Back in the day, late night talk shows were the playground for comedians like Johnny Carson, David Letterman, and Conan O’Brien. Daytime talk shows became the home for former newspersons like Oprah, Barbara Walters, Sally Jesse Raphael and Phil Donahue.
But the most curious rise in Hollywood is that of the reality TV star turned talk show host. Since reality TV is a relative new format, it’s only a matter of time before Kris Jenner, Snooki, and the entire cast of “Teen Mom” have their own daytime talk shows. Good grief!
Bethenny Frankel: Technically, this woman began her career as a natural foods chef, but it was her role as an original cast member on “The Real Housewives of New York City” that skyrocketed her to reality fame. She got a few more Bravo reality shows and now she’s got her own daytime talk show on FOX called “Bethenny.” The show is basically just day drinking and talking about vibrators, but hey, she has a show and you don’t.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: As the only conservative member of ABC talk show “The View,” a lot of people assumed that Elisabeth might have been a newscaster or maybe a TV chef before she joined the talk show panel. Nope. Elisabeth was just another American girl before she joined the second season of “Survivor” and finished in fourth place in 2001. Two years later she auditioned to join “The View.”
Sharon Osbourne: Sharon Osbourne was a rocker’s wife, until MTV aired a quiet little TV show called “The Osbournes” and she became THE Sharon Osbourne. Maybe it’s her red hair or her British accent, but this woman turned “being a TV wife” into one of the most enviable careers in Hollywood. She is now one of five co-hosts on CBS daytime show “The Talk,” or as I like to call it, “NOT The View.”
Ty Pennington: Remember the “hot” carpenter on TLC’s show “Trading Spaces?” After leaving that reality show and hosting “Extreme Makeover,” he got a full time job as one of the co-hosts on “The Revolution” on ABC. The show was recently cancelled, but Ty was a talk show host for a little while.
Travis Stork: Travis Stork was the bachelor on season 8 of “The Bachelor.” Naturally, he broke up with the girl he proposed to on the show but since he also happened to be a real-life ER physician, he is now the lead host on Dr. Phil created talk show “The Doctors.”