End of Line

Friday, 2 April 2004, 11:12 pm
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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.

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  1. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:17 pm

    We all will miss you very much Leo.

  2. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:23 pm

    You will be very much missed. I have enjoyed both Screen Savers and Call for Help. I liked that you would bring macintosh tips to both shows. I do know about macintosh computers but you always brought something new. Good luck to you Leo you will be missed by this macintosh geek.

    Yvonne

  3. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:24 pm

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

  4. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:27 pm

    Leo, I hope you can work something out with G4 to come back after the takeover. You were the reason why I watched techtv, and my family and friends used to kid me about my loyalty to your shows. I was even on the screen savers once with my webcam way back in the Kate days. I live back east, so I will have to listen to your KFI show over the internet on the weekends to get my Leo fix. You are the best Tech guy on television, and it would be a waste for you to not show up somewhere on TV in the very near future.

  5. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:28 pm

    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.

  6. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:28 pm

    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.

    Jason

  7. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:29 pm

    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.

  8. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:30 pm

    Oh God, I hoped it wouldn’t have come to this. Leo, I’m an intern at TechTV, and I had planned to meet you and shake your hand some time later this semester, but thought it could wait. Now I realize I should’ve made my move sooner.

    You’re one of the reasons why I wanted to work here. I’m so sorry to hear this. Please let us know if there are other opportunities for us to meet you, perhaps at a book signing or two.

    Best of luck in any of your future ventures.

  9. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:31 pm

    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.

  10. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:31 pm

    Leo, Dear Leo,

    Vulcan has made a HUGE mistake! You are such a remarkable person and hopefully,

    G4 will have the good sense to snap you up!

    Whatever lies ahead for you, let it be known that all of us here simply adore you.

    I, for one, will never forget the 3-3-04 taping of TSS! ; )

    All my best,

    “Jib” Joanne

  11. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:34 pm

    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!

    Vicki

  12. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:35 pm

    You have been, are, and will always be an inspiration to many, Leo. You have done so much work and helped so many people with computers and technology, but most of all, you lift people’s spirits and put smiles on many faces, but do not let this stop you from achieving even more. Your potential in life is still great and I hope to see you again (soon) on the small sceen. Just always know that you are loved by many, many people.

    -Joseph

  13. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:36 pm

    :( Miss you too.

  14. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:39 pm

    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.

  15. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:41 pm

    Comcast had something to do with this. Comcast has always wanted to own 100% of TechTV… and have as few minority shareholders as possible. Vulcan wants the shares back so they can sell them to Comcast…

    This creates an odd situation. Leo doesn’t work for TechTV anymore, but he’s still entitled to a small check every time Comcast tries to declare a profit from TechTV, Inc. :)

  16. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:42 pm

    Lets just hope that G4 doesn’t try to screw you over.

  17. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:46 pm

    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.

  18. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:50 pm

    HURRY BACK LEO!! We need you. Hatchet from Leoville

  19. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:51 pm

    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

  20. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:52 pm

    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. :)

  21. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:54 pm

    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

  22. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:54 pm

    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.

  23. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:57 pm

    Damn,etc.

    When the chance comes to see your face again on the tube, let us know.

    There just aren’t enough, or the right words to express our loss.

    Thanks man.

    Ralph

    http://www.darkstar.us

  24. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2004 11:57 pm

    LEO please come back my friend is so despondent since hearing of the coup attempted by vulcan in my book this is just more corporate misconduct i will really miss your wit and tech savy help you were a “geek” icon and for the sake of my friends mental health i hope you reappear soon as nothing seems to cheer him up as of late it gets especially bad at 7 pm when we both are so dismayed to see the repeats WE MISS YOU !!!!!

  25. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:02 am

    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!

  26. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:06 am

    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

  27. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:06 am

    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.

  28. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:08 am

    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!!!!

  29. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:10 am

    Thanks Leo, just thanks for all you have done for all of your viewers. Like you said, I’m sure we’ll see you again on TV somewhere, sometime in the near future! A couple months ago I thought we’d always have Leo to kick around and enjoy your antics but now we will most certainly enjoy your KFI show and chat all the more! Enjoy the time with the family while you can as today you are creating tomorrows memories! Keep us posted somewhere on how your little baseball player is doing too – we know you’ll be there rootin’ for him!

  30. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:10 am

    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.

  31. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:12 am

    Good luck with whatever you do Leo. I really hope you can come back and work something out because I just do not see TechTV going much further without you. I realize that there are a lot of talented people working there but you were the most important person there. I just do not see how they could ever try to force you into something you did not want. Maybe the new owners will see that you are the life of that new channel they just bought and without you they are wasting their money.

  32. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:12 am

    Hey Leo,

    I got scared the moment the frontpage of your site didn’t have a TV section but I hope you’ll get a chance to host another TV show soon when the TechTV/G4 merger goes through. We’ll all miss you, your the one who inspired me to watch TechTV when I first saw “The Screen Savers”, then I saw “Call for Help”.

    It’s been great watching you Leo.

    TTK.

    See ya in KFI Chat tomorrow.

  33. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:13 am

    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!

    Nihaocahn

  34. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:15 am

    Leo,

    What to say. you were the heart of TSS. I have been watching since Kate was on with you. I like Patrick but I am not thrilled with Kevin as your replacement. To be honest I have only watched this long because of you. You will surely be missed. I liked how much energy you brought to the show as well as bringing your expert opinions. I have been able to relate to you on many a topic. Oh well I find myself watching a whole show now in 15 minutes or so. Gotta love TIVO. Good Luck with everything Leo.

    Brian

  35. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:17 am

    leo,

    Your 10 years at TechTV not only helped many people but I believe that if you were not a part of the network there would be no TechTV. You have helped me in so many ways and impacted my life, whether it was answering a question, hearing a segment or helping me practice my PhotoShop and Web design skills when I did my Leo Fan site. Though I haven’t been able to watch as frequently as I used to or as I would have liked to, I still managed to watch when I could. Now without you, when I roll on past Channel 26, it will not be the same even knowing your not apart of it making TechTV happen. Ever since that day in 1999 when we first got TechTV or “some new channel about computers”, and I saw you helping others through Call for Help, and then The Screen Savers, I wanted to mirror you. You were and are still one of my role-models and I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the example you set. Though “The Leo Laporte Fansite” left the net over 6 months ago, I haven’t forgotten about being a fan. Good luck to you and your family and thank you again.

  36. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:18 am

    Thank you for the many years (even prior to ZDTV / TechTV) of extremely entertaining quality technology programming, and thank you in advance for whatever your eventual next television project will be. I’ll be sure to keep listening on KFI and downloading the audio archives (especially when I can’t get a consistant ‘net stream live). You’re one of the people I respect most in the world, right up there with Nolan Bushnell, Gunpei Yokoi, Steve Wozniak, and David Crane. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do next, here’s to many more years of giving technology personality!

  37. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:20 am

    This is a sad day. This event will unfortunately effect my viewing pattern. Leo you are call for help, you created the show and have devoted alot of time and passion to making sure it stayed on the air. You have made no secret that C4H is your baby, and when you saw it slipping you came back despite added strain on your family.

    Hopefully, within the next few months Comcast will find out how important you are to the techtv community, and will see you back on. Until then, there is always the BLOG and your Radio Show ;)

  38. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:23 am

    Get back on the air soon, we miss ya!

