12 Actors Who Became TV Hosts

From Bill Maher to Mario Lopez, these thespians like it better on the other side of the interview table
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Let's face it: He may have ushered the Beatles into the American consciousness, but Ed Sullivan was kind of a bore. If it weren't for the aforementioned Liverpudlians, the Rolling Stones, the Doors and countless other popular entertainers holding the audience's attention, The Ed Sullivan Show probably wouldn't have lasted two episodes, let alone two decades. But these days, it's the hosts we're tuning in to see, with their guests more often than not playing the role of sideman. The reason? Many of the most popular TV hosts today are former or still-working actors who are plenty skilled at engaging an audience. These emcees have a slew of notable – and some not-so-notable – acting credits on their resume, but they've also flourished at playing themselves (or in the case of Stephen Colbert, a version of himself).

Check out these 12 actors who have forged successful second careers as TV hosts.

By Sarene Leeds


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