10 TV Hosts Who Are Fantastic Jerks

They're mean, and we like them
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2010 5:12 AM CDT
Gene Rayburn smiling may be smiling, but his 'Match Game' contestants surely weren't always doing the same.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Listen up, Ryan Seacrest: It's time to start being more of a smart aleck. Some of the greatest hosts in television history share one down-and-dirty characteristic: They're, well, a**holes, reports Movieline, which runs down the 10 who have most perfected the art of "likable meanness:"

  1. Anne Robinson: The US version of The Weakest Link may have faded from memory, but its host's barbs haven't. Among the most memorable: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the dumbest of you all?”

  1. Stephen Colbert: It almost defies logic that someone who utters gems like "Now, there’s nothing wrong with being gay—some of my best friends are going to hell” can be so universally loved. (Maybe because his on-air persona is an "ingenious construction.")
  2. Gene Rayburn: The Match Game host leaves all other game show hosts in the dust, thanks to his penchant for insulting contestants like "Dumb Dora."
  3. Gordon Ramsay: Anyone but Ramsay and his love of calling people "pigs" and "donkeys" would turn Hell's Kitchen into a tolerable—but dull—purgatory.
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