  39. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:24 am

    Leo,

    I always admired your interviewing skills.

  40. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:37 am

    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

    Bill

  41. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:41 am

    Leo,

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

  42. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:47 am

    Rock on Leo!

    Don

    Toms River, NJ

  43. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:59 am

    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..

  44. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:03 am

    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 ?

  45. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:04 am

    Leo, I am sure it was a difficult decision. TechTV will feel the loss.

  46. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:07 am

    Good bye :( you have really helped out TechTV alot, thats to bad that you had to leave. i do hope that you come back eventually and youve been a great inspiration to TTV; Screensavers and CFH It was you and pat who insipired me to build my own computer.

    Thank you for all of your Help.

  47. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:13 am

    Oh goodness. I don’t know what I will watch now and I’m serious when I say this. TSS and CFH are the only shows I’ve been watching since 1998. This is so sad. It’s like there has been a death in the family.

    Thank you, more than you will ever know, for all the tips, free files, and “very helpful” information. You have been greatly appreciated here in Killen, Alabama. (I even had my husband watching TSS and he’s not even in to computers, but he really enjoyed watching you.)

    We will miss you !!! Hope to see you on TV soon!

    XOXO

    Sandy

  48. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:14 am

    Leo ( the leonator),

    this news is heartbreaking. i wake up early to see you, rush home from work to see you, and use my breaks at work to check your site for updates/inf. (not to sound all stalkerish, i am a true geek and crave knowledge) you have been like a mentor to me. i actually was in the process of planning a vacation for this summer and stopping by to see your show being taped was one of the highlights (at least for me). this sucks!

    because of you i made the decision to pursue technology and try to incorporate it with children with special needs. to your credit, my classroom is on its way, some of my children are actually using the net. (how cool is that!!!) thank you leo !!!

    i also am one of the 3% (a mac user) and really felt like you tried to keep all mac users informed and were so objective in your opinions between the three os’s. maybe you and woz can get together and do something great. both of you were the hard workers that got everything started but yet weren’t appreciated. ill stop babbling. good luck and congrats on the oppurtunity to spend more time with the family. thats what really counts.

  49. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:31 am

    This isn’t Goodbye. I’ll still be seeing you as much as ever, seeing as how I rarely see TTV. Good luck with KFI, Regis, WNN, and any other pursuits you may come upon :)

  50. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:34 am

    Thank you for your wisdom, effort, kindness and time over these many years. You are the best man in the media.

    Just to think of the numbers of people you have inspired is amazing. I wish you the best of luck in the future. You are truly an amazing human being.

    Loyally yours

    jeremy

  51. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:38 am

    This really sucks. Its a shame that the people at VULCAN… (appropriate name – people with no emotions) are not seeing that YOU were the crown jewel at Tech TV . Now the channel just wont be the same without you. I wont be watching the new G4 channel if you are not on it.

    As Robby the Robot used to say on Lost in Space- THIS DOES NOT COMPUTE! My Tivo wont be the same without you Leo….

  52. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:43 am

    I am deeply sadden to here this news. I take it that you will no longer be makeing your apperance in Louisville. You may not remember me. The second time you cam to louisvile the time with Megan m. I called your cell phone a number which I had attained from watching every single episode of the screen savers. I had a worderfull phone conversation with you on the phone and had another with you at the signing. I taped the conversation on my camera. You signed many things my ibooks battery your books and the only printed ad to my knowlege every put out for the screen savers an ad in computer shopper. I have since gone on an collected many pieces of zdtv swage. But I love all of your work. I wrote out what you mean to me in many other posts. I thought this story should be shared also.

  53. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:44 am

    I feel like I lost a friend. Whenever Leo wasn’t on TSS I had a hard time watching. It became a dull, lifeless shell of a show. Leo was the energizer bunny that lit up the set and will be sorely missed. Since he left TSS I haven’t had any interest in watching, I turn it on but lose focus and turn it off. Tech TV lost it’s heart, and me as a viewer. Anything Comcast touches turns to garbage, and here is another example. They will destroy what was a great channel for us geeks.

    David Oropallo

    Maple Shade, NJ

  54. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:47 am

    Thank you for devoting so much time to hosting those shows, I loved the energy you brought to TSS and CFH. I’m extremely sad to see you leave, and like David Oropallo said, I feel like i lost a good friend.

  55. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:49 am

    COMCAST has GOT TO KNOW that a big part of the TechTV purchase is getting the lead talent with it… that’s you, Leo Laporte. I have no doubt we’ll see you again soon on G4… BUT WHERE DO WE SEND EMAILS/LETTERS TO COMCAST to tell them just how much you mean to us? Does anyone have an email link where the messages will get to the right (read: important) people?

  56. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:01 am

    no way this is happening! Leo, you showed that being a tech geek can be fun and exciting at the same time. C4H and TSS…forget that…TechTv won’t be the same. i hope to see you again one day. Long Live TechTv!!! Long Live Leo Laporte!!!

  57. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:02 am

    leo my name is Nick Hemlepp

    i would like to thank you for saving me form my own suicidal tendenceies. your help along with the friend that had refered me to your show. I love you leo and i will mis you very vey much

    Much love,

    Nick

  58. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:08 am

    Leo,

    Call For Help, with you at the helm, has probably taught me more about computers than any other single source and I’m very grateful! Not only did you teach me a lot about the “personal confuser” but kept me entertained at the same time.

    I couldn’t care less about most celebrities and certainly wouldn’t stand in line to meet them. However, when you and Kate came to Michigan I drove for hours and stood in line for more hours because I wanted to meet you and say “thanks” in person.

    Hopefully it won’t be long until you are back on TV. Until then I’ll be listening to your radio show via the Internet and reading your comments here at Leoville.

    Take care.

    Russ

  59. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:08 am

    Vulcan’s actions are reprehensible and possibly illegal. To hold your job hostage in an attempt to force you to relinquish your shares probably breaks a few laws. Sue ‘em silly if you can! I know that may not be your style, but they really shouldn’t get away with this.

    Leo, you helped many of us learn how to deal with our personal confusers. You worked like a madman to keep TTV afloat, and I know a lot of folks have their jobs today because of you (not to mention those you helped after they were laid off). You’re a class act, the finest pure entertainer on television, and I hope you’re back on the tube very soon.

  60. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:09 am

    Leo,

    That Vulcan guy is a moron. TechTV can’t survive without Leo Laporte. Hopefully G4 will realize that. I am sure that we will see you again on the TV screen. Till then, God speed Leo Laporte!

    All the best,

    Andrew Love

    LaVergne, TN

    http://randrewlove.home.comcast.net

  61. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:12 am

    oh wow leo…so veryvery sorry to hear that…i always looked forward to starting my day with the screen savers reruns at noon (i work till the weeee hours of the am as a dj…gimme a break :) ) i was constantly and consistently impressed with your knowledge, wit and especially patience with all the tech questions on call for help…

    hope to see you back on the tele soon…until then i wish you luck, health and happiness :)

    thanks again and cheers :)

    —redboy—-

  62. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:13 am

    Miss you Leo…I had a long comment, but I just cant get the words out right now. Good Luck to you, Sir.

  63. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:14 am

    Looks like we’ve blown out the forums…. far too many users online at once.

  64. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:19 am

    It is all about the Benjamins!

