I'm always happy when I see Chris Hayes is a guest on a late night talk show. I'm a fan of his show and I enjoy it when he barely keeps the lid on his outrage to maintain professionalism, but when he's a guest, the snark is no holds barred. I think his insider viewpoint criticism is brutal and hilarious.
(Rachel Maddow is also fun as a guest. You feel you're getting a peek at the private Rachel because she wears her glasses and sneakers, but she doesn't share her personal opinions so freely as Hayes.)
THIS. I don't know exactly why I'm so annoyed by this little bit of disingenuous chit chat, but I'm about to stop watching because of it. To me it seems completely artificial and almost insulting to the audience.
I think there was a show way back at the beginning of television where the star introduced every episode pretending he was just hanging out, enjoying a smoke, and the camera had caught him unawares. He'd look up, startled, and say something like "Oh! Hell-o! I didn't see you there. I'm glad you're here. In tonight's episode . . . "
I think it's nice when SC pulls his wife into the frame and gives her a hug, but when he pretends every night that he doesn't know the camera is rolling, that's bullshit.
Harrumph. : )