Andy Cohen's Top 10 Talk Show Hosts of All Time

From Carson to Letterman, the "Watch What Happens Live" hosts lists his favorite personalities.

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  1. 1

    DICK CAVETT

    So erudite, calm, urbane, classy.

  2. 2

    HOWARD STERN

    He’s my inspiration for "WWHL" and the best interviewer working today. He has his Wack Pack, and I have my Housewives.

  3. 3

    TOM SNYDER

    Cigarettes and a hearty laugh.

  4. 4

    DAVID LETTERMAN

    He deconstructed the talk show right before our eyes.

  5. 5

    KELLY RIPA

    She doesn't get credit for how hard her job is because she makes it looks so easy. Plus, she knows how to overshare without giving too much away.

  6. 6

    JOHNNY CARSON

    Chic, chic, chic.

  7. 7

    JOAN RIVERS

    When she guest hosted on "The Tonight Show" it was like Christmas for me. The clothes, the monologue, the personal questions – perfect!

  8. 8

    JIMMY FALLON

    Je's brought a new energy, enthusiasm, freshness, and positivity into late night.

  9. 9

    ROSIE O'DONNELL

    She reinvented daytime TV with hilarious games and a love of pop culture.

  10. 10

    ROBIN BYRD

    A live Manhattan public-access show hosted by a yenta in a macrame bikini, featuring strippers and call-ins? Why is this not still on?

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