    I must say, that there must be a lesson in all of this. Yes, I am certainly very disappointed — this is a day I never thought I would really see. But, I must admit that when the KFI job came on line, and the most recent change, it has just seemed so obvious that there was lots of change at work.

    I have no doubt that Leo will have many options. He has built himself as a great product — well known in the tech community and is a household name in many cases. I am certain that there will be lots of opportunities whether it is G4 / Comcast, or in another market.

    I’m hoping that in the mean time, he can build his own “call for help” like product. Maybe from Leoville Labs.

    I too am very sad — quite an emotional time for many people, but for me the lesson is to have a plan B. So many changes going on now between technology, the economy, the way the world works. For me, it begs the question — what’s next? How can we be prepared for it?

    Ok, enough pontificating. Let us know when Live from Leoville Labs will air via the Internet… The journey continues :-)

  65. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:21 am

    I am a 41 year old man and after reading about Leo leaving, I have tears in my eyes. It is a sad day, Leo start your own channel, you will be successful. I know with your great personality and the hard work you do, it will not be long before we see you back on tv. Best wishes Leo.

  66. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:21 am

    Dear Leo, we knew something was up when you were not seen (live) on C4H. You are the reason that we continually watched Tech Tv. We would love to call down curses upon Vulcan, but in the same spirit that Leo has gracefully left Tech Tv; We suggest to everyone that they contact Comcast (http://www.comcast.com/Support/Feedback.asp) and let them know how important you are Leo.

  67. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:26 am

    So that’s why I can’t get in!

    Leo, sorry to hear about this sudden turn of events. The television landscape is now slightly darkened by this incident. Take all the time you need to relax (after 10 years you’ve earned it); just don’t stay away too long.

  68. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:31 am

    Leo, it sucks now knowing you may never be seen on TV for a long time. But the work you acheived at Tech TV was soem fo the most helpful work I’ve ever seen. I’d really like tot hank you for all you help with tech. Hopefdully someday you will return, maybe Comcast will invite you back to the Tech TV team. But I’d mainly jus tlike to say thank you.

  69. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:33 am

    Sorry to see you go Leo. I will continue to listen to you on KFI.

  70. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:34 am

    Leo,

    I want to thank you for all the great television that you’ve given me for the last few years. You’ve personally inspired me to work and play with technology and I cannot credit anyone but yourself for that. We’ll miss you.

    See Ya

  71. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:38 am

    Leo I’m sorry to hear that you are leaving TechTv. I enjoyed C4H and TSS for years and years now. I hope that something can be worked out so you could come back to the new network whenever that starts. I will be listening to you on KFI640.Com tomorrow and Sunday and every weekend after that.

    Thanks for all the help.

    Sean

  72. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:39 am

    Mayor,

    I will wish you all the best but I am not concerned about that, you will land on your feet. They just make a major mistake but whatever the reason, we can all catch you on the web (outside of CA) and I am sure you will find another outlet on TV for your brilliance. G4Tv would be smart to get in touch with you.

  73. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:46 am

    Leo,

    Wow. You’re right, two good-byes this close together is just too much. Like many others who have posted above, I can’t believe it.

    I still haven’t gotten used to TSS without you, and I was just getting back into CFH again. I’ll really miss you now, but I hope that the G4 people will have the wit to bring you back into the fold when the time comes.

    One final note that I should have added in my good-bye salute post when you stepped down from TSS: as the “help desk” guy for nearly my entire extended family’s IT problems, I must tell you that you have taught me so much over the last four years, which I have used to help others on countless occasions. Much of what I know about technology today I owe to you and your fellow Techtv geeks. “Saving the world, one computer at a time,” has now become MY motto.

    Somewhat more importantly, it was nice for me to turn on the TV and see people who were speaking my language. They may be able to do it without you, but for my part, you will be greatly missed.

  74. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:55 am

    Hi Leo,

    Wow. That’s kind of hard to take. I’m still kind of stunned, so excuse the rambling….

    The way things have been working out since the G4 buyout pretty much stinks on ice. I started watching TTV because of you, and while I will probably still watch, it won’t be the same. Not even close.

    I’m pissed at them (TPTB of TechTV) for the classless way they have dealt with you. You aren’t one to wave your own flag, but you were without a doubt the most recognizable and popular person on the TTV roster, and they push you out so unceremoniously? Screw ‘em.

    G4 would be damned foolish not to snap you up once the transfer has taken place. Perhaps if some of us knew who to direct snail-mail to, we can help guide them in that direction.

    Leo, I will really miss seeing your smiling face on TV, but I’m glad that you are on a radio station that also does a webcast. (Otherwise, I find it a little hard tuning in LA radio stations up here in Minnesota.) I’ll be “tuning in” when I can, and I hope to see you back on the small screen soon.

    Take care man.

    Darren Dewey

  75. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:57 am

    I really enjoyed watching and listening to you on TechTV for the past three years. You’ve done a great job on The Screen Savers and Call for Help. I’ve learned alot since I started watching your shows. I’ll really miss seeing you on TechTV but at least I can listen to your show on KFI. I should’ve came earlier to see you in person at the Screen Savers. I hope you come back on the new channel. Good luck in the future!!

  76. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:04 am

    Leo, I am speechless.

    (((((((hugs))))))

    There is life after Tech Tv …or after any TV for that matter.

    Have a cold one, take a deep breath… hug the kids, life is good.

    E_B

  77. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:04 am

    Leo, we will definitely miss your presence. You were the ONLY reason I watched TechTV. I’m bummed. I was down in LA a few weekends ago and got to hear your KFI show; good job. It’s sad you don’t have as much of a chance to talk about Macs now, but oh well, at least you are still doing what you like to do… best of luck and keep up the great work!

  78. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:07 am

    Wow. I feel like I won’t be seeing a member of my family any more. You will be sorely missed, Leo! You have had a HUGE influence in my life by creating a love and passion for technology in me. Thank you! The one thing that makes this much more bearable is knowing that I can still listen to you every weekend on KFI. Thank goodness for that radio stream! If G4 knows what’s good for them, I think we’ll be seeing you back on TV pretty soon :) While you’re off though, you could spiff up your look with a new hair piece!

    Enjoy some well-deserved time off, and we’ll see you soon!

    – Ryan

  79. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:10 am

    Dear Leo,

    I’ve been watching you on Tech TV ever since you were co-hosting with Kate. You’re a class act and made technology interesting and understandable. I especially liked your interviews-always well done and entertaining.

    I am glad that I was able to see you and the gang on the screen savers back in September 03.

    I feel badly the way you were treated, but I respect the way you stood by your principles, a lesser man would have caved in.

    I’m sure that G4 and Comcast would be thrilled to have you on TV again and so would all of us.

    Best regards,

    Andy

  80. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:16 am

    It was fun Leo. I hope you the best.. Again.

  81. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:21 am

    Nothing lasts forever, I know; but to us long-time viewers you ARE TechTV, Leo! I can’t listen to KFI here in Houston, so I’m going to think of this as Summer re-run season until the new guys take control. You will be sorely missed.

  82. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:22 am

    Dear Leo,

    I want to thank you for the great television over the years and getting me excited about technology again. I also wanted to say that with all interaction on TV, Radio, Email, et al. you are like a part of my extended family. Hopefully we’ll speak to each other more than just on the major holidays. ;)

    All the Best!

