Leo says TWiT Guests are “Crappy”

Tee hee!
Tee hee!

We have always said Leo Laporte has no shame, but it appears he does. We can see in the video above that he didn’t want everyone to know his embarrassing secret: TWiT guests are crappy sometimes (most of the time we would argue) by his own admission, including next week’s Christina Warren (film_girl).

Epic Fuckup EffenDumb
Epic Fuckup EffenDumb

Thanks to the ineptitude of Tonya Hall and Jason C. Cleanthes (EffenDunn), we got to hear the shocking truth. Thanks for fucking everything up, Tonya, and thanks for being a constant fuck-up with audio levels and video switching, Jason!

129 thoughts on “Leo says TWiT Guests are “Crappy””

    1. track? list? schedule?

      you are talking about leo fucking laporke operation. he just gets it when he gets there because that’s how much he cares. apparently that’s how much effendunn and tonya care now too.

      trickle down work production. poor ethic at top, poor ethic everywhere.

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  1. That’s what you get for hiring the cheapest instead of the best candidate for the job.

    Tonya was a radio host somewhere before coming to Petaluma to do Marketing Mavericks. That show got the axe but as is typical at the shitty TWiT operation they kept her desperate ass on as a guest booker.

    EffenIdiot too was picked because he was a kiss ass from the chatroom, not because he was vetted as the best or even really good.

    The whole operation is so damn low-brow. That’s what you get for making your cunty girlfriend the CEHo!

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    1. Jimmy Jam said: That’s what you get for hiring the cheapest instead of the best candidate for the job.

      …let’s not forget the FATTEST. It turns out that Obese people have 8% less brain tissue than people of normal weight. Overweight people have 4% less brain tissue than people of normal weight. (Google it)
      Bottom line…Fat people make poor choices when deciding what to eat and how much to eat. Fatties care less about the consequences of the their decisions are are generally lazy in the work environment. Hiring a Fat-ass is a poor decision. I’ve never hired one and never will.

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  2. I thought the live feed didn’t matter, only the downloads did? So why does it matter when you record it? As long as you meet the deadline to post it for download why does it matter if you record at 2am or 5pm?

    Would you get better guests if you recorded at 7pm on Thursday? Maybe you should think about that.

    Its starting to appear that TwiT has run off all its dynamic contributors, JCD, Veronica and Ryan Block (obviously nothing public happened they just never appear anymore), Brushwood, I’m sure I’m missing tons of others who were really good…Its just sad, TwiT used to be special and unique.

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    1. Brushwood? He’s a massive tool with no tech connection whatsoever. Nothing worse than an unfunny person who thinks they are hilarious.

      Magicians masquerading as tech pundits aside, if we look at YT comments, even ‘normal’ viewers are mostly fed up with the lame panels.

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          1. Moonchild said:
            Looks like Im in the minority here, carry on fellas!

            I’m actually a diamondclub’r but his self-deprecation pisses me off. If your going to say something; Just Say It! 80% of the time he would start off with “So.. I’m an idiot so I’m probably wrong. But…” And continue to say something which be it Correct, Incorrect or just an Opinion would have been perfectly fine as part of the discussion. Instead, he constantly acted like this random outsider who would poke his head in, say a Bunch of stuff and backoff like he interrupted something and was sorry.. I like Brushwood but nobody in DiamondClub or even on the Twit network acted that way so persistently. And he still does it to a lesser extent (Still 50% I’d say) on CordKillers. For someone who is obviously full of confidence in front of crowds and on stage, it’s just embarrassing and disingenuous to hear him prematurely cower in a corner.

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        1. Sorry, but I can’t agree. The only thing I remember of Brushwood on TWiT is him making lame jokes and laughing at them obnoxiously.

          His level of tech punditry was the same as if I were to go on that show, not terrible but nothing insightful either.

          So let’s agree to disagree I guess?

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          1. The main thing I remember about Brushwood on TWiT is that he insisted on dominating the panel. Quieter types, like Dwight Silverman and many others, were drowned out by Brushwood’s overbearing personality. Almost every time Leo threw out a question, Brushwood would leap to answer first. He also interrupted others when they made the mistake of taking a breath which Brushwood exploited as an opportunity to regain focus.

