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* Fred Willard often plays this type, especially in Christopher Guest's movies, with ''Film/BestInShow'' being a good example.

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* Fred Willard Creator/FredWillard often plays played this type, especially in Christopher Guest's movies, with ''Film/BestInShow'' being a good example.


A related trope to KentBrockmanNews and HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight, this is the game show or sport event counterpart. You know the type, slicked hair and an equally slick personality. He will crack lots of jokes of the WittyBanter type, but you always suspect he's really a JerkAss, and you're often proved correct in that assumption.

When used in an actual broadcast, this tends to go best when said host is schooled enough in SelfDeprecation to realize that he comes off as this, and uses it to make more jokes.

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A related trope to KentBrockmanNews and HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight, this is the game show or sport event counterpart. You know the type, [[SmugSnake preening]], [[{{Narcissist}} narcissistic]], slicked hair and an [[{{Slimeball}} equally slick personality.personality]]. He will crack lots of jokes of the WittyBanter type, but you always suspect he's really a JerkAss, and you're often proved correct in that assumption.

When used in an actual broadcast, this tends to go best when said host is schooled enough in SelfDeprecation to realize that he comes off as this, and uses it to make more jokes.jokes, in which case he's often a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.


* ''Film/TheHungerGames''' Caesar Flickerman (pictured).

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* ''Film/TheHungerGames''' Caesar Flickerman (pictured).(pictured) comes across as a moderately smarmy sports commentator, the ''real'' distasteful part of the character is that he is casually talking about the horrible deaths of various children as they fight to survive in the arena.


* In a BLAM Episode of ''Anime/ErgoProxy'', Vincent and company end up trapped by a Proxy who acts as a game show host and has this personality to a T, and delivers exposition in the form of quiz questions.

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* In a BLAM Episode BizarroEpisode of ''Anime/ErgoProxy'', Vincent and company end up trapped by a Proxy who acts as a game show host and has this personality to a T, and delivers exposition in the form of quiz questions.



* ''ComicBook/FrankMillersRoboCop'' sees Luke Spindle, a creep of a talk show host who frequently insults his audience and guests, causally dropped a homophobic slur, kisses a girl in the audience, decks a guy who rightfully calls him a punk, and makes lewd remarks to a female police officer. Naturally, the female cop uppercuts Spindle and later, an audience member makes a failed attempt to kill him.

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* ''ComicBook/FrankMillersRoboCop'' sees Luke Spindle, a creep of a talk show host who frequently insults his audience and guests, causally dropped a homophobic slur, kisses a girl in the audience, decks a guy who rightfully calls him a punk, and makes lewd remarks to a female police officer. Naturally, the female cop uppercuts Spindle Spindle, and later, an audience member makes a failed attempt to kill him.



* The jerkass ''Millionaire'' host in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''
* Subverted with Corny Collins in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}''. He has the hair for it, and is somewhat self-absorbed, but he is wholly redeemed by the fact that he's not a racist and, in fact, is very open to racial desegregation. In the end, he openly defies the villain role and generally functions as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.

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* The jerkass ''Millionaire'' host in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''
''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''.
* Subverted with Corny Collins in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}''. He has the hair for it, it and is somewhat self-absorbed, but he is wholly redeemed by the fact that he's not a racist and, in fact, is very open to racial desegregation. In the end, he openly defies the villain role and generally functions as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.



* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'':
** ParodiedTrope: Frequently mocked on this show, including various real-life targets such as Noel Edmonds.
** One episode had a DoubleSubversion where Laurie played one of these and Fry was a highbrow author who lost patience and gave him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about his personality, intellect and method of interviewing; the audience was laughing at this, and then halfway through he "forgot" his lines and it was revealed that the characters themselves were rehearsing the interview, the purpose of which was to stir up publicity and make the author look edgy and impressive.

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* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'':
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Frequently mocked [[ParodiedTrope mocked]] on this show, ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'', including with various real-life targets such as Noel Edmonds.
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Edmonds. One episode had a DoubleSubversion where Laurie played one of these and Fry was a highbrow author who lost patience and gave him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about his personality, intellect intellect, and method of interviewing; the audience was laughing at this, and then halfway through he "forgot" his lines and it was revealed that the characters themselves were rehearsing the interview, the purpose of which was to stir up publicity and make the author look edgy and impressive.