  83. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:25 am

    Hey Leo

    Hope it works out when the new owners take over. I have been watching since ZDnet days, and if I have one complaint about Tech Tv, its the constant bleeding of the talent. It seems now, just as a viewer gets comfortable with someone, they are moving on, and Tech wont bend enough to get them to stay. IE Meagan, and the list goes on. Even with Pirillo, he was a bit odd, but added some spice to the channel and had lots of knowledge. Even if he left CFH, you think they could have found something for him.

    I have been watching TSS without you, and I really like Patrick and Kevin is getting better, but I dont think they can carry the show long term as a team. I must admit, I dont make sure the tivo is set anymore, if I see it, I do. I really miss your opinions about the top news stories, I found they balanced well with Patricks views. I like to hear Kevin, but I dont think he has been around long enough to really understand some of the background stuff.

    I hope things work out for you, Tech Tv really seems to be a messy place to work for. They sure have lots a lot of good talent, and now the anchor is gone, and I will be cancelling Tech TV on my dish. Good luck to you, hope we get the new channel in Canada,,,,even though some of us….have US dishes already,,,,,shhhhhhh,,,

    Good luck, and please keep the news updated, every morning I go to see your views on whats new. Cheers to the family,, your friends in Canada care very much !!

  84. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:35 am

    That is a concern of mine, I get TechTV canada here, but no comcast or G4 so..erg…it’s frustrating considering leo’s been there since there start of my computing days and helped every step of the way.

  85. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:42 am

    Leo,

    The folks at Vulcan have just diminished the technical self-worth of TechTV. Your presence at TechTV is clearly felt by the thousands of users who have been consoled, loved, and assisted by you. You have become a mainstay in my technical world. You have made the Mac users feel that they are NOT second-class users of technology. You have shared your family with us, and in turn we have made you are part of ours. When you relocate to a compaany that appreciates you for who and what you are, I will be there to view you.

    Can you tell us what other books you will be authoring? Will you speaking at different conventions and symposiums? You need keep us informed what you are doing.

    I wish you and your family the very best.

    Ken

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    P.S. I am a die-hard Mac user who appreciates the quirks of Windows.

  86. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:42 am

    Leo, we will all miss you very much. It was because of you that I started watching ZDTV/TECHTV and tried to learn everything about computers that I ever could. It was because of you that I learned so much about computers and became tech support for my whole family. So it is a shock to me to find out that you are leaving Techtv. Vulcan Ventures is making a huge mistake and I hope you get a chance to come back and work at the new channel once comcast takes over. I would just like to say thanks for everything Leo and good luck in what ever you do now and in the future.

  87. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:47 am

    What a clown Vulcan Ventures. This is the saddest thing ever. I am glad you are on KFI and i’m very thankful for your show on MP3 format, I hope someday I’ll have enough files to fill my ipod.

    TechTV will not be the same without you and I assure you, they just lost another customer…

  88. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:00 am

    I have seen Call for Help and The Screen Savers almost every single day,and it’s gonna be sad to lose you at TechTV.I Hope The Screen Saver stay on G4 or they have another Tech Show! I hope to see you in the near future!

  89. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:00 am

    How sad Leo, I’m very sorry to see you go. You worked with talented folk but bar none, you were the best on that channel and they will feel the pain of your departure. God bless.

    G

  90. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:09 am

    I liked you on TTv, but do your thing man. I know a lot more about computers, because of you. I hope you still get to teach other people.

  91. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:13 am

    Leo,

    I will be very sad indeed to see you leave the airwaves, however, I am glad you are still on the radio. Sadly, I work weekends during those times, so I will not be able to catch it.

    You are a great inspiration to me as a 20 year old Bay Area college student who is majoring in Computer Science. I’ve only had Tech TV for over a year, but I have learned so much from you and listening to you has placed more confidence in me in learning computers. One day in the future I was hoping to be able have the opertunity to call you and ask what would be a good Apple machine and software for an inspiring programmer such as I to look into and invest in. Hopefully one day that will be a possibility. Until then, I will pray for the best for you and for your family and I will be one among the many supporting you and behind you during this time and once again THANK YOU AGAIN SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING!

    Matt

  92. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:28 am

    A fond farewell to mine, and many other’s, tv Dad ( Dick Van Patten’s got nothing on you), our loss is your family’s gain. I’ll miss seeing you daily. Here’s to your future, Leo. Salud!

    Much love,

    Chuck in Nashville

  93. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:42 am

    leo,

    what has been said i aggree..

    It’s funny you not there but they are running your tips on TSS!!!!!

    you will bounce back or go a whole different direction.

    as i have said before..it’s not techtv or zdtv or the site that i follow…it’s you!

    viva LEOTV!!!

  94. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:03 am

    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!

  95. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:14 am

    Wow, like others have posted before, you have made a huge impact for me, career-wise and personally (your reporting through the 9-11 horror was very well done). I will miss your daily appearances and advice immensely, and hope they will return again soon! And my phone line will be occupied by my modem all afternoon on weekends with KFI!

    Godspeed, and thank you so very much………..

    Chris

  96. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:30 am

    Look at all these well wishes.

    Leo I’ve watched you since the first day ZDTV was added to Direct TV. You are/where that network for me and a lot of other people. You have provided me and my family with years of entertainment / education. We will miss the television shows, but at least we can still hear you over the radio/internet and read your books.

    Don’t under-estimate the effect you have an have had on family’s. My 9 year old daughter has grown up watching you. She is your number 1 fan and more importantly, years ahead of her classmates when it comes to the use of computers. Thanks to you (and maybe me) my nine year old has an understanding of Windows, OS X and Linux. Your influence reaches further than you can think.

    Thank you so much for all that you have done and good luck in the future..

  97. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:45 am

    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

    Andy

  98. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:49 am

    TTV has just lost one of it’s most valuable assets, and I’m not just saying that. You helped bring that channel to where it is today, and I can’t believe that they would let you go like that.

    I’ve been a faithful viewer of CFH and TSS since the early basement set days, and I want to thank you for teaching me soo much about computers and technology in general. I wish you the best of luck, and hope to see you on TV again someday.

  99. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:57 am

    Leo, there are no words to describe the sadness and anger I am feeling at the moment, I had hoped things were going to work out. Though I would do just about anything for you I’m afraid I can not honor your request to keep watching CFH, not after this. I know those left are still working hard but quite frankly I no longer have a reason to watch either CFH or TSS now. Neither show is worth a nickle without you and I hope Comcast realizes quickly that Vulcan has just significantly devalued their recent purchase with this idiotic move. Though I like many of those still there I can no longer support a network that would, after years of faithful service keeping it afloat, treat the heart and soul of its foundation in such a shoddy, underhanded and down right disrespectful manor, you deserve better. My tech viewing is suspended until the joyous moment when you return to the airways. Whatever happens you have my total support in any way that might help.

    Forever in you corner, Daisy

  100. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:05 am

    Leo,

    I can’t believe it !!!! I have been watching you every day since Tech TV became available in my area. With your inspiration (and books) I recently built 2 pc’s. With your insistance I just bought a G5 and 23in. display. You have helped me find sanity in the personal confuser world……Thank You Leo..I’m gonna miss you man…Now I can only look forward to a few hours on Saturday and Sunday. Good Luck to you brother.

    Joe Karecky

    Bayonne, New Jersey

    ps: If you need some help on the farm, please don’t hesitate to call for help.

