My problem with Alan is his timing with interjecting when someone is in the middle of a story. A good host knows when to interject and when to let the conversation flow.
I find when it's about a show he has no connection with, he doesn't say much. I think he let Susie Pratt go off about GL cause it was before his time..same with Sharon G about AW and Holly G about OLTL.
And in his SFT one..Marcia and Michael spoke and in some cases had more knowledge of soaps than Alan did.