Trigger warning: The video above may cause you to actually feel kinda sorry for Jason Howell.
If you ever watch the live stream, you will hear Leo saying he doesn’t care about shows starting on time. He shows near-constant disrespect for even his regular guests. Soup can’t even show up punctually for The Tech Guy on Premiere Networks — his one job where his income is dependent on someone else.
This time, Drew Olanoff — community director for TechCrunch — finally put TWiT in its place for disrespecting his time he set aside for an interview by being extremely late. Unfortunately, Jason Howell and viewers of Tech News Today paid the price, not Leo Laporte.
May 5, 2015: Leo Laporte Came Dangerously Close to Exposing Himself on Meerkat. This is not technically part of #dickgate, but it happened less than a month prior. While doing an AMA on Reddit, Leo Laporte jumped around and his pants “accidentally” fell down, which caused him to sling his genitals visibly back and forth. Thankfully, this exposure was covered by his underwear.
May 28, 2015: How To Express Your Disgust Over #DickGate. Total Drama launches a letter-writing campaign to Premiere that fails miserably. Premiere, a dying radio network part of a dying radio company, doesn’t care if they employ a misogynist that exposes himself on a video stream.
May 29, 2015: Leo’s #DickGate Chatroom Rants and Lies. Leo goes on a rampage in the chat room to spin the situation. He compares Total Drama to terrorists, claims the dick pic is fake, and begins doxxing a Total Drama member.
February 8, 2016: Leo Laporte Exposes a Vagina On-Air During TWiT. Leo Laporte shows a cunt pic from Lisa on the flagship show This Week in Tech. TWiT reacts — as before — with a new sizzle reel. Leo refers to the cunt pic as “something filthy.”
We are continually shocked and surprised at what TWiT shows on-air. We always think it can’t get worse, but it usually does. Next year on dick day, we’ll let you know if there are any updates in the saga.
Leo Laporte is well known for his “frugal” ways when it comes to the business. Everything that can be free or could be free is used over anything that costs money. He hires the worst people as well, likely due to not paying well enough to attract and keep exceptional talent.
Let’s create a list of miserly decisions Soup has made in the past. Please contribute in the comments if you can think of more that we should add.
Skype is used over superior commercial products, while complaining constantly about Skype.
HexChat is used over Textual because it’s free. When Leo finally gave up and bought Textual, he complained that it’s 5 dollars.
IRCcloud is used because Leo is too stupid to figure out how to connect to his IRC’s ZNC bouncer. He complained that he needed to pay 5 dollars per month.
Twitch, Ustream, and BitGravity are all used because they’re free or cheap.
Flosoft is used to stream only in cases where it is absolutely necessary. It is not advertised on the site and exists solely to service HLS mobile clients, like iOS. It is run from a server in France rather than a real CDN. Leo hates people using Flosoft because it is the one streaming provider that actually costs him money.
He has no IT person on staff. He has to rely on contract personnel and his own idiocy to try to solve problems — or alternatively blame his problems on trolls.
He refuses to pay for mobile apps for TWiT. Apparently the mobile platform isn’t big enough to matter to Soup. He leaves that to developers to create apps for free that make Leo money and cost the developers time and money. He then berates those developers on-air if a viewer has a problem with an app.
Willful copyright infringement. He sticks ads on live streams from other companies while sending DMCA requests to YouTube for clearly fair-use content.
The number 2 host, in terms of airtime, one Father Robert Ballecer, works for free. Leo makes a “donation” to the church for his time, but the fat priest would work for free due to his fat ego anyway.
He got CUNY to pay for his New York Studio as well as the equipment in Petaluma required to send/receive the high-quality video. The taxpayers of New York are funding the dotNYC show currently in beta. We can’t wait to see them slap ads on it to make TWiT money while sticking the people of New York with the bill.
This brings us to the latest announcement. Leo Laporte literally wants you, the viewer, to pay for his streaming bandwidth. The concept itself is galling.
Jason Howell, famous for being stuck working in Petaluma with Leo Laporte after what some could call a productive career at CNET, is really not a good podcast host. He seems like he’s a pretty good guy, but the better talent — Iyaz — left already.
In the video above, created by an anonymous reader and submitted to us, you can watch a compilation of “kindas” strung together, all from a single Tech News Today. It’s a work of art constructed solely of verbal crutches.
Thank you, anonymous contributor, and may you continue making great content.