  101. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:08 am

    Just when I got the PVR all reprogrammed. :)

    I know leaving the network was probably wrenching, particularly on top of the emotional roller coaster buyouts can be on their own. But, I for one am happy you held on to your shares (and I am glad they were shares that had some worth at the end).

    For now, I choose to be optimistic and look forward to you rejoining the new network once the merger is complete. Hopefully, Comcast will keep the San Francisco studio open for your return.

    Good luck, and we’ll be watching out for you.

  102. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:45 am

    Leo,

    In your bio on the TTV web site, you listed “mediocrity” as your greatest fear. From what I’ve seen, you certainly have nothing to fear.

    Your charisma and vibrance has made TSS and CFH entertaining as well as educational. Your ability to conduct a serious interview one minute, crack a timely joke the next, and step in to help a nervous caller ask a question the next is the mark of a true professional. I have a great deal of respect for Patrick and Kevin and will continue to watch, but it’s just not the same without you.

    Hopefully, the good people at Comcast will have the sense to realize what an asset you are and bring you back after the transition. But if not, I’m sure you’ll land on your feet.

    I wish you the best,

    Jason

  103. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:58 am

    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

  104. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:09 am

    I know it’s just one guy leaving two shows, but I’m seriously bummed. Leo, you are the consumate professional, especially when you’re being unprofessional. You crack me up are an inspiration. I’m feeling a little ferklempt.

    Vulcan Vultures, or whatever they’re called, have seriously devalued their property after closing the deal with Comcast by failing to come to an agreement with you. Comcast should insist on paying Vicious Vultures a lower price due to the sudden change, and give half of the savings to you as a sign-on bonus. Just a thought.

  105. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:10 am

    Leo,

    I have watched you on “Call For Help” and “The Screen Savers” (back when you and Kate hosted it), and have learned SO much from you. You’ve heard from me before, but I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you once again, with all my heart and soul, for everything you are. You’ve not only taught me valuable computer skills, you’ve also taught me lessons I’ve used in other aspects of my life. And for this, I thank you too. You were a part of my everyday life. I will miss you very much. I wish you good luck and happiness with everything you do. And hopefully, we’ll see your sweet, smiling face again on TV somewhere soon. Thanks again.

    Love ya Leo,

    Michelle

  106. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:19 am

    very sad to see you go LEO , but i guess, it’s life.. Wish you good health and happiness.. There is no TechTV without you !!

  107. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:48 am

    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.

    bye

  108. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:55 am

    Hi again,

    I posted earlier, but some time has passed, I’m thinking a little more clearly and I need a break from cleaning/reorganizing “command central” here!

    First off, I have to say that your updates to your moblog after the (now infamous) pic of your id and letter from TTV warmed my heart. That pizza looked awesome too! :-) After all this garbage, it really made me smile to see and hear you enjoying some quality time with the little guy. Enjoy your time off!

    Secondly, I swiped your pic of you waving goodbye on the CFH set – I made an avatar out of it that I use in the MacAddict forum. (I’m a moderator there.) If that’s a problem let me know and I’ll ditch it. I just wanted to find a way to let our regular users know that I’m going to miss ol’ uncle Leo. On the plus side, between shrinking it and using the Unsharp Mask (that I learned about on CFH by the way) it came out looking pretty good!

    Finally, I meant what I said earlier. I’d love to send a good, old-fashioned snail-mail to TPTB at G4. I think if enough people did the same it may help them to decide that getting you on board is a good decision. If they were smart, they’d be watching the viewer numbers very closely over the next couple of weeks… despite your well wishes for those you left behind to try to fill your shoes, I bet there will be a sharp drop-off. Anyway, I poked around on their site and found an address to write to, but it’s their generic PO box mailing address. Perhaps that’s better than nothing.

    Best wishes to you and your family, Leo. Take care and I hope to see you back on the tube soon.

    Darren in Minnesota

    PS: Not to try to take anything (or anyone) away from Leoville, but I have a thread started on all of this over at MA. Click my link below to get there. I’ll be posting the G4 address there shortly. Sorry if anyone thinks of this as “spamming” – this will be my one and only mention of it.

  109. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 9:29 am

    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.

  110. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 10:43 am

    I’m not much for words, but I always read your blog Leo and I’ve always loved to watch you on TV. I’ll follow you to whatever your future occupations may be and hope much success to you. Thanks for the years of entertainment and knowledge.

  111. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 10:47 am

    Leo you have made me smile many times when i’ve been down. TechTV in general has

    been a source of joy for me on a daily basis. You just don’t realize how many

    people you touch, and make laugh on a daily basis. I Will countinue to watch TechTV, but there will be a void without Old Leo on TechTV.

  112. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:08 am

    Leo

    You are the best.

    Four years ago, I bought an old house that came with a C-band dish. I saw this ZDTV thing on there, and sat down, instead of upacking boxes, and watched your show. I’ve been hooked ever since.

    Switched to Dish Network because my cable company, Comcast, doesn’t carry Tech TV.

    Bought all your books, and give them away as Xmas presents. And will continue to do so.

    You are the best guy on any of the TVs in my house period – though there was a time I thought you were also the CSI guy named Grissom that solves all those crimes. You are that good.

    Good luck, much love and keep us posted when next we can see you.

    A sad Mike

  113. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:17 am

    Leo, this news came as such a shock this morning. I’ve found myself watching only bits and pieces of “The Screen Savers” recently, and am not certain I’ll be able to tolerate “Call for Help” any longer if you’re not the host–and those are the only TechTV programs that I watch with any frequency.

    Attempts to keep “Call for Help” going without you previously were not totally successful, in my opinion. There was no calm, reassuring “It’s not your fault” voice to greet us every day.

    This is a major blunder on the part of the new owners–alienate the loyal viewers that your channel has managed to acquire. It doesn’t bode well for the future of TechTV, and gives me one less reason to continue my DirecTV subscription.

    This decision is THEIR loss, not yours.

  114. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:21 am

    Leo, this is what I get for posting before fully reading your comments…sorry. I see now that your decision to leave has nothing to do with the new owners.

    Sounds as if there may be a glimmer of hope after fully reading your latest entry, and I hope that Comcast will take you up on your offer to return once they assume ownership.

  115. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:07 pm

    I…wow. I’m speechless. Fortunately, I’m still able to type. I’ve been watching TechTV since almost the early days of ZDTV. I even won a t-shirt from the Screen Savers, which I still have! Ahhh, how fondly I remember the night when I heard Kate Botello say my name on live tv. I’ve watched Call For Help through Leo, Becky, Chris, and it came full circle with Leo again. After all the time I’ve spent watching the channel in general, and Leo in particular, this is almost like losing an old friend.

    I hope that you can find your way back to us soon, and I’ll keep my eyes here a bit more than I have in the past.

    Best of luck, Leo.

    Jason

  116. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 12:27 pm

    This is very sad news, I know I wouldn’t know a 10th of what I know about computers if it hadn’t been for Call for Help/The Screen Savers back on ZDTV, you made computers interesting and easy instead of dull and too hard to learn, you will be missed :(

    Thanks for all you have done! (and will do in the future) :)

  117. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:06 pm

    Leo,

    Man this is tough. You were the ONLY reason I watched TechTV. I remember the July day last summer, when my cable company switched around the channel lineup because they gave us a few new stations. TechTV was one of these new channels, and I was immediately hooked.

