This Was The Best of TWiT in 2020: Ant Pruitt Knew Chadwick Boseman and his “Sister”

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As we close out 2020 we must report on the absolutely devastating year it’s been for TWiT, its staff, and some of its shows. We also have our pick for the best TWiT moment of 2020.

Harvard graduate gets fired by college dropout… this is literally the American Dream.

It appears that hearing Leo Laporte constantly complain about not being able to take a vacation was the final straw for Karsten Bondy, who turned in his resignation letter last month. We’re totally kidding… he was unceremoniously fired like past employees.

Karsten had been slavishly working with Leo his entire life, from the days of Dev Null to ZDTV, to TechTV and most recently, TWiT. He even won a California Emmy. But it appears that his dedication and loyalty to the fat man meant absolutely nothing. As CEO Lisa Laporte once merrily quipped “I like to fire people before Christmas, it stings more that way.”

CEO of TWiT Lisa Laporte pictured here with one of her best ideas

Furthermore, cutting dead weight was again a theme at TWiT this year. As recently announced on TWiT’s website, this year saw the end of some stellar and not-so-stellar shows. Gone is the extremely entertaining (and primary stockpile of Heil microphones) Ham Nation. Also gone is Ask The Tech Guy, Hands-On Android, Hands-On iOS, Hands-On Mac, and Hands-On Wellness. I have to say that all these shows were a steaming pile of merda, and anyone who watched must have realized they were simply a way to recycle the same drab content over and over again.

Man wins Oscar For Best Imagination at a Sham Podcast Company Run by a Gold Digging Succubus

Last by not least, in honor of TWiT recently releasing their “Best of” shows, we asked our crack research team to search the thousands of hours captured on our DVR for the definitive “Best Of TWiT 2020” and the video above was the winning entry.

We look forward to enthusiastically covering the TWiT train wreck for many years to come, unless something like the economy puts it out of its misery. That being said Happy New Year from all of us at TotalDrama, and remember to remain in your basement at all times, just like Dr. Fauci ordered.

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81 thoughts on “This Was The Best of TWiT in 2020: Ant Pruitt Knew Chadwick Boseman and his “Sister””

      1. King Leo Laporte: TWiT sponsors being gutted once again

        Just noticed today that http://twit.tv/sponsors now redirects to https://twit.tv/advertise and there is no list of sponsors anymore. So decided to use our friend Archive.org see the last time that sponsor page was last copied by them which was on January 3, 2021. Then I decided to go back 1 year at a time for as long as Archive.org had something available and see if I could track the number of sponsors TWiT said they had. This is what I found..

        3-Jan-2021 – 18 sponsors
        17-Apr-2020 – 27
        10-Jan-2-19 – 30
        21-Jan-2018 – 26
        5-Feb-2017 – 33
        12-Mar-2016 – 36
        1-Jan-2015 – 35
        25-Jan-2014 – 29
        1-Jul-2013 – 28
        27-Jan-2012 – 15
        8-Jan-2011 – 15
        4-Sep-2010 – 16

        It seems after 8 years of having at least 26 sponsors and averaging 30 a year during that time, TWiT is back to early 2010 levels, and just half the number the sponsors it had just 5 years ago!!

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    1. Thought that was done by Leo. Think I saw him get upset that was allowed on air. He was disturbed by someone’s comment. Now he is asking viewers to rate content on the viewer’s favorite Podcast.

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  1. If you have noticed the terrible streaming quality lately, that too is by design.

    From what I was told Leo has already informed the primary hosts that he will only stay on to host TWIT, Mac Break, and Security Now through 2021 and nothing else. He will leave Windows & Google sometime in 2021, & is planning his big exit in 2022. But will not shut down the network entirely & instead choosing to license each show out to whichever hosts decide to continue on.

    My bet, all the hosts will decline & everything will go away in 2022.

    I was the guy who told folks last summer on twitter that he was leaving iOS Today. That wasn’t even confirmed yet. His 2021/22 plans are confirmed though, I got it straight from a hosts sibling.

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    1. We appreciate the inside info. We normally hold off on publishing any stories until Leo carelessly opens his big mouth and confirms. But it shouldn’t take long because he has a serious problem keeping things to himself.

