Bill Maher

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Famous As: Comedian, Talk Show Host
Birthdate: January 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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.

 19 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 Jeannie Mai

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

 21 Ricki Lake

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

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.

 22 Sean Hannity

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Famous As: Talk Show Host, Conservative political commentator
Birthdate: December 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

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.

 23 Tamron Hall

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Famous As: Broadcast journalist
Birthdate: September 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luling, Texas, United States

Broadcast journalist and television talk show host Tamron Hall is best known for her eponymous award-winning syndicated daytime talk show. She has previously worked for NBC News and MSNBC. An alumnus of Temple University, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is actively involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns.

 24 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

 25 Dick Cavett

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: November 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gibbon, Nebraska, United States

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. 

 26 Brendan Schaub

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

 27 Lisa Rinna

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States
American actress Lisa Rinna is best known for playing Billie Reed in TV series Days of Our Lives and Taylor McBride in TV series Melrose Place. She has been a main cast member on the reality TV series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, since 2014. Rinna has also written three books: Starlit; The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book; and The NYT best-seller Rinnavation.

 28 Arsenio Hall

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

 29 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.

 30 Mike Huckabee

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

 31 Mike Wallace

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Famous As: Journalist, TV Presenter, Host
Birthdate: May 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
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.

 32 Charlie Rose

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Famous As: Television presenter, Journalist
Birthdate: January 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Henderson, North Carolina, United States

 33 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.

 34 Merv Griffin

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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: July 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States
Died: August 12, 2007

Merv Griffin was an American media mogul and television show host best known for hosting, The Merv Griffin Show, from 1965 to 1986. He is also credited with creating famous game shows, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, through his TV production companies. For his contribution to TV, Merv Griffin was inducted posthumously into the Television Hall of Fame.

 35 Mo'Nique

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

 36 Margaret Trudeau

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Famous As: Author, Actress
Birthdate: September 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

 37 Al Michaels

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Famous As: Sportscaster
Birthdate: November 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 38 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.

 39 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.

 40 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.

 41 Elisabeth Hasselbeck

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

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.

 42 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.

 43 Boomer Esiason

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

 44 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

 45 Jedediah Bila

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Famous As: TV Host
Birthdate: January 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

TV host and author Jedediah Bila is best known for co-hosting the talk show The View. An alumnus of  Columbia University, she began her career as a teacher and taught creative writing and improvisation. She eventually transitioned to a TV career and joined Fox News as a contributor. She is also an author and has written two books. 

 46 Ed Sullivan

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Famous As: Legendary Host of the TV Variety Show 'The Ed Sullivan Show'
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.

 47 Lisa Ling

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Famous As: Host of This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN
Birthdate: August 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States

 48 Paula White

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

Better known as the spiritual advisor to Donald Trump, Paula White became the first female clergy to deliver the inauguration invocation of a U.S. president. The televangelist and preacher also chaired Trump’s evangelical advisory board. She is also known for her Without Walls International Church and the show Paula White Today.

 49 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.

 50 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.