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 now let’s take care of that other problem…Iraq…and life will be good again. Welcome home Leo.

  2. Welcome back, Leo. The show CFH & TSS are not the same without you. To COMCAST and/or TechTV management, thank you for bringing back Leo to CFH, but please bring him back also to TSS as well.

  3. 3:00am PST April 20th Feeling nervous this past week as I noticed the glaring absence of Leo Laporte from Techtv, I acessed the message boards for the 1st time, discovering the Brutal Truth. Leo is GONE gone! gonebutcomingback…Coming back..to stay?.. Will Heartless Mercenaries, Corporate Megaliths gulp up Techtv and spit it out as pablem pandering to the lowest common denomenator of mass consciousness? Will they engage in Souless Commerce, Thinking we as an audience will not notice a shift from valuable Interactive programming that is a catalist for our growth to a slick format that feeds off misplaced energy? Put the heart back in tectv BRING BACK LEO TO STAY!!!

  4. Well today is the day we get Leo back but we have to keep up the fight to keep Leo when comcast takes over,we can make a difference as we have done this is the power of free speech.Welcome back Leo we will fight to the end!

  5. OH YEAH!!!! The world lives again… and we can now sit down, relax, and soak in all the knowledge that Leo gives…. aaaaahhhhhh….. we wouldn’t leave you hanging out to dry Leo!

  6. Thank goodness for good things. I have missed Leo and had stopped watching CFH. I am glad I did not discontinue the news letter because I know now that “LEO IS BACK”. This is the best news since the USA walked on the moon. Stay strong and “Live Long and Prosper”. Not Techtv has my attention again.

  7. Thank goodness for good things. I have missed Leo and had stopped watching CFH. I am glad I did not discontinue the news letter because I know now that “LEO IS BACK”. This is the best news since the USA walked on the moon. Stay strong and “Live Long and Prosper”. Now Techtv has my attention again.

  8. Thank God!! I had stopped watching Call For Help & The Screen Savers because Leo is and always shall be THE anchor of TechTV.
    I have nothing against the other hosts except the fact they are inexperienced and just don’t have the personalities for hosting. They are sufficient as a supporting cast.
    Now, can we get Leo back on The Screen Savers and save it also…SERIOUSLY?!?

  9. Excellent! Welcome back Leo. Guess it’s time to go back to the cable company and get my box back now that you’re going to be returning.

  10. I’m dancing around the room singing “Oh Happy Day”!!!!!!! I can revamp my rant on my webpage now that sanity once again rules (at least for the time being) at TechTV/Comcast/G4 or whatever the heck it’s called or gonna be called. But I don’t care about that right now! I only hope that your return will be permanent. Hang in there, and keep your faithful fans informed!
    Cindy…

  11. Yeah, gotta say that I’m really really really happy you’re back on Tech TV. My husband’s the one who knows about computers, but YOU made it enjoyable, interesting, and you explained things without making me feel like I was the only person on the planet who doesn’t know everything there is to know about computers! You’re funny and I love and GET your pop culture references. Just wanted to say “Glad you’re back!”

  12. While we’re at it… can we change the station to LeoTV??
    Great to see you back!
    What about TSS?

  13. Ya! Leo is back! I knew it wasnt gonna be long before they get Leo to come back. Espically after all the petioins look on the message borads they were alot of em. I just hope that you still stay when Comcast buys Techtv.

  14. Ya! Leo is back! I knew it wasnt gonna be long before they get Leo to come back. Espically after all the petioins look on the message borads they were alot of em. I just hope that you still stay when Comcast buys Techtv.

  15. WOW! Hey Leo great to here your back on I just came online to see how you were doing and how not being on TV was affecting you and WHAM your going to be on TV again!!!!!!!!!! YAHOO!!! Also are you going to be doing TSS because the show now is good but when you were there it was GREAT! Try to work something out with TSS. I have never used so many caps before but it’s worth it.

  16. WOW! Hey Leo great to here your back on I just came online to see how you were doing and how not being on TV was affecting you and WHAM your going to be on TV again!!!!!!!!!! YAHOO!!! Also are you going to be doing TSS because the show now is good but when you were there it was GREAT! Try to work something out with TSS. I have never used so many caps before but it’s worth it.

  17. Q: Is the live time of Call for Help 6PM EST now?
    It used to be 3PM, but I just turned it on and it was yesterdays. I was expecting to see Leo :(. Do I have to wait till 6?

