actually he was supposed to be a great guy. when i first started in television 27 years ago, the older directors and producers that i worked with/for were the young guys back in jackie gleason's day. and ernie kovacs, and lucille ball, and all of the stars of 50's and 60's tv.
they said gleason was a real gentleman and always treated everyone with respect right down to the facilities people (janitors). he would even invite the entire crew and their families to his house every summer for a bbq.
try to picture someone like david letterman doing that today.
A true lover of nature does not despair now that his mistress has turned a colder cheek.