    You inspired me to create a blog, a moblog, and become the biggest computer geek in town. I’m the one people come to with their computer questions. And, you know what, I hear your words coming out of my mouth when I give them the answer.

    I unfortunately was never able to get through on the phone lines for C4H or TSS, but I’ll be calling up on your radio show today. Like I said before, you were the ONLY reason I watched TechTV. Whenever you were on vacation or took a sick day, and someone was guest hosting C4H and TSS, I didn’t even bother to tune in … and I won’t tune in now, knowing that you’re not there anymore.

    I anxiously await the day when I turn on channel 63 and see your face again. Your antics and knowledge not only kept me informed, but also entertained. You made me a bona-fide computer geek … and I will be forever grateful.

    Thanks again for the almost 10 months of laughs and memories. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. You touched lives on 2 shows nightly, Leo. And no one, not even Vulcan, can take that away from you.

    Good Luck

  118. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:23 pm

    My 8-year old son and I are both very disappointed to hear of your travails with Vulcan. We’ve taken Tech TV off the Tivo for now in protest.

    As has been said here earlier, many children as well as adults have had their lives improved in significant ways by your efforts at Tech TV.

    On the commercial side, you have influenced us in our buying deciisions numerous times, both for our home and my business. The three new Macs around our house which joined our formerly PC-only household are a tribute to your persuasiveness, although you never tried to sell us a Mac.

    This can’t be good for Comcast either, as it tries to establish credibility for the new network and to encourage TV providers to devote some of their bandwidth to what has now become a network with no headliner.

    We’ll be anxiously waiting to hear of your next television series. In the meantime, we wish you and those you love all the best.

    Sincerely,

    Nicholas Androulidakis and Son

  119. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:28 pm

    Leo,

    I’ve watched The Screen Savers and Call For Help everyday since both shows premiered. I have watched The Screen Savers since you and Kate were hosting. I’ve watched Call For Help since you were in the old studio… I will sincerely miss your presence on both shows… especially the Screen Savers.

  120. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 1:52 pm

    Leo, I just discovered TechTV last May when Digital Cable finally came. I found that even being in the computer world for 40 some years there was a lot to learn, and you and TechTV were the teachers.

    Best of luck, I know you will be back; somehow, someway, someday. The good always return!

  121. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:17 pm

    So many feelings… Just keep up your website and try to stay in contact with your “loyal” fans. As for watching techtv anymore.. I really only watched which ever show you were on and xplay. xplay is not enough to keep me around though.

    Leo you are “The Show” so I’ll just be following you where ever you go. Please keep us informed.

  122. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:27 pm

    Hi Leo,

    I check your blog every day and I was blown away to see this! I was really sad to see you leave The Screen Savers, but now you are leaving TechTV entirely! I really enjoyed you as host of Call For Help and co-host of The Screen Savers. I know you are a pretty busy man, and I hope this all works out to be a good thing for you. At least you’ll get a lot more time to spend with your family. Godspeed Leo!

  123. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:59 pm

    Love, luck, and happiness to you and yours. I’m sure Comcast is looking real hard at you for another great show.

  124. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 2:59 pm

    Leo,

    As everyone here has posted, you will be greatly missed by your fans. You have brought such insight to all and made computing a fun thing. I am sure these good byes, changes, etc have to be hard on you and your family. Hang tough, enjoy life, and you know we all will be listening to you on the radio and checking out Lville continually.

    always the best,

    annette

  125. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:17 pm

    I think you mean, “My leaving has nothing to do whatSOever with G4 or Comcast.”

    Regardless, its too bad.

  126. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:27 pm

    Sorry to hear about all this Leo. I started watching ZDTV quite some time ago. A lot of people have some and gone, but you’ve definately been a pillar of the success. There were times where it seemed like you were either hosting, or participating on, every show ZDTV was airing. I know there are a lot of us out there that have been a bit disappointed with the quality of TechTV as of late, especially since they seem to continually move away from tech’, and more towards mindless entertainment. Your leaving has removed much of the reason for a lot of us tuning in, even if we didn’t watch the channel as much as we use to.

    Best of luck with everything. I doubt you’ll have trouble keeping busy, but perhaps it’s time for a little bit of a break. A man can only do so much before it’s time to relax and spend some time with family.

  127. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:44 pm

    Leo,

    You are the only reason I watched TechTV, not only because you are an avid mac user, but because you were the best part of the screen savers. I guess its time i cancel my extended cable. Thats the only reason why I had it, was for TSS. Without you on there, I don’t think I would really watch it….

    Best of luck in the future

  128. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 3:53 pm

    Pretty simple… if the new G4/TechTV wants to make it… they’ll get you back!

    If not… I hope that you can continue on tv in another way. You connect with the viewer in a great way.

    Best of luck & hope to see you soon on the new network.

  129. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:00 pm

    Leo,

    You will certainly be missed at techtv. I first began watching about a year before the transition to techtv. The first show I can remember seeing was an old UGM, the last before kate left. Your personality and talents pulled me into the show. I enjoyed every minute of you on TSS. I was overjoyed to see TSS move out of the basement and to see CFH go thru many hosts, you being the best. I will continue to listen to your radio broadcasts although I’m way down in Georgia. You have certainly left a impression on how I think of computers. I hate to see you go but hope that you will come back to work at G4. Good luck in the future in all you do.

  130. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:22 pm

    I’m extremely disappointed to hear this news. I haven’t had the chance to watch TechTV lately, but I’ve been watching Leo for a good six years now. I really hated to hear that TechTV was merging with G4, being that I’m not a fan of G4, but now I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully Leo will find a place on the new channel. I think for those who would like to see him again should e-mail G4 and Comcast suggesting it.

  131. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:27 pm

    Leo, you will be missed…but I predict not for long! I got DirecTv a bit more than a year ago. Your television programs (and also the book) drew me to the channel and gave me the confidence to start taking apart computers and learning how to build and maintian my own. I’m nowhere near proficient, so your leaving TechTv makes me a very dangerous man to CPU’s owned by my family and friends!

    Thank you for being the broadcast pro you are. You draw people in to learn and encourage with your positive attitude. We’ll see you on the airwaves soon! And, I’ll look forward to your radio show via the net.

  132. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:30 pm

    Who knew what an impact a friendly guy on t.v would have. A man who’s enthusiasm and interest was unbridled as well as infectious. A guy who was like the uncle you’d love to have or the neighbor you’d love to be friends with or just watch thru the blinds;). And a man who treated beginners as well as old done-its with the same respect. Well I am happy that I got to share in the Leo experience, and I’m sure it won’t be long before his smiling, dancing self will be back on tv before long and if he chooses to put his talents forward in other venues, books, radio etc, then all the power to him. Not alot of men who work that hard can still find time to be great guys. So thank-you Leo for sharing with all of us admirers and fans, it seems it meant more than alot of us were expecting :) Good luck and virtual hugs!

  133. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:38 pm

    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.

  134. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 4:43 pm

    Dear Leo,

    I will miss you terribly! :~(

    I hope that whne the G4 Techtv Merger happens that Camcast will take you in!

    You Fan,

    Jon

  135. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:02 pm

    Leo,

    Thanks for making learning about technology interesting and fun. I will miss you on Tech TV. Just won’t be the same without you. Good luck in wherever life take you.