            In #twitlive I once criticized him for talking too much. (In those days, you could still post negative comments without being booted. You might or might not get a warning.) Brushwood who was also active in the chat responded that he knew more than the others on the topic under discussion so was entitled to more facetime. The problem with that was that he thought he knew more than everybody else on every subject.

            I don’t think there are two more objectionable personalities than Brushwood and his partner whose name happily escapes me now.

            Brushwood is also the ultimate phony. I once looked at his @ replies on Twitter. He replied to every Tweet, mainly from teenagers who were buying his overpriced branded merch, with shit like “Love you, man.” He was making his living as pied piper to an internet throng of gullible young kids. He probably still is.

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          2. You bring up a good point, guest booking has always sucked on TWiT, even the days when Brushwood would still appear.

            They need to find three panelists whose personalities work with each other, not against each other. Like a few weeks back when some idiot (Tonya?) booked Calacanis and Alex Wilhelm with Christina Warren on Skype. When you get three people who are all so far up their own ass, you get a volatile setting. The tension was so palpable, especially during the pre-show.

            I don’t think TWiT has ever had amazing personalities, save for a few select people. But at least back in the day someone paid attention to the booking, now it’s just whoever is available. No JCD no problem, we got twice the Alex Lindsay goodness this week (sarcasm).

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  3. Another great article illustrating how hiring incompetent staff and not spending the extra money to secure real talent hurts your company in the end… from the “technical director” who doesn’t even know how to mute mics, to the “producer” who can’t Google an event date, all the way up to the incompetent “CEO” who enables it all. And let’s not forget the incorrigible owner who chooses to insult and disparage these people live on air. I can’t think of a more poisonous working environment.

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  4. One more nail in the live stream coffin. Lisa will call a “all hands” meeting, not tell the owner and ban live mics in the studio. This will result in a site re-design to get the ” Future will be Streamed ” scrubbed from all posted videos.

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  5. Very, very sad. “Mute those mics” and hold a piece of paper in front of the mouth … the old Leo would never considered such a move. He’s clearly stressed and probably because so many of the folks, competent and experienced, are no longer there to support him. The CEO probably had something to do with this situation.

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  6. LMFAO!!!

    Leo LaFuck your days are numbered you Asshole

    F’n Dunn days are numbered as well, you can hear the sarcasm in LaFucks voice as he belittles F’nDumb on air

    Yup TWIT ‘s coffin is shoring up nicely
    mates..

    LMFAO

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    1. Soon F’n Dunn will be ‘doing a few Before you Buy’ segments…. LOLOLOLOLOL

      As soon as Leo belittles an employee on air they are toast. (But truth be told, Two Ton Tonya should be the one to get fired as the guest booking BLOWS and has for at least a year)

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      1. It’s a miracle she can get anyone. Don’t blame her.

        Not everyone can use Skype professionally. Remember the a-hole on the treadmill?

        Elgum actually was the best booker at Twit with all the offbeat people he got. I guess he never shared his Rolodex or the people did not want to waste time on Sunday yakking to Leo Mr. Insincere Laporte for three hours.

        And since things have gone downhill, it makes matters worse. I see nothing improving in any way.

        Leo had a real magic early on that he frittered away by being so full of himself and cavalier.

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  7. A patronizing bully surrounding himself with yes men/women.
    Anybody how dares openly to call him out on his BS is on the no invite list. Like previously said here , all the interesting people are gone and what left is rehashed babble to fill the minutes between commercials and native ads. At the end even tech should be entertaining. Nerd voice acting if somebody disagrees is showing more the lack of confidence and is condescending.
    These days you need a lot of stamina to make it through any of those NetCasts.

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  8. This is probably more of a reflection of Leo’s burnt bridges and status loss than Tonya. The old show; JCD and Curry, Brushwood, Veronica, Molly Wood, Kara swisher, Kevin Rose, Pournelle, Om Malik, Joanna Stern. Twit is a lazy operation being sustained to make Leo money, I don’t see people going on the show anymore. Besides leo kiss asses like Jason snell.

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        1. Oh Contrare TOT…

          I took many of the best shits reading Jerry Pournelle’s paperbacks…

          I think there is still a dog eared copy of “Exiles to Glory” on the tank of my shitter right to this day. As a matter of fact I feel the urge to go lay a steamy loaf right now… BRB! I got some sci-fi reading to do!

