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Talk Show Host Quotes


"I'm a talk-show host, I'm going to be a talk-show host." - Montel Williams

"I only got the opportjnity to co-host a talk show because I failed at news." - Oprah Winfrey

"You can be a great reporter and not be such a great talk show host." - Dan Abrams

"I cannot sing, dance or act; what else would I be but a talk show host." - David Letterman

"Since I was 8 years old, I wanted to be a talk show host." - Ross Mathews

"I wouldn't want to be a talk show host. That's another awkward compliment people make. 'You should have your own talk show.' And I think, no thank you." - Andy Richter

"Don't ever rope me in as a late-night talk show host. I don't want to be one." - Craig Ferguson

"If I can go from burglar for the government to talk show host, you can go from entertainer to congressman." - G Gordon Liddy

"I play a crazy talk-show host, but that's not me. It's like an actor playing a role." - Jerry Springer

"It's not listed in the Bible, but my spiritual gift, my specific calling from God, is to be a television talk-show host." - Jim Bakker

"You're absolutely right: Bob Grant is a racist, Bob Grant is a bigot, he's a despicable talk show host and I agree with that." - Alan Dershowitz

"David Letterman is the best late-night talk show host right now, hands down, and has been since he first took the desk." - George Lopez

"I don't think I'd be a very good talk show host. I mean, I'm very talkative but I don't know if I could do that all the time." - Emma Roberts

"I'm too short to host a late-night talk show. It's like the bar at an amusement-park ride. You have to be six foot two or over." - Jon Stewart

"I want to be a morning-talk-show host. I love Kelly Ripa's job. She gets to live in New York and has this amazing job hosting a talk show." - Ellie Kemper

"Starting at 16 years old I was in boardrooms of older executives pitching talk shows. I wanted to be the youngest talk show host for a really long time." - Lily Collins

"I meet many people, I talk with them, like a TV show host. I show what's going on with Greenpeace, interesing political things, I have artists, musicians and bands." - Nina Hagen

"I'm the only talk show host, I think, if there's such a category in, what's called, the book of records, to have a guest die while we were taping the show, yeah." - Dick Cavett

"I don't mind being accused of being a bad comedian and I don't even mind being accused of being a bad talk-show host, but I never want to be accused of being an arrogant, pompous showbiz asshole." - David Letterman

"A talk show is difficult because the formula is always the same: there's a host and there's guests. Really what you can change is only so much. So, I don't have any pre-interviews, which forces real conversation." - Jenny Mccarthy

"If we're talking fantasy, I would love to host a late night talk show... More Fallon than Leno. Those guys always seem like they're having way too much fun at their 'jobs." - Aaron Sanchez

"Given lesser opportunities, Kissinger would have done very well as a talk show host. Fortunately for him, although not so fortunately for the United States, he found his patron in Nelson Rockefeller instead of William Paley." - Lewis H Lapham

"I really enjoyed playing Vinny Vedecci, the Italian talk show host. He was the first character I ever came up with where I gave him a name and a way of dressing." - Bill Hader

"If we're talking fantasy, I would love to host a late night talk show... More Fallon than Leno. Those guys always seem like they're having way too much fun at their 'jobs.'" - Aaron Sanchez

"There are a million things I can think of that I would I want to do. Reporting like you, would be one. A talk show host maybe, also. I want to do a lot." - Justin Guarini

"Republicans just can't help themselves. They get in front of a live microphone and within a few sentences are rocketing down the swiftest and most direct route to the all-you-can-eat comedian-and-talk-show-host buffet." - Henry Rollins

"The only way I would go back to hosting would be if it were something entirely new. It would prevent me from wanting to host a standard-fare kind of talk show." - Garry Shandling

"I've hosted the Soul Train awards, the American Music Awards... and I had my own talk show. So if I can't host by now, what the hell can I do?" - Queen Latifah

"I'm hosting a quiz show, but I never considered myself a game show host." - Maury Povich

"In February 2003, I signed a three-year contract with MSNBC to host a talk show. Having recently decided not to run again for governor of Minnesota, I was still a pretty hot commodity. The show was originally scheduled for an hour, four nights a week." - Jesse Ventura

"I do a show. It comes on late at night on TV. And if that means I'm a late-night talk show host, then I guess I am, but in every other regard I resign my commission, I don't care for it." - Craig Ferguson