  18. There are two Leos that I admire. One is Leo Kottke (Master Guitarist) and the other is Leo Laporte. They are both No. 1 in my book. Leo IS Call For Help. For that matter..he’s the star of the whole network, in my opinion. HH

  19. Due to me moving, I lost my DirecTV and TechTV just before you were off the air, and I was really upset that you were off… but it looks like you’re back on just before I get TechTV back! YAY! This makes my day!

  20. Are you people kidding? Kevin Rose stinks like a wet rag. the guy has no personality and not an ounce of speaking ability. all i see is a kid reading off a cue card in front of a camera. LEO was great on TSS, he was the only reason i watched and with him gone the show has gone to lower standards.
    imo

  21. I am 26yrs old and loved TechTv until Leo was gone. Leo is so enthusiastic about his work. He makes computers fun and enjoyable. Thanks Leo for all the work you have done and personally improving the learning curve of this Computer Information Systems Major. I wish you were still on the Screen Savers but I am to wishful. Best wishes and as a loyal fan I will continue to support you and thanks for all the hard work you have put in. You are priceless!!!

  22. Yes!!!! Took them long enough to realize what an asset Leo is to TechTV. I’m glad he’s back, lets just hope Comcast leaves the two best tech related shows (TSS, Call for Help) on the business unchanged….

  23. Whoopeee! I thought I was watching a rerun and had to check out your website for the great news! I’m glad you’re back on my TV again! The shows aren’t the same without you. You really have turned both CFH and TSS into very professional, interesting, and informative shows. I tried to give Paul Allen and vulcan mis-adventures some feedback, but Ms. Tracy Huddleson tells me they don’t forward personal email to Paul. He must not care what his viewers think or what his company does. I hope they wind up at the bottom of the heap – vulcan deserves to be there. You’re my favorite TV personality, bar none, and wherever you are, I’ll watch you! Welcome back and good luck in the future with Comcast.

  24. Leo,
    Aaaaaaaaahh! Life returns to normal! Watching you on ‘Call For Help’ today was a joy. Perhaps the word isn’t coming to an end afterall! Great to see you back!
    Matt

  25. As a middle-aged, somewhat knowledgeable-but-not-geeky computer user, I am very pleased to hear this.

  26. Leo,
    Aaaaaaaaahh! Life returns to normal! Watching you on ‘Call For Help’ today was a joy. Perhaps the word isn’t coming to an end afterall! Great to see you back!
    Matt

  27. Leo,
    Aaaaaaaaahh! Life returns to normal! Watching you on ‘Call For Help’ today was a joy. Perhaps the word isn’t coming to an end afterall! Great to see you back!
    Matt

  28. Welcome back Mr Kotter.
    I’ve had my 17″ iMac for about a year and a half. CFH and you, especially, have been invaluable.
    As a show of graditude for your return, I would like to send you one of my editioned conceptual art Tees, which is in the collection of the University Art Museum, Berkeley (Google my name for some background). If you want one, just send me the station’s address.
    Best,
    Norman B Colp

  29. Yahooooooo …oops is that a copywrite problem? Anyway great news welcome back LEO !!

  30. That’s the best news I’ve heard in a long time! Welcome Back Leo! I’m glad we the viewing audience could help you out.

  31. GRRRREAT NEWS !!
    Still I hope you will incorporate to “The Screen Savers” Show…. we miss you there!! =)
    Monterrey, Mexico

  32. I would prefer to have Leo back on TSS.
    I liked Chris Pirillo (& Cat) on Call For Help. He’s a really crazy guy and you don’t know what he’s going to do next. I enjoyed seeing him back for a couple days last week.
    Leo added substance to the adult based evening show. Kevin Rose and that girl friend drive me crazy! I mean think about – can you really get excited about someone who only knows how to hack an X-Box! I don’t waste my time on that show any longer. Kids in charge – OUT. Adults with know how – IN.

  33. I can finally watch Call for Help without feeling so guilty! Welcome back Leo! You were missed so very very much!

  34. The master is back!!!!! Hip Hip … I saw the show today and Iam so happy Hip Hip …

  35. Welcome Back Leo!!!
    I’m so glad that your’re back Hooray!!!!
    Call For Help wasn’t the same and I was considering dropping it from my Tivo To Do List.
    I’ve learned alot from you in tne last 6 months and look forward to learning alot more from YOU and the Gang at the Screen Savers.
    Learning to be a Geek,
    Hawkeye

  36. Leo should come back to The Screensavers too….its not BAD without him, it was just better with him, and I dont feel I need to watch it as much now.