      Thanks again for providing the info.

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  2. Good lord, worse podcast host i have ever seen getting fake emotional and pretending he knew a 1-hit wonder failed actor & his imaginary sister. That is insane.

    Then a bunch of old washed up white liberals virtue signaling their fake praise to something they know is not true.

    Liberalism is a mental illness and these people are lunatics.

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    1. casia:
      …..
      Then a bunch of old washed up white liberals virtue signaling their fake praise to something they know is not true.

      Liberalism is a mental illness and these people are lunatics.

      Oh please, anyone who actually believes Leo and his fake ‘old leftist hippie’ babble is just as naive and clueless. He may try to portray being liberal but if you actually pay any attention, his life is all about self-serving consumerism. The exact opposite of a liberal lifestyle. His quirky hesitation to never take a stand on public vs privatized schools, his refusal to accept that private corporations should and have to be regulated because they never will do so themselves, his massive accumulation of only premium gadgetry (as opposed to much more modest things that most consumers own and use), and so on all indicate he’s very much a conservative libertarian. Breaking up huge conglomerates is something liberal, and something that Leo finds distasteful. So Leo is a liberal? Not hardly.
      Of course that’s what Leo wants, for his audience to believe what he says, not necessarily what he actually does.

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      1. socially liberal but fiscally conservative is still considered liberal in today’s world. But I get your point, he is a seperatist and will ultimately do what it takes to protect his privilege.

        besides calling out liberalism these days often means just pointing out their virtue signaling identity politics. old school liberals were actually good people.

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      2. Leo’s ex-wife Jennifer confirmed to one of Leo’s phone sex partners that “Leo was a pathological liar, just like his Dad.” The poor woman had moved to the west Coast to be with Leo when he jilted her. The was just after the Laura Burnstein fiasco where Leo had to get a restraining order against Laura after carting her all over New York in-between blow jobs.

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    2. casia:
      Good lord, worse podcast host i have ever seen getting fake emotional and pretending he knew a 1-hit wonder failed actor & his imaginary sister. That is insane.

      Then a bunch of old washed up white liberals virtue signaling their fake praise to something they know is not true.

      Liberalism is a mental illness and these people are lunatics.

      Yeah unlike conservative sub-humans like yourself who seem real sane. Drink bleach to cure the COVID you dont think exists just like your conman moron overlord told you to. Or better yet, violently invade the capitol to bring on the “storm” Q promised on 4Chan. Oh right… Those aren’t “REAL conservatives!!!”, just 100% of trump voters and 80% of the GOP.

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  3. This may be the greatest video you have ever posted. An incredible crock of steaming hot shit. everyone left at this “network” of “Netcasts you love, from people you trust” should quit now. It jumped the shark a few years back and needs to go belly up. All Leo proved was that he is a laughing hyena and the biggest phony, ever.

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  4. TWiT.TV always regurgitated the same “news” from show to show. Notably going from non-Laporte hosted shows to Laportes where he would imply it was all new and rarely crediting that he leeches it from the more informative shows where the drivel and self obsessed blow harding verbal diarrhea of Leo was absent.

    I did notice that on a recent video made by Marques Brownlee that Leo was omitted as one of the early sources of Tech news that led all the people doing tech videos like him. I doubt he will be guesting much in the future unless Leo can’t find another to make up the numbers for him to whine about no vacations and how expensive it is to run a strip mall studio

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    1. Tim Buck: I did notice that on a recent video made by Marques Brownlee that Leo was omitted as one of the early sources of Tech news that led all the people doing tech videos like him.

      Wow not even a passing mention, that’s gotta sting. I downloaded a copy of the vid and it will become part of a future story. Thanks.

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  5. 4 years slaving there. Leo calls his soft throbber Mr.
    Winkles. Every time he got caught in one of his embarrassments he’d do that “himm-himm” smirk and say Mr. Winkles got him in trouble again. He was inappropriate to Sarah and Mugs more times than I could count. Andy is uncomfortably weird. Brian Brushwood can tell you how Leo is not a nice guy. So can others. He has a disconnect that people aren’t worth anything to him and he gets bored with anyone in moments. That’s why he has no friends. He tossed Karsten they tell me. Karsten has been with him forever and now what does he do? And they say Leo is tired of the whole game and wants to retire but he can’t. Advertising problems and all. Everyone in every town has a podcast now and with Facebook and Google taking 98% of all ad revenue, that means everyone else on the planet splits the remaining 2%. All I can tell you is Mr. Winkles will be the end of him. It’s not like he graduated from Yale, he didn’t. Who quits Yale to become a radio DJ at a milk toast music station in California? And who giggles and makes dirty 7th grader jokes at his age? He’s not the wonderful warm friend his on air makes himself out to be.

