"A good MC flows with the show. He is compatible with the contestants. He's on their side. He likes to see people win..."
"Not anymore," I said to Linda. "Look at that scary British chick. The one who insults all the contestants." (Anne Robinson of The Weakest Link)
"That just goes to show how mean we've become as a society," Linda said.
And of course, it's not just the inestimable Ms. Robinson. On this side of the pond we watch American Idol and other such shows because we want to see people fail, and then be publicly humiliated for it.
I am married to a very wise woman.