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 am overjoyed to hear the news. However I can’t say I am surprised, I knew it was only a matter of time before we got back Leo!
    Congratulations Leo, I can’t wait till the 27th to see you on call for help again!

  2. Wow!!!! They finally pulled there head of out there perverbial butt. Don’t they know TechTV is Leo LaPorte???? Thank God they got a clue.

  3. P.S…. Just to show the Impact, I have pledged not to watch tech T.V. until you are back on the air…. so hurry back, I am missing my favorite channel…..

  4. Im glad your comming back to CFH Leo. CFH or Techtv as a whole would not be the same without you. glad your back

  5. LEO,

  6. I have to say I was impressed with Chris’ return. Seems to have mellowed a bit in the past year. He was much more enjoyable to watch than before. Hummmm….. *wondering* since TSS has a “tag team” (Patrick and Kevin) how does the idea of a “tag team” for C4H sound? That would even give you your two days off you want for your outside ventures and get Chris back on-the-air. *just a thought*

  7. This is how bright I’ve been lately. I thought Leo went on vacation until I went into a local computer shop today. Wanted to ask them about WiFi and if they’d seen the TSS Cantenna episode. “No, we don’t watch TechTV anymore since Leo went away”!!! What the #^@#!!! NO LEO??? Now I see that he’ll be back on CFH so everthing is better now. I liked it better when he was on TSS also. As a newbie to Tech TV (I just retired from the Navy and didn’t have time to watch much TV until this year) all I could think of is WOW, I hope this guys doesn’t leave the show. Then the foot dropped and Leo was gone. Not that I have anything against Patrick or Kevin but I just liked the whole team. So I’ve aired my stinkin’ laundry and will leave now. Thanks for coming back Leo!!! I was about to stop buying video tapes!

  8. Le roi est mort, vive le roi!
    Welcome back Leo, we missed ya, but I get the feeling you know that by now!

  9. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who misses Leo on TSS. Question is, does Leo want to be back on TSS as much as we want him there and if so, can we bring him back? Maybe Comcast will see the whole picture. CFH is great but why not double your pleasure and increase revenue from increased viewers. I’ve recorded Techtv for 2 hours a day but I may drop back to just CFH. Just my $.02

  10. Leo, you’ve been good to us through the years, and the least we could do was return the favor! I’m sure many of us stopped watching CFH after you left to show our support for you. I know I did. I will be more then happy to return to watching CFH on a daily basis! I don’t know what Vulcan was thinking when it decided to mess with your contract. Obviously, they weren’t. I can only hope CFH sticks around after Comcast takes over, same goes for TSS. Keep up the excellent work, Leo!

  11. Yes, Leo, please come back to TSS, hopefully as a host. It just hasn’t been the same since you left!

  12. Wow, It’s definitely great news that Leo and Vulcan came to a deal. Now ill continue to tune in for CFH. Welcome back LEO!!

  13. Leo, your the man. I’ve been watching you since the beginning of zdtv. I couldnt figure out for the longest time what had happen to you on CFH and TSS, but now i understand. Im very excited to read your coming back to the network. Keep up the good work, you really are the best host on all of tech tv.
    take it easy leo
    its good to see you back.
    tim d.
    Flint mi

  14. BTW, i forgot to mention before leo, you really are what makes TechTV, TechTV. you remind me of that uncle that always comes around and just brings great vibes. welcome back bro.
    tim d.
    flint mi
    p.s. get back on TSS as soon as you can, its not the same with out you.

  15. Glad to have you back and now we have to sweat what Comstat does.
    First watched Leo and Kate when the came to DirecTV. But, I watch the opening of TSS now to see the news items and turn it off and to another station. I’ve not watched CFH since you left but I could tolerate Chris Pirillo if he has mellowed as I’ve read.
    But, let’s face it; Leo IS TechTV just as he was ZDTV. If Comstat does away with CFH or TSS, whatever the have will not be watched here. Still don’t understand all the commotion by Vulcan about your shares but maybe one day you’ll share the entire story with us. How much money can the owner of Vulcan want? Makes me think he got rich on MS and wants more and more. I don’t use MS for that reason.

