“Stubborn”, “hard-nosed”, “grand inquisitor” – all phrases that have been used to describe John Humphrys, none of which call to mind the concepts “timid”, “nervous” or “over-friendly”.
Yet apparently the latter rather than the former are how the Today host sees his interviewing style.
“I think I’m possibly over-friendly. A little timid and nervous,” says Humphrys in the new issue of Radio Times magazine. “I’m always worried I might upset someone. If anything, I err on the side of obsequious.”
Perhaps Humphrys’ victims – sorry, guests – should think themselves lucky they’re getting the nice version…