The Greatest Talk Show Hosts

Whether it’s daytime or late night, talk shows have been a staple in the American television diet for decades and some of hosts are so iconic that despite being off the air for years, we still know their names.

Here are some of the biggest names in talk show history that have made their mark on the genre.

Johnny Carson

“Here’s Johnny!” isn’t just a line from The Shining; the Johnny in question is none other than Johnny Carson who served as the host of The Tonight Show for three decades and was crowned the original “King of Late Night.”

When Jack Paar left The Tonight Show in 1962, NBC tapped little known game show host and comedian Carson as his replacement. Carson’s gentle celebrity skewering, intimate interviews, and goofy characters turned an already popular show into a massive hit. Carson continued to dominate the airwaves right up until his retirement in 1992.