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          1. JungleBunnyJim said: go lay a steamy loaf

            May the gods of your Ring Cycle bless you with a whole bakery of steaming delights 🙂
            Jerry Pournelle is old (so what) he is a master of classic science fiction writing, in my opinion obviously.

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  9. Why can’t the guests just PVR the Oscars, or they book guests who don’t care about them?

    They’ll be talking about Apple mostly anyway, in light of what happened with Apple versus the FBI.

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    1. So to go completely off-topic …

      Being bored I decided to mess about with GIMP to produce some alternative lower thirds, here –

      http://imgur.com/a/IWKuH

      I feel this has potential and we should perhaps have a competition for readers to produce the funniest captions …

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  10. I don’t blame Leo for thinking that a list of guests with Christina Warren as the top bill would be anything more than simply crap. It just shows how far gone things have become in the last year. Of course, after the c*nt picture incident of two weeks ago, I doubt if any respectable person in the realm of tech would be willing to appear on the show.

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      1. Ken Sintek said:
        how can Georgia EVER go back on that show?

        i still lie awake at night thinking about what xeni jardin would have said to leo on the vagina twit

        Of course she will. It gives her a chance to plug iMore and her psych practice.

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  11. What a horrible and disrespectful way to talk about the guests on next week’s schedule. So now every guest next week is going to be wondering if they’re “crappy”.

    There is little professionalism going on there, I guess. Sad.

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  12. Here we see LL constant need for “hey look at me!” In full conflict his lack of self control. He throws his employees under the bus and puts them on blast in full public view, can’t he just do this off camera, call a meeting or something to sort things out, IN PRIVATE! Total lack of professionalism, but we’re not surprised. It’s beyond me why people still want to even be guests on twit after seeing how little he thinks of them.

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  13. TD should start keeping track of the guests that appear on TWIT so we can all see who the usual suspects are. At the rate that Leo keeps burning bridges who is he going to have left for guests other than the usual ass kissers? One ass kisser that annoys me is Jason Hiner. I could do without his constant umm-ing and praise of Leo.

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          1. Where is Myriam the tranny anyway? Put her/it on with McCracken and Christina. There is your show of shows!! Add that windbag creep Ihnatko and you have the new dream team.

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        1. JungleBunnyJim said:
          I hate that robot Harry McKraken…

          Have him on more often to put the final nail in the TWiT Coffin!

          Agreed. I’ve never heard a human who had absolutely no emotion in their voice like McCracken.

          Btw, doesn’t his wife work for Lay-O?

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          1. Jimmy Jam said:
            He has pretty dead eyes, too. He’s always looking into the abyss.

            He must have some condition in all seriousness?

            Perhaps he does… But that is nothing like the undiagnosed autism Steve Gibson is sporting. I hate that snake-oil huckster-fuck.

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        1. Ken Sintek said:
          Treadmill Guy starts at the 5:56 mark

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaablvi-fQI

          Greg Ferenstein is his name and walking is his game.

          Just an Update : He’s still not working at techcrunch.

          Ferenstein is quite the super-tool….

          And it is amazing how quickly I forgot just how fucking bad Gummy really was…. Soup must have been on crystal or bath salts to let Gummy continue for so long.

          FIRE MIKE!!!!

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    1. He retired. Scott Bourne, I think. I think he lives in Spain now.

      During the JCD attack stuff last year, Bourne appeared (or talked about appearing) on Twit. I spoke to him and said that after the way Leo had treated such a good, old friend, meant I didn’t think he deserved the kind of respect Bourne was giving him. Bourne said he didn’t think Leo had treated JCD badly and so he didn’t agree with me.

      Fair enough, but it does show the problem of how loyalty can blind you to some fairly obnoxious failings in a person – anyone who judges Leo by normal standards knows that he was really shitty to JCD – it wasn’t just a laugh or a joke, it was nasty behaviour. But Leo generates a type of loyalty that makes people unable to see it, and Bourne is one of those who fails to see it.

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      1. evilpants said:
        He retired. Scott Bourne, I think. I think he lives in Spain now.

        During the JCD attack stuff last year, Bourne appeared (or talked about appearing) on Twit. I spoke to him and said that after the way Leo had treated such a good, old friend, meant I didn’t think he deserved the kind of respect Bourne was giving him. Bourne said he didn’t think Leo had treated JCD badly and so he didn’t agree with me.