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  6. The last time I sat true this much drivel was Saturday on Trumps phone call. Surprised Leo didn’t cut his mic, you can see the cringe on his face, then his high-ness Jeff chimes in– good for a chuckle.

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  7. Jason Howell outlives another TWiT employee this year, somehow. He masks his survival skills well.
    2020 must prove detrimental to TWiT’s ability to cook the books with advertisers. Unless iTunes went haywire and caused a bunch of new podcast subs to join the zombie army from a decade ago to auto-download these shows, his growth is not going to match those seen by random middle school children on Youtube and Twitch seen this year when everyone is “working” from home.

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    1. QuicksilverHints: 2020 must prove detrimental to TWiT’s ability to cook the books with advertisers.

      1 – Heard the following quote at 25:59 said by podcast consultant Paul Colligan during the Podcaster’s Roundtable podcast #142 from May 2020..

      “IAB hit Leo LaPorte really hard”

      Unfortunately this was not discussed any further on the podcast

      2 – Today I decided to revisit a 2.5 year old post I made on here that can be found here – https://totaldrama.net/2018/07/leo-laporte-says-twit-is-going-down-the-tubes/#comment-35257

      To summarize that post, I found that in July 2012, TWiT had 26 (13 audio, 13 video) shows listed in the top 100 of the technology category at Podbay.fm. Six years later in July 2018, TWiT had 7 audio shows listed in the same category.

      So today I decided to see how many TWiT shows are listed in that same technology category at http://podbay.fm/browse/technology.. and I found 2 listed in the top 200…

      20 – Theeee Tech Guy (audio)
      71 – iOS Today (audio)

      Tom Merritt now has the same number of top 200 shows as Leo..

      33 – Daily Tech News Show
      191 – Daily Tech Headlines

      What happened to all of the other TWiT shows?? iOS Today wasn’t even listed in the top 100 the other two times I surveyed the top 100. Where are This Week in Tech. Security Now , MacBreak Weekly, Tech News Weekly , Windows Weekly, and This Week in Google, which were all listed in the July 2018 top 100?? They are not even in the top 200 now!!

      Leads credence to the idea that IAB podcasts download standards really did hurt TWiT’s numbers.

      Fun Fact – Leo’s cartoon face podcast cover art is the only one showing any person wearing a face mask in the technology top 200. Perhaps he likes to show that he is sanitized for our protection!!

      Cue ‘ Yakety Sax ‘

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      1. I remember seeing a list similar to why you mention in the 2012 era. At the time I knew nothing or very little about twit. It’s most of the reason I started listening to many of the shows.

        I think even in 2016 twit still had a ton of shows in the top 100. Twit was very dominate. That’s when my podcast life really started.

        The downfall and/or lack of growth is astonishing.

        I will say as I explored the shows I really appreciated the video and at the time superior audio quality. I think people forget how God awful most podcast audio was only a few years ago. Some shows were nearly unbearable. The biggest problem I had with most twit shows was that they seemed to be too long and often just too boring to be a regular listener. And then there is the politics that started seeping in. But that’s most podcasts these days.

        I’ve really appreciated this website. I’ve gone through it for hours and hours from time to time and find it addicting. I had no idea so much has gone on.

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      2. It is hard to believe that The tech guy is beating out Tom’s show. He puts a lot of effort into his productions. Unlike Leo who just “wings it” and shows up unprepared.

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    2. Jason is a trained killer and makes it clear that he is a little nutty and might actually come to Leo’s house and kill Leo and Lisa — or not. It’s an act, but Leo is so dumb that he will only get rid of Jason by folding the network. “Why take a chance?”

