Leo Laporte Announces TWiT Eastside Studio Will Be a Literal Sweatshop

In a departure from the usual, there are two videos below.

Leo Laporte and Yoko Lisa Kentzell Laporte
The Walrus and Yoko

Leo Laporte famously cares nothing for his employees, but this may take the cake — sorry Tonya.

The new Eastside studio doesn’t have enough power to air condition the studio and the office space, forcing a Yoko’s Choice. Master planner Lisa Kentzell Laporte couldn’t manage to get appropriate facilities infrastructure in place in time for the move.

For more on the air conditioning situation, lets go straight to the walrus in suspenders’ mouth.

Sorry, TWiT employees! Sweat it out, thinking about Leo’s $22,000 cruise. I’m sure they had something better to spend their money and time on.

“Let the rest of them suffer.” Nice, Leo Laporte. Nice.

92 thoughts on “Leo Laporte Announces TWiT Eastside Studio Will Be a Literal Sweatshop”

  1. Typical rookie mistake… they didn’t want to spend money on a real project manager and thought they could do it themselves! LMAO.

    Now the poor employees will suffer, and don’t forget the old and infirm visitors who will fainting left and right. It’s going to be a real spectacle next week. Won’t you join us?

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    1. The best part of all of this is, she’s trying to sell her services for doing things like this, to the general public.

      I wouldn’t hire her to organize a high school’s car wash, watching this train wreck. They’re moving probably over a million in tech to a new site, and the AC isn’t up to spec? Any other situation, she would have her flat ass fired, instantly.

      He’s setting himself up for a huge liability with fire, with this. It’s not safe to run that much equipment without proper cooling – and since that buck toothed bimbo is in charge of safety precautions at this site, I’d worry about inadequate fire prevention.

      I live near where they’re broadcasting from. It gets fucking HOT there. I see power supplies melting down in that studio, and the whole place burning to the ground – and hopefully none of his poor employees will be in the building when the inevtiable happens.

      At minimum, they’re going to lose a lot of that tech to overheating – things like video mixers (they probably use a TriCaster), HDs, servers, cameras – they’re all very sensitive to heat. When they burn through 10 or 20 grand in boards, will that housewife turned CEO finally get her shit together and do her job right? Nahhhhh. Leo will just blame it on the landlord, and shove a couple more thousand calories down his gullet, while pawing over a new camera, sitting his fat ass in the AC in his McMansion.

      It’s fucking awesome, how well these two bimbos are tanking TwiT every week. Maybe that crow magnon browed monstrosity with tits can find work as a corporate hitwoman after this – instead of burning a company down for insurance money, hire her incompetant ass as CEO or CFO – business will be gone in 3 quarters or less. Viola.

      If I was just a touch more cyncial, I’d think Leo was doing this on purpose, to get a big insurance payout, but he’s not smart enough to pull something like that off. It would take effort.

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  2. They also gave us a taste of what it’s like owning, I mean leasing, a Tesla.

    Leo drives like a geriatric old man, but gun owner Lisa has already taken the Tesla to 100mph. Fascinating.

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  3. Check out the DVR right after iOS today to get Leo talking about the shitstudio.

    Bonus content: padre being too lazy to actually walk around the studio, and riding a powered bike instead (also too lazy to stand on one of the segways, i guess)

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  4. I hope there is a brown out that will fry all of their equipment when they power all of the studio lights and everything else. Remember when CeHO wouldn’t let Erik RIP! power up the studio to do his light night show? This is payback and Karma.

    FU Soup!

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    1. They don’t need a brownout. All they need is a 110 degree day (common where they are), and that big metal roof overhead, and all that heat producing tech.

      Leo’s gonna be broadcasting from a MacBook in his house after a couple weeks of that.

