Uncle Charlie (as we called Kuralt) and Charles Osgood made us feel welcomed almost like we were most wanted guests in their homes every Sunday morning. They seemed to appreciate and enjoy the stories they introduced. They were comfortable and made us feel the same way. It was the perfect way to ease into a relaxing Sunday morning. Not so much now.
Am I disappointed they chose a woman to replace Osgood? Of course not. Gender makes no difference. It's the presentation. The voice. The way it's done. They did it right. She does not.
I was not going to watch Sunday Morning anymore when she took the helm. I may have even sworn I wasn't going to. But then I thought, why let her ruin something that's been such a huge part of my weekly vigils since the late 70s? So, I sit with my remote muting the television every time she's talking. It was working out ok because the stories have continued to be interesting and even uplifting. But then, Christmas came around and she crossed the line.
Some of you might know that on the Sunday closest to Christmas every year, Charles Osgood plays the piano and sings to us. I look forward to this every single year and was hoping beyond hope that he would be allowed to come back to sing for us this past Christmas. He did. But she was there. And she stood beside the piano. I thought to myself, surely she won't sing with him when suddenly, horror of horrors! she did it. She chimed in. And it was awful.
I'm not going to sit here and claim that Charles Osgood has the best singing voice in the world. He does not. But he sang to us and it was like our beloved grandfather was back from the beyond and we were delighted to see him. It was HIS thing. It was probably the last time we'll ever have the opportunity to experience this wonderful Christmas gift and she ruined it. It's like she couldn't keep her mouth shut for two minutes.
Ok, why do I think Jane Pauley is not cutting it as host of CBS Sunday Morning?
- Her voice. Pauley does not have a calm, soft, inviting voice. Kuralt and Osgood did. Martha Teichner does. Many people do. Pauley does not. Nothing about her voice makes me feel calm, relaxed, or soothed in any way.
- She looks like the cat who swallowed the canary. Her face and tone of voice scream, to me, "Look at me! I've taken this job from Charles Osgood and this show is MINE!"
- She presents in such a way that makes me feel she thinks the program is about her. It's not. It's about the stories.
- She joined in with Charles Osgood this last Christmas. Singing a Christmas song to the viewers IS NOT HER THING.
- She gives the impression that the journalists presenting the stories are beneath her.
- She gives off an air of undeserved greatness.
- It seems as though she's never watched Sunday Morning and has no idea what the program is all about.
I'm not sad they decided to put a woman in as host. I'm sad they chose Jane. There are so many other programs in which she would be nothing less than perfect. Sunday Morning is not that program.
I will continue to mute the television, for now. I hope that I won't lose my favorite Sunday morning activity, especially now that football season is nearly over.
But I am sick and tired and frustrated as hell with the way network bosses yank people out of their positions and throw them out like yesterday's news.
Who would I have considered for taking Osgood's place? Well, first, I wouldn't have thrown him out. If he was ready to retire, I would have considered, among others, Harry Smith (who CBS threw out but NBC picked up), Martha Teichner, perhaps, Nancy Giles...shoot, Oprah could have done it.
Just putting a name people know in a position is not always the best policy. In a program such as Sunday Morning, it's a look and a voice. Not a name. Pauley is a name.