Leo Laporte Shits on Sponsor Ring.com

Time capsule of the last time Leo learned something new about technology.

Leo Laporte used to crow far and wide about how much he loved “the Ring video doorbell” on all of his shows. He did one of his signature ten minute ads any time he was given the chance — and the dollar bills.

We had concerns about the company, given that Father Robert Ballecer claimed he was able to write some Python scripts to intercept the video from the Ring doorbell, which is supposedly strongly encrypted with TLS.

If a fake priest can break your encryption, how good can it be, unless the fake priest is lying?

The love affair has come to an end. Like the many, many times hosts on the TWiT network have shit on sponsors, Ring.com is now a target.

In the clip above, Leo Laporte claims that Ring didn’t pay their bills, perhaps slandering the company if that isn’t true.

Here’s how TWiT co-host Katie Brenner disrespects sponsor NatureBox on air.

And here’s how TWiT host Tonya Hall disrespects sponsor ZipRecruiter on-air.

And here’s how TWiT’s TNT host Mike Elgan trashes sponsor PayPal on-air.

And here’s how Leo trashes previous sponsor Citrix ShareFile on-air.

And here’s Leo making fun of Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans.

So, if you choose to do business with TWiT as a sponsor, know what you’re getting into, and know that #soup loves to show his email on screen all the time, including the phone number of his soon-to-be stepchild (withheld because we are not monsters).

Caveat emptor. You might be thrown under the bus next, and be assured, the humiliation will be televised.

27 thoughts on “Leo Laporte Shits on Sponsor Ring.com”

  1. This is good information to anyone that conciser advertising at twit.

    The positive publicity you receive as a sponsor will be offset by the bashing you receive one you conclude that the twit audience is worthless to you and choose not to take out more ads.

    Very unprofessional behavior. If he had a legit claim there would be other ways to collect the money that doesn’t involve bashing a customer.

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  2. But he said he loooooooved the Ring video doorbell. What are you trying to say, that Leo is a shill?

    Also now they are advertising bed sheets. I shit you not friends.

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    1. Jimmy Jam:
      But he said he loooooooved the Ring video doorbell. What are you trying to say, that Leo is a shill?

      Also now they are advertising bed sheets. I shit you not friends.

      Everyone knows that Leo Laporte loves anything that will pay him. The only time he’ll tell the truth about loving a product or service in an advertisement read is when they start advertising sex swings.

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  3. When I saw this I was surprised by Leo’s lack of professionalism. It’s surprising that after all these years podcasting he can’t stop himself from saying such things.

    Moreover, a little later in that episode he goes on to say why the Ring doorbell isn’t that great – namely because sometimes the video feed takes time to reach his phone and by then the person that was at the door is already gone.

    But… maybe these slips are intentional, as somehow Ring is a sponsor again – just saw them as the last sponsor of the latest TWiT (11-Jun-2017). After all, Leo is a smart man. Maybe he knows exactly what he’s doing.

    Full disclosure: I watch a few TWiT shows. I enjoy them most of the time, despite the cringe you might get from listening to Leo Laporte.

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  4. Terrible article and the repurposed jokes killed the content. As always the clip is useful but Lecia ruined it with his poor writing.

    Anyway, this site will be over when twit is over and this will finish twit.

    APPLE IS GOING TO LET PODCAST CREATORS -AND ADVERTISERS- SEE WHAT LISTENERS ACTUALLY LIKE.
    https://www.recode.net/2017/6/10/15774936/apple-podcast-analytics-wwdc

    This will probably finish this marriage too, Leo needs to blame someone. I may start watching twit to see if Lisa is mentioned less and less and more people get fired. How is Nathan Oliver Giles new show coming?

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    1. This will probably cause a surge is disreputable native advertising in the industry, which Leo has perfected so listeners can’t skip his ads easily. It’s very hard to know, when skipping ahead 15 seconds at a time, when the ad is over and when the show resumes. Leo also engages the panel into the ad. Leo will be hurt and humiliated by real numbers but bolstered by how effective he is in the mastery of native ads so listeners don’t skip ads.

      Personally, I believe this will get hosts to do shorter ads and not the 15 minutes infomercials Leo did/does.