"I defined the talk show." - Joe Franklin

"I'm always playing a role, whether it's the role of the mayor, the role of a news anchor, or a role of a crazy talk-show host. But there was a specific function. 'On Dancing With The Stars', I had nothing to do but be me, schlepping around the floor. And when I host 'America's Got Talent', that's really me just talking to regular folks." - Jerry Springer

"When you do a reality show and host shows, it's hard to have secrets." - Giuliana Rancic

"I was on the show previously as a guest host, so I had a little practice." - Rocco Dispirito

"I don't host a show and go, 'Have you got my best angle?'" - Cat Deeley

"I was the worst game show host that ever lived, and I knew it." - Dick Van Dyke

"I'd love to host a game show one day. I love giving things away." - Ross Mathews

"I knew going in that being a single parent would be one of the toughest jobs I'd ever have. I'd been a talk-show host, actor, comic, and on and on, but this gig was going to be my defining moment." - Arsenio Hall

"If you look at my life before I went into television, the struggle I went through coming out would be surprising to most people, given how comfortable and how out I am being the only late-night gay talk-show host." - Andy Cohen

"There are consequences if you stand up for what you believe. Heck, you might - you might lose your sponsors if you're a talk show host; or if you're running for office, you know, people not give to you or people might not vote for you." - Louie Gohmert

"I wanted to tell a dream-come-true story about going from a closeted gay kid who loved pop culture to an out adult man making pop culture. I went from being told when I was 21 that I should never go on TV because of my crossed eyes to winding up being a 'Housewives' whisperer and talk-show host." - Andy Cohen

"Anyone can become a game show host. It simply requires a giant, narcissistic ego and an inability to do anything else. The closest thing to school I did was looking in the mirror one hundred times a day and repeating, 'People should listen to you talk.'" - Kurt Braunohler

"After I left the White House, I kept a foothold in the business of American politics; as a talk-show host, analyst, commentator, speechmaker, and occasional writer. I was no longer a practitioner, but I was still a partisan, a Democrat, a blue-stater through and through." - Dee Dee Myers

"'Donny and Marie' was a great experience. I tried so hard to be a great talk show host but it's all about relaxing and enjoying it. Marie and I finally figured that out. I would have liked it to continue but I'm kind of glad it's over because of the phenomenal workload." - Donny Osmond

"I don't rehearse on either of my shows, 'Family Feud' or my talk show. I never rehearse with the guests. I don't want to have any preconceived thoughts, notions, because that kills my creativity as a host and as a stand up." - Steve Harvey

"I will be the first to admit that getting votes and getting an audience are two different things. For example, a politician really can't be elected if he's hated by half the people. A talk show host, however, can be an overwhelming national phenomenon while being hated by half the people." - Rush Limbaugh

"Years ago, NPR tried to stop me from going on "The Factor." When I refused, they insisted that I not identify myself as an NPR journalist. I asked them if they thought people did not know where I appeared on the air as a daily talk show host, national correspondent and news analyst. They refused to budge." - Juan Williams

"Talk is cheap. Show me the code." - Linus Torvalds

"I never thought I would become a television host, but I never thought anybody would pay me to just talk." - Kimberly Caldwell

"I do not know why anyone would host an awards show. No matter how unbelievably well you do at it, the only thing that can happen is you get asked again to host an awards show." - Jerry Seinfeld

"Is Chris Rock still gonna host the Oscars after this blatant racism?? Is everyone still gonna show up??" - Tyrese Gibson

"I always wanted to host a show, throw whipped-cream pies. Theater is not my cup of tea." - Doug Davidson

"I could take over as host of The Daily Show for Jon Stewart and make that thing actually watchable." - Seth Rollins

"I know I could be the host of 'SportsCenter' in two years if I changed my show today to sports." - Gary Vaynerchuk

"London has what it takes to host the greatest sporting show on earth [on the 2012 Olympic bid" - Bradley Wiggins

"Usually if you're the center of a show, part of your job is to host its energy." - Ted Danson

"Eventually, somewhere - be it on the Internet or somewhere else - I will host some version of 'The Daily Show.'" - Marcus Brigstocke

"In America there are people advocating for trans rights and people like Vice President Pence, who is vehemently opposed. In Pakistan, too, you have all kinds of folks - from flamboyant gay fashion designers and female Air Force pilots to the Taliban. A cross-dressed man used to be the top TV talk show host. It was actually quite radical. So the diversity of these societies is often lost on people." - Mohsin Hamid

