talk show


Definition of talk show 

: a radio or television program in which usually well-known persons engage in discussions or are interviewed

Examples of talk show in a Sentence

She asked the actor to appear on her talk show.

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Like O'Donnell, Debbie Matenopoulos has experience being on a daytime talk show since she co-hosted The View from 1997 to 1999. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Who Could Be Julie Chen's Replacement on 'The Talk'," 28 Sep. 2018 On Tuesday morning, the tuxedo-pajama-wearing Baby Evan was announced as one of five finalists of the contest, which began in May and drew tens of thousands of entries, according to the daytime talk show with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit baby finalist for cutest prize on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan'," 10 July 2018 Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is plotting his comeback—in the form of a talk show. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Now Sean Spicer Wants to Be a Talk Show Host," 26 June 2018 For the dedicated fans, the live, freewheeling sessions on Twitch have the appeal of a major sporting event crossed with a talk show. John Herrman, New York Times, "Amazon Tightens Grip on a New Medium: Live Streams of Video Games," 17 June 2018 Jenni Rivera tracks never heard publicly will be released soon, according to Chiquis Rivera, who made the announcement during an appearance on a Mexican talk show. Justino Aguila, Billboard, "New Jenni Rivera Songs to Be Released Soon, Family Confirms," 12 June 2018 The Hallmark Channel announced last week that Mark Steines, longtime host of Home and Family, would not be returning to the morning talk show. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Home and Family' Host Debbie Matenopoulos Addresses Mark Steines's Abrupt Exit," 4 June 2018 The first-place prize this year includes $40,000 cash and an engraved trophy along with a trip to New York to appear on the ABC talk show Live With Kelly and Ryan. Robert Moran,, "Girls from Cherry Hill, Aston fall short in final round of National Spelling Bee," 31 May 2018 DeGeneres is known for scaring her guests on the talk show. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sarah Paulson Nervously Returns to 'Ellen' After Past Scares," 14 May 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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: a radio or television program in which usually well-known people talk about something or are interviewed

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