        Fair enough, but it does show the problem of how loyalty can blind you to some fairly obnoxious failings in a person – anyone who judges Leo by normal standards knows that he was really shitty to JCD – it wasn’t just a laugh or a joke, it was nasty behaviour. But Leo generates a type of loyalty that makes people unable to see it, and Bourne is one of those who fails to see it.

        Leo does have an amazing super power in creating such a convincing BS bubble that anyone near him can’t see the truth.

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        1. It took JCD a long time but i think he has watched with a keenly different eye since the fallout. I make jokes every week that I hope the vinegar ebook is done so JCD can go on TWIT or TNSS and talk about it.

          JCD if you read this: PLEASE please never go back on Leo’s show. You have plenty of other friends in the biz, talk talk them into letting you shill your shit there. Hell, you probably won’t even have to give them a sales pitch because true friends just enjoy having your presence around.

          Huh, sounds like Leo hasn’t been a true friend for a long time.

          #ITM
          #TYFYC
          #istandwithJCD
          #FuckLaporke

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  14. I think JCD was the last of the good guests and Leo said he was a blowhard and hurting the shows and “dissing” the advertisers. who did he diss? I followed that blow up closely and that wasn’t something I noticed. Seems a little like Leo making things up again. JCD took it to heart and never returned. At least so far. There were long periods when JCD wasn’t on before the blow up so I am guessing that Leo has been trying to get JCD off the show for some time. Since JCD was the last good guest it means Leo had already gotten rid of everyone else while sticking with his his new core: Christina, Wilhelm, the roller derby girl and the shrink. Also Oh Doctah. None of these people know anything or have industry perspective BUT they do kiss ass. His viewership has to be circling the bowl like a turd. Twit is officially boring.

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    1. The main advertiser JCD ‘dissed’ was TWiT itself. He always was razzing Soup about the fucking masterbatorial house ads the fat fuck insisted Jason play.

      Oh Doctah is only on so Soup can brag to his liberal buddies that he ‘has black friends’

      Fuck you! How do ya like that?

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    2. Douche-eliminator said:
      I think JCD was the last of the good guests and Leo said he was a blowhard and hurting the shows and “dissing” the advertisers. who did he diss? I followed that blow up closely and that wasn’t something I noticed. Seems a little like Leo making things up again. JCD took it to heart and never returned. At least so far. There were long periods when JCD wasn’t on before the blow up so I am guessing that Leo has been trying to get JCD off the show for some time. Since JCD was the last good guest it means Leo had already gotten rid of everyone else while sticking with his his new core: Christina, Wilhelm, the roller derby girl and the shrink. Also Oh Doctah. None of these people know anything or have industry perspective BUT they do kiss ass. His viewership has to be circling the bowl like a turd. Twit is officially boring.

      Oh doctor typifies how low TWIT’s guests have fallen.

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    3. Douche-eliminator said:
      I think JCD was the last of the good guests and Leo said he was a blowhard and hurting the shows and “dissing” the advertisers. who did he diss? I followed that blow up closely and that wasn’t something I noticed. Seems a little like Leo making things up again. JCD took it to heart and never returned. At least so far. There were long periods when JCD wasn’t on before the blow up so I am guessing that Leo has been trying to get JCD off the show for some time. Since JCD was the last good guest it means Leo had already gotten rid of everyone else while sticking with his his new core: Christina, Wilhelm, the roller derby girl and the shrink. Also Oh Doctah. None of these people know anything or have industry perspective BUT they do kiss ass. His viewership has to be circling the bowl like a turd. Twit is officially boring.

      Exactly. JCD never kissed Leo’s ass and called him out when necessary. I think once Leo achieved some level of success he expected that JCD would bow down to him. JCD never did and over time it probably ate at Leo resulting in his gradual decline in appearances onTWIT and the eventual banning even though he says JCD isn’t banned.

      It’s just like that one episode back in the day when Leo was questioned by the one guest about whether or not the phone he was praising was given to him for free or if he bought it out of pocket. Leo flipped, told everyone to fuck off and ended the show. That right there was an early indication of what he was all about.

