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. Ok.. it doesn’t exactly fit the situation.. but the title is appropiate!
    Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out.
    Welcome back to that same old place that you laughed about.
    Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
    But those dreams have remained and they’re turned around.
    Who’d have thought they’d lead ya
    (Who’d have thought they’d lead ya)
    Here where we need ya
    (Here where we need ya)
    Yeah we tease him a lot cause we’ve hot him on the spot,
    Welcome back,
    Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

  2. I’m doing the happy dance!
    Happy happy happy
    Happy happy happy
    Happy happy happy

  3. WOW Leo this is great news. Its great to have you back to TTV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  4. Hell yeah, I check every day to see how high the petition has climbed…as of 3:39 am 4/16/04 the number is 3337 anyway…..all i can say is i’m so very happy to know your going to be on air again.
    Jason

  5. HOLY CRAP THE RULESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! 🙂 I CAN’T WAIT!!! WELCOME BACK LEO!!!! (all caps intentional, i might add! )
    hehe 🙂

  6. That is awesome news Leo!!!
    If it wasn’t 3 am, and I wasn’t in bed with my iBook in my lap (and soundly-sleeping wife beside me), I’d be doing the happy dance for sure. I’ve got the “grinning like an idiot” part down cold, though. 🙂
    I’m positively giddy!
    Is it Tuesday yet? (Why does that sound way too “Zippy” for me?)

  7. It is great to have you back Leo. It was great to see Chris temporarily too!
    I sure hope that TechTV stays on air, and the great shows go on as well.
    Great to have you back.

  8. I’m so glad your back Leo.
    Like I said before, I’ve watched
    since the ZD days, when it was
    only available on the old C-band.
    I would love for you to come back
    to TSS, but I know that you want
    to just do C4H right now.
    At least now I know the world is
    starting to return to normal.
    (well as much as can be expected)

  9. Trust me, Leo, there are no thanks necessary. Thank YOU for years of excellent entertainment AND knowledge. You’ve touched many people, and we all stood up and gave our thanks to you, when it mattered most.
    The upside of this was seeing Chris Pirillo return, and it will be sad to lose him, even if it is to get you back, Leo. Maybe Comcast can find some place for that wacky little Lockergnome to hang around in the new channel.
    Welcome back, from myself, and my mother.
    Jason

  10. While I’m happy for you I was actually looking forward
    to seeing your continued independence from TechTV.
    I absolutely hate Comcast. I think they are a horrible
    company. Good luck in dealing with those goons.
    I still think of TechTV as ZDTV. Amaze Yourself!
    I’ll continue to listen to you on KFI but I hope you
    don’t mention TechTV much. I just don’t need to hear it.

  11. Whahooooo Leo!!!!!! We have been having Leo LaPorte withdrawls. This is wonderful news! 😉 Without you CFH & TSS would not be. You & TechTV’s hard working staff have made them the best shows on TV period.
    Can’t wait to see you back.

  12. This is good news indeed. 🙂 Thank you, Leo. My little part in voicing my concerns to Vulcan was the least I could do for someone who changed the way I look at technology. I hope the G4 merger goes well for you and all the hard working people at TTV.

  13. P.S. to what I just posted on how excited my husband & I are that we will be seeing you back on TV…….
    Our only worry now is that we may not be able to see you if Comcast’s G4 pulls the plug on CBand viewers! Hopefully they will add it to the Digital side of CBand where we also could subscribe to G4 in a digital package…..or leave it where it is.
    We can’t bear the thought of loosing you again!!!!

  14. VICTORY IS OURS! I have to agree tech tv just wasn’t the same there for a while.

  15. “God was resurrected on the third day”, not bad for a week that you will go aboard CFH, eh….. It’s good your back on CFH, for me, their struggling to come up with a good show for every geek in the world. My cable is back on the tv now, its good to watch tech tv again, at least for the moment. I’m still praying for you after COMCAST take over. Anyways, As i always to my friends (ur my new friend unofficialy, hehehe) you P-U-S-H! Pray Until Something Happens!. And it did happened!