  16. You ‘da man Leo! Wheeew, that’s a relief. I’m so glad to see you back on TV again, it wasn’t the same without you. You bring a certain “je ne sais quoi” to the show that no one else could emulate. Besides, you’re more like my age! 🙂

  17. We weren’t about to let you go without a fight and will ALWAYS support you!
    You’re back! YES!

  18. Cool!
    I’m glad you are coming back, Leo! TechTV just wasn’t the same without you. They’ve got a good thing having you around. I think Comcast will realize that, too!
    Welcome back!

  19. I was so happy to hear you were gone… now you’re back… boooo! oh well at least you’re not on the Screen Savers anymore and your virus seems to be contained to that lousy call for help show, and i can’t stand you on KFI. You are no expert, just a man with nasty grey hair and a large head.
    You spread misinfo! Please listen to the callers questions and answer those questions. You seem to be good at not knowing the answer to their questions so you redirect the caller’s question and end up answering a different question… you are lame sir, don’t be afraid to admit when you don’t know the answer.

  20. Ahhh man, this is great!
    Congratulations Leo on your much anticipated and hoped for return to TTV. There has definitely been something missing over the past few weeks and cudo’s should be extended to your ‘extended family’ on CFH for trying to be professional during trying times…but now…
    This may be just be my warped prediction, but I see your return to CFH as a bit of a watershed moment for all of us, in that we have come to realize how one person can make such a remarkable difference to many and how many voices with a single purpose can have such an effect on the life of one.
    Can’t wait to see what new content you will bring with you, and eventhough you probably have many new talk radio listeners, it’ll be great to see ‘dat goofy grin man’ on the tube.
    Congrats again Leo and to everyone else; ‘IT’S NOW SAFE TO TURN ON YOUR COMPUTER’

  21. Yahoo! Let the TIVO get fired up again! Great to have you back Leo, you were missed! Thanks to you for all of your help through the years, I look forward to many more!

  22. Welcome Back Leo!
    It’s been a dull journey with out you..besides for the shows with Chris Caffeine-Maniac Perillo… i’d love to see him come back and do some sort of Tech show…

  23. I had just purchased a RCA Lyra because of Leo so that I could watch him and CFH on my daily 2-hour commuter bus ride…1 week later, Leo was off the air 🙁 I was so elated just today to hear that Leo is coming back and I had to post a comment. I kick myself for not writing earlier. I am glad other people wrote, and it is because of this that TechTv/Comcast saw the light!! …I still watch the screensavers everynight, Patrick and Kevin and Roger are pretty good too..but it was not the same. I also use Replay radio to get Leo on KFI radio…At least I got my Leo fix for 6 hours every weekend….Welcome back Leo!!!

  24. Great news! I hope you’re back on screen savers too.I removed screen savers from my Tivo list when you left. I’d like to put it back on.

  25. So glad to hear you’re back! This has been a family crisis for us, we got a dish just for ZDTV and have been watching religiously ever since.

  26. WOO HOO!!!! YAY!!!! I need my Leo fix, and if you left for good how would I get it?

  27. I was extremely shocked, then upset, by the ugly way I perceive Leo was treated by his TechTV superiors. Don’t they know Leo is the primary reason most techies watch “Call for Help” and “TSS.” I feel tremendously relieved Management finally came to their senses. Tech TV could never regain prominence without Leo LaPorte as LEO IS TECH TV. Of course, I’ve never gotten over Kate’s departure, and, how long has that been? Naturally, Kate left for an upgrade. Leo’s short lived departure was a major system crash.

  28. I was extremely shocked, then upset, by the ugly way I perceive Leo was treated by his TechTV superiors. Don’t they know Leo is the primary reason most techies watch “Call for Help” and “TSS.” I feel tremendously relieved Management finally came to their senses. Tech TV could never regain prominence without Leo LaPorte as LEO IS TECH TV. Of course, I’ve never gotten over Kate’s departure, and, how long has that been? Naturally, Kate left for an upgrade. Leo’s short lived departure was a major system crash.

  29. I think it’s GREAT that Leo is comming back. I’ve been watching TechTV for as long as I can remember (since the ZDTV days) and the channel just isn’t the same without him. Leo “is” TechTV. Great to see that you’re back Leo! Ok, now where’s that TiVo remote… I have to add “Call for Help” back to my Season Pass…

  30. Very happy to see that you are back. I actually had to call back my service provider to reinstate TechTv. My family and I have grown up on computers with you and Kate back in the nineties.I learn something every time I watch you. Thanks Leo. Keep up the excellent work.