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      1. LaporkeOnAFork said: Exactly. JCD never kissed Leo’s ass and called him out when necessary. I think once Leo achieved some level of success he expected that JCD would bow down to him. JCD never did and over time it probably ate at Leo resulting in his gradual decline in appearances onTWIT and the eventual banning even though he says JCD isn’t banned.

        It’s just like that one episode back in the day when Leo was questioned by the one guest about whether or not the phone he was praising was given to him for free or if he bought it out of pocket.Leo flipped, told everyone to fuck off and ended the show. That right there was an early indication of what he was all about.

        umm not defending him at all but arrington was being a troll and a dick on that clip. although it was hilarious when it happened.

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  15. I’m not sure you can say that he thinks Christina is “crappy” – it’s more likely that he means, the list as a whole is crappy. The one thing he’s definitely saying about her is, if she’s combined with other guests on a crappy list, she’s not good enough to carry the show.

    For example, if she was replaced by John C Dvorak, so it’s the same rest of the crappy list but with JCD on it, Leo wouldn’t say it’s crappy, cos JCD can carry the whole show and turn a crappy group of guests into a good show.

    But I don’t think he’s saying “everyone on this list is crappy”, I think he’s saying that the combined guest list is rubbish, and there’s no stand-out person, no one who can make a good show into a great show. And to be honest, that’s true of most panel shows – he’s been very lucky to have had a few regular guests who can elevate his shows so much, and it’s to his immense discredit that he’s driven them all away.

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  16. By the way, I might’ve missed it in people’s comments, but did I hear right: one of his main show hosts is now the key guest booker for the show?

    Was it always that way? If I heard that right, does this also mean that she books guests for other shows?

    What does this tell us about the state of the network?

    Anyone who’s been bored enough to follow my posts will know that I’m keen on getting real evidence about this – we all laugh about YouTube viewing levels of Twit shows, but I still think 95% of the audience downloads through podcast feeds – so, a lot of the things we use as evidence are conjecture at best. The best forms of evidence we can get are the bits that seep through from Twit itself.

    And this could be one of them. Now, I don’t know the history of Tonya’s work for Leo – she might’ve started as a producer who became a host, and so he still makes use of her show booking “skills”. Or perhaps the person who normally does the booking is off sick.

    But it could also be showing that things are so tight there, they’re using a third-rate host to do a third-rate guest booking job.

    I mean, if I was Leo I’d be furious at her messing up the date by a week. As he said, it’s such a shame there’s no place you can go to check on these dates. If you’re booking guests you have to be absolutely 100% certain of what events are happening on what date.

    Anyway, it’s looking pretty bad.

    I wonder if Leo’s denial is deep enough that he can’t see what’s going on, or if at some level he can see how much damage he’s done.

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    1. Tonya came from some shit hole town to do Marketing Mavericks, a show with nothing to do with technology. Her LinkedIn shows she has had a litany of jobs, none of which seem even remotely impressive.

      I guess when OMGChad and before him Eileen Rivera were Leo’s producers they did the booking. For a while that super Asian Nicole Lee might have booked some people.

      But none of that really matters, the problem is that they don’t hire any professionals. They hire whoever is hanging around and that leads to a shitty business. Add to that non-stop ads for junk products, and a host (Leo) who is so visibly bored and constantly pausing to look for things to say and you get an something that is barely watchable.

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  17. T T Hall was brought in as a show host and booked her own show. I guess she did a good enough job booking a sinking ship that MM was, Lisa decided to keep her on after that Titanic of a show,MM, sank. Following her Twitter feed, she tweets many of her booking requests, very low brow if you ask me.

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  18. I have to say he does come across as a competent mentor and leader. Lisa really did a Yoko on this man and network.

    When she leaves him hes going to kill himself. . No way you could soar this high, destroy your family for her and then see it for what it really was after it all burns to the ground and want to live.

    Btw if anyone is in the Dallas area I locked myself in a trunk practicing a magic trick. ….. . Free bump keys if you help?

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    1. TBH I think it’s not really Lisa, it’s more that unless Leo has extremely positive warm nurturing people around him, his nasty side comes out. I really don’t think Lisa has done anything to him – the seeds of this behaviour have always been there.