"Some rules are good. For example, off the top of my head, let's say a stand-up comedian or a talk show host wearing a nice suit - as a ponderer, I grew up like, "Why don't they just go up there in their army jacket? They're fine!" Then little by little, you think, "You know, it's kind of nice to look nice, like you made the effort." Then you're back at rule one; that was the original rule." - Fred Armisen

"In fact, for the majority of the population, wages and incomes have stagnated and conditions have gotten worse. So they are asking, "what did I do wrong?" And the answer that the talk show host is giving them is convincing, in it's internal logic. It's saying, "what's wrong is the rich liberals own everything, run everything, they don't care about you; therefore, distrust them" and so on." - Noam Chomsky

"It's like being a stand-up comedian is what leads to being a talk-show host. That life is not cut out for a woman, being on the road at these disgusting hotels. What girls want to do that? Gross guys want to do that. I think that the dearth in female comics is just the nature of the business, but there certainly isn't a dearth anymore, so I think it's just silly." - Chelsea Handler

"If Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, co-opted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin? How is he going to stand up to North Korea if he can be pushed around by a yokel like me? I don't think Romney is realizing the doubts that this begins to raise about his leadership." - Bryan Fischer

"It's a very tough job to host a show and a very tough job to produce a show, and you're in a no-win position." - Neil Meron

"I would love to do something like 'Tosh.0,' where I host Internet clips. I did host 'Talk Soup,' which is similar. I love doing that, making fun of video clips on the Internet." - Cassandra Peterson

"The truly essential bargain between host and guest requires the guest only to respond promptly, show up on time, socialize with other guests, thank the host, write additional thanks and reciprocate. You needn't bring anything." - Judith Martin

"My talk show takes place in bed, in Italy." - Amanda Lear

"All the great game show hosts have a signature 'look,' from Bob Barker's year-round Brazil Nut-hued tan to Monty Hall's oversized lamb chop sideburns. As the host of IFC's new comedy game show 'Bunk,' I, too, have worked to develop a style signature by being the first man or woman in TV history to host every show in my bare feet!" - Kurt Braunohler

"When you host a show you have to hopefully be funny at the top and set the tone for a really fun evening." - Amy Poehler

"Every show I play, whether it's for an audience of 15,000 or 50, I look at it as a party, and I'm the host." - Tyler Farr

"If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host." - Gabriel Heatter

"If I'm a game show host, will someone buy a ticket to see me do standup? To do a dramatic role in a movie?" - Howie Mandel

"I love adventure, so I'm excited to be working on something new and making the transition from reality show contestant to host." - Rob Mariano

"I'd watched a lot of David Letterman for sure. As far as who I watched as a late-show host, it was definitely Letterman." - Chad VanGaalen

"I'm sure the next time Piers Morgan asks me to host his show again I will ask President Obama to be my guest." - Harvey Weinstein

"Everyone wants to talk about it, and right now music, flat-panel televisions, a whole host of new handheld devices are fun to talk about and very exciting to look at." - Kevin B. Rollins

"Everyone wants to talk about it, and right now music, flat-panel televisions, a whole host of new handheld devices are fun to talk about and very exciting to look at." - Kevin Rollins

"To kick things off, [television show host Andy Cohen] asked the last time Winfrey had smoked marijuana. 'Uh ... 1982,' Winfrey replied. 'Let's hang out after the show,' Cohen joked. 'Okay,' Winfrey laughed. 'I hear it's gotten better.'" - Oprah Winfrey

"If you're a host of a video show and you're on the cleanest show on television for eight years, people want to say, 'Well, that's what that person does.' That was the dilemma for me, career-wise." - Bob Saget

"When I started 'This American Life', one of the reactions I got was, 'When is the adult going to show up who will host the show?' At some point, people just got used to it." - Ira Glass

"I've often talked about that, and I've been asked that a couple of times and my feeling are that if you have a good show, a bad host will not even hurt the show." - Wink Martindale

"My goal in life was to host the MTV Awards, because it's the awards show that Prince sang on, and that was the awards show that Eddie Murphy hosted and Arsenio hosted." - Chris Rock

"I'm not a comedian. I'm not a show host. I'm a musician. That's why I've turned down offers to host the Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards. Is it really entertaining for me to get up there and crack a few weak jokes and force people to laugh because I'm Michael Jackson, when I know in my heart that I'm not funny?" - Michael Jackson

"Thank God I've never been taken to task on a talk-radio show. I won't go on a talk-radio show." - Guy Maddin

"I'd actually rather have a talk show in Australia than even America; I hope I do end up with a talk show." - Sophie Monk

