Jason Howell Pays the Price for Leo Laporte’s Chronic Tardiness

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 Olanoffcommunity 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.

Happy Leo Laporte Dick Pic Day!

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Penis seen round the world. Pixelated for your protection.
Penis seen round the world. Pixelated for your protection.

Happy 1st anniversary of Dick Pic day.

The site’s cursor was changed to Leo Laporte’s dick pic in honor of today and because its small size lends itself well to being a mouse cursor. Now, only this paragraph has the dick cursor.

The video that changed everything for Leo Laporte and TWiT

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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 Will Literally Do Anything to Avoid Paying for Bandwidth

Fuck you. How do ya like that?
Fuck you. How do ya like that?

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.

Netcasts you hate, from people who suck.
Netcasts you hate, from people who suck.

The BitTorrent announcement has a bit of humor in it as well:

TWiT: The TWiT.tv Netcast Network with Leo Laporte features the #1 ranked technology podcast This Week in Tech, along with over 20 other top-ranked online shows.

Hilton A. Goring could not be reached for comment.
Hilton A. Goring could not be reached for comment.

TWiT hasn’t been the #1 ranked technology podcast in a really long time. It’s likely been years at this point.

Leo has finally figured out how to get his few remaining fans to directly pay for his streaming bandwidth. Soup and CeHO Liza Kentzell Laporte must be very excited.

Breaking: EffenDunn is Effen Done?

Update: Confirmation that scary weirdo EffenDunn is gone.
Scary weirdo, Jason C. Cleanthes
Scary weirdo, Jason C. Cleanthes

Jason C. Cleanthes — aka EffenDunn aka EffenDumb — has, up until now, been Leo’s producer. Since he has no discernable skills, his future at TWiT is now in question.

Perhaps he kept providing crappy lists to Leo, week after week, resulting in his current — at least — demotion.

Leo later treated him as an intern taking photos. He may have to ramp up his Uber driving.

We previously thought he had been fired and we were wrong, so we don’t want to be too quick to call this one.

Be sure to read our comprehensive coverage of Jason C. Cleanthes (EffenDunn)’s time at TWiT.

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Leo Laporte Doesn’t Pay Jason C. Cleanthes (EffenDunn) Enough

Guest SubmissionThe same guest video maker from our previous video post sent in another video.

In this video, you can witness what might be one of the funniest moments on TWiT.

Scary weirdo, Jason C. Cleanthes
Imagine this guy picking you up on a dark street.

EffenDumb drives for Uber in his spare time because apparently what Leo Laporte pays his flagship show producer is not enough.

Leo approximates a human reaction of embarrassment, but Jason C. Cleanthes (EffenDumb) is too dumb to know that he should be embarrassed or that he is humiliating Leo on-air.

This Bud’s for you, EffenDumb.

Jason Howell Mumbles and Stumbles Through Another Show

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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.

Leo Laporte Mocks Sponsor Rocket Mortgage

TWiT LLC has issued a DMCA takedown on our YouTube video for this post and a few others. They still don’t understand fair use. We will have a story relating to this once we know more.

Leo Laporte and his merry band of idiots have a long history of shitting on their sponsors. The sponsors never seem to wise up.

In the video above, he makes fun of one of their latest sponsors, Rocket Mortgage (by Quicken Loans).

Be sure to check out the comprehensive sponsor shitting article for lots of videos like this one.

Thanks to a reader for the tip on this one.