The Rev is a character, an actor, playing a role he created not just to entertain folks, but to put a shield up between him and his fans. If you look at the sales of People Magazine and the National Enquirer, you can easily see how invasive the "press" and a bunch of rabid fans could be, making life pretty awful for someone of Mr. Gibbons' stature. Cut him some slack. I think it's a pretty clever act.
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