Can you name all of these 1970s talk show hosts?

Take a seat on the couch and guess the names of these 13 hosts.

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Today, every late night talk show host seems to be named "Jimmy." In the 1970s, they all seemed to have bushy sideburns. But very little has changed in the format — even if the interviews tended to be little more hard-hitting back then.

There were chat shows on in the daytime, evening and late night in the '70s, covering everything from current affairs to pop music. Many of these hosts stuck around for decades.

See if you can identify the hosts behind the desks. Good luck!
  1. These three icons could be found on which late night institution?
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  2. This 'M*A*S*H' actor filled in for Johnny Carson 58 times.
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  3. This host sat with everyone from the Sex Pistols to Salvador Dalí. Here he is with Lucille Ball.
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  4. This singer-actress turned talk show host in welcoming Mary Tyler Moore in this shot.
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  5. Here, Johnny Carson is a guest — but on which show? His chat show began in 1970 and ran until 1996.
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  6. In the 1970s, he hosted 'Tomorrow.' Years later, he hosted 'The Late Late Show.'
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  7. This television legend also produced game shows. Here he is with some 'Happy Days' actors.
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  8. This popular host began his career broadcasting out of Cleveland. Here he is with Joe Namath and Billie Jean King.
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  9. This Hawaiian pop star hosted an eponymous daytime show on ABC in 1976–77.
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  10. This former Tonight Show host began hosting a show called 'Meeting of Minds' in 1977, on which he interviewed historical figures — well, actors pretended to be historical figures.
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  11. This conservative intellectual showed off his impressive vocabulary on the public affairs show called 'Firing Line.'
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  12. In 1978, Jack Linkletter, center, hosted this daytime talk show alongside Caitlyn Jenner (then Bruce) and consumer reporter David Horowitz.
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  13. She is a pioneering female news anchor who hosted 'Take My Advice' and often substituted on 'Tomorrow.'
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Can you name all of these 1970s talk show hosts?

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WILD 2 months ago
You got 13 out of 13
Impressive! You could host a show of your own.
ndebrabant 2 months ago

You got 11 out of 13
Impressive! You could host a show of your own.
RedSamRackham 3 months ago
Mike Douglas always seemed like one of us as a guy who truly enjoyed being in the presence of celebrities and he respected all of them. ☺
Geronimo 7 months ago
Should have did better, but I was young and didn't remember these older folks..............10/13
NoahBody 7 months ago
13/13 i guessed the last question. Every other question was a breeze because i watched all the other shows everyday except Firing Line which was on Saturday on PBS
Geronimo NoahBody 7 months ago
you must be old
JeffTanner 7 months ago
Jack Linkletter in #12 must be Art Linkletter's son, or maybe nephew.
JeffTanner 7 months ago
You got 11 out of 13 -----------Impressive! You could host a show of your own.
DIGGER1 7 months ago
This is actually my second time taking this quiz, because the first time I wasn't signed in, and I missed the question where I chose "Jane Pauley" instead of "Kelly Lange". I'm just being honest here, and as you all know, "honest is the best policy". Correctamundo?
NoahBody DIGGER1 7 months ago
yes-Thanks for coming clean !
AgingDisgracefully 7 months ago
Essay Question: was Dan Aykroyd's - what the heck, I'll say it - Tom Snyder better than Tom Snyder's Tom Snyder?
EdCaf AgingDisgracefully 7 months ago
Yes, Dan Akroyd was a much beter Tom Snyder then Tom Snyder was....
WILD EdCaf 2 months ago
I loved Tom Snyder. The Tomorrow Show with KISS is a real classic. He was a great interviewer and seemed like a good guy. I was happy when Letterman got him to do The Late Late Show.
Gregory 7 months ago
I got all 13 right. I'm a phenomenonon. Easy peasy!
dmak66 7 months ago
12/13, the last one got me!
Tampammm dmak66 7 months ago
LeeHarper Tampammm 2 months ago
Yep. That one got me too.
daDoctah 7 months ago
Of course that one with the historical figures had to be Steve Allen. In 1977 Ernie Kovacs had been an historical figure himself for fifteen years.
Bobbo 7 months ago
10/13. Missed the last three in a row.
AgingDisgracefully 7 months ago
Does anyone else, when seeing Merv Griffin, have the irresistible urge to stick out their butt and go, "Oooooooooo..."?
Joe AgingDisgracefully 7 months ago
Yes… like Rick Moranis as Merrrrrrv on SCTV!
AgingDisgracefully Joe 7 months ago
From SCTV's Merv Griffith Show: "Otis Campbell! Wake-up call!"
mimi2 AgingDisgracefully 7 months ago
hahaha! great show! have them all on dvds
mimi2 mimi2 7 months ago
we'll be watching all the Christmas shows. Guy Caballero, Johnny LaRue, Lola Heatherton, Edith Prickly, the Schmengee's, the kid who couldn't wait for Christmas, pre-teen world, mayor Tommy Shanks, Driftwood Inn, etc etc
AgingDisgracefully mimi2 7 months ago
Ed Grimley, looking skyward on Christmas Eve as the snow begins to fall:
"Thank you, Bing!"
ETristanBooth 7 months ago
12/13. Never heard of Kelly Lange. Love seeing Phil Donahue and Steve Allen on a quiz.
CatMomWanda 7 months ago
12/13. Never heard of America Alive, but what a ridiculous name.
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