First they fired Content Czar Joe’s ass from Tech News Today, but today the other shoe drops: Lisa Laporte put Mike Elgan’s pizza oven baking, middle eastern traveling ass out on the Peatluma curb.
Mike Elgan no longer works at TWiT, LLC. The malfunctioning robot will no longer be seen smiling while reading tragic murder stories, smirking for no reason at the camera, or saying “how the heck are ya?” to various guests before asking where they’re geographically located.
Possibly-racist Megan Morrone will be hosting Tech News Today for the rest of 2015, including today — which had no accompanying announcement on-air — which should be terrifyingly boring, since Megan can’t even use an Apple TV remote and certainly knows nothing about tech.
As of January 4, 2016, Jason Howell will join the show and TWiT will attempt to recapture the energy of Buzz Out Loud and later the Tech News Today that didn’t suck with Sarah, iYaz, and Jason. Megan will ruin everything, but it can’t be worse than Mork Elgon, right?
UPDATE: EffenDunn is back at his post doing the usual shitty job that he’s famous for.
EffenDunn is now possibly EffenDone as technical director of TNT and his future is in serious doubt as a meaningful contributing member of the TWiT staff. This occurred one day after we covered the ongoing purge of gay employees at TWiT. No longer the TD, he might be grabbing a mop for special after-hours cleanup duty after all the real work has been done by competent workers.
As you can see in the video below, Mike Elgan has little compassion for former members of the TWiT family after they’re no longer employed in their original positions. “Where is EffenDunn? He isn’t Effen here.” Then laughter was heard in the studio on the livestream cam. (Now that the Dropcams have been taken down, it’s harder to be certain of exactly what went down…but it’s a sad story to be sure for Cleanthes, TWiT’s self-proclaimed former number one fan.)
After you watch the video, please think about this: Elgan’s response to a legitimate question posed in the official TWiT chatroom is to make a joke; he makes a rude comment about a man he’s worked with for months. What a great atmosphere to work in—no wonder so many talented contributors have fled the scene recently.
Cleanthes moved to Petaluma on his own dime to work with his idol, Leo Laporte. He was a longtime chatroom participant and came to TWiT full of excitement and wonder.
But here’s what we do know: There is no way that Mike Elgan enjoyed sitting there show after show saying after mishap after fuck-up that they’ll “Fix it in post.” The embarrassment that resulted had to have been a major factor for Elgan.
No word as of yet if Effen will get his prized TWiT tattoo lasered off. But one thing’s for sure…Lisa certainly won’t allow Effen to continue at his current pay level. Life just got a little harder for our man in Petaluma.
Here’s the transcript of some insightful #twitlive chatter:
16:31 <Web7220> Production meeting!
16:31 <Web7220> Yay!
16:31 <CreamyCornCob> Production Meeting, "Your doing it wrong!" heh
16:31 -!- mode/#twitlive [+v PadreSJ] by ChanServ
16:31 <+PadreSJ> Hey PDelahanty ... do we have a production meeting today?
16:32 <+PDelahanty> PadreSJ: *shrug* Maybe?
16:32 <+PadreSJ> PDelahanty, well... if we do, can somebody setup the speaker phone so I can come in?
16:35 <jab> Can we get a Dropcam in that meeting?
16:36 <+PadreSJ> jab, nope... cuz we're gonna talka bout you
16:37 <+PadreSJ> Wait... there's a meeting?
16:37 <+PadreSJ> dang...
16:37 <ayemossum> you got left out PadreSJ
16:37 <ayemossum> what's up with that?
16:37 <+PadreSJ> ayemossum, I always miss it...
16:38 <+PadreSJ> Hey PDelahanty ... can you setup the speaker phone?
16:38 <neo> Is it a meeting where someone gets fired?
16:38 <CreamyCornCob> Jason if your not in the meeting, their talking about you hehh
16:38 <+PadreSJ> neo, out of a cannon
09:57 <Frodo> Who is the TD today and where is EffenDunn?
09:58 <JND> Frodo Anthothy Nielson
09:59 <&Dan> Frodo: effenDunn doesn't work at twit anymore bro.
09:59 <JND> Did EffenDunn leave or was he fired?
09:59 <&Dan> he left.
09:59 <p2k> what?!
10:00 <p2k> sorry - didn not hear effen dunn is done?
10:01 <Frodo> Will Mike enlighten us today?
10:02 <Dr_Morbius> where's Effen Dunn?
10:03 <Frodo> Mike where is Jason?
10:03 <HelplessCorgis> hope effendunn is ok
What #soup calls an an ordinary day-to-day occurrence may be more than meets the eye. Long standing employee Jason Howell has, for years, had his schedule as set in stone as the lunch order of one extra large soup for Leo and one small salad with a small piece of salmon for the lovely and talented Sarah Lane. (Which she rarely even finishes.) That stone’s setting has apparently been shaken.
Judging by the purple on the screen (above) it appears that Jason is off of TNT duties and onto manning the controls of Macbreak Weekly and other big shows. But it is that something else, wich is amiss, that caught #drama’s attention. What was announced as a “shakeup of the producers schedule” could actually be a firing. The employees all know to shut-up or suffer the consequences so you won’t hear this news anywhere else.
What is not up for debate is this, Chad is out as a full timer at TWiT. He is down to one show, the GizWhiz, which translates to at-most 180 days worth of employment. Of course all fired employees are announced as members of BYB. Remember, Justin Young was also announced as continuing on BYB (although he has still not appeared there) and of course Shannon is on BYB. That show is like the way station for the one-way train out of town. The strategy of not announcing that people are being fired or quitting seems to be fooling most of the morons in #twitlive. Unfortunately, that don’t fly in #drama and our IRC is based in Iceland. Brrrrrrr it’s cold in here, we must get truth out of here.
Speculation had been swirling as to why the change. Has Chad moved on to something else? (Updated – No) Has being friends with Brian Brushwood become a capital offense?(Updated – Yes) It was odd that Reddit Up had its lifespan cut short while Padre’s Corner is in full swing, neither show was awash in ads. Head-scratcher! I tell ya.
The ex-employee list grows longer with each day. But yea, everything is ok at TWiT, #TotalDrama makes stuff up.
Anyway, all of us are fellow castaways of TWiT, and the team at #TotalDrama wishes Chad well and expects him to do well wherever he ends up. He even has a Patreon set up if you want to help out.
I'm figuring out the next chapter of my life…blog post coming soon. possibly tomorrow