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      1. The only seeds I deal with are the ones I plant on my lovely roast beef taco I call my wife. I’m weak, she’s smart and I’m falling farther and farther but you know what, I’m doing it in a Tesla.
        (On a side note, Shwood, do those bump keys work on Tesla’s? Let me know I’ll have Effendumb paged from his grandmother’s funeral and have him down there ASAP)

        You’ll have to excuse me now, Tonya just booked Obama and Guy Fieri for the TWIT on Feb 31rd, I have some calls to make. (Cronut vacuum can’t start her car every morning until she realizes she sitting on the back seat again, yet she can figure out how to change the cell format of a gsheet so it will take an impossible date) #fmfl, fmfw

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  19. This is the first time a video shows him telling the truth, the guests do suck.

    As someone mentioned above he is visibly bored and there are moments of silence in his shows as he reads the next story.

    Yea, maybe you can blame Lisa for not having any talent left at twit but his boredom and laziness is on him. It’s the two issues combining that create this monumental disaster.

    Oh Doctah + Jason Hinrr + Sleepy Leo is not intellectually stimulating. The sooner they acknowledge it, the better.

    Lower ratings yields less people want to be on twit yields even lower ratings yields cancel shows yields Leo is bored yields cheaper studio yields less shows yields less people want to be on twit yields crappy shows yields lower ratings yields fire hosts and producers yields crappier shows yields lower ratings.

    This is a death spiral and they’re absent any leadership at the company. The founder is too personally involved emotionally and financially to make good decisions.

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    1. Grey Goose said:
      This is the first time a video shows him telling the truth, the guests do suck.

      As someone mentioned above he is visibly bored and there are momentsof silence in his shows as he reads the next story.

      Yea, maybe you can blame Lisa for not having any talent left at twit but his boredom and laziness is on him. It’s the two issues combining that create this monumental disaster.

      Oh Doctah + Jason Hinrr + Sleepy Leo is not intellectually stimulating. The sooner they acknowledge it, the better.

      Lower ratings yields less people want to be on twit yields even lower ratings yields cancel shows yields Leo is bored yields cheaper studio yields less shows yields less people want to be on twit yields crappy shows yields lower ratings yields fire hosts and producers yields crappier shows yields lower ratings.

      This is a death spiral and they’re absent any leadership at the company. The founder is too personally involved emotionally and financially to make good decisions.

      I also wonder how much his boredom has to do with the fact that his ego isn’t being fed nearly as much anymore. Things like not having a studio audience to want to get photos with him after, that sort of thing.

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  20. First Time Poster, so be gentle.

    I agree with many, not all, of the points that have been made here, since I first found this site, maybe 6 months ago.

    Why do I have a feeling that TWiT will shut down completely when their current lease is up, and they do not move into a new location?

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    1. ChrisFitz said:
      Why do I have a feeling that TWiT will shut down completely when their current lease is up, and they do not move into a new location?

      Because the lease is up in a little more than a month and they do not have a new space.

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        1. Lard Ass said:
          they can stay put in the current space until April 2017, which is what will happen. Then they shutter. What we are seeing is needless drama.

          Except they take on 2/3 more $$$ in rent!

          How is that even a question for Inside TwiT ? I mean that’s not even a question. Are we done here? We’re done here.

          Tada!

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    2. ChrisFitz said:
      First Time Poster, so be gentle.

      I agree with many, not all, of the points that have been made here, since I first found this site, maybe 6 months ago.

      Why do I have a feeling that TWiT will shut down completely when their current lease is up, and they do not move into a new location?

      I have been championing this exact thesis since November. I believe this will happen.

      or

      They pay a higher rent to stretch the business to September which is an option as well. It makes no sense but neither did the decision to never acquire the brickhouse building.

      Leo’s ego may make this second theory a viable bet as well.

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      1. I don’t know – there is definitely money left to wring out from this enterprise, and I find it hard to imagine them leaving it on the table and just closing up shop. I think we are more likely to see a return to the cottage days, in terms of scale, # of employees and # of shows. They can’t sell the business, because the business is Leo talking to people about tech so what is there to sell unless Leo comes along?

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  21. Tonya was brought on as a producer and offered her own show as well. Then switched to just producer when Mavericks was cancelled. She got good guests on that show, but her live hosting was its weakest link. I would have swapped in a different host and see if it sparked with that.

    If Leo wants a better panel, he should be part of the selection each week. It’s a 10 minute meeting once a week to review and give his feedback.