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  5. Lisa has to be either very very stupid or really cheep… Or both!! How hard is it to hire a electriction to come in and survey the units panal and the pull to the panal??? And Leo tries to blame the lack of amps to the building being sold!!! So you downsized, 50%, didn’t Lisa sign the checks?? So your old shit house was running, let’s say just for grins, $10,000 a month in amperage charges, and the new east end crap house had a rated capacity of, let’s say, 1/4 of the old shit house, you’d think that little bell between her thighs would ding a ling every so slightly as to the mis match of Amps required in the new east end crap house….

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  6. Sounds to me like they were too cheap to hire an electrician to cater to their needs and they are going in and only using what electricity the new space provides without increasing the capacity. Can’t wait to hear all the box fans running in the background in every video. 😛

    And yeah, I also think brown outs are in their future. Should be interesting.

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    1. LOL sue for what? Do you realize how much proof you would need to have a libel case? They are hard to fight. Plus video evidence definitely shows some of Leo’s callous actions. Granted I think a lot of this video editing TD does is childish. However, in no way would Leo have a case.

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  7. The look on Megan Morrones face said it all. She knew that Leo was making an excuse for not doing the all important due diligence when when it comes to moving a business that consumes more current than a normal business in such a small property.

    Is there a betting pool on how many hours before the porcine members of staff start complaining and becoming irritable and how many hours before King Porker himself Chief Chipolata Laporte stands making shitty comments about the Landlord and how long it is taking for the transformers to be upgraded?

    I’m sure that by Tuesday afternoon the bulbous ball bag will be giving the landlord a huge slagging off.

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  8. Jesus fucking christ does Lisa have a fucking brain they move in a week and she says I dunno what it looks like that makes no damn sense. TWIT is offically sunk from this and this is them in a life boat with a hole in it.

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    1. specie8470 said:
      Jesus fucking christ does Lisa have a fucking brain they move in a week and she says I dunno what it looks like that makes no damn sense. TWIT is offically sunk from this and this is them in a life boat with a hole in it.

      The hole is between Lisa’s legs and Leo has that plugged…. Sorta Maybe

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  9. This is truly cringe worthy. I almost feel sorry for Leo in this CASE, but then I remember: he brought this on himself when he married Yoko and made her CEHO instead of hiring a professional.

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    1. The problem was not making her CEO. That could be an honest mistake. The problem was not recognizing that she had no business being CEO of TWiT and correcting it long ago.

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      1. lol the CEO of Target Canada could do a better job running twit, and Target shut down all stores in canada…..just sayin (btw if Twit is ever looking for a studio space in canada….. hope they like Red everywhere ……. lol and oh yeah dont have to worry about a brew pub kicking you out no one wants those spaces……lol)

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    1. specie8470 said:
      How will they keep the servers cool with no ac? #Failure

      Leo can’t walk five feet without breaking a sweat, so my guess is on day 1 he’ll be the one who starts complaining about lack of AC and things will be changed. (after the first couple of brown outs)

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  10. Temperature at work is above 75-I walk, I don’t care what OSHA says, 76 and your boss is scum.

    Padre pretending to have fun on camera is a bad sign. I remember in #drama whenever a fired person would come back and it was really tense or uncomftorable padre did the thing where he pretends to be having fun.

    Hey, why no padre stories? No one watches his shows or reads his tweets anymore? I know he is free but still.

    I don’t believe they didn’t hire an electrician. Don’t they have a fan who is an electrician? Russel works free, how about him?

    Which shows will be terminated in new studio? Will they tell us. Does tweet get ads? Is Citrix a sponsor still?

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  11. The lights alone… OMG. Have they ever switched to LED lights?

    Can you IMAGINE the heat coming off the lights pointed right at the hosts with zero AC or airflow?!

    This is going to be interesting…

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    1. 1) summer is ending
      2)the lights have ALWAYS been cool LEDs
      3)he can put in all this shit later after missing a few shows when the fuses blow.

      I’m more concerned about the relatively cramped qtrs getting on people’s nerves. The brickhouse was huge.

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  12. This is a major fuck up. It’s going to be a problem. Extra shine on the hosts for the next while.

    This is a good post. No need to insult someone based on appearance. Poor performance is all you need.