* RealityShow satire ''Series/Unreal2015'' has a typically insincere Smarmy Host as host of ShowWithinAShow ''Everlasting'', a dating show. In Episode 4 he's show practicing his patter right after having sex with a dismissed contestant, and right before sending her to the airport.

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* RealityShow satire ''Series/Unreal2015'' has a typically insincere Smarmy Host as host of ShowWithinAShow ''Everlasting'', a dating show. In Episode 4 he's show shown practicing his patter right after having sex with a dismissed contestant, and right before sending her to the airport.



* In the classic arcade game ''VideoGame/SmashTV'', the chatty host is definitely this trope, using such catch phrases as "Big money! Big prizes! I love it!" In this game, he goes much farther than just being a smarmy announcer. If you make it to the last level, he is the TrueFinalBoss.

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* In the classic arcade game ''VideoGame/SmashTV'', the chatty host is definitely this trope, using such catch phrases catchphrases as "Big money! Big prizes! I love it!" In this game, he goes much farther than just being a smarmy announcer. If you make it to the last level, he is the TrueFinalBoss.



* Beaux Handsome in ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''. There's also Seymour Orlando Smooth. One of the villains, he's not only smarmy, but skeezy-- a corrupt host who rigs all of his game shows so that none of the real contestants has an actual shot at winning. Oh, and he uses his dazzling white teeth to stun his opponents.

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* Beaux Handsome in ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''. There's also Seymour Orlando Smooth. One of the villains, he's not only smarmy, but skeezy-- a [[{{Slimeball}} skeezy]]--a corrupt host who rigs all of his game shows so that none of the real contestants has an actual shot at winning. Oh, and he uses his [[TwinkleSmile dazzling white teeth teeth]] to stun his opponents.


* On December 1, 1976, the notorious broadcast of Thames Television's ''Today'' show aired in the London region, featuring Siouxie Sioux and members of Music/SexPistols. During what was apparently thought to be pre-show banter, host Bill Grundy, apparently drunk, made a rather explicit pass at Sioux. The resulting wordplay, which included guitarist Steve Jones [[PrecisionFStrike swearing at Grundy]], resulted in the famous "The Filth and the Fury!" headline in ''The Daily Mirror'', and effectively ended Grundy's career.

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* On December 1, 1976, the notorious broadcast of Thames Television's ''Today'' show aired in the London region, featuring Siouxie Siouxsie Sioux and members of Music/SexPistols. During what was apparently thought to be pre-show banter, host Bill Grundy, apparently drunk, made a rather explicit pass at Sioux. The resulting wordplay, which included guitarist Steve Jones [[PrecisionFStrike swearing at Grundy]], resulted in the famous "The Filth and the Fury!" headline in ''The Daily Mirror'', and effectively ended Grundy's career.


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* Played for increasingly dark laughs in ''WebVideo/SexHouse''. When [[NoNameGiven The Host]] comes into the show for the first time, he's way too personal with everybody, and Derek notes he looks 'dead-behind-the-eyes'. Over the course of the show, he goes [[DrivenToMadness just as insane as everybody else]].
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* Chris on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' to humorously sociopathic levels.

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* Chris on [=McLean=], the host of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' is an exaggerated version, being a smug, sleazy, and shameless {{jerkass}} to humorously [[BaseBreakingCharacter (or disgustingly, depending on who you ask)]] sociopathic levels.levels.
** [[SmugSnake Blaineley]], former co-host of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Celebrity Manhunt]]'' and later the ''Total Drama Aftermath'', counts too. She's pretty much a washed-up female Chris.




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* Played for increasingly dark laughs in ''WebVideo/SexHouse''. When [[NoNameGiven The Host]] comes into the show for the first time, he's way too personal with everybody, and Derek notes he looks 'dead-behind-the-eyes'. Over the course of the show, he goes [[DrivenToMadness just as insane as everybody else]].
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* ''Film/TheHungerGames''' Caesar Flickerman. Full stop.