"Cocktail party: A gathering held to enable forty people to talk about themselves at the same time. The man who remains after the liquor is gone is the host." - Fred Allen

"Christine O'Donnell: Well, don't you think as a host, if I say this is what I want to talk about, that's what we should address? Piers Morgan: Not really, no. You're a politician." - Christine O'Donnell

"Cocktail party: A gathering held to enable forty people to talk about themselves at the same time. The man who remains after the liquor is gone is the host." - Fred Allen

"I've done a lot of talk shows where you can tell that the host is just thinking about what he wants to say next while you're answering him and that's really uncomfortable." - Dave Navarro

"Christine O'Donnell: Well, don't you think as a host, if I say "this is what I want to talk about", that's what we should address? Piers Morgan: Not really, no. You're a politician." - Christine O'Donnell

"Coaches can talk and talk and talk about something, but if you get it on tape and show it to them, it is so much more effective." - Larry Bird

"I bet I'm the only person in history who went from being the star of a sitcom to the host of a public-access show in less than a year." - Chris Gethard

"Europeans take their soccer pretty seriously. So, when this Turkish TV host had the nerve to criticize the local team, the fans decided to do something about it, something like storm the TV studio during a live show." - Tucker Carlson

"Bill Maher is anything but an impartial host. He sucks up to Hollywood liberals because A) he needs to get them back on the show, B) he usually agrees with them, and C) they tend to be wildly ignorant." - Jonah Goldberg

"I believe it was Today show fourth-hour host Kathie Lee Gifford who said, 'If drag queens love you, you'll have the longest career in the world. They know phony and they know real.'" - Kathie Lee Gifford

"Whoever calls and asks me to do stuff and obviously, with having your own TV show, people want you to get involved. They know you're a stand-up comedian so they're always looking for somebody funny to host an event." - Chelsea Handler

"I believe it was Today show fourth-hour host Kathie Lee Gifford who said, 'If drag queens love you, you'll have the longest career in the world. They know phony and they know real.'" - Kathie Lee Gifford

"The devil is a cross between a really good used-car salesman and a game-show host, but with a lot more style and charm.There's a little Cary Grant thrown in there too." - Ray Wise

"I would host a show where I take famous people out into the woods every week to find Bigfoot. I would do that. And you know what? We would find him in like a week." - Rob Huebel

"There's a host of difficult issues here, and that's why when you mentioned at the top of the show that the committees were looking at this, that's where I think we should be going." - Angus King

"It's not bad to wear a promise ring, because not everybody, guy or girl, wants to be a slut, explained Jordin Sparks- during Sunday's VMA show in response to jokes made by host Russell Brand about chastity" - Jordin Sparks

"Your average game show host on TV, for instance, doesn't believe himself to be banal. He actually thinks that he's quite interesting. And if you look at the viewing figures, so do an enormous number of people in this country." - Clive Barker

"My ultimate goal is to do whatever I want, whenever I want to do it. And that keeps changing. I didn't want to host my own show until I wrote for someone else's." - Anthony Jeselnik

"I would like to host a show, something like travel or cooking or something like that, something I'm really interested in, and so I'm pitching a couple television shows." - Trishelle Cannatella

"I have called the co-host job at the 'Today Show' my dream job, and I would be lying if I said it was easy to leave that job." - Ann Curry

"I think anyone that grew up in the '70s and '80s grew up with Bob Barker and Wink Martindale and I think that was just always... when you were a game show host, you were the man of the hour." - Guy Fieri

"I did host the Jim Rome show with Jerry Ferrara for three hours when he was on vacation. Three hours is a long time. Think about how long that is. It was tricky, but it was a great experience." - Kevin Connolly

"We host some trips all over the world. We go to Alaska. We go to Mexico. We're going to Venezuela in December. We've been to Russia, all in conjunction with the radio show." - Martin Milner

"It is true that I do not wear shoes as the host of 'Bunk.' I want 'Bunk' to feel like there's a slight possibility that a confident homeless man just wondered into the studio and started hosting a game show." - Kurt Braunohler

"People expect comedy from me but I am not just a stand-up comedian anymore. I act on stage, host 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' and also conduct interviews on my show. I have grown as a person and an artiste." - Kapil Sharma

"There have been two Geraldo Riveras through his long career. One of them was a reporter who has done some remarkable work. The other was a television show host who did what it took to get an audience." - Brit Hume