  31. Wow.
    I’m damn impressed. When I wrote I didn’t ACTUALLY think that the people would cut through the beaurocracy. Major corporations are usually hidden away in their ivory towers without care about the people. This truly shows what happens when the people speak up in a professional manner.
    Leo, if you think about it, you’re about as important to the people as Star Trek was. Think about it.

  32. Hi Leo:
    It’s great to see that our opinions count! I know that the future is going to be great–and I am really looking forward to your return. Techtv was not the same without you–even though everyone tried! Thanks for being the great teacher you are! Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Carol

  33. Leo,
    I am glad that Vulcan came to their senses. I would bet Comcast had something to do with that. They probably informed the numnuts at Vulcan to bring you back . If only 3,000 people signed the petition, then they had to realize that was only the tip of the iceberg of your ground support. They could NOT accept that 3,000 people (more, actually) would not tune into a 60 minute program, and perhaps even more would NOT continue to watch the TSS. Leo, your supporters wish you the best. And Comcast — if you’re reading this, we have only just begun to fight for what we want. Comcast — you need to keep Leo as one of your premier hosts. If you don’t, well, I guess there are other media channels biting at the bit to get their hands on the best tech guy in the business.
    Leo, I am also sure your wife wants to see you — out of the house. We don’t blame her. Your post is at Call For Help….. Don’t moan, don’t groan, don’t yelp — Just call me at Call For Help.
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    I am kind of glad I don’t have to keep watching Chris Pirillo — Cafe Nervosa’s favorite user….. He’s too caffienated for my needs.

  34. Great news! I hope that they will also put you back home the screen savers also. Your high energy and showmanship has always been a reason I have watched you all these years. I hope Comcast will also know you have been one of the reasons for the success of the call for help and the screen savers over the past five years. Good luck, and we will be watching.

  35. I’m so glad you’re back ! It made me so happy to read this. Can I be your groupie ? 😉
    Congrats and best of luck in the future. I hope Vulcan comes to see things the same way the rest of the world does. 😀

  36. Finally. After all of this they come to an agreement. They shoudl all be ashamed of themselves for what they have done to Leo. It will be good to finally see Leo back. YEAH -jumps up and down- YEAH

  37. Yea Leo! Everything I learned about tech I learned from you! Glad to have you back! I’ll be watching TSS in studio on the 30th, hope to see you there!

  38. Great to hear your back. man, my eyes were burning not seeing Leo on TV. Excpessially the screen savers. HOpefully you can go back on there too. I mean, Watching Kevin and Sarah flirt on tv is fun, but Leo and Patrick are the team.. kinda like Mr. T and Murdock huh? Anyways.. from a mac lover to a mac lover, congrats.

  39. Wow, Im so pleased to see that you are back on CFH, although you still will be missed on TSS. I canceled my subscription to TechTV when you left, but I called my satellite provider today (expressvu) and I am getting it back! TechTV is crap without you! To the person who was really rude to Leo above saying that he sucks on TSS, lets just say Im sure you arent any better. Leo is THE main part of TechTV, and without him it is horrible! Show some respect!
    Welcome Back Leo, and I really hope that Comcast keeps CFH

  40. So glad to hear that you are coming back to Call for Help. What about TSS? I don’t dislike the guys on TSS but I do think that all of you together make a real good group. Besides we need someone in this age group.
    I’ll be watching on Tuesday.
    Later – Jack

  41. Leo, Im so pleased, Ive been jumping for joy for hours now. I better sit down cuz my legs are tired. Im so glad that Techtv made an agreement with you. I was getting a little depressed not seeing u on the show. U made Call for Help and TSS what it is today. No disrespect to Kevin but u and Patrick were like peanut butter and jelly. U just can’t have jelly without the peanut butter and there is no replacement for it. Hopefully you can come back fully and claim your spot back as host of TSS. Again, Im so glad you are back. Ive learned a lot from you and now itll continue, hopefully forever. Again, congrates Leo, and the best of luck…see u on TV…

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