      At the moment the only advertisers Leo is getting are the new companies who are stupid enough to advertise on Twit. It’s dicey.

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  8. Why didn’t Leo talk about Trump getting kicked off all the social media sites on his radio show yesterday? Or about Parler getting deplatformed by Big Tech? He seemed to allude to these stories, saying they were too “depressing” to talk about, but I suspect it’s because he’s a free speech advocate and knows that this stance is no longer favorable with his totalitarian leftist tech industry buddies.

    Maybe he’ll talk about it on today’s show. Or more likely he’ll talk about Draft Kings now allowing betting on drone races instead.

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    1. Dominic Toretto:
      Why didn’t Leo talk about Trump getting kicked off all the social media sites on his radio show yesterday? Or about Parler getting deplatformed by Big Tech? He seemed to allude to these stories, saying they were too “depressing” to talk about, but I suspect it’s because he’s a free speech advocate and knows that this stance is no longer favorable with his totalitarian leftist tech industry buddies.

      Agree. Leo strikes me as a “classical liberal”. One of the saner ones, not actually evil. Does what he has to in order to survive in the industry.

      Would be sorry to see him and/or the network totally gone. Yet, do enjoy this site’s content as a guilty pleasure…holding elite feet to the fire has value. Thank you

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  9. And now this ass clown turn off comments on every YouTube video of his.
    He is so far left.
    Guess he doesn’t like his viewer to have free speech, that goes against his narrative.

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  10. Not sure if someone has commented about this, or left the link to the blog. But TWiT have stopped posting on places like Twitter. I can’t remember the blog where it has been posted (I think it’s Leo’s own site) – it’s not on the main twit.tv/blog page.

    Also while I was tuning in, before MacBreak Weekly started, it seems TWiT is looking into crowd funding because ads have slowed down so much. Not new info I know, but interesting they’re really looking into it now. Panic mode maybe?

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    1. Fuck you, how do you like that?: Also while I was tuning in, before MacBreak Weekly started, it seems TWiT is looking into crowd funding because ads have slowed down so much. Not new info I know, but interesting they’re really looking into it now. Panic mode maybe?

      In the early days at the Cottage, Leo considered all these avenues including a donation model that he ran parallel to the regular operation for a while. He always thought it was beneath him and not professional for a “Network.”

      After all he was trying to out-do TechTV at the time. Once he got the Ford sponsorship, which was an experiment at Ford, it all went to his head. He immediately bought a Mustang and started kissing the Ford butt as much as he could thinking he was now on easy street. This triggered his leaving his wife, running off with the bookkeeper who was also dazzled by Ford money, and deciding he was a big shot who needed a multi-million dollar studio. (Which became the Brickhouse).

      The Ford deal only lasted until Ford realized that it was a huge waste of money and they pulled the plug. Leo, now irked, sold the Mustang and bought an Audi since Lisa did not like the lowly Mustang as it was beneath her. The momentum was on Leo’s side though and his phony-baloney numbers kept things cooking. The jig is now up. The end is near.

      If he loses his radio show on top of shuttering Twit, he’s fucked because he spends too much money to please Lisa.

      To make matters worse, everyone hates him.

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      1. Leo also doesn’t want to put the network behind a paywall because in his own words “The TWiT audience is very technical”. What he really means is there’s talented people on this site that would just rip the content and put it on Bit Torrent. It’s not like there would be a demand for TWiT content here because like others have said every man and his dog has a podcast now. I guess it would just serve for archive purposes.

        I can only see big TWiT whales paying for the content, like the people in the chatroom and the radio show listeners. Would that be enough? Who knows, but before MBW they’re plan isn’t to go on a mainstream platform like Patreon.

        TWiT is even on Twitch, but you can’t chat in the chat, you can’t subscribe (Amazon Prime, gift or buy one) you can’t send cheers or tips. Imagine if they just ‘let it be’ and have all that stuff open. Nope, instead, you have to go into TWiT’s own IRC. Leo/the other hosts are too lazy to thank people doing Twitch stuff, but it’s revenue at the end of the day. And you can’t chat on Twitch is because TWiT just wants control, hence why they’ve turned off comments on YouTube so they don’t have to police anything, just their own garbage chatroom.

