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Best U.S. Talk Show Hosts 1980-2010

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Late night talk show, morning talk show, primetime news commentary … these are the true masters of the art of the talk show, regardless of time slot or audience.

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Johnny Carson Report Abuse
The indisputable king of late 20th-century late night.
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The host with the most...
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Conan O’Brien Report Abuse
Conan O’Brien Once we put aside our resentment over the serious over-hyping of his recent revival, we can see that he actually is a decently artful host.
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Keith Olbermann Report Abuse
Here’s a guy I would never want to have to face in a debate.
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David Letterman Report Abuse
The one who SHOULD have inherited The Tonight Show from Carson.
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Phil Donahue Report Abuse
A true master of morning talk … the best around until Oprah came on the scene.
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Rosie O'Donnell Report Abuse
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Oprah Winfrey Report Abuse
If Johnny is the king of late night, then Oprah has to be the queen of afternoon talk (though she was really much better in the morning time slots of her earlier years).
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