Didn't get to hear much of Rob Simone last night, so maybe this isn't a fair assessment. But . . . what I did hear felt like a comfortable fit, like an old shoe that wasn't pinching anywhere. Not Art. Not Ian (who I love despite his detractors here). Not Knapp.
But comfortable. Wish he'd been given the permanent slot. I'm open-minded and willing to give Wells a chance to see what he can grow into. But I kinda feel like I wouldn't have to work so hard if it were Simone. Maybe that's just me.
I've never paid much attention to Simone before, but I have to say I agree with this assessment. I listened for a little while on my way home from the hospital (see the "condolences to George" thread), and I immediately realized it wasn't any of the normal hosts, and guessed it was Simone. In the little bit that I heard, there was nothing about aliens being demons, raptures, RFID chips, Iran, climate denial, young earth "science", peak oil being a myth, Obam's birth certificate, the Tea Party or the Mexican Border. Simone and the guest kept it on point, fresh, relevant to the topic, and entertaining. Simone asked intelligent, open-ended, non-weighted-with-agenda questions, and his voice doesn't grate on me like Wells. In my world, with Ian cutting back and Knapp hopefully hanging on, Simone should be the next go-to guy, and if there's any justice, he and Knapp SHOULD become the true inheritors of the show. I hope Mr. Simone gets a chance to prove me right in those assessments.
Of course, though, given Wells' status as the new golden boy, I'm sure Simone will be perceived as a "threat", if he's seen to have too much support from Art fans. So maybe I shouldn't post this...