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10 Most Loved Talk Show Hosts

Every host here has contributed to comedy in the form of talk shows in their own unique way. They've created their own special place in the hearts of millions of viewers. Here are few such amazing talk show hosts you couldn't get enough of!

Jay Leno

In 1992, Johnny Carson surprised many by retiring from his long-standing role as America's beloved and premier talk show host. There had been speculation that David Letterman, whose Late Night show followed Carson's, would take over hosting duties, a position he had publicly coveted. However, NBC picked the more clean-cut Leno, who most considered to be a safer, more middle-America-friendly choice.

Larry King

The show featured guest interviews and call-ins from the listening audience and became very successful, growing to over 500 affiliate stations. This work caught the attention of media mogul Ted Turner, who hired King to host his own talk show on the then-fledgling Cable News Network (CNN) in 1985.

Conan O'Brien

Conan O’Brien was once the upstart of the late-night comedy world, a pretender to the throne hoping to one day rise to the level of luminaries like Jay Leno and David Letterman. Just a few years ago, O’Brien’s sense of humor was still viewed by NBC executives as too unusual and young-skewing, sparking fears that he couldn’t hold onto the broader, older audience of The Tonight Show. O’Brien’s brief 2010 tenure at The Tonight Show, and his abrupt replacement with the program’s previous host Leno, seems like a lifetime ago.

Ellen DeGeneres

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an hour-long, five-days-a-week, talk-variety show. Find Ellen's monologue, celebrity photos and videos, games, giveaways, how to get tickets and more on The Ellen Show website.

Jimmy Kimmel

Created by Jimmy Kimmel. With Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett, Guillermo Rodriguez. Jimmy Kimmel interviews celebrities.

Jimmy Fallon

Is the first host in the history of "The Tonight Show" (save original host Steve Allen) who became the show's permanent host without previously having served as a "Guest Host." Before him, Jay Leno had guest-hosted for Johnny Carson, Carson had done it for Jack Parr and Parr had done this for Steve Allen.

David Letterman

Created by David Letterman. With David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter, Biff Henderson. The Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk-show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City.

Jon Stewart

Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily Show reports on the foibles and of the real world with a satirical edge. In addition to news stories, the Daily Show also has celebrities (and semi-celebrities) on for interviews with the host, Trevor Noah. Lampooning everything from televangelists to Charlton Heston ("I did not play a homo in Ben-Hur"), and shamelessly assigning faux-news epithets ("Newt Gingrich: Giant Toddler") Kilborn, Winstead, and the crew actually manage to report some real news from time to time.

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Craig Ferguson

With Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson, Joseph Bolter. Making a satire out of the entire Late Night Show concept Scotsman Craig Ferguson hosts his show with a robot skeleton and a "horse" as his sidekicks. The show features the stereotypical parts of a Late Show, but all in their own, raw way.