Handsome, gracious, articulate, well connected. Stepping into Dick Clark's shoes so well. I think of Idol as a replacement for Bandstand, and he's so likeable. His wide range in the media is a little surprising, but when the people control the media, if they like someone/something, that's what happens.
His big bosses at Comcast love him. Comcast now owns NBC. That's what happens when "The Cable Guys!" infest a television network. Your question stands, Dave: WHY?????
because it's there?