Night Attack Looks Back on Time at TWiT

Make the video full screen and read the chat too.

On Night Attack, a viewer asked:

Have you guys forgiven twit for what happened? Is there still any residual issues hanging from it all?

One might expect Brian Brushwood and Justin Robert Young to be bitter. After all, Leo Laporte told Brian “you’re dead to me.” He had Lisa Laporte’s minions erase the entire existence of Brian and Justin’s shows.

Leo Laporte's conciliatory message

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Brian isn’t bitter though, because he’s the bigger man. What he realized is what we’ve always known: Leo and Lisa Laporte are sociopaths. They will act nice to your face, pretending to be friends. Brian finally realized they were never friends.

Justin Robert Young was never “under the illusion”, because he spent more time at TWiT. He said he had friends there, but not “the top of the company.”

The big revelation is that the childish Lisa Laporte begged to have them back on TWiT, but only if they groveled and apologized better. Brian said “That’s not the way friends talk to each other; that’s not what happens.”

51 thoughts on “Night Attack Looks Back on Time at TWiT”

  1. It’s good to see Brian and Justin after all these years. I really want to know how all the others are doing. Colleen, Erik, Tom, Sarah, Iyaz and Chad. Hopefully they’re all doing really well. Colleen left before I drifted away, but I did hear about Tom and the others eventually leaving.

    I don’t know what Brian and Justin did to make Leo say those things, but that’s a really strong thing to say to people who worked for you and looked up to you.

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    1. Poke:
      It’s good to see Brian and Justin after all these years. I really want to know how all the others are doing. Colleen, Erik, Tom, Sarah, Iyaz and Chad. Hopefully they’re all doing really well. Colleen left before I drifted away, but I did hear about Tom and the others eventually leaving.

      I don’t know what Brian and Justin did to make Leo say those things, but that’s a really strong thing to say to people who worked for you and looked up to you.

      Look them up. Tom does a show called daily tech news show

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    2. Poke:
      It’s good to see Brian and Justin after all these years. I really want to know how all the others are doing. Colleen, Erik, Tom, Sarah, Iyaz and Chad. Hopefully they’re all doing really well. Colleen left before I drifted away, but I did hear about Tom and the others eventually leaving.

      Colleen left Twit to work on video at Google. Then she went to Facebook. She’s also done some other things, like behind the scenes technical things for TV shows like Silicon Valley.

      Erik, unfortunately, committed suicide after Leo used his influence to badmouth him and ruin his chances for a successful career in technology broadcasting. Even while I was falling away from Twit, I didn’t think Leo & co. was actually evil — until I saw their treatment of Erik. Then a year or two year later, we got word that he had passed away.

      Tom is doing the Daily Tech News Show. I enjoy it for the most part, but it’s not as good as the original Buzz Out Loud/Tech News Today shows. Mainly because he has a different co-host every day, so the vibe is very different depending on who’s co-hosting. But, they just announced that if they can meet their next Patreon goal, Sarah Lane will join him full time. They’re getting the gang back together. I’ll always prefer the Tom/Molly team, but he and Sarah have great chemistry, as well.

      Iyaz left TWiT and went to CNET. he’s basically doing Tom’s old job there. Hosts Top 5 and some other short shows. He also does several other podcasts for other networks.

      I don’t follow Chad as closely, but I believe he’s still doing his Minecraft/Twitch let’s play thing. He has a couple of youtube channels — he still does the OMGCraft show he started at twit; they let him have the rights to it, which was nice. He also still does The Giz Wiz with Dicky D. Again, Leo & co. let him and Dick have the rights and graphics and everything for the show. He seems to be doing well, though; I seem to remember something about him buying a house in Texas. Big step up from the tiny Petaluma apartment he could barely afford while working for Twit.

      One interesting I noticed in the video about Chad is that one of the comments from the chatroom at the bottom says “Chad is banned though” at about 3:40. I didn’t see any further detail though. So I’m not sure what’s up with that.

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      1. JAS:
        One interesting I noticed in the video about Chad is that one of thecomments from the chatroom at the bottom says “Chad is banned though” at about 3:40. I didn’t see any further detail though. So I’m not sure what’s up with that.

        It’s a running joke on Night Attack that Chad is banned from the show until he comes on the show

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        1. drama observer: But, they just announced that if they can meet their next Patreon goal, Sarah Lane will join him full time. T

          I don’t have much money, I live in a mobile home on a friend’s acreage and steal electricity and wifi from a neighbor. But if there is anyway I can have an ongoing way to watch Sarah, I will reduce my food budget and eat cat food. She is a Goddess. Can I donate more so she will show her toes and maybe do videos of painting her toenails? Can I live chat her while she paints her nails? I will give up the catfood.

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          1. Trailer refugee: I don’t have much money, I live in a mobile home on a friend’s acreage and steal electricity and wifi from a neighbor.But if there is anyway I can have an ongoing way to watch Sarah, I will reduce my food budget and eat cat food. She is a Goddess.Can I donate more so she will show her toes and maybe do videos of painting her toenails? Can I live chat her while she paints her nails? I will give up the catfood.

            Dude, chill. She’s a bitchy, bleached-blond. Chipmunk face. Nothing special.

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      2. Oh my god, but Erik was around my age. He made me feel like I was wasting my life because he was doing so much on Twit. He really impressed me. Fuck

        Thank you for taking the time to update on all of the others. I’ll have to check out Tom’s new show. I’m happy Colleen is doing well. She seemed to want to leave as quickly as possible.

