From Ellen DeGeneres to Magic Johnson, many former actors, singers, athletes and comedians have tried their hand at hosting their own talk show. Some of these stars successfully pulled off the transition from celebrity to host — such as Tyra Banks, who turns 45 on Dec. 4, 2018 — but most did not. Join Wonderwall.com as we take a look at some of the stars who've hosted their own talk shows, starting with Tyra herself! The supermodel created and produced "The Tyra Banks Show" in 2005. It was a huge hit that aired for five seasons until Tyra decided to move on to other projects in 2010. Keep reading to see what other celebs have moonlighted as talk-show hosts…
Rosie O'Donnell began creating, hosting and producing "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" in 1996. The show was so successful that it aired for six seasons until 2002. Rosie attempted another talk show, "The Rosie Show" on OWN, nearly 10 years later but couldn't recreate the magic of her first run and "The Rosie Show" was canceled after just one season.
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Comedy legend Chevy Chase can basically do no wrong, with the exception of hosting his own talk show in the early '90s. The "Saturday Night Live" alum launched "The Chevy Chase Show" on FOX in 1993, but it was critically panned — TV Guide called it one of the worst shows of all time — and canceled after only five weeks on the air. Yikes.
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After successfully launching the careers of all five of her daughters, Kris Jenner decided it was her turn to be in the spotlight. The Kardashian-Jenner matriarch began hosting her own talk show, "Kris," in 2013 on FOX. But the show failed to take off and was canceled in 2014 after just one season.
NBA superstar Magic Johnson was a beast on the court but not so much on TV screens. The former Lakers player began hosting his own show, "The Magic Hour," in 1998. Reviewers criticized Magic's nervousness, overly complimentary tone with guests and lack of chemistry with his supporting cast. After airing for only three months, the show was canceled.
Funnyman Zach Galifianakis might be a hilarious, successful actor today, but once upon a time, he was a struggling talk-show host. "Late World With Zach" began airing on Vh1 in 2002 but Zach's unique humor didn't catch on at the time and the show was canceled after just nine weeks. Random fun fact: A then-unknown Kevin Federline had a small, non-speaking role on one of the show's last episodes.
Ever since Oprah Winfrey hung up her hosting mic, Ellen DeGeneres has been the ultimate queen of celebrity talk-show hosts. The actress-comedian started hosting "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2003 and it was an immediate hit thanks to Ellen's humor, lighthearted demeanor, interesting and entertaining guests and fun segments. As of 2017, the chatfest has won 59 Daytime Emmy Awards including 10 in the top talk-show program categories.
Queen Latifah might be a great actress, singer and rapper but she's not really the best talk-show host. The "Chicago" actress started hosting "The Queen Latifah Show" — described as "Dear Abby for the hip-hop generation" — in 1999. The show aired for three years before it was cancelled in 2001. Undeterred, Queen Latifah attempted another talk show in 2013. The revamped "The Queen Latifah Show" aired for two seasons before it too was canceled in 2015 due to low ratings.
Megan Mullally's talk show came and went so fast that most people probably didn't even know she had one. The "Will & Grace" actress started hosting "The Megan Mullally Show" in 2006. The program did so poorly in the ratings that it was canceled in the midst of its first season.
Comedian Martin Short attempted a talk show in the late '90s but it didn't go so well. The "Saturday Night Live" alum started hosting "The Martin Short Show" in 1999 but ratings were awful and execs canceled the show in 2000 after one season.
Bonnie Hunt has starred in numerous successful projects — "Jerry Maguire," "The Green Mile," "Rain Man" — but her talk show was not one of them. "The Bonnie Hunt Show" began airing in 2009. Despite being nominated for numerous Daytime Emmys, the show never found its footing and was canceled after two seasons.
Like her mother, Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian also tried hosting her own talk show. "Kocktails With Khloe" began airing on FYI in January 2016. The show featured guests enjoying drinks and talking with Khloe in a relaxed setting, but the format proved to be unsuccessful. The show was canceled in April 2016 after one season.
