End of Line

The party's over.After nearly ten years, four owners, well over 2000 live TV shows, lots of laughs, a few tears, and meeting many many wonderful people, my time at TechTV has come to an end.
I could tell so many stories about the talented, committed, hard working, and hard partying people I’ve worked with there. Each and every one of them will always have a special place in my life . It was with great sadness that I walked out the studio door for the last time last night.

The reasons for my leaving are complicated. As I posted here a few weeks ago, management and I had come to a very satisfactory agreement about a new work schedule and salary, but at the last minute TechTV’s outgoing owner, Vulcan Ventures, insisted that I sign away all claims against them regarding shares they had given me some years ago. I was unwilling to do so, and they held my job as hostage.

My leaving has nothing to do whatever with G4 or Comcast. In fact, I’m very sorry that I won’t be around to participate in the transition. I’ve already contacted G4 to let them know I’d be glad to continue working at the new channel once they take over and I hope that I’ll get that chance.

Fortunately I still have a great job at KFI, a sweet book contract with Que, this thriving web site, and many requests for speeches and other appearances. My family will not starve, and I will be keeping very busy no matter what happens.

Call for Help will continue on the air without me. George Crowe, Dan Mitchell, Fawn Luu, Roger Chang, Cat Schwartz, and Ian the new guy, whose last name I still can’t spell, are still there working their tails off to do the best show on TechTV for the least amount of money. Nicole Guilfoyle and Rich Miglozzi are still slaving away to make the web site the best resource ever. Steve Porter, Rob D’Arcy, Bill Coen, Josh Villegas, Raevon Armand, Deb Croback, Jon Martin, Greg Tremelling, Brett, Fatty Matty, David Chung, Jim Smith and the best studio crew in the world are still there keeping things running light without overbyte. Please keep watching.

For the second time in as many weeks I find myself saying goodbye. My spirits were buoyed with the hundreds of wonderful messages I got last week. It’s so gratifying to know that the work we’ve done has made such a big difference in so many people’s lives. With apologies to Lou Gehrig, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I won’t be on TV for a little while. But I do hope we’ll see each other again on the small screen some day. Until then, thanks for an incredible 10 years. I’ll miss you.

1,325 Replies to “End of Line”

  1. i will definately miss seeing you on the show. you were one of the reasons i watched screensavers.

  2. Damn, man!
    I’m so bummed about this! Chin up and all that rot – I’m sure that we’ll see you on the tube soon (hopefully on the new G4), but we’ll all miss you!

  3. I don’t know how this could happen to “The Godfather” of TechTV. Good luck and farewell, Don Laporte.

  4. Dear Leo,
    As you know, I feel the same as everyone here and I say Good Job. The best is yet to come! I can’t wait to see you back into the fray of things and show them what you are made of!
    Listener and Future Viewer,
    Carlos R.

  5. You inspired me to build a computer. It shall be called LEO 1.0 . You shall be missed for the time you are gone. What are they going to do with the beginning of TSS ?

  6. No! Those Vulcan people have no idea what they are doing! So whose gonna take over C4H now?
    Leo, do come back please….otherwise i wont be watching TechTV anymore
    Lets all boycott TechTV…as if there is anything good to watch now..

  7. Leo,
    You are one of the best TV personalities in the business. You will be missed!

  8. I think Vulcan did this cause they don’t care about the station. They already sold it. Once Comcast gets in there they will bring Leo back. They would be stupid not to. Its all a bunch of corporate BS
    Love ya Leo

  9. Leo, we will all miss you terribly… I hope that you are able to continue your ventures at TechTV after the G4 acquisition is complete… Hope you come back soon!!!!

  10. Leo, you will be missed. Thanks for all you have taught us, and all the laughter. I look forward to reading your blog viewing your Mob daily. I wouldn’t be surprised if Comcast doesn’t call you immediately begging you to come work for them!