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  13. Leo and Lisa seem to give zero fucks about “their crew”. Notice how Leo nonchalantly broadcasts to everyone they’ll be entering the lower gates of hell soon (stepping down further) and will be just have to deal with it. What an ass clown this guy is. Goddammit! When will TWiT finally close down?

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  14. So this Sunday’s Twit is in the new
    fucked up studio??

    If so I’ll have to tune in
    sounds like it maybe interesting from a failed technical end
    Server Heat+ManTranny Heat + staff body Heat+light Heat+audience Heat+surrounding Businesses wall Heat+WindowsDoor Heat+FatFuckLeo’s body Heat = ONE HELL OF A SWEAT BOX !!!!

    Should be a fun few weeks

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    1. Yeah it’s in there. They are changing it from the TWiT Stripmall to the TWiT Hothouse .

      Such a lack of due diligence, didn’t anyone suggest that they make sure their power consumption can be met by the supply coming in.

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  15. Find it amusing that TWIT is actively enforcing copyright and pulling down videos. So much for Creative Commons. I have a few videos of the last New Years eve and Leo getting his butt tattooed that still exist. Maybe it’s because I didn’t try to monetize them? Seems that would fit the letter of the CC license.

    As for the general situation. I feel bad for anyone that has to work there but I can only have so much sympathy since I live in Phoenix and it’s been 110F outside the past couple of days. Oh yeah and I can’t afford to turn on the AC. Try editing video in those conditions.

    Maybe there needs to be a little suffering to expose what a moron the CeHo really is.

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    1. I don’t think it’s cause of monetizing reasons. I believe they are ones to where they are quite incriminating and can’t blame TD’s amateur edits.

      For example, the part about the no air conditioning. That’s quite incriminating as it opens up potential OSHA violations.

      Then there is the other one with Virginia Heffernan. I’m sure this one got taken down due to damage control and tipping off Virginia.

      This is just proof that the TWIT staff are personally worried whenever they see a truth exposed on this website. I know that Leo does read these posts. So I will say this:

      Leo, the only reason I am critical is that you have turned your career into greed. Things were a lot better before the brickhouse, You alienate your dearest friends such as JCD. Lisa has truely ruined you and I hope you see the truth one day. I hate advocating divorce, but won’t miss her when she is gone.

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    2. I think their creative commons license states no modification so a clip would be against the license.
      However, it would still be fair use. It is ironic that they used to complain all the time about getting takedown notices when they use clips for news but when someone does it to them they have no problem issuing the takedown notice.

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      1. Fair use would be if you were doing your own editorial and showed a clip as evidence to your statements. On its own, a clip isn’t fair use. Take the text from the post, read it into the video, and then play clip. Then it’s fair use. Do you rmember when Richardya would do those text to speech into videos. You could at least do that. Make it clear it’s a news report.

        It will still get pulled, but you can dispute it and have it returned.

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  16. The video got claimed for copyright because Lisa saw it and it made her look like the idiot she really is and she didn’t like that so she filled a copyright claim on it. Just proves Lisa isn’t fit to run a broom closet let alone a multi million dollar company.

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    1. specie8470 said:
      The video got claimed for copyright because Lisa saw it and it made her look like the idiot she really is and she didn’t like that so she filled a copyright claim on it. Just proves Lisa isn’t fit to run a broom closet let alone a multi million dollar company.

      Or the fact that it wasn’t TotalDramas content

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      1. They release their shit under Creative Commons… not to mention that these fuckers have stolen other companies’ feeds on at least one occasion so they could drone on over it and call it live coverage.

        Fuck this amateurish businesswhore, it would be so much better for everyone if they hired an actual CEO and let this bitch become the trophy wife she so obviously yearns to be. Shame she looks like garbage.

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        1. Jimmy Jam said:
          They release their shit under Creative Commons… not to mention that these fuckers have stolen other companies’ feeds on at least one occasion so they could drone on over it and call it live coverage.

