"Handoffs can be chummy, chilly, brief or extended," says Paul Farhi. "They’re sometimes stiff, like the conversation on a first date, or an exchange between people who barely speak the same language. The handoff is the bridge between cable news programs, when one host ends his or her hour and introduces the person emceeing the one after — the coming-up-next moment. Chitchat usually ensues, providing a little bit of collegiality, and maybe even some warmth (or a facsimile of it) before the discussion of disease, death and politics resumes. Handoffs also sometimes reveal what the networks’ careful promotion of their 'talent' does not — grudges, rivalries, pet peeves, egos. There was that moment last month when Fox News’s Tucker Carlson wrapped up a long rant against Amazon founder (and Washington Post owner) Jeff Bezos and handed things off to Sean Hannity. Carlson had suggested that Bezos had illicitly profited from the pandemic as a result of Amazon’s rising stock price. Hannity wasn’t buying it."