  136. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:33 pm

    Wow – to say the least I am shocked and disapointed that you wont be on techtv – I was watching my favorite show “the screen savers” after work as I normally do – i saw you less and less and began wondering what was going on. It wont be the same without you – as a fellow mac user i believe the mac users related to you… Hopefully you will be back on tv soon you are an phenominal presence.

    thanks for all the memories leo

    BIG MISTAKE TECHTV!!

  137. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:39 pm

    Wow…. gone from ZDTv, to TechTV watching Call for Help and Screen Savers.. and many other bits here and there… its going to be a totally different feel now. Kinda strange that I’m watching right now one of the last shows recorded :(

  138. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:39 pm

    I have never called TechTV or posted on their site. Yet week after week for the last few years since I had learned about TechTV, I have watched Screen Savers and Call for help religiously.

    The main reason for watching the station has been Leo. Sure I like Patrick and a few of the others, but the heart and Soul of that station in my mind is Leo. You sir, brough not only knowledge to the shows, but humor. You made the shows incredibly enjoyable to watch.

    TechTV made a huge mistake. And I will bet the farm that they will soon regret it.

    All the best Mr. Laporte,

    Neil

  139. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:42 pm

    A tear rolls down my face as i read this. Leo you are the reasion that i love tech as much as i do. you are the reasion that i have chosen to move to S.F. right out of high school and try to be one of the crew at techtv. We will all miss you so much leo. Hope we will see you somtine in the furture

    Thanks for all the GREAT times!!!

    Steven

  140. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:53 pm

    Leo,

    Just wanted you to know that you also have a very very large international fanbase that have been watching you everyday on TechTV International. I’m proud to say that I am one of them. Will miss your unique twist to explaining even the simplest of things. And your “crackpot” sense of humor. :)

    And to all the other viewers of TechTV. Dont stop watching Patrick, Kevin, Sarah, Dan, Cat and Roger on your favourite shows everyday to keep their ratings high now and after the G4 merger so that if Leo chooses there will be something for him to come back to on the new network.

    Best of luck,

    Arv

  141. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 5:57 pm

    Leo I am So Despress right now. Right now I am going through so major Laporte withdraw from TTV.

    I am still scratching my head why, Valcan Ventures would hold your job hostage at the last minute like that. Leo if it was not for you, TTV will would not be what it is today. You are the Pillar of the network and foundation of the geek programming on the network. This a truely a sad in TTV History. Because of your sudden departure this marks The Beginning of the end of one the greatest channel on earth. I will miss seeing your great charms and witty and great wisdom of technology from TTV Digital airwaves. Over the last six years I have learned so much from you, From Linux, to OS X, Fixing, upgrading PCs, Consumers electronics, Cell phones, and getting the most of my Personal Comfuser. And how I could forget of all of your great interviews did over the last six years on The Screen Savers!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    Leo thanks again for great work. on TSS and CFH. Because of efforts really made it possibly for us geeks finally channel devoted to are needs. I only wish you the best in luck in your further endeavors and hopefully in the near future I am looking forward for return your return the airwaves on the new Comcast G4/TTV channel. Until than I will look forward in listing to your weekend radio show on KFI 640.

    And Remember Leo no one walks in LA. And Thanks again for the great geeks memories from The Site to ZDTV, TTV and KFI AM 640 radio.

    john riopel

  142. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:06 pm

    Leo –

    We will miss you –

    Best of luck to you and yours….

  143. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:14 pm

    Well, I can honestly say that I have no interest in watching Tech TV like I used to. Oh, I will still watch it but with a bit of sadness that Leo is not there Hosting The Screen Savers or Call for Help. I have watched Leo help so many with his insight for the other people that have the same issues. What I mean is, Leo has a way to include everyone with one persons question. Even if I thought I knew the answer, he still enlightened me to more information.

    Leo, I do hope you return. I can’t imagine Patrick doing The Screen Savers without you. No slam on the Dark Tipper but come on, Leo and Patrick made that show.

    Anything we can do to get you to come back? Please.

    Sincerely

    The Inman fameily in Salem Ore.

  144. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:16 pm

    It just won’t be the same without you , Leo.

    I’ve learned so much from you and you presense will be greatly missed.

    I hope that G4 and Comcast will realize how much they need you there for them to be successful.’

    Hope to have you back on my screen soon!!!

    Tim

  145. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:21 pm

    If it weren’t for you Leo, I would not have got back into computers years ago and achieved the jobs I have. You have become part of the family and this is sad. I thank you for your hard dedicated work and wish you luck in the future.

    I just pulled my cable, no reason for me to pay for one show a day any longer. I don’t expect a money hungry corporate to understand what the audience really wants (Modding, Overclocking, tweaking, Linux..etc.

    It’s all Net from here on.. nothing on TV anyways.

    *Here’s to Leo and Kate*!

    ZD ruled!~~~

  146. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:24 pm

    Way to stick to your guns Leo. Vulcan doesn’t know what they’ve lost. We can only hope that ComCast will right this wrong – and very soon – a few hours on weekend radio just isn’t enough for your fans.

  147. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:26 pm

    Leo,

    There goes my reason for getting DirecTV!

    I hope to see you back on the air soon, and I’ll continue to listen to your radio show every week!

    Joe

  148. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:30 pm

    Leo, I will really miss you, your knowledge and your humor, you made The Screen Savers and Call For Help. They will truly never be the same without you. God Bless you on your new ventures.

  149. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:32 pm

    No Leo, no screensavers…..I know how to change the channel.

  150. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:39 pm

    Wow..I already thought it was horrible when you left TSS, but now Tech TV too! Tech TV won’t be the same without you. They’ll realize it once the ratings start to go down. I sincerely hope that you and G4 can work something out, just wouldn’t be right not seeing you on TV. You are one of the biggest reasons why I watched TTV, and you are probably the biggest responsibility for the spark that got me wanting to learn Linux! LOL! It really will be sad not to see you on Call for Help and your tips on TSS. You are one of the biggest reasons I plan on pursuing a career in the technology field.

    See ya around Leo. Good luck with whatever comes your way!

  151. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:43 pm

    Leo,

    I have been saying for years that you are carrying the whole network on your shoulders. You are the man! It never ceases to amaze me, all across this country, in every possible working environment, the absolute incompetence of managers who must use a dartboard to make decisions. What a bunch of morons.

    I look forward to seeing you back on the air really soon, hopefully with a very fat wallet.

    Good luck Leo and thanx for all the great years and the tons of great info you have shared with us, your unsilent audience.

  152. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:45 pm

    Leo,

    I just can’t beleive it!!!. You are the greatest Tech Host, I’m sure you’ll be back in TV in a New York second.

    Here in Mexico City we had to manage things to receive the signal since nobody is carring it, but with the “Old Big Dish” and the feed in the clear, this was a no-brainer. But away goes my only excuse for having a 5 meter plate up in my roof. I’m going to through it away and buy the Replay Radio software so I can catch your audio show at KFI.

    Thanks again for the great moments you gave us all!!!!

    Carlos Roberts

    Mexico

  153. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:46 pm

    Very sad to see you go… If I have learned anything in todays corporate climate it is that anything truly good will get changed – so enjoy it while you can. I certainly enjoyed and benefitted from your work at TechTV. Thank You – jory

  154. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:47 pm

    Leo, I have been watching you on tv for many years, and in all honesty I do not think that it will be the same without you. There is something about your attitude and presence that drew me in, and kept me tuning in day after day. I hope nothing but the best, and hope to see you back on tv as soon as possible.

