Special Report

America's Most Loved TV Personalities

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40. Bobby Flay
> Most popular show: Food Network Star (2005 — )
> Pct. of people who have heard of Bobby Flay: 74.0% — #112 out of 500 celebrities
> Total Bobby Flay Wikipedia page views Mar 2019 to Mar 2021: 2.5 million — #81 out of 500 celebrities
> Facebook followers: 2.2 million — #51 out of 120 celebrities

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is currently the host of the Food Network cooking reality show “Beat Bobby Flay.” In the show, two contestants cook and the winner faces Flay with his or her own signature dish. Other hit shows Flay was involved in include “Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction” and “Sandwich King.” Flay has written over a dozen cookbooks, mostly focusing on grilling and American cuisine.

Flay has been nominated eight times for a Daytime Emmy Award in the outstanding culinary host category for various shows, including “Boy Meets Grill with Bobby Flay” and “Brunch @ Bobby’s.” He has won as a host three times — in 2005, 2014, and 2015.

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39. Judy Sheindlin
> Most popular show: Judge Judy (1996 — 2021)
> Pct. of people who have heard of Judy Sheindlin: 84.0% — #58 out of 500 celebrities
> Total Judy Sheindlin Wikipedia page views Mar 2019 to Mar 2021: 2.3 million — #94 out of 500 celebrities
> Facebook followers: 1.6 million — #58 out of 120 celebrities

Judy Sheindlin is better known as “Judge Judy,” which is also the title of her show. The long-running courtroom program has ranked as the most popular daytime show in 2020 and made Sheindlin the highest paid person on television. Sheindlin has an estimated net worth of over $400 million, earning a reported $47 million a year for her show.

Sheindlin said in early 2020 that she would only do one more season of “Judge Judy,” but that she was working on another show called “Judy Justice,” though it is unclear exactly when fans can expect that program to debut.

38. Ryan Seacrest
> Most popular show: American Idol (2002 — )
> Pct. of people who have heard of Ryan Seacrest: 87.0% — #39 out of 500 celebrities
> Total Ryan Seacrest Wikipedia page views Mar 2019 to Mar 2021: 2.6 million — #77 out of 500 celebrities
> Facebook followers: 1.4 million — #62 out of 120 celebrities

Ryan Seacrest has appeared as himself in TV, movies, and other projects over 200 times. Seacrest first burst onto the scene by hosting the popular singing contest “American Idol.” Since, he has hosted dozens of awards shows, talk shows like “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” and even took over hosting duties on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” the annual program celebrating a new year. He has also produced dozens of other TV shows, often starring the Kardashian/Jenner family.

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37. Jay Leno
> Most popular show: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992 — 2014)
> Pct. of people who have heard of Jay Leno: 95.0% — #4 out of 500 celebrities
> Total Jay Leno Wikipedia page views Mar 2019 to Mar 2021: 2.4 million — #86 out of 500 celebrities
> Facebook followers: 0.7 million — #78 out of 120 celebrities

Jay Leno is one of six TV personalities who have held the prestigious job of host of “The Tonight Show.” Leno hosted the show — which features a monologue, sketches, celebrity interviews, and music — from 1992 to 2014.

Thanks to his over 20 years in the high-profile job of “The Tonight Show” host, Leno is one of the most well known TV stars in America. According to a YouGov survey, he is one of just six TV personalities that at least 95% of people have heard of. A major car enthusiast, Leno hosted “Jay Leno’s Garage,” a program where he profiles cars and motorcycles.

36. Kathy Griffin
> Most popular show: Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (2005 — 2010)
> Pct. of people who have heard of Kathy Griffin: 89.0% — #29 out of 500 celebrities
> Total Kathy Griffin Wikipedia page views Mar 2019 to Mar 2021: 1.2 million — #187 out of 500 celebrities
> Facebook followers: 1.1 million — #69 out of 120 celebrities

American comedian and actor Kathy Griffin has starred in many TV comedy specials and had several supporting roles in films and TV series. Her reality TV show “My Life on the D-List” has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy six times, winning twice. Griffin has also released several comedy albums, for which she was nominated for a Grammy six times. Her only win was in 2014 for the album “Calm Down Gurrl.”

In 2017, Griffin was fired from several jobs, including hosting New Year’s Eve on CNN with Anderson Cooper, after an image appeared of her holding a mask that looked like the severed head of then-President Donald Trump. The ordeal and her comeback were chronicled in the 2019 documentary “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story.”

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