  16. That’s the best news I’ve heard all day! Awesome!!! No offense to any of the crew on TechTV, but they need Leo!

  17. Welcome back, Leo! Ever since I heard “substituting for Leo Laporte” on “Call for Help,” I kept waiting and hoping for some type of settlement. TechTV apparently knows a good host after all!

  18. Leo,
    I am glad you came back. I didn’t think it would be this fast. Reading through all these posts I thought, “Something has to happen.” With all the support for you, it made sense, but, again, it was fast, which is all the better. I figured things weren’t final since nothing was being said on the shows, but changing the show opening was kind of scary (probably its purpose). Anyway, we are all glad you are back.
    Rob

  19. Leo,
    I am thrilled you are back. Your explaination is somewhat less than satisfying, however. Saying Vulcan improved their offer makes it sound more like it was about money than about principle. The fact your stand was about principle was one of the reasons your support was so strong.
    Oh well. I would frankly rather see you on SS than CFH. SS is on a higher level, and allows you to interview people more prevalantly than the CFH format allows. Also, most of the questions on CFH are pretty infantile, and that is, after all, what the show consists of (calls).
    I think you showcase your talents and depth of experience better on the SS format.
    Oh well…… some Leo on TTV is better than no Leo on TTV!
    Welcome back to my DVR!

  20. That’s great, now we have them right where they want us??? Could be a good thing, it could show Comcast they need more balance in the new format. You did get a personal assistant and weekend use of of the companies G4 didn’t you? Don’t forget the use of one of the companies ocean front condos on the big island. 🙂

  21. One down, one to go. with the backing you have Comcast had better be listining and watghing

  22. The petition to re-hire you today is the #5 Google listing on “Comcast G4” search.

  23. I am so happy about the news, I cannot wait till next Tuesday to see you back on CFH
    I also hope that you will continue your daily taped segments on TSS, these segments remind me of the “boot camp” segments you did

  24. Leo,
    I love your show. I hope you did not have to give up the stock and suffer in the salary department either. I can not beleive the greed of corporate America.
    I know what it is like to be out of work from a job you really love. I am glad you are back in the saddle again.
    Charles,

  25. Congratualtions Leo !!
    Somehow they all looked lost on CFH without you. The show needed direction and it didn’t have it without you there. If the schedule wasn’t too demanding – it would be nice to see you back on The Screen Savers too. Not that Kevin does a bad job mind you…. it’s just not the same without you. You have brought a presense to the shows which does not seem to be there when you are not there. It’s like they were created around you and it’s missing something when you are not there.
    Anyway, Welcome home! 🙂

  26. Woo hoo! Great news to start out my day! We’ve missed you Leo! Let’s hope that Comcast has seen what the future holds if they try to mess with our Leo Laporte …. 😉

  27. Now, if only my cable company would move TechTV back to the lower end of the dial so I can watch it on my TVs without the cable box. Congratulations.

  28. WELCOME BACK LEO! This is excellent news! I do agree with a few posts above that I’d like to know what “improved its offer” means. Are you still going to do the segments on The Screen Savers as well?

  29. I am so glad you’re coming back. You are the #1 natural resource for TechTV. I have been a fan since the ZDTV days with you and Kate. You are a born teacher and many of us non techies have learned everything we know about computers from you. Welcome home.

  30. Glad to see you back! You are a great tv personality and contain a wealth of computer knowledge to share with the public.

  31. Great news Leo! I’m glad to hear that they came to their senses and asked you to come back to TechTV!

  32. This is great news! There has been a hole in my day since all of these changes. Leo you are the energy behind this channel and your absence brought a clear lack of direction on the shows you hosted. Hopefully we can get you back on the ScreenSavers as well at some point as that needs some addtional energy. Leo needs you as a foil.

  33. Great news… the show wasn’t the same without you. I will start watching again.

  34. I am thankful for Leo returning. I wasn’t aware till now what happened to you. I watched everyday looking for you Leo. Tech TV isn’t a channel without you. You are the only one I trust when it comes to the personal confuser! I hope you are around for many years.
    Thank you,
    Patrick

  35. Leo went away and the humor followed. Leo is back and the humor is reinstated!
    Thanks for making tech funny.
    Brad

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