Why It’s Harder to Believe the Worst of a Host .. Like Ghomeshi

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Scandal-ridden talk-show hosts get a kind of support not often given to celebrities

by Jaime Weinman, Macleans.ca

Carolyn Kaster/AP; William B. Plowman/Getty Images; Mark Davis/Getty Images; CHRIS YOUNG/CP

Carolyn Kaster/AP; William B. Plowman/Getty Images; Mark Davis/Getty Images; CHRIS YOUNG/CP

After Jian Ghomeshi was fired from the CBC, he published a Facebook post with his account of the story, in which he addressed fans as “friends and family of mine.” Whatever the motivations behind the wording, it was apt for a talk show host. Unlike a movie actor, a host plays the part of an average guy surrounded by people more famous than he is, and when a host has a sex scandal—as Bob Barker, David Letterman, Jimmy Savile and many others have had before Ghomeshi—it feels almost like a pal is in trouble.

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