In an idle moment this week, I responded, as you do, to a random tweet, a bone tossed out for discussion in 240 characters or less: “Who is the nicest celebrity you have ever met?”

There were predictable nominations for Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, both legendarily decent and talented American movie stars. As a TV reporter and interviewer, I’ve met a lot of people, including the two above. I have no complaints about either of them. I’m just not that sure that celebrity and niceness are relevant to each other – except, of course, in the case of someone who is celebrated mainly for being nice.