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    1. Fauxjournalist said:
      Tonya was brought on as a producer and offered her own show as well. Then switched to just producer when Mavericks was cancelled. She got good guests on that show, but her live hosting was its weakest link. I would have swapped in a different host and see if it sparked with that.

      If Leo wants a better panel, he should be part of the selection each week. It’s a 10 minute meeting once a week to review and give his feedback.

      This is what happens when you say “Your in charge baby, take care of it” It’s too late for Leo to save his dream.

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    1. I think you are misinterpreting the reason Leo appears to care about guests. If he really cared then he’d offer JCD $2000 or more and it would be a hard offer to refuse. That would solve the problem. That’s not the way Leo sees it and he thinks he just needs functional guests like Andy Inathko who can talk and talk and talk without being asked a lot of questions or without Leo having to draw it out of them.

      You have seen these recent shows. Some boring fuck has to be grilled by Leo to get him to say anything. This is actual work that Leo does not want to do as others have pointed out.

      I’m actually shocked that Inhatko isn’t on more often. Chatterbox dingbat Christina Warren also serves this purpose.
      TYFYC

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  22. The problem with Andy, and as much as he may know about what he chatters on about, he can’t get out of the way of his tongue. It’s painful to listen to him blabber on and on and on…. Plus, his non sequitur lines of thought and stories drives a pitch fork into the conversation. I just want to pound my head, bare handed, with a cholla cactus when he starts blabbing.

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    1. There’s that and the fact that he has not come to terms that he is a closeted homosexual.

      COME OUT, Andy, COME OUT… There’s so many men that want to have their way with your sexy mutton chops!

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      1. Is it that Andy is gay, or that he’s a 13 year old nerd boy in a man’s body?

        I mean with all the comic books, movies, TV shows, photography and computers he can’t have time for wimminz.

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        1. You may be on to something. He seems sad too, another indication that he is closeted. I think at least half the guests are gay or should be gay including Leo. The women are all dikes for sure and I think Lisa is bi for sure. But let’s look. Gizfiz — admitted gay. Steve Gibson — gay. Myriam the boy/girl — totally gay. Chad — gay. Christina Warren — asexual. McCrackem – asexual. Om Malik — gay. Roller derby girl Serenity — lesbian. Tim Stevens — gay. Jason Hiner — bisexual. Padre – come on! Tom Merrit — married and straight and had to go. Ihnatko — totally gay. Oh Doctah — down low. Scoble — admitted gay. Will Harris — flaming gay. On and on.

          It all makes sense.

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          1. I find this breakdown fascinating. How much of it is real and how much is speculation? It does makes sense somewhat, I’d just never thought about it from that angle.

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    2. I generally like Andy, but his incessant use of analogy, simile and metaphor drives me crazy. He drones on and on, especially about the thing du jour he’s interested in at the moment (Hamilton, Bobs Burgers — all good things). And I can’t stand to read his columns and reviews. He constantly mentions how many words he’s written, like the sheer number is evidence of quality. That’s the sign of a bad writer. Brevity is the soul of wit, Andy. A focused and concise writer, he is not. Get to the point!!

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  23. The saddest aspect of all this to me is that Leo has become a classic example of the middle-aged man cliché. I have an uncle who’s life pretty much imploded the same way. He left his wife of over 20 years and the mother of their three children right at the height of his professional career. He remarried a much younger co-worker, moved into an opulent penthouse, and bought a luxury car. A few years later it all came crumbling down, with his young wife leaving him with a boat load of debt, his relationship with his kids ruined, and his friendships burned to the ground. Now he’s a sick and sad senior citizen who can’t afford to retire. I can see Leo’s fall from grace coming, and it won’t be a pretty sight.

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  24. Here is my list of non-crappy guests. Even if I don’t agree with these guests, they are opinionated and make me think.
    Nick Bilton
    Ryan Block
    Marques Brownlee
    Jason Calacanis
    Pete Cashmore
    Adam Curry
    Cory Doctorow
    Steve Gilmor
    Will Harris
    Andrew Horowitz
    Myriam Joire
    Jim Louderback
    Bill Machrone
    Harry McCracken
    Mark Milian
    Clayton Morris
    Nilay Patel (but not too much)
    Jerry Pournelle (yes he will drone on about Moore’s Law too much)
    Trey Ratcliff
    Peter Rojas
    Kevin Rose
    Robert Scoble
    Dwight Silverman
    Danny Sullivan
    Ben Thompson
    Lance Ulanoff
    Becky Worley

    I use to love Om and JCD but I think they lost their fastball. I do miss Cranky Geeks when JCD was at his best.