          Fuck this amateurish businesswhore, it would be so much better for everyone if they hired an actual CEO and let this bitch become the trophy wife she so obviously yearns to be. Shame she looks like garbage.

          haha awesome reply!

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        2. Creative Commons doesn’t mean public domain. There are terms of use. Just showing a clip violates those terms. For a proper fair use you need to do your own commentary in a video that is much longer than the clip you use. Like news people.

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          1. Oh, like how TWiT uses streams from Apple and Samsung and puts ads over them to fuel their shitty lifestyle? The streams they can’t even bother editing the copyright notice out of? Those ones?

            Fuck you asshat, fuck you and your faux ironic username that you probably thought was so smart. It’s not, the bloggers on this site are bigger journalists than Leo or any shit that’s ever been in his employment.

            Yeah, eat my ass Fauxfaggot. Your shtick is boring and tired, like the fat psychopath you can’t help but constantly defend.

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          2. Yeah, eat my ass Fauxfaggot. Your shtick is boring and tired, like the fat psychopath you can’t help but constantly defend.

            I’m no journalist. You’re no journalist. And Leo is no journalist. I’m upfront about it. You are delusional if you think anyone here is a journalist.

            I don’t defend Leo. Do think I’m defending him when I criticize you? It’s about you, not him.

            I was giving advice to TD on how to qualify using twit clips under fair use. If you took your head out of your ass you’d be able to hear that.

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  17. This new studio does not sound like a permanent place to stay. Small and cramped, no A/C, electric problems… It’s almost like they are planning something.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if a convenient accident happens there and someone gets a nice insurance payout.

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    1. It could mean they see the writing on the wall and this is the last stop before things go under. Why bother investing in a new studio (AC, etc) if you don’t plan to be there more than 6 months to a year.

      20 years ago I worked at a video production company, and the owners were shady as hell and totally incompetent to boot. They once tried to hide an entire editing suite and claimed it was stolen just so they could get the insurance money. The insurance company figured out they were trying to scam them and told them if the equipment didn’t return by X days, they would call the police on them, and low and behold, the edit suite returned in tack the next day.

      I bring this story up because I’m not sure L&L would pull insurance fraud. That is too risky and neither of them are smart enough to pull it off. Milking advertisers, throwing ads on any garbage show they think of, and selling crappy merchandise is L&Ls business model.

      But desperate times call for desperate measures, so maybe insurance fraud is the next step from here.. *shrug*

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      1. I’m not saying that Lisa and Leo want to actually stage an accident or commit fraud. I don’t want to think that way about anyone, not even this “lovely” couple.

        What I think is that what they’re doing is completely irresponsible to their employees, audience, and the brand itself. However, it appears that Leo and Lisa will win regardless if the new studio somehow operates for a while or if burns down because Leo was too cheap to actually maintain it.

        I agree that this will be their last stop. It’ll be easy for Leo to write off TWiT one day if this new studio is really as bad as it is described to be.

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  18. Two words…. Dumb Asses. Leo and Lisa should know how much power they are going to need for the studio and the heating and air condition systems. I predict one of two things is going to happen, the first is that the TWiT studio will burn down because of an overload of the circuits and wiring in which case I am prepared to travel to Petaluma standing outside of TWiT singing “The Roof The Roof The Roof Is On Fire!” and the second thing Pacific Gas and Electric is going to show up to turn off the power because they are overloading the local power network by not using the right voltage and amps.

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  19. Leo’s judgment in a nutshell–He could have married a 24-year-old model, appoint her CEO and get exactly the same results. The only difference is that he would be laporking a 24-year-old model instead of a man-tranny with a kid.

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  20. The first day at the East side Studio should be interesting when they power everything up and poof it either doesn’t work correctly or neighborhood business complain when they start blowing circuit breakers in the strip mall.

