The People Have Spoken

ReloadedI‘m very pleased to say that thanks to your overwhelming show of support and to a strong desire on both our parts to come to an agreement, TechTV has improved its offer and I’ve decided to climb back aboard the good ship Call for Help.
I’ll be back on the air starting next Tuesday, April 20.

The future is still a little cloudy, however. Comcast assumes ownership of the channel a few weeks later and I have no idea what will happen after that. I am certain they’ve been impressed by your support for the show, however, and if that doesn’t convince them to keep it on the air, I don’t know what could.

I can never thank you all enough for your incredible outpouring of encouragement and support. You really made a difference. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

[UPDATE: Vulcan doesn’t want me in the studio until the contract takes effect so I won’t be back until a week later: April 27. Wil Wheaton will guest host Friday, April 23 and Monday, April 26. UPDATE to the UPDATE: Never mind. It’s April 20 again. But Wil will still guest host Friday and Monday. Welcome to my world.]

484 Replies to “The People Have Spoken”

  1. I enjoyed seeing Chris Pirillo again (he seemed much better than i remembered), but he was no Leo! There’s just no replacement for you on CFH. You are just the PERFECT match for that show. You make technology easy enough for everybody, while not dumbing it down so much to make it frustrating to us geeks. I enjoy seeing you help others (in addition to teaching me stuff i never knew) Thanks!

  2. This is fantastic!!!
    We are so happy for you (and us) Leo!!!!
    Great to see good things happen to good people.

  3. Now I feel bad about mocking Pirillo on FC.
    Especially since he was on FC at the time and responded to the thread.

  4. Leo,
    Welcome back my friend. I knew they would wake up and smell the java!!! I hope Comcast decides to keep Call for Help & The Screen Savers. I think those 2 shows are the anchor that kept TechTV afloat. Now we need to get you back on the Screen Savers full time!!! It just wasn’t the same without you Leo, it was kind of like losing your best friend.
    I wish you all the best for you and your family.

  5. Glad to hear it Leo! I am currently seeking a job myself, and your picture
    with the hat said it all the other day! Everytime I would catch a CFH rerun
    and see you I would get excited until I realized it wasn’t new. Good luck
    with the Comcast transition and welcome back.

  6. The original Star Trek, Classic Coke, Sherlock Holmes and Leo Laporte
    The power of public opinion

  7. Better late than never. I didn’t see you on Screen Savers and then I saw Call For Help and you weren’t there. I panicked jump to the computer and I googled Leo LaPorte for some sort of news. Got the skinny from your website. Welcome back. I hope they get you back on Screen Savers. I like Kevin, but he’s no Leo LaPorte.

  8. Leo,
    I am VERY VERY VERY VERY glad to hear that you are back on call for help. Now we need you back on TSS 😉
    i’m officially calling my techtv ban off! yay!!!
    So glad to hear it Leo, cant wait to get back home and catch some episodes- we dont get techtv in my dorms, but i manage to keep up 😀

  9. Leo,
    I am VERY VERY VERY VERY glad to hear that you are back on call for help. Now we need you back on TSS 😉
    i’m officially calling my techtv ban off! yay!!!
    So glad to hear it Leo, cant wait to get back home and catch some episodes- we dont get techtv in my dorms, but i manage to keep up 😀

  10. NO LEO!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I quit watching TSS & CFH without you hosting the shows. Your presense/voice grabbed my attention, always. Your captivating intelect also captured my attention with each and every program. Never could miss a show. And the hour programs went way to quickly. Watching you made me feel as if I were a guest in your home. All my Michigan Leo fans feel the same way. Once again THANK YOU LEO!! You just made my day and I will once again be a regular CFH program watcher as of April 20th. Now let’s get you back on TSS. God bless you and your talent Leo. Athena Lambo

  11. *doin the happy dance* ya! Leo’s back now I can watch techtv again. Life is good again.

  12. This is great news, Leo. After you left the show I had no interest in watching CFH. Cat is good at what she does, and the guest hosts are not bad, but the show is not the same without you. I will start watching again on Tuesday.

  13. some how i knew that the volcan management would admit to their era and realize that the prime time line-up hinges on your presence…yes…all situations eventually change and morph…but considering the full tech tv line up…it seemed that they had “cut off their noses to spite their face” when they had shut down contract negociations with you…there was a lot of situations that also led to me believing you were bound to return…the cfh logo and heading never changed…tss did…you were still showing up in commercial blips…during the cfh show you were still being mentioned…plus…deb and dan the cfh chat board modirators tried to quell mention of your absence by keep saying that you choose your path and quit and that you would not be returning…well…i found that pretty odd considering that they volunteer to moderate the techtv chat rooms and are suppossedly not privy to day to office business that does not involve the chat boards…and the best clue was your moblog today…the trip over the bridge with bob dylan singing like a rolling stone…loved that one…loved that you will be back on…hope that it will mostly be live…because…let’s face it…it is “call for help”…not “leave a message and we’ll get back to you…plus what makes it so enjoyable watching you is that you are a fabulous “live on air” host…leo…keep on rockin

  14. Awesome Leo!!! This really really made my evening! I can not wait, this is such great news. I can’t wait to have you back! 😀

  15. YAHOOOOO! Welcome back Leo!!!
    As for the Comcast thing…. :- I’m worried. I hope that ya’ll get to keep your jobs! *nods*

  16. Hallelujah!!!!!
    Congrats Leo. It’s nice to know that standing on principle wins on occasion.

  17. Leo,
    I hope you will be as happy as all of “us” to be back on CFH. I also enjoyed seeing Chris Pirillo again. He was better (I guess they finaly got his meds right).
    I think we should all continue to express how crucial you are to the continued viability of TechTV. While Patrick, Kevin et al are good, sometimes even great, they cannot bring to the show(s) what you have brought and now will bring again.
    As evidence of this is the fact that quite a few –distinctly non-geek — members of the staff in my firm routinely watched TSS and/or CFH. Once you were off the air they all complained -and within a few days stopped watching.
    Thanks for trying again!!

