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10 Greatest Game Show Hosts in History

Hosting a game show is something of an art. You’ve got to be amiable but authoritative, and you’ve got to make it look easy. You’ve got to look happy when a contestant walks away with thousands of dollars (or even millions, at this point) and you’ve got to look contrite when a contestant loses — especially if due to a bad answer. You’ve got to project warmth, seem approachable and always appear ready for fun, even when enforcing the rules.

Since the first quiz shows of the late 1940s, through the infamous scandals of the 1950s, up until the present day of huge cash prizes, game-show hosting has been an amazing long-term gig for the people — almost always men — who get the job. Who, then, are the 10 greatest game-show hosts in history? Check out our after the jump.

TV Moment of 2009: Lou Dobbs Quits CNN

In a statement published in the New York Times following his sudden Nov. 11 announcement that he’d leave CNN immediately, Lou Dobbs blamed the country’s changing political direction for forcing his hand. “Over the past six months,” he said, “it’s become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us, and some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day.”

Yet the events that led to Dobbs’ abrupt departure were months, even years, in the making.

Nick Jonas to Co-Host ‘Live With Regis and Kelly’

He may not have recently exchanged an “I do” like his older brother Kevin, but Nick Jonas has a new relationship of his own to crow about, and he’ll do it as guest host of ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ come January.

According to Just Jared, Jonas will be subbed in for Regis Philbin on Fri., Jan. 8 — six days after an opening tour begins for Nick Jonas and the Administration, the 17-year-old musician’s new band. On Jan. 2, the band will play in Dallas; their first CD, titled ‘Who I Am,’ is set to be released on Tue., Feb. 2.

‘The Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert Report’ Set HD Launch Date

It only took the better part of a year to put in place, but finally you’ll be able to count every hair in the perpetually cocked eyebrows of Stephen Colbert, or to admire the not-so-faint lines on the faux-astonished face of Jon Stewart.

That’s because, according to Broadcasting and Cable, ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart’ and ‘The Colbert Report’ are at last joining the crystal-clear world of HD.

Nancy O’Dell to Leave ‘Access Hollywood’

Whether ‘Access Hollywood’ or any entertainment-news program is overly focused on Tiger Woods or other tabloid tales is for audiences to decide. But after 13 years of delivering the latest in Tinseltown news and interviews as co-host of the popular NBC show, Nancy O’Dell is leaving, two years before her current contract expires.

Simon Fuller to Launch ‘Dream’ Show

It’s a reality show that will actually be real. And it won’t be one weekly episode, shot, edited and promoted for prime time. It’ll be a round-the-clock scene, the closest that media has come to creating the world of the Jim Carrey film ‘The Truman Show.’

According to the Hollywood Reporter, ‘American Idol’ mogul Simon Fuller will launch ‘If I Can Dream,’ a series which follows five young people — two actresses, one actor, a model and a musician — hoping to make it in Hollywood. The aspiring entertainers will live together in a home in Hollywood Hills, with their experience to be streamed on MySpace, Clear Channel Radio and Hulu.

Michelle Monaghan, Chris O’Donnell to Announce SAG Nominations

Michelle Monaghan — now filming ‘Due Date’ with Hollywood’s new Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey, Jr. — and Chris O’Donnell of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ will announce the nominations for the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Thu., Dec. 17, 9AM EST.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Monaghan and O’Donnell will be accompanied by actor Ken Howard, who is the president of SAG, when the nominations are read at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

TNT, along with its affiliated websites TNT.tv and TBS.com, will live-stream the announcement as well.

‘Biggest Loser’ Season 9 to Premiere Jan. 5, 2010

With NBC’s ‘The Biggest Loser’ once more proving itself to be a heavyweight in the ratings — the season 8 finale racked up the the show’s highest ratings in four years — season 9 is already looking like it will tip physical and emotional scales more dramatically than ever before.

According to the New York Times, three of the season 9 contestants, including 30-year-old identical twins from Florida, will start out weighing more than 400 pounds.

Yet it is the third contestant — a 31-year-old Chicago D.J. named Michael Ventrella — who many eyes will probably be fixed upon first. Ventrella has set a new record for the show, becoming the first overweight contestant in ‘Biggest Loser’ history to start off at more than 500 pounds — 526, to be exact.

MTV to Cut Footage of Snooki Getting Punched on ‘Jersey Shore’

With video of “Snooki” being punched by 24-year-old New York City gym teacher Brad Ferro going viral last weekend, MTV has thought better of airing the ‘Jersey Shore’ episode on which the incident takes place.

In a quote published by Entertainment Weekly, a spokesperson for MTV didn’t address the punch video going viral, but did say that Ferro’s right-hook to Snooki was “obviously extremely disturbing.” Curiously, the spokesperson also acknowledged that video footage on the show had been “taken out of context to not show the severity of this act.”

Sarah Palin Schools William Shatner on ‘Tonight Show’ (VIDEO)

Sarah Palin, ex-governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, has proven that William Shatner isn’t the only American able to wax poetic.

Last July, the Emmy-winning actor read Palin’s tweets on ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien’ as beat poetry, channeling his famous ‘Rocket Man’ persona.

Shatner returned to the ‘Tonight Show’ last week to read from Palin’s memoir, ‘Going Rogue,’ like more beat-ready verse. Then, in an apparently unscripted moment that left the actor shocked, Palin one-upped him, materializing from the wings to read from Shatner’s 2008 memoir, ‘Up Till Now,’ teaching him what it really means to be beat.

  • Wow. First Paula goes and now Simon is on his way out. I wonder what’s going to happen to American Idol. I wonder if it will still be as popular without Simon. I think he is a very big part of what made the show successful.