        I have to wonder though. How come all the off-site hosts are still there. But almost everyone who worked at the studio is now gone. Someone should find an old group photo and cross off everyone who has left. I can imagine it will just be Leo. Which I dont understand because he wanted people like Tom to take over his shows for him.

        So thats Tom, Sarah, Iyaz, Erik, Brian, Justin, Veronica, not sure who Bryan Burnett was. There’s probably a few others that came and went that I don’t even know of.

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          1. Poke:
            I just stumbled on a video on Youtube called Robogames and it had Drkiki. I forgot about her. I guess she left Twit too?

            She left long, long ago. I think she still has her science podcast. I’ve never listened to it

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  2. I can’t stand Leo, but he made the right call in pulling the plug on Shwood and JRY. These guys aren’t funny. I can’t speak that much to JRY, but Tom Merritt ran circles around Shwood on Cord Cutters, Game On was a disaster specifically because of Shwood, and Night Attack doesn’t jive with the TWiT ethos (Netcasts you love, from geriatrics you trust. This. Is TWiT).

    I guarantee Shwood will kiss the ring at some point and reappear on TWiT. They always do.

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    1. Shwood is hardly ever funny and when he is it’s only because of JRY. I listened to night attack for a while but had to stop because shwood kept bringing his wife on. She’s even worse then shwood. Back when I listened to twit I got tired of shwood cramming in whatever book he’s reading in an attempt to appear smart.

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      1. I’ve seen JRY on Scott Johnson’s Frogpants shows. When he’s discussing politics and or pop culture the conversation is stimulating, when he’s trying to be funny it’s grating.

        Shwood was never my cup of tea. I agree with Lou that he made the TWiT shows he was on worse.

        But hey, if they successful doing their own thing, god bless.

        Side note: Tom and Sarah getting back together would be fantastic! Perhaps the start of a TWiT competitor/alternative?

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        1. The BEST part of this story is that John C Dvorak called him and personally advised Shw00dy against having the procedure done.

          JCD believes that a man gets a certain “look” to himself, especially in the face (nose and mouth), after having a vasectomy; the skin hangs on the skeleton a little differently, most eg. Tim Kaine, Bill Maher. I agree with him.

          Brian Brushwood is looking more and more like one of these cases, however he overcompensates for this by having a full beard. I would argue his nose appears a lil stubbier than it has in the past 5 years.

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    2. Lou:
      I can’t stand Leo, but he made the right call in pulling the plug on Shwood and JRY. These guys aren’t funny. I can’t speak that much to JRY, but Tom Merritt ran circles around Shwood on Cord Cutters, Game On was a disaster specifically because of Shwood, and Night Attack doesn’t jive with the TWiT ethos (Netcasts you love, from geriatrics you trust. This. Is TWiT).

      I guarantee Shwood will kiss the ring at some point and reappear on TWiT. They always do.

      Fucking GameOn was a train wreck and it was ALL Shwood!

      Shwood has made a career without having talent, which is quite a feat!

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  3. I loved these guys, regardless of how stupid I believe that their libertarian idiological bent was. They were and are talented. And it broke my heart… Along with some dick pics to see twit become a place no one wants to linger in.

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  4. “The big revelation is that the childish Lisa Laporte begged to have them back on TWiT, but only if they groveled and apologized better.”

    That goes for JCD, too. Lisa is willing to have anyone back, but they have to apologize to King Leo, preferably in a public forum.

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  5. You don’t know who the middle man is?
    It’s Padre
    He has been begging to get them back to twit since day one. Please forgive them Lisa, please apologize Brian, would you consider letting them back if they admitted they were wrong, Leo? I know they would let you on if you admitted you were wrong, Justin.
    It’s all Padre

    Padre is pathetic and wants his idols back

    Brian is all about money so if he is allowed back he will go. Tom is like an atheistic Christian. He goes on twit for Christian reasons even though he is an atheist. Forgiveness and love.

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    1. I believe that guests on TWiT only get $500 (believe JCDV confirmed). Brian has a long and successful career as a YouTuber, in podcasting, as a magician, and has even had his own TV show. He hardly needs whatever pittance Leo pays. Tom is a saint, but don’t think for a minute that he hasn’t leveraged his post-severance appearances on TWiT to promote DTNS. In fact he just announced hiring Sarah Lane full time as well as adding a weekly round-table show that will directly compete with TWiT.

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  6. Anyone who thinks King Leo and Princess Lisa of the TWiT “empire” are anything other than a pair of back stabbing socio/psychopaths ARE IDIOTS. Let TWiT continue spiraling into oblivion and then forget they even existed.

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  7. As soon as someone at iHeartRadio grows a set of balls and yanks pervert Leo out of syndication, then the TWiT is dead. And I have no clue why this out of touch kludge is still on the air.

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    1. Jerry was on semi-regularly until he had his stroke. After that, it was kind of like dick clark after his stroke. Thankfully Jerry bowed out of appearances after the stroke.

      RIP Jerry
      Exiles to Glory

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      1. Nonsense. Jerry was on post-stroke and he was fine. The problems were usually related to Skype. His office was more of a mess than JCD’s.

        John mentioned in the latest No Agenda Newsletter (http://mailchi.mp/dvorak/unfortunate-bad-news) that he had dinner with Jerry was recently as 2 weeks ago.

        That fucking asshole, Leo. Instead of burying the hatchet and having JCD and Jerry back on we’ve got to sit through Alex Wilhelm for the 5th time in as many months or that snake oil saleswoman Brianna Wu.

        Fuck you, Leo. May the ghost of Jerry haunt you until TWiT goes bottoms up.

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