Really, I do like him. I like watching him swim. I think we can all agree that what he did during this Olympics is extraordinary. Extraordinary.
But, I am sick and tired of seeing him interviewed. Last night, I actually watched a show about two ladies who lost 800 pounds between them, rather than see Michael Phelps and his mom interviewed by Bob Costas (who is rubbing me the wrong way himself).
My reasons are two-fold:
a) I don't think he's all that interesting of a person. Before the moratorium on Phelps interviews, I did watch quite a few, and I think he's more captivating whilst in the water.
b) I have this sneaking suspicion he's a bit of a tool, and I don't want to stick around to see that suspicion confirmed.
I'm happy to watch him swim and win races, particularly relays anchored by Jason Lezak, but that's it. I don't want to see him co-host Regis and Kelly, or give out the Powerball numbers, or guest star on 30 Rock (actually, I might watch that).
So, Bob, lay off the interviews, save them for the internet, and show more actual Olympic events. Events that mean something, like the Pentathlon.