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    1. I regularly watch or listen to a podcast about aviation. A typical show is 3 people in 3 different cities around the world. These people are airline pilots and shows are often done from hotel rooms. News, opinions, stoeies, listener feedback. With just laptops. Sometimes just a smartphone. Live with a chatroom. They have their own phone app. Video and audio quality is fine. And it is more interesting than almost any show on TWIT. No studio, no Tricaster, no hot lights. But great personalities and they know what they are talking about because they live it every day.

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  21. Well, I’m planning on doing a capture on Sunday for the big move. I’ll post it up on one of my youTube channels and see what happens. The last time I did a long format video about TWIT the only edit I did was getting rid of the on-air commercials.

    We’ll see if I get it yanked down.

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    1. digital dynamic said:
      Well, I’m planning on doing a capture on Sunday for the big move. I’ll post it up on one of my youTube channels and see what happens.The last time I did a long format video about TWIT the only edit I did was getting rid of the on-air commercials.

      We’ll see if I get it yanked down.

      For what it’s worth, we’ll be capturing too on the DVR.

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    1. LeWhore is such a cheap asshole, claiming in the video that he can’t afford Azure, so he uses consumer services. Uh, aren’t businesses, making millions of dollars a year like TWiT, SUPPOSED to use business services, not consumer services?

      Maybe cut your pay, fat fuck? Maybe take three fewer vacations a year?

      PLEASE don’t drop dead yet, Leo. I want to see your heart attack live from the new Shithouse once it’s complete in a few years.

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      1. Yes, but it was impressive and had a peculiar charm. The new place looked cramped and charmless. The hallway looks like a medical building.. It’s creepy.

        This place is going to be jinxed and bring down the operation. The “new” TechTV idea failed. Leo should have pulled back big-time.

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    2. that transformer has to draw its amps from somewhere… most likely power was borrowed from the main panel, thus something had to be cut back and that was the A/C circuit. They will get an additional pull to the main box, but that takes planning and that takes weeks plus much more $$$$. Looks like “Theeeeee Tech Guy screwed up again by not caring about the details and leaving the details up to Lisa Kensell Laporte who didn’t allocate her vast resources to the move till it was too late, she must have been to busy running her ArtIsAnal company….

      Soupslurper said:
      If you notice they had to install a separate transformerfor the server room.

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  22. Lol I don’t know whether to congratulate Leo or laugh at this: all the desks for the new studio have been given to them for free (or reduced cost) by way of the desk supplier, Varidesk, being a Twit sponsor. That’s either great fiscal acumen or desperation:

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  23. btw re the older post about a new studio logo. They asked viewers and readers to send in ideas for a logo. Aside from the bold Totaldrama submission, not a single other person offered any idea. And just like with almost all their social media posts, there are hardly any comments about it.

    It really says a lot that they’ve totally failed to engage their audience in any meaningful way, given the nature of what they do.

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    1. evilpants said:
      It really says a lot that they’ve totally failed to engage their audience in any meaningful way, given the nature of what they do.

      At one time they did have an engaged audience, but I think this is a bigger sign that their audience just stopped caring and moved on. Nothing is worse than the thunderous roar of silence. 😛

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  24. OSHA isn’t going to do shit. I’ve worked as a CNC machinist for over a decade. Ideally CNC machines should be placed in climate controlled buildings, but many shops do not have AC. Temps in those shops during the summer months can be brutal. And not once have I ever seen OSHA intervene.

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  25. I take that back, OSHA did intervene once, but that was only over access to water. The owner of the shop was a real control freak and quite the asshole. An employee once spilled water which got into the CNC’s controller and fried the motherboard. After that the owner would not allow food or drink on the shop floor (except for himself excluded, who walked around all day with a water bottle). With temps reaching 105+ in the shop OSHA was called, and the owner was made to allow bottled water on the shop floor during the summer. He was the worse boss I ever had btw.

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  26. The skank Lisa is getting the video’s pulled and is filling enough CR takedowns against the YouTube accounts for they to be suspended too. I’ll bet many of the videos were posted when TWiT released content under CC 2.0 or 2.5. She changed it over to CC 4.0 a while back but many many pages still referenced the old CC license.

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