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    2. I have an article in the works for this already, but thank you for the tip. It’s nice to see you being constructive.

      We will have at least one article that goes up before that one, though. It’s a great one (not by me).

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    3. Not really, this site won’t end if TWiT ends because Leo will be on social media still. If it also ends, no doubt Leo will find something else to do, unless he just says screw it and retires covering this stuff, but still stays up to date on tech.

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      1. Fuck you, how do you like that?:
        Not really, this site won’t end if TWiT ends because Leo will be on social media still. If it also ends, no doubt Leo will find something else to do, unless he just says screw it and retires covering this stuff, but still stays up to date on tech.

        TWiT won’t end. The shoebox studios will shut down, but he’ll keep doing the “Leo shows” in his underwear from his living room using Skype and Audition. It’s just him babbling/complaining with a few other idiots, and every show is the same. e.g. TWiG, TWiT, WW, SN, MBW.

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  5. KFI in Los Angeles (the original “Tech Guy” station) didn’t even bother to run Leo’s reruns this weekend…but instead filled in with someone who actually knew something about tech. Don’t know who he was – appeared to be a locally-based KFI fill-in.

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    1. WiBB:
      KFI in Los Angeles (the original “Tech Guy” station) didn’t even bother to run Leo’s reruns this weekend…but instead filled in with someone who actually knew something about tech.Don’t know who he was – appeared to be a locally-based KFI fill-in.

      It was Rich DeMuro, KTLA 5’s morning tech guy. He will do Bill Handles KFI morning show from time to time, much more gets covered when Rich is on as opposed to Leo’s spots. Leo probably could have sold the business back when he just moved into the shit house if it weren’t for several events that popped up. 1. Leo’s dick popped up just at wrong time. 2. Leo’s bookkeeper took the stiffy and stuffed it up her dark canyon. 3. Jennifer took exception to the stuff job and sued for divorce. Who knows, Leo may have received buyout offers but by that time, he was so deep into Lisa’s wet spot, the offers weren’t enough to cover his divorce and his new swim hole.

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  6. Leo has always skewed his tech advice to the benefit or detriment of advertisers. He must have had a similar issue with Drobo years ago. He used to heavily advertise for them and was always singing their praises. Then all of a sudden the ads stopped, and for a couple of months after that, it seemed like every week on TTG he would happen to get a call about a malfunctioning Drobo unit, which would then give him the opportunity to badmouth their products and say they had frequent problems with bricking, corrupting data, or whatever.

    Also around that time he had consistently advised his listeners to only use Windows Defender and not bother with third party anti-malware products. But then ESET became a sponsor, and of course he instantly changed his advice to always use ESET for malware protection. He even then spoke critically of Windows Defender because of the results of some obscure software test.

    And even though they weren’t advertisers, he was a very big fan of Apple back then. But after he got banned from their events when he got caught streaming a keynote, he was all of a sudden always speaking very negatively about their products. This went on for a while, and finally on an episode of TTG, he talked about how he knows people at Apple listen, that MBW is the most listened-to Apple podcast, and that he should be allowed to attend their events again. He still remained banned of course, and eventually after gave up and started talking more objectively about their products again since he was getting no benefit from badmouthing them.

    I was able to pick up on all this just from being a casual listener. I had been a fan of his for a long time, but this was when I started getting disillusioned and realizing he wasn’t truly looking out for the interest of his viewers or was as objective as he claimed.

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  7. PIPJJ aka Buzz Machine Man aka Milk-a-boring-Verizon-story aka I-only-use- a-Chromebook aka some-German-word does his best work in this clip. Very little to fault. Could be my eyes, but I swear I detected movement early on. But by the end he was like a Michelangelo statue. No words. No sounds. Beautiful. I think I will watch it again.

    The question that occupies my mind is that if PIPJJ were ever to leave TWIG, would Leo strip him of his Public Intellectual title? Or would he continue as Public Intellectual Emeritus?

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  8. Bombfell is the new TWiT sponsor – it’s the same as previous sponsor TrunkClub but for those discerning gentlemen who prefer a Bomb instead of a Trunk and a fell instead of a club, or whatever.

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