Audiences first encountered Kelly Ripa on the ABC soap opera "All My Children," but the actress truly achieved stardom when she began hosting "Live! With Regis and Kelly" in 2001. The daytime talk show has since gone through two new co-hosts (Michael Strahan and Ryan Seacrest) but Kelly's Emmy Award-winning presence has remained the same for nearly two decades.
Katie Couric dominated television as the co-anchor of "Today" for years but that success did not transfer over to her daytime talk show. "Katie" began airing on ABC in 2012 with an emphasis on combining hard news and lifestyle. The format didn't catch on with audiences, however, and the show was canceled in 2014 after two seasons.
Wayne Brady is no stranger to hosting TV shows. The "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" alum also hosted "Don't Forget the Lyrics," "Let's Make a Deal" and his own talk show, "The Wayne Brady Show." The variety talk show began airing in 2001 and lasted for three seasons.
"The Real Housewives of New York City" star and author Bethenny Frankel tried her hand at hosting a talk show and let's just say that she should probably stick to reality TV. "Bethenny" began airing in 2012 but never caught on with viewers and was canceled after just one season.
George Lopez made history when he began hosting his talk show, "Lopez Tonight," on TBS in 2009. The comedian was the first Mexican American to host a late-night talk show on an English-language network in the U.S. The high-energy show aired for two seasons.
Wanda Sykes is hilarious but that comedic timing did not transfer over to her talk show in 2009. The comedian hosted "The Wanda Sykes Show" — which featured drinking with guests and comedy segments — for one season before the program was canceled in 2010.
Who knew that Dr. Jason Seaver also moonlighted as a talk-show host?! "Growing Pains" actor Alan Thicke, who passed away in 2016, began hosting the late-night show "Thicke of the Night" in 1983. It was intended as a rival to "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," but clearly there was no competition. Alan's show was panned by critics and canceled after one season.
"The Caroline Rhea Show" had all the right ingredients: monologues, a house band, celebrity (and sometimes non-celebrity) guests. In fact, Rosie O'Donnell hand-picked Caroline to replace her when she decided to leave "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" in 2002. She even had Caroline host the last few weeks of "Rosie" before "Caroline" launched. Unfortunately, "The Caroline Rhea Show" never took off and the program was canceled in 2003.
Long before she was president of the powerful SAG-AFTRA union, Gabrielle Carteris was a talk-show host. The "Beverly Hills, 90210" alum launched "Gabrielle" in 1995, but the show was a dud and TV execs canceled it in its first season.
Keenen Ivory Wayans, the man behind the hit '90s sketch-comedy show "In Living Color" as well as the hit film "Scary Movie," briefly hosted his own talk show. "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show" debuted in 1997 and featured comedy sketches, an opening monologue and an all-female house band, Ladies of the Night. Unfortunately, none of those elements could make it a success and the show was canceled in 1998 after one season.
Roseanne Barr decided to host her own talk show, "The Roseanne Show," in 1998 after wrapping her hit sitcom, "Roseanne." The show had her signature comedy and quirky guests but didn't resonate with audiences like her sitcom had. The program was canceled in 2000 after two seasons.
After the success of her reality TV show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," it seemed like Kathy Griffin's talk show would do well. Sadly, that was not the case. "Kathy" debuted on Bravo in 2012 and aired for two seasons before being canceled due to low ratings.
Former Cosby kid Tempestt Bledsoe was also briefly a talk-show host. The "Guys With Kids" and "The Cosby Show" alum began hosting "The Tempestt Bledsoe Show" in 1995. It was meant to be an accompaniment to the super-successful "Ricki Lake" show but never gained traction with viewers and was canceled in 1996.
"Who's the Boss?" actor Tony Danza attempted a career as a talk-show host in the early aughts. "The Tony Danza Show" debuted in 2004 in the slot time immediately following "Live! With Regis and Kelly." The great lead-in didn't contribute to ratings, however, and the show was canceled in 2006 after two seasons.