The Ultimate Quiz On Talk Show Hosts

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  • 1. 

    Who is the host of "The Glenn Beck Program"?

    • A.

      Shepard Smith

    • B.

      Glenn Beck

    • C.

      Sean Hannity

    • D.

      Bill O'Reilly

    Correct Answer
    B. Glenn Beck
    Explanation
    Glenn Beck is the correct answer because he is the host of "The Glenn Beck Program." Shepard Smith, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly are not the hosts of this program.

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  • 2. 

    On what show did late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon get his start?

    • A.

      The Tom Green Show

    • B.

      Second City

    • C.

      Saturday Night Live

    • D.

      The Daily Show

    Correct Answer
    C. Saturday Night Live
    Explanation
    Jimmy Fallon got his start on Saturday Night Live.

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  • 3. 

    Who hosted "The Tonight Show" from 1962 until he retired in 1992?

    • A.

      Jack Paar

    • B.

      Johnny Carson

    • C.

      Dick Cavett

    • D.

      David Letterman

    Correct Answer
    B. Johnny Carson
    Explanation
    Johnny Carson hosted "The Tonight Show" from 1962 until he retired in 1992. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest late-night talk show hosts in television history. Carson's tenure on the show was marked by his quick wit, charm, and ability to engage with a wide range of guests. He became a cultural icon and his show was a staple of American late-night television for three decades. Carson's retirement in 1992 marked the end of an era in late-night television.

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  • 4. 

    Who succeeded Johnny Carson as host of "The Tonight Show" in 1992?

    • A.

      David Letterman

    • B.

      Ed McMahon

    • C.

      Jerry Seinfeld

    • D.

      Jay Leno

    Correct Answer
    D. Jay Leno
    Explanation
    Jay Leno succeeded Johnny Carson as host of "The Tonight Show" in 1992. Leno took over the show after Carson's retirement and became the new face of the iconic late-night talk show. Leno hosted "The Tonight Show" for over two decades, from 1992 to 2009, and then again from 2010 to 2014. His tenure on the show made him one of the most recognizable and influential figures in late-night television.

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  • 5. 

    Bandleader and sidekick Paul Shaffer is associated with which talk show host?

    • A.

      Merv Griffin

    • B.

      Ellen Degeneres

    • C.

      David Letterman

    • D.

      Oprah

    Correct Answer
    C. David Letterman
    Explanation
    Paul Shaffer is associated with David Letterman because he was the bandleader and sidekick on "Late Night with David Letterman" from 1982 to 1993, and then continued in the same role on "Late Show with David Letterman" from 1993 to 2015.

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  • 6. 

    Doc Severinsen was the long-time bandleader of which talk show host?

    • A.

      Johnny Carson

    • B.

      Jimmy Kimmel

    • C.

      Arsenio Hall

    • D.

      David Letterman

    Correct Answer
    A. Johnny Carson
    Explanation
    Doc Severinsen was the long-time bandleader of Johnny Carson. Johnny Carson was a renowned talk show host, best known for hosting "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" from 1962 to 1992. Doc Severinsen served as the bandleader for the show during this entire period, leading the NBC Orchestra and providing musical accompaniment to Carson's monologues and guest interviews. Severinsen's distinctive trumpet playing and colorful outfits became iconic elements of the show, making him closely associated with Carson's talk show.

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  • 7. 

    What talk show host got his start as a regular on "Oprah" for several years?

    • A.

      John Stewart

    • B.

      Ben Stein

    • C.

      Jimmy Kimmel

    • D.

      Phil McGraw

    Correct Answer
    D. Phil McGraw
    Explanation
    Phil McGraw got his start as a regular on "Oprah" for several years. This means that he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as a recurring guest or contributor. This exposure on a popular talk show like Oprah's helped launch his career as a talk show host himself.

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  • 8. 

    What host starred in two sitcoms before settling in to her own talk show?

    • A.

      Rosie O'Donnell

    • B.

      Oprah

    • C.

      Ellen DeGeneres

    • D.

      Whoopi Goldberg

    Correct Answer
    C. Ellen DeGeneres
    Explanation
    Ellen DeGeneres is the correct answer because she starred in two sitcoms, "Ellen" and "The Ellen Show," before eventually hosting her own talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." This transition from acting to hosting her own talk show is a notable aspect of her career.

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  • 9. 

    Who co-hosted "The Man Show" before getting his own talk show?

    • A.

      Jon Stewart

    • B.

      Montel Williams

    • C.

      Jimmy Kimmel

    • D.

      Jerry Springer

    Correct Answer
    C. Jimmy Kimmel
    Explanation
    Jimmy Kimmel co-hosted "The Man Show" before getting his own talk show. He gained popularity as the co-host of this comedic television show alongside Adam Carolla. After "The Man Show," Kimmel went on to host his own late-night talk show called "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" where he has interviewed numerous celebrities and gained a significant following.

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  • 10. 

    Who left SNL to pursue a movie career and then landed his own late night talk show?

    • A.

      Jimmy Kimmel

    • B.

      Will Ferrell

    • C.

      Eddie Murphy

    • D.

      Jimmy Fallon

    Correct Answer
    D. Jimmy Fallon
    Explanation
    Jimmy Fallon left SNL to pursue a movie career and then landed his own late night talk show. He started his career on SNL and gained popularity with his comedic skills. After leaving SNL, he appeared in several movies before eventually becoming the host of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and later "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." His transition from SNL to movies and then to hosting his own talk show showcases his versatility and success in the entertainment industry.

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  • 11. 

    What Food Network favorite also hosts her own self-named talk show?

    • A.

      Rachael Ray

    • B.

      Padma Lakshmi

    • C.

      Cat Cora

    • D.

      Ina Garten

    Correct Answer
    A. Rachael Ray
    Explanation
    Rachael Ray is a popular Food Network host who also has her own self-named talk show. She is known for her energetic and down-to-earth cooking style, and her talk show features a mix of celebrity interviews, cooking demonstrations, and lifestyle segments. Rachael Ray has built a strong following and has become a household name in the world of food and entertainment.

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  • 12. 

    What talk show host created "Carnac the Magnificent"?

    • A.

      Arsenio Hall

    • B.

      David Letterman

    • C.

      Jack Paar

    • D.

      Johnny Carson

    Correct Answer
    D. Johnny Carson
    Explanation
    Johnny Carson created "Carnac the Magnificent". Carnac was a comedic character portrayed by Carson on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson". As Carnac, Carson would wear a large turban and deliver humorous answers to questions that were sealed in envelopes. The character became one of Carson's most famous and beloved sketches, showcasing his wit and comedic timing.

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  • 13. 

    What host launched his talk show career with radio spots called "The Springer Memorandum"?

    • A.

      Jerry Springer

    • B.

      David Letterman

    • C.

      Glenn Beck

    • D.

      Phil Donohue

    Correct Answer
    A. Jerry Springer
    Explanation
    Jerry Springer launched his talk show career with radio spots called "The Springer Memorandum". This suggests that he started his career in the talk show industry by hosting these radio segments. The other options, David Letterman, Glenn Beck, and Phil Donohue, do not have any connection to "The Springer Memorandum" or starting their talk show careers with radio spots. Therefore, Jerry Springer is the correct answer.

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