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A Masterpiece Of Hosting By Janie Haddad Tompkins


Since we’ve already featured Paul F. Tompkins once this week singing the theme from Skyfall, it’s only proper that we spread the love around his family a bit, specifically to his wife Janie Haddad Tompkins, who, in this video, sues PBS to try and reclaim the hosting gig for Masterpiece Classics — meaning Downton Abbey — from Laura Linney.

The video shows her lawyer — bearing a marked similarity to PFT — confronting the director over Janie’s replacement, and there are outtakes from Janie’s work showing that she is, indeed, deserving of said hosting position, followed by a visit from Laura Linney’s — and David Caruso’s — lawyer, who is quite Oswaltian (Patton, not Matt, or Roy, for that matter). Can Laura Linney wield a party noisemaker like Janie can? I should think not. Watch and you will demand that Janie be the host of Downton Handgun… wait, what’s it called again?

Here’s a previous example of Mrs. Haddad Tompkins’ Masterpiece Classics hosting prowess:

Somewhere, Alistair Cooke is… not doing anything, because he’s been dead for almost nine years. But he’d have been impressed by Janie’s work, no doubt.


  1. Jay says:

    Wow PFT’s wife is Margaret from Regular Show? Ya learn something new everyday…