"I have always been involved with radio, whether it was as an artist talking to radio about my own songs, or as a promotion man at Def Jam to working records through my company. In 2000 I was asked to host a show in Norfolk VA and through that show I was then asked to host the morning show in Detroit. The concept of the show was around Hip Hop. We were active in the community and we wanted to do a local show that had a hip hop feel around it." - MC Serch

"Hosting a show, even a talk show or a game show, there's so much business you have to conduct. There's so much guiding you have to do." - Michael Ian Black

"My show is not just a cop hosting a talk show - the two are completely different. My show is about helping people stand up to the bad guy." - Steve Wilkos

"If this whole acting thing doesn't work out, I'll just get a talk show." - Rachael Leigh Cook

"We don't have to talk about faith and family at dinner-we just show it." - Joel Osteen

"I cringe a lot when I look at my early talk-show experiences." - Mindy Kaling

"I'd like to show an improved product rather than just talk about things we might do." - Mark Zuckerberg

"My country tis of thee, to take swings at each other on talk show TV." - Ani Difranco

"I only do a show when there's somebody I want to talk to." - Jerry Seinfeld

"My country tis of thee, To take swings at each other on talk-show TV." - Ani Difranco

"Oh, this isn't a talk show; it's more just filling time, really, 'til the infomercials start." - Craig Ferguson

"If you want to talk to me after the show, I'd be surprised." - Mitch Hedberg

"I think that in the end, a talk show is a very different animal." - Dan Abrams

"I want to do an intelligent talk show where you have room to breathe." - Joy Behar

"I would love it if every talk show let me say whatever I pleased." - Chris Bell

"Screw being a singer! I wanna be the voice of my generation with my talk show." - Tyra Banks

"It's better if you have a strong opinion on any talk show." - George Kotsiopoulos

"If this whole acting thing doesn't work out, I'll just get a talk show." - Rachael Leigh

"VH1 Classic is the destination for people who would be interested in a music talk show." - Eddie Trunk

"One of my true dreams is to do a sports talk radio show and take calls." - Joshua Morrow

"Politically Incorrect was the name of the show Bill Maher hosted in the 1990s. It's also an apt description of the man himself. Now host of - HBO's hit show Real Time, I find Maher to be one of the sharpest observers of American politics and life in general out there. It doesn't mean I always agree with him. I always find him funny, though." - Fareed Zakaria

"My first job in TV was hosting this young teen magazine show, and all these high school teenagers showed up from all over Sacramento, California, and they chose four of us to host the show, two boys and two girls. And of the two girls, I was kind of the perky smart one and the other girl was the pretty one." - Lisa Ling

"Idioms are a big thing in Ireland. They want to fill the time, to show how good they are at talk - it's a talk-off" - Dylan Moran

"I grew up in a show biz family and, if you wanted to talk at the dinner table, you'd better be prepared to talk about film." - John Orloff

"Someday I would really love to do a talk show. That's something I've always been interested in. I like to talk, and I love to help people." - Keke Palmer

"You ever see 'The Dating Game'? That's a weird game show. The prize on that show: another contestant. Talk about cheap." - Norm Macdonald

"The public's perception of your show is what it is, and you don't get to complain how people perceive your show or talk about it." - Dan Harmon

"If I was doing a talk show, I would do the kind of show that comes on just once a month, with amazing guests." - Whoopi Goldberg

"I don't see why anyone should put me down for my job. I'm bright. I'm intelligent. I turn letters - so what? I also talk. I talk on the show! People know my name on the show." - Vanna White

"Madonna: Listen, all you do is talk about my sex life on your show, so now you don't want to talk about my sex life when I'm on your show?!" - Madonna Ciccone

"Every so often, there is an article saying the old kind of talk show isn't possible now. In the oldest kind of talk show, you only had the choice of that or two other channels!" - Dick Cavett

"When you feel like you've had a good show, you go backstage and you talk to yourself about it, and if you have a bad show you talk to yourself about it." - Tracy Chapman

"Ajax the great Himself a host." - Homer

"I'll be a host for life!" - Caroline Rhea

"You should really get some quotes about our show. Noah loves when people talk about him. Negatively or positively." - Joe Mande

"People trust those leaders who show real results of their work, rather than those who just talk about the results." - Dalia Grybauskaite

"The slapdash way producers used to assemble a show seems a little unbelievable when we talk about them now" - Ethel Merman

"It is extremely difficult to do anything constructive, let alone deep, on daily commercial television, especially on a talk show." - Dennis Prager

"I'd love to do a talk show. But I'm too busy for it. It's just too much work." - Paul Reubens



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