  37. lol, well glad that you are back in front of a camera doing what you enjoy…I think thats a great place for you to be…that way we all can keep an eye on you and your wild ways lol
    I do love how Concast said not til the 27th and then changed their mind just as fast -just like in my place of work, no one knows whats going on lol
    I look forward to watching u from the Canadian Sticks once I get that sateliite up…..just gotta wait for the 4 feet of snow to melt first ha ha ha

  38. Leo … Leo … Leo
    What WILL happen after COMCAST take “Turner-Like” control of TechTV?? Is it time for some of the TechTV crowd to “move on” and create their own syndicated program(s)??
    And kudos to us, the over 40 crowd with 25+ years of technology experience!

  39. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING??? I’m so glad to see you back on Call For Help. Now, what about The Screen Savers? Hope to see you there too. Love ya Leo.

  40. Welcome Back Leo
    But we want you on The Screen Savers too.
    Too many kids there that need guidance.
    Ponce, Puerto Rico

  41. Welcome back Leo, it is so good to see you back!!!!!! I really did stop watching TTV! I only checked in to see if you were back. I hope to see you back on TSS as well, and I would not like to insult all the other fine people that are seen on TTV. I wish you the best of luck in the future, and have to pat myself, and all the other people that messaged TTV, and boycotted TTV; on the back!!!!
    PS I’m from your home town, and work for the PFD in the station near your Alma Mata BU.
    Jim

  42. Hey Leo,
    I’m not sure if you read these messages, but I’m really glad you’re coming back to TechTV. I hope Comcast doesn’t make too many changes since you guys have things running great as-is. I’ve been a huge fan of yours since Dev Null on The Site, and I was glad to see you on ZDTV when our cable finally picked it up some 6+years ago. I sure miss the days of you and Kate dancing at the end of each episode 🙂
    No matter where you go, you’ll definately do well. Just keep us posted because whatever venue you choose (if not TechTV), you’re audiance will follow. You definately made TechTV what it is today.
    Take care, and keep up the awesome work.
    Sam Alexander
    sam@totallynerd.com

  43. I am AMAZED that “big corporation” actually caved in! PLEASANTLY surprised. Leo…when I ever walked into my Internet Tech class and told them you were out, they were pissed, to say the least. We all signed the petition and emailed G4 that day…
    Glad to see you back pal 🙂
    -Shawn

  44. Leo!!!!
    Thank goodness you’re back, I couldn’t bare to watch the show without you. I was simply scanning the channels to see if you would pop up on some other show like MSNBC with a tech segment, or Good Morning America. (Hey that’s a thought, the next time they make you mad, send Charlie Gibson a tape of your show!)
    You are the reason I watch and if you’re not there I won’t be a viewer of the show. The young people do their best, but there is something to be said for maturity and wisedom. And yet you have the youthful excitement about technology that makes us all want to learn more and do more. Besides seeing a guy with a few gray hairs able to figure all this stuff out makes me feel that there is hope for me too.
    You are a caring, compassionate man and it comes through on the screen. I’m not surprised that you got lots of mail and that the executives at TechTv were smart enough to realize how vital you are to their success. Welcome home Leo….I had a candle sitting on my monitor for you.
    Lynn
    PS I’m the one who wrote to you last year about getting more diversity on the show. You responded the next day with a heartfelt comment and I will always remember that.

  45. Leo!!!!
    Thank goodness you’re back, I couldn’t bare to watch the show without you. I was simply scanning the channels to see if you would pop up on some other show like MSNBC with a tech segment, or Good Morning America. (Hey that’s a thought, the next time they make you mad, send Charlie Gibson a tape of your show!)
    You are the reason I watch and if you’re not there I won’t be a viewer of the show. The young people do their best, but there is something to be said for maturity and wisedom. And yet you have the youthful excitement about technology that makes us all want to learn more and do more. Besides seeing a guy with a few gray hairs able to figure all this stuff out makes me feel that there is hope for me too.
    You are a caring, compassionate man and it comes through on the screen. I’m not surprised that you got lots of mail and that the executives at TechTv were smart enough to realize how vital you are to their success. Welcome home Leo….I had a candle sitting on my monitor for you.
    Lynn
    PS I’m the one who wrote to you last year about getting more diversity on the show. You responded the next day with a heartfelt comment and I will always remember that.

  46. Thannnnnnnnnnnk God LEOS Back I Guess all my prayers paid off all the other host all ok but, but you are the best, and like a fine wine you just keep getting better with time. I have set my tivo again.

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