What Are Some Popular TV Talk Shows?


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Popular TV talk shows as of 2015 include "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The View," "The Today Show," "Top Gear," "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" and "The Chew." Popular TV talk shows of the past included "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and "The Daily Show with John Stewart."

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"The Late Night Show," once hosted by David Letterman, has had other hosts as well: Conan O'Brien (1993–2009), Jimmy Fallon (2009–14), and Seth Meyers (2014–present). It continues to use humor and to focus on celebrity interviews and performances.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is unique because it features a female, lesbian host in a TV genre typically dominated by heterosexual men. Ellen's style differs from past female talk show hosts, such as Oprah Winfrey, because it is more friendly, comfortable and humor oriented. Ellen DeGeneres begins most episodes with a short stand-up comedy routine. Like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen also uses her show to inspire and encourage her audience by inviting a range of celebrity and non-celebrity guests and sharing their stories.

John Oliver, who used to the a correspondent for "The Daily Show," now hosts his own weekly program called "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver." Like "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," John Oliver uses humor and satire for the purposes of political commentary. Each week he focuses on a new issue. Past episodes have covered topics such as sex education, migrants and refugees and mental health.

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