  11. Leo:
    You will be MISSED!!!!!! I hope you and G4 can come to an agreement about you coming back. It is the previous owner who is the real loser and you REALLY did the right thing in leaving wiht the previous owner wanting the your shares back

  12. Well that’s, that’s. I hope you can force the back incentives out of them. I have no other reason to watch the channel. The SOB’s are just trying to pad their cash out deals. Allen and Gates personalities can easily be gleamed by the way MS does business. Screw Em

  13. So unfortunate to see you go Leo. You did quite an impressive job with your shows on TechTV, and helped inspired me to educate others about the uses of technology. 🙂

  14. This greatly saddens me. I hope to see you back on the air ASAP! Comcast would be completely foolish to not hire you. As far can I’m concerned, you ARE TechTV!
    Man, if it wasn’t for you putting the KFI shows online (MP3s), I’d be starting some serious Leo withdrawal!
    Best Wishes!

  15. I only had two years to enjoy Leo on TechTV, those G4 people better have some brains and hire him. I’m going to miss you Leo, but at least my other half will get a break from me talking about “that Leo guy” all the time.
    LEO, you going to owe me a box of tissues, because I’m going to cry all weekend.

  16. Hey Leo,
    I will miss you terribly, I love watching the screensavers and call for help. You are so funny, those shows won’t be the same without you. Good luck in whatever you do, I hope to see you on TV somewhere soon. Take care and thanks for all your help.

  17. This is a nightmare. Vulcan did the stupidest thing they took your job becouse they didn’t want you to be a shareholder. I will listen to your radio show on the net as often as I can, and I wish you luck in your future endeavors.
    P.S. I now propose a toast to Leo, to his excellent work and to his future wealth and popularity.

  18. Good luck man in anything you do, you were the reason most of us watched TSS and CFH

  19. Leo,
    You are The Screen Savers and Call for Help. Sure i”ll still watch but it really won’t be the same. Hope to see ya again and keep writing those almanacs please.

  20. I cant begin to explain how you’ve impacted my life. All I can really do is say what everyone else has: Thank you so very very much.

  21. Leo, you have brought so much entertainment, joy, and help over the last few years. Good luck and maybe I’ll see you on TV again. One day.

  22. LEO!!! I still can’t believe it… definitely won’t be the same, this is nothing short of a catastrophe!

  23. ow ow ow ow ow! That stinks about the last minute lane change they pulled on you. I know things will go well for you, though!

  24. Waaaaaa Leo you have got to keep us hooked up as soon as You get back in front of a camera. Will greatly miss your daily lifting of My spirits. You da Man!!!

  25. Thanks for everything Leo. Hope to see you back on TV soon. TechTV won’t be the same without you.

  26. Very said in Jersey. Ive learned so much from you and all the other wonderful people on Techtv. I won’t be the same without you.

  27. Something i never thought i would hear but i guess all good things must come to a end.You did a wonderfull job at techtv and millions of geeks around the world thank you for it.

  28. Leo, its sad to hear you’re leaving TechTV for now, although I hope to see you on the new channel. Thanks for making my visits to TechTV so much fun. I wish you well in the future

  29. After the shock of hearing the news, the first thing that came to mind is that I’d taken you for granted. If you get back on TV I promise that I never will again.

  30. You’re an inspirational person to me, and a FRIEND (despite what some people say)… I hope you stay on your feet. See you in radio chat and I hope you’re OK.

  31. What a kind and classy letter. I work at TechTV, though not with Leo. I’ve always admired Leo’s intelligence and drive. That he speaks so well of his team speaks a lot for Leo’s heart as well. He will be missed.

  32. I’m really sad to hear this, I’ve always enjoyed tss mostly because of you. For what it’s worth, I think you’re awesome, and I’ll really miss seeing you on tech tv. 🙁
    It’s never going to top these past years.

  33. I don’t understand the thinking. The best show host on TV is not going to be on the air. We will miss you very much.

  34. I am at a loss for words. My insides feel all twisted inside. Leo you’ve taught me more about computers than any other person in the world and I thank you for that. Thank you for educating me for three years and entertaining me along the way

  35. Its been a long ride with you. Since the early days of ZDDTV all the way till now… its been a hell of a ride. I enjoyed all the shows you were in… was planning to go to SF this summer…
    Hope you have a great time, I know this won’t be the last time your on TV.

  36. I began watching the screensavers back when it was ZDTV. As the show contined, the only reason for watching became you..Leo I will miss you and your very simple but complex answers.. and your desire to keep the Mac in the show.
    Thank You

  37. LEO! Its only been a few days but TechTV feels so empty without you! I miss you so much, I’ve watched ever TSS show since it started 6/7 years ago, I can’t believe you’re gone!
    We miss you Leo!

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