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        1. Oh, and by turning off comments on YouTube it makes their engagement on the platform trash tier. I’ve seen a few comment on here about this. They are killing their own YT channel, so that’s a good thing in a way them turning the comments off. Surely they know about YT and the whole engagement thing, though.

          I’m not sure if having the Twitch stuff all off effects them – although their viewer count has been under 100 viewers for quite some time on Twitch.

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      2. I was thinking about TWIT a few weeks back when my other podcasts were doing their best of shows. I usually skip them because they are boring but the DH unplugged one was worth listening to. I remember when Leo was such a big deal that he would have huge New Year’s eve broadcasts with all kinds of people dropping in. If he tried that now it would be Lisa, the special boy, and the cat. He should have quit while he was ahead.

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        1. OldPodcastFan: I remember when Leo was such a big deal that he would have huge New Year’s eve broadcasts with all kinds of people dropping in.

          The first time they held the 24 hour NYE party is the last time I watched anything on that network. It was fun and I watched a lot of it, but by then Tom had left and you could see that that was the moment things were starting to go down hill.

          We all were big fans of that network and the talent back in the day, but today it is such a shell of its former glory, it’s unbearable. So many bad decisions were made and egos getting in the way.

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  11. RIP Karsten. You always tried to jump into conversations on Macbreak. Beats listening to Andy drone on about Gilbert and Sullivan or the Tonight Show though.

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  12. Seasonal Tale TM

    There was a man, known to the tech world, but not for his teachings of tech.

    He called himself The Tech God.

    One day, he was walking among the plebs in the market of Petaluma, but only because his new chariot had yet to be delivered.

    A young woman, head down, lost in her thoughts of The Rona and a mythical check for 2000 Ducats, crossed his path.

    Due to his pretentious ego, his protruding belly brushed against the young woman as she passed, and at that moment he felt a sudden drain on his Pride leaving his body.

    “Who has touched me in such an inappropriate way?” called out the TTG.

    The young woman stopped, turned and looked up at TTG. She replied “I’m sorry I didn’t… wait, aren’t you the Dick Pic Guy?”

    And at that moment, the woman’s angst was instantly healed by the shame rising on the face of TTG. “Wait ‘till I share this on my Social Parchments!” she cried out in laughter.

    The crowd that had formed looked upon him with recognition and growing amusement. TTG called out over the rising roar of laughter, “No, no leave her!.. she’s one of those Total Drama Trolls.” and with that he turned and hurried away as best as his corpulence would allow.

    The moral of the story, no matter how dark things seem, there’s always TTG.

    Peace.

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  13. It is just astounding to me that Leo thinks ANYONE believes his bullshit that “we don’t want to track our audience”. Come on. We all know that Leo won’t track his audience because such data would prove that people download his shows, but never listen to them, or skip the ads.

    And now he wants to charge $7 a month for an ad-free subscription? No one is listening, so now why would anyone pay him for something they aren’t listening to?

    So desperate. So pathetic. So Leo.

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  14. The Buy a Brick 2020 Edition. Subscribers will get an exclusive members only feed of Andy Inhatko rambling for 5 hours about Johnny Carson’s prostate exams, Alex Lindsay reminiscing about the time George Lucas’s assistant gave him a reach around behind Skywalker Ranch and Lisa Laporte showing off on the sex swing.

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  15. My main concern is that (Public Intellectual) Professor (CUNY) Jeff Jarvis’ “number of the week” may end up behind the firewall. Any news on this welcome.
    The previous administration took no steps to preserve this wisdom – will be interesting to see what the new presidency brings.

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  16. Well, holy shit they really did do it.

    For a measly $7 a month, you get privileged Discord access, and you get to talk to Leo, and the other hosts just sit there ignoring the caller.

    This is fucking laughable.

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  17. Arrests coming soon.
    Why no lawsuits?
    Military leaders alerted.
    Dick pics assembled.
    Illuminati left in the dark.
    Masons floored.
    Knights Templar caught daydreaming.
    New World Order in disarray.

    Where we go number one, Leo is full of number two.
    PAnon

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    1. Why are they calling them podcasts instead of netcasts like they used to? I thought Leo had an eternal beef with the podfather Adam Curry. Must be a secret longing for daddy’s validation.

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