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AOL readers rate TV talk show hosts

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 27th 2008 11:04AM
Ellen DegeneresSo, AOL TV did a poll about America's favorite talk show hosts and 1.3 million people made their feelings known. Interesting results. I didn't agree with some of them, like who I like waking up with. Diane Sawyer was the top choice, but I'd go for the second place finisher, Matt Lauer. As for whom to go to bed with -- TV talk show wise, that is -- I can't believe most of the people chose Jay Leno. Is he really that popular? I prefer David Letterman; I'm a sucker for the Top Ten lists.



Ellen DeGeneres is clearly, the host that makes my day -- and AOLers apparently, and yes, she would be my choice for an ideal dinner party guest. For the rest of AOL TV's results, you should check out their list. There survey did get me thinking, though. What about the categories they missed. Here's a few of the categories I want to weigh in on.

1) Which talk show host would I most like to interview?
Enough with them asking all the questions! I want to be the interviewer, and to be honest, even though Oprah Winfrey is probably the most celebrated of all the talk show hosts, I think I'm more interested in talking to Conan O'Brien. David Letterman would be like a walnut that you can't open, but Conan would talk. I'd like to know about his time on The Simpsons. Also, what is it with that hair?

2) Who's the most clever talk show host?
Jay Leno tells a good joke; David Letterman is goofy funny. Ellen is warm and human. But who's really smart and clever? I think Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are neck and neck in this race, with Colbert slightly more clever in my opinion. I don't know, maybe he just has eyebrows that arch more dramatically?

3) Whose car would I want to travel in on a cross-country trip?
Well, you know it's not Miss Oprah's. Remember the shows when she and Gayle King were doing a car trip. She was not a pleasant passenger or a good driver. Ellen would probably be fun because you can just tell she knows how to play car games and would like to sing along to the oldies on the radio. However, Jay Leno is a car collector. I'd like to go with him on a trip and let him pick one of his classic autos for the occasion -- maybe a big Cadillac Eldorado?

4) Who would I trust to water my plants and feed my cat when I'm out of town?
This is assuming that I have a cat -- and plants -- but you know what I mean. Which one of these talk show hosts would you hand your keys to? I know I'm not giving them to Larry King, unless he's back on the ginkgo biloba. This is where Kelly Ripa would shine. She's a mother and a homemaker; she'd even talk to my plants if I asked her nicely.

5) Who would make the best short-order cook?
President is too big a job. Which of these talkers can make a sandwich and take an order correctly? Most of these folks are used to giving the orders, but what would happen if they had to be on the other end? Regis would fail miserably behind the counter. Al Roker, on the other hand, would be terrific. He's the type who could appreciate a cheeseburger deluxe.

6) Who would make the best witness in a court of law?
Martha Stewart is not who you'd want testifying on your behalf, if you know what I mea. Whoopi Goldberg might get a bit too sassy with the judge, and Jerry Springer cannot be taken seriously. Even he doesn't take himself seriously (I know; I've interviewed him!) So, who would be a good choice? Oprah, naturally. Everyone respects her and she's forthright and truthful.

7) Who's not doing a talk show now but should be doing one in the future?
This is interesting because everybody thinks a talk show is easy. If it was easy, Magic Johnson would still be on the air. So would Megan Mullally. Before she did her talk show, who knew that Ellen DeGeneres would be so adept at hosting a daily program? It takes a particular kind of quality. Tina Fey could do it, someday maybe, after 30 Rock has run five years or so. Also, Michael Keaton. He's still busy acting, I know, but he could be an excellent talk show host.

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janet elbag

I have to say I use to watch alot of talk shows including
the Opra show,everyone said she was the best ,I myself
think Ellen takes my votes,she is the only one I watch.
Ellen is not fake,she saysit how it is,she alone could take them all on she is great,I noticed that Opra is trying to come out the back,and trying to do the Ellen thing could
never come close,and if you are thinking ,I say these things is because you think I am gay I am not.She takes my vote no other talk shows or nightly shows.LOVE YOU
ELLEN YOU ARE THE BEST. Janet

May 30 2008 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toni

Give honou to whom honour is due, oprah deserves respect and honour and people of united states must accord that to her, she is what she is today is as a result of hard work, so people must shot up their dirty mouth and learn from oprah and not to envy her, if it is easy to be like oprah then let people try, Oprah is on the rise, people should not be dicieve. her support for obama was a wise one, people need change and are tired of the clintons who sexualy and inmoraly defile the honour of the white house

May 28 2008 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peanut

Any poll that involves wanting to see Jimmy Fallon do anything is invalid.

March 27 2008 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kevjohn

All the morning show hosts are insufferable. I'd go with any of the Daily Buzz crew over the big names. Ellen is a good choice for daytime, or overall. It took me a long time to check out her show because I remembered all insane amount of buzz that Rosie O'Donnell was getting for her show. Then I tuned in and had my mind blown by how inane it was. It was like Sesame Street for adults. But Ellen's doing good things. After sundown it's all about Conan. Leno won because he's bland and predictable, like artificially flavored vanilla ice cream. Letterman is like naturally flavored vanilla ice cream, but with a few dashes of vinegar thrown in. Conan is like caramel praline crunch. An acquired taste perhaps, but one that blows vanilla away.

hmm, I think I want some ice cream. Hooray Spring!

March 27 2008 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Theodore

Stewart, Colbert, Conan are my fav's. Although Jay is always worth watching. I am glad that there is Oprah to do good works because here personality is very b*tchy. It does give here a very redeeming quality.

March 27 2008 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

In another poll, AOL users voted Wal-Mart their favorite store.

March 27 2008 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Theodore

I'm a big fan of Conan, Stewart, and Colbert. Not in that particular order either. Although Jay is always worth checking in on.

March 27 2008 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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