Yeah whatever, babe
I'm going to be doing an interview with NPR's Weekend Edition about my Oscar piece. Should air Sunday morning. One thing that always bugs me about radio and TV interviews is the convention of the host saying, "thank you for joining us," and the guest replying either, "thank you for having me" or, "my pleasure." I mean, it's a waste of valuable airtime, and it's just so predictable. So here's my chance to shake things up. How should I reply when Sheilah Kast says, "thank you for joining us"?
Update: Thanks to cthomas in the comments I found this NPR ombud column.
Al Cedolite writes: My crotchety German grandparents taught me that the only proper response to "Thank you" is "You are welcome." But NPR's reporters and most of their interviewees respond to "Thank you" with yet another "Thank you." Doesn't anyone say "You are welcome" anymore?
The "thank you" quadrille is something that irks a number of listeners. My sense is that it signifies a certain equality or equivalence between host and reporter. Often people who are appearing on the programs as experts or guests will respond with "You're welcome," indicating an acknowledgement of duty performed. There must be a scholarly monograph here somewhere...
Almost makes me want to "thank you," just for the pleasure of irking NPR listeners.
Update: Commenter Anno directs our attention to the most recent appearance of the meme -- and a particularly revealing one:
"More significantly, this industry gets one billion people around the world to sit and watch every year. Even those who hate the awards watch anyway, for, try as we might to believe it, anything that gets one billion people to pay attention cannot be shrugged off as inconsequential."