  18. My wife missed you. I missed you. My 17 month old daughter missed you. Get back on the air. Stay on the air. In this crazy mixed up world, we need you now more than ever!

  19. Way to go Leo! I sure would like to know exactly how much email has flooded their systems.
    I hope your new radio gig goes national! JB

  20. Welcom Back… You are Techtv
    Without you, Techtv has no value. Comcast would be a horses patoot if thay didn’t keep you and put you back on TSS.
    Keith Dillenbeck
    Comcast subscriber

  21. Leo,
    Words cannot express how truly happy I am for you! THIS IS WONDERFUL NEWS!!! Leo, you simply are the best. We (your fans) really love you. We stand behind you. You have had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives. You’re like this REALLY BRIGHT light that shines on and on. It’s just wrong if you’re not there. I know my heart was broken without you. I felt completely lost. I missed you so much. Now I feel like I’ve got my best friend back again. What more could I ask for. You’ve definitely got a face for TV, and I’ll be waiting to see that sweet smiling face of yours again on Tuesday afternoon. And when you walk on the “Call For Help” set Tuesday, I hope you’ll feel like you’re back home again, because we’ll all be out here welcoming you back with a great big, giant hug! I wish you continued success in everything you do. Love you Leo.
    Hugs & Kisses,

  22. Welcom Back… You are Techtv
    Without you, Techtv has no value. Comcast would be a horses patoot if thay didn’t keep you and put you back on TSS.
    Keith Dillenbeck
    Comcast subscriber


  24. You’re welcome, if it hasn’t been said. Way to stand your ground and ride out the storm. And to you guys and gals who were writing and calling about getting Leo back, you all rock! I could go on and on about how mere television personalities become extended members of our famlies, and how much we miss them when they aren’t a part of our daily routine, but I won’t. 😉 Welcome back.

  25. Welcome back Leo!!! We need to hold a cyberparty during the April 20 broadcast to celebrate!!

  26. Thank God! I have been holding my breath and turning blue! I can breath once again! Yeah! Whoo Hoo!!!

  27. Its about time all of the emails, calls, comments and many more paid off.
    Thank you Vulcan Ventures for getting your heads out of the sand for a minute and realizing that Leo Laporte is one of the best assets that Tech Tv has.
    Welcome back Leo!

  28. Thank Goodness!!!
    I haven’t been so depressed/mad in a long time, and now I’m ready to do a happy dance in the middle of the night!
    You’ve been missed Leo, welcome back!

  29. A great cloud has been lifted! I’m SO glad you’re going back! Rest assured that you’ll have our support if and when it’s needed with Comcast.

  30. Leo:
    Welcome Home, my friend. I am glad to hear you and TechTV worked out a new contract, and I am even happier to hear that the peoples voice has made a difference in your life.
    We’re thankful to see you back, and if Comcast doesn’t keep you around, we’ll be back on the fronts again with the emails, petitions and boycotts.
    You will always have the support of the people on your side, Leo.
    God speed.

  31. LEO!!!!!! i am SO HAPPY that you’re coming back to cfh!!!!! i can’t stand it!!!! this is SO COOL!!!!!!!!!! you’re the heart & soul of techtv and cfh….
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. See Leo, I told you so! You were on the right side, the fans supported you, and you made it out in the end victorious!
    If this whole situation doesn’t tell G4 anything, I don’t know what else will when it comes to the merger of the two channels.
    I will indeed call you one of these days about a question I have no matter where you go, until then, I am proud that I can continue to watch, learn, and attend Leo U by watching Call for Help with you as it’s host.
    Matt (The Leo inspired Computer Science Student at SJSU that has once again given me faith that sticking to the beliefs in myself will get me through anything, even when there seems to be no light at the end).
    PS- If you ever speek at SJSU Leo, please make an announcement somewhere. SJSU is bad in making announcements and I would do anything to go see you.

  33. Hurray! This is the best news I’ve heard all year!
    I can now put CFH back on my tivo… BTW- please keep Chris Perillo as a fill in replacement host as well. He was great!

  34. Welcome Back Leo!
    You are the reason, I got into computers. Each day I watched, I learned something I didn’t know, or you put something into perspective and made me say, “Ah…that makes sense now”. You spiked my curiosity on many things, so much, I had to learn more about them.
    I am so glad you are returning! Now I can reset my Tivo for the seaon pass for Call For Help!:)

  35. Excellent! Gotta make sure to mark the date for when the best show on TechTV finally is restored to it’s previous glory! Only dissapointment I have is that Charter is supposed to dump TechTV in a couple weeks with no plans (at least they haven’t informed me) of picking up the G4 / TechTV network. =[

  36. Where were you? I’ve been looking all over for you!!
    Welcome Back,Welcome Back!!

  37. Leo So glad to see you will be back on Call For Help. Chris is good and Cat is great. But your
    the reason I watch the show. Ive also missed you on The Screen Savers Maybe a guest shot or

  38. I have seen the great leo since the old ZDTV (Kate) days, i have seen the original cast members from the old shows go… one by one … i told my self, if leo ever goes, i will go also.
    That day came to soon for my taste, but i stick by my desition.
    TechTV is nothing without you leo.

  39. GREAT NEWS!!!!!!! Welcome back Leo!!! It’ll be great to see you again. If you have to fight a war just remember we’ll be behind fighting with you. 🙂 Can’t wait till Tuesday!

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