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Top 5 Talk Show Romances

From Love to Lunacy, 5 Affairs to Inspire and Entertain


You don’t usually think about celebrity romances when you think about talk show hosts. But talk show hosts are well-known for their love affairs, office romances, marriages and divorces. Here’s five of the best.

Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman

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Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and comedian Sarah Silverman seemed like a match made in heaven. Kimmel, the wise-cracking Comedy Central alum who hosted The Man Show, and Silverman, the girl-next-door who curses like a sailor. Alas, the romance wasn’t to be. Kimmel married Molly McNearney in 2013, and Silverman is single.

But the two have a least one shining moment that will live forever in talk show history – Silverman’s loving tribute to Kimmel, the song and video “I’m F****g Matt Damon,” and Kimmel’s song and video response, “I’m F*****g Ben Affleck.”

Oh, sure, it may sound course and crude. But, really – they’re kinda genius. And they even scored an Emmy nod for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

David Letterman and Regina Lasko

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It came as a bit of surprise when Late Show host David Letterman announced in March 2009 that he’d married his girlfriend of 23 years, Regina Lasko.

Lasko and Letterman were married in a quiet civil service in Choteau, Montana. Getting to the courthouse proved a bit of a challenge. While en route, their truck became stuck in the mud. Letterman walked two miles back to their home to get a second vehicle.

Some might see that as an omen. Only seven months later, Letterman would come clean to his audience that he had had affairs with a certain number of Late Show employees. The revelation came after a former television producer allegedly tried to extort money from him by threatening to expose the affairs.

Jay and Mavis Leno

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Often talked about but rarely seen, Mavis Leno is the wife of talk show host Jay Leno. Casual fans of Leno will recognize the name and, traditionally, picture a down-to-earth Midwest gal who stays home and lets Leno play with his cars.

But the real Mavis Leno is a well-known feminist, philanthropist and chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign for Women and Girls in Afghanistan.

Leno met Mavis at one of his comedy club appearances in 1976. She was in the audience. Leno told Larry King that he stood by the women’s restroom until she came by so that he could meet her. They were married four years later at a friend’s home.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

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One of the cutest couples in Hollywood, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi met in 2000, but didn’t start dating until 2004. It was love at first sight, according to de Rossi, though the couple took it slow and tried their best to keep things private.

DeGeneres and de Rossi married in August 2008, while same-sex marriage was still legal in California.

In October 2008, DeGeneres went on The Tonight Show to talk about her marriage. "I think it feels different,” she said. “I didn't think it would, but I'm very happy. My mother got to be a part of something that she didn't think she ever would."

Johnny Carson and Joan, Joanne and Joanna

The true king of late night television, former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson, is well-known for joking about his many (count ‘em: four) marriages. Multiple marriages are far from unique in Hollywood, but what makes Carson’s couplings interesting is his first three spouses were similarly named.

Carson’s first wife was Joan Wolcott, who he met in college. The couple married in 1949 and split in 1963.

The talk show host’s second wife was Joanne Copeland. That marriage almost topped 10 years, but the two called in quits in 1972.

Again Carson remarried, this time to model Joanna Holland. This one lasted 11 years - until 1983.

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