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This American Gaffe

Ira Glass tries to explain his 'Shakespeare sucks' comment

In July, after watching a Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear, public radio icon Ira Glass sent out a tweet:

That apparently sparked what passes in polite NPR society for a raging controversy. On Wednesday night's Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon gave Glass a chance to explain his "Shakespeare sucks" comment, and Glass... mumbled something about how Lear is better to read than to watch. But keep with the video through Glass expressing sympathy for any kid who has to wear the "Ira Glass" costume out trick-or-treating. --Peter Weber