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* ''Film/TheHungerGames''' Caesar Flickerman. Full stop. Flickerman (pictured).


* Chris on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' to humorously sociopathic levels.

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* Chris on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' to humorously sociopathic levels.


* On December 1, 1976, the notorious broadcast of Thames Television's ''Today'' show aired in the London region, featuring Siouxie Sioux and members of TheSexPistols. During what was apparently thought to be pre-show banter, host Bill Grundy, apparently drunk, made a rather explicit pass at Sioux. The resulting wordplay, which included guitarist Steve Jones [[PrecisionFStrike swearing at Grundy]], resulted in the famous "The Filth and the Fury!" headline in ''The Daily Mirror'', and effectively ended Grundy's career.

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* On December 1, 1976, the notorious broadcast of Thames Television's ''Today'' show aired in the London region, featuring Siouxie Sioux and members of TheSexPistols.Music/SexPistols. During what was apparently thought to be pre-show banter, host Bill Grundy, apparently drunk, made a rather explicit pass at Sioux. The resulting wordplay, which included guitarist Steve Jones [[PrecisionFStrike swearing at Grundy]], resulted in the famous "The Filth and the Fury!" headline in ''The Daily Mirror'', and effectively ended Grundy's career.


* RealityShow satire ''Series/UnREAL2015'' has a typically insincere Smarmy Host as host of ShowWithinAShow ''Everlasting'', a dating show. In Episode 4 he's show practicing his patter right after having sex with a dismissed contestant, and right before sending her to the airport.

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* RealityShow satire ''Series/UnREAL2015'' ''Series/Unreal2015'' has a typically insincere Smarmy Host as host of ShowWithinAShow ''Everlasting'', a dating show. In Episode 4 he's show practicing his patter right after having sex with a dismissed contestant, and right before sending her to the airport.


* RealityShow satire ''Series/UnREAL'' has a typically insincere Smarmy Host as host of ShowWithinAShow ''Everlasting'', a dating show. In Episode 4 he's show practicing his patter right after having sex with a dismissed contestant, and right before sending her to the airport.

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* RealityShow satire ''Series/UnREAL'' ''Series/UnREAL2015'' has a typically insincere Smarmy Host as host of ShowWithinAShow ''Everlasting'', a dating show. In Episode 4 he's show practicing his patter right after having sex with a dismissed contestant, and right before sending her to the airport.


* ''ComicBook/FrankMillersRoboCop'' sees Luke Spindle, a creep of a talk show host who frequently insults his audience and guests, kiss a girl in the audience, decks a guy who rightfully calls him a punk, and makes lewd remarks to a female police officer. Naturally, the female cop uppercuts Spindle and later, an audience members makes a failed attempt to kill him.

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* ''ComicBook/FrankMillersRoboCop'' sees Luke Spindle, a creep of a talk show host who frequently insults his audience and guests, kiss causally dropped a homophobic slur, kisses a girl in the audience, decks a guy who rightfully calls him a punk, and makes lewd remarks to a female police officer. Naturally, the female cop uppercuts Spindle and later, an audience members member makes a failed attempt to kill him.


* ''ComicBook/FrankMillersRoboCop'' sees Luke Spindle, a creep of a talk show host who frequently insults his audience and guests, kiss a girl in the audience, decks a guy who rightfully calls him a punk, and makes lewd remarks to a female police officer. Naturally, the female cop uppercuts Spindle and later, an audience members makes a failed attempted to kill him.

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* ''ComicBook/FrankMillersRoboCop'' sees Luke Spindle, a creep of a talk show host who frequently insults his audience and guests, kiss a girl in the audience, decks a guy who rightfully calls him a punk, and makes lewd remarks to a female police officer. Naturally, the female cop uppercuts Spindle and later, an audience members makes a failed attempted attempt to kill him.

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* ''ComicBook/FrankMillersRoboCop'' sees Luke Spindle, a creep of a talk show host who frequently insults his audience and guests, kiss a girl in the audience, decks a guy who rightfully calls him a punk, and makes lewd remarks to a female police officer. Naturally, the female cop uppercuts Spindle and later, an audience members makes a failed attempted to kill him.
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