Our Hostal Robot (actually he is called "The Laird Macintosh 3000")
Hostal Robot: Please note this is only a simulation...
Lets get this out of the way...
Chenbot (aka Julie Chen) obviously made a mistake settling for Les Moonves. She should have waited around for Laird Macintosh to show up. Fully as mechanical as Julie, there nevertheless is almost a certain amount of charm in his presentation because his. delivery. is. so. over. the. top. mechanical. It's like somebody programmed in the exact parameters for a SEEMINGLY unintentionally humorous robot impression and produced him.
I am half convinced that the version of him on the little RAZR phone is a computer program and the "live body" we see is an animatronic unit, like you see in the Hall of Presidents at Disney World.
Luckily, even those who find. his. delivery. even. harder. to. deal. with. than. I. do. can still enjoy this show because the spupendenously good editing and voice-over narration seem to make it flow so damn well. Hostal Robot (or "Robot" for short, or Laird Macintosh 3000 if you insist) is not necessary to the success of the show the way that Phil is on TAR for example, or Jeff on Survivor. He's just there to move the plot forward, NOT to actually participate in the show as a living breathing character, the way those other gentlemen do. And for this show, it works. Basically we are so busy looking at the almost National Geographic quality camerawork to even notice Mr. Roboto.
I intend to mock him every moment of this series--in every post I can manage, in every way possible. But its a kind of warm fuzzy mocking, not a real hatred. I mean I collected toys shaped like robots as a kid. I can't hate one!