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    1. Junky said:
      Here is my list of non-crappy guests.Even if I don’t agree with these guests, they are opinionated and make me think.
      Nick Bilton
      Ryan Block
      Marques Brownlee
      Jason Calacanis
      Pete Cashmore
      Adam Curry
      Cory Doctorow
      Steve Gilmor
      Will Harris
      Andrew Horowitz
      Myriam Joire
      Jim Louderback
      Bill Machrone
      Harry McCracken
      Mark Milian
      Clayton Morris
      Nilay Patel (but not too much)
      Jerry Pournelle (yes he will drone on about Moore’s Law too much)
      Trey Ratcliff
      Peter Rojas
      Kevin Rose
      Robert Scoble
      Dwight Silverman
      Danny Sullivan
      Ben Thompson
      Lance Ulanoff
      Becky Worley

      I use to love Om and JCD but I think they lost their fastball.I do miss Cranky Geeks when JCD was at his best.

      Calcanus = arrogant bitch boy
      Myriam… I hate him, her ….err. *it*
      Harry McCracken…hate her
      Clayton Morris = arrogant. Cheated on his first wife to get his second. Would have gotten the shit kicked out of him in my schoolyard.
      Robert Scoble = asswipe. Should spend more time with autistic son.
      Ben Thompson = You gotta fucking be kidding me!!!! He’s the loser who had to go to Taiwan to get a wife. His health habits are like Christina Warren: greasy hair, etc.
      Ohm Malike will put you to sleep

      I add as horrible:

      Roller derby girl
      Gay Ihnatko
      Georgia the fraudulent shrink
      Renee Richards with those bad teeth
      Thurrot with the badly dyed hair
      Jeff Jarvis – speaking of bad teeth
      Alex Wilhelm the Kraut

      Only good guest was JCD.

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    2. Junky said:
      Here is my list of non-crappy guests.Even if I don’t agree with these guests, they are opinionated and make me think.
      Nick Bilton
      Ryan Block
      Marques Brownlee
      Jason Calacanis
      Pete Cashmore
      Adam Curry
      Cory Doctorow
      Steve Gilmor
      Will Harris
      Andrew Horowitz
      Myriam Joire
      Jim Louderback
      Bill Machrone
      Harry McCracken
      Mark Milian
      Clayton Morris
      Nilay Patel (but not too much)
      Jerry Pournelle (yes he will drone on about Moore’s Law too much)
      Trey Ratcliff
      Peter Rojas
      Kevin Rose
      Robert Scoble
      Dwight Silverman
      Danny Sullivan
      Ben Thompson
      Lance Ulanoff
      Becky Worley

      I use to love Om and JCD but I think they lost their fastball.I do miss Cranky Geeks when JCD was at his best.

      This post looks suspiciously planted by TWIT.

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  25. Christina IS a motomouth. I have found JCD the perfect counterpoint to Leo . Lately it does seem to be the same guests over and over and ALWAYS CW. Who, once she starts talking never shuts up. I miss JCD and his wise cracking thou the worst show was JCD and Jody Odell ( that was REALLY BAD )
    Some valid points here among all the trolling .. I learned a lot from this. I was searching for “Christina Warren motormouth” and found this blog. ( I always fast forward when she starts and several times just stopped listening completely) I was also wondering why JCD was not on any more. If any one has the details aside from what I picked up here, I would like to hear. I think you folks bring up great points but all the anti gay and hatefull stuff as fun as it is for you all doing this trolling makes the valid stuff seem like it gets taken as Ben would say “off the table” really “he had to go to Taiwan to find a wife” what does that have to do with any thing?

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    1. Total Drama does have it’s fair share of homophobes, misogynists, a very few apparent racists and those taking snipes at people’s appearance, often about their teeth (must be an American fixation I think). But generally the hatred is aimed fairly and squarely at Leo Laporte and his whore Lisa Laporte (nee Kentzell).
      Open comments on most blogs are the same, just how it goes without moderation (censorship).

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