  155. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:51 pm

    I’v been learning from you since forever. Thanks for everything.

    …dec

  156. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:53 pm

    Leo, This really is sad news for me, as you are the only reason I watched any of the shows. I am around your age and I felt like you were talking to just me when you talked. I have been trying to watch the others but can’t relate to any of them. So I hope to see you somewhere on tv soon. I live in Michigan so I can only listen on the web and continue to view your blog. Spend as much time as you can with your family and enjoy your up coming trip!!! Cheryl

  157. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:56 pm

    maybe you ought to start a cult to make up for the tv shows… that’d be kinda cool… (i wanna join a cult. i’d be all over that.) we could chant in scripts and things. huh… of course, you’d probably make us all buy macs or something. i’d haffta raise some money to prove my alligence to you… but hey. it’d be worth it. i’m willing to swtich to photo shop for ya. :D plus, you could turn it into a religion and get tax breaks…

  158. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 6:59 pm

    Leo’s one big cat who will definitely land on his feet.

    You’ve always been the best reason to watch TechTV. (someone has to keep those kids in line)

    If G4 doesn’t line you up with some show they’ll be making a huge mistake.

    Best of luck!

  159. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:00 pm

    Hey Leo, I really enjoyed watching your antic on CFH as well as the Screensavers. I hope that things work out and we do get to see you back on the air ASAP! Keep up the fantastic job of not only helping us, but making it fun along the way. :)

  160. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:08 pm

    I’ve been watching Call For Help, The Screen Savers, Fresh Gear since it was on ZDTV (Ziff-Davis) . CFH, TSS won’t be the same without Leo.

  161. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:10 pm

    An open letter to Leo Laporte.

    Dear Leo,

    One day I hope to tell you in person how grateful I am for you and for the five years that I have been watching and learning from you. I would not be the person I am today without it. You have been as a mentor to me and you were the one who inspired me to pursue a tech lifestyle.

    I first started watching you back in early 1999, when it was still ZDTV. Until 2002 your channel was not carried by our cable company, so I would watch 1 week old replays on free (UHF!) TV every single day. I was 14 then. Every day, I would sit down and watch CFH over lunch with my mom. I barely knew anything about computers or technology a the time. The only computers I used were really old. We didn’t even have internet access. I would go to internet cafes just to check my email.

    Turning on the tv and seeing you there became like seeing a good friend over coffee. The coversation was always engaging and I would always walk away knowing a little more. Moreover, it was as if you were concerned about me personally. After a couple of weeks, I was having such a blast, I started watching TSS even though I could hardly understand it at the time.

    I remember the MacWorld Mac Tip of the Day. I remember when DialPad was still free and you did a CFH segment on it where you called your mom. I remember the TSS basement. I remember the first UGM. I remember taking the SuperGeek Challenges. I even remember Martin’s first episode. I remember Kate, the Dish, and the dancing at the end of every episode… I remember her last episode. I was sad then, and I am even more now.

    You’ve said many times that if someone watched the show for just three weeks then that person would be the one who all their friends would be calling for help. Well, in no time that happened to me. More than learning solutions to specific problems, you have taught me how to diagnose problems and come up with solutions. In this way, I think that you have helped more people than you are aware of because you’ve helped me help people for five years.

    Today, I am nineteen years old and I have never been to college, never taken so much as a vocational course. All I have is an hour a day of Call for Help and The ScreenSavers, respectively. However, I am now a graphic designer. I work for a publishing company where I layout and do the art for three major monthly publications. I also make graphics for TV shows and government newspaper ads, and do all of the front end work for an award-winning website with thousands of members that my brother and I have been running for over a year ( http://www.genrev.net ). Today, I answer for several computers now, including two Macs running Panther (G5), and three Windows P4s, among others. A Professional School of a major university here in Manila has called me in on several occasions to test their new power line network system from Japan and I am supposed to start teaching a small class on basic computing, graphic art and web design within the next month. On top of all of this, I still continue to get at least two or more of my very own “Calls for Help” every day.

    I don’t know if you realize that you’ve made such a profound change in peoples’ lives, I say that because I am sure that i am not the only one with a story like this. There are probably hundreds.

    And so, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, Leo. God has used you in an amazing way in my life and you are always in my prayers. I hope to see you on TV again soon, hopefully after the merger.

    Kayo Cosio

    Manila, Philippines

    “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11, The Bible

  162. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:13 pm

    I’m cancelling digital cable! The only reason I had digital cable was for TechTV. The only reason I wateched TechTV was to see Leo. Therefore, I can cancel it now!

    Dude, you’re an inspiration. I am listening to you now on KFI on the east coast. I look forward to seeing you on TV again.

  163. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:18 pm

    Just like the vast majority here, I have watched you since the old ZDTV days back when it was just you and Kate hosting TSS. And now that I have read this news, I am appalled. You and X-Play were the only real reasons I watched TechTV at all, and now that is no longer enough. I am beyond satisfied with the figuring that G4 is going to get you back after the buyout. Vulcan has made a huge mistake, but that comes as no surprise when that is what they are becoming infamous for anyway. When I switched to cable from my satellite dish, I made sure they carried TechTV beforehand.

    I loved your shows, and your spirit. And I have no doubt you will be back on G4TV when the merger is complete. Don’t consider this an end, but a new beginning. Just as others have stated, TechTV has lost another regular viewer. But again, that is something they should be getting used to by now. I will continue to follow you through this site, and your radio show. I’d say God bless you normally, but seems to me he already has. :)

  164. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:24 pm

    I have watched you since vd tv days, I guess ever since it started. It was on the C dish in those days. Anyhow the show will not be the same ever again. you had a way of holding peoples interest that most dont have This is avery special gift. It is not learned. I will miss you Leo and god bless in your next endeavor, as I know you will be alright whatever you undertake

    Thank you, RAY

  165. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:29 pm

    Where can I download his radio show?

  166. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:30 pm

    You’ve been a great host.. Good luck in the future.

  167. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:31 pm

    Hi Leo,

    sorry to hear the bad news.

    I first caught the channel by accident on the preview station and I’ve watched ever since. At first I couldn’t tell there were two shows because you were on both of them. When I finally figured it out I watched them both. Many people at the station convinced me to watch but it was you that drew me in.

    You’ve been a fixture in my living room for many years and you’re welcome to visit for real any time you want. You can’t beat our beaches or the weather. since I live in florida I’ve often thought it would be nice to exchange vacations with one of you, but schedules are too hard to match especially mine since it constantly changes. everyone from the show is welcome though just not all together. anyway I wish the best of luck to your family and everyone during this very stressful time. If you don’t return to the station or I somehow lose the channel in the transition you and the rest of the guys will be sorely missed.

    Ted

  168. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:36 pm

    TTV was the coolest when it was 90 minutes of Geek heaven. You were the man who guided me, helped me, and stood for everything that was great about TTV.

    Still I am stunned, and can not imagine this channel with out you. Good luck Leo,I will keep you and your in my prayers. WAKE UP G4, get our Leo back.

    David

  169. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:39 pm

    Leo was like the best part of TechTV!

    Maybe we could petiton him back or something

    Perhaps someone’s already tried that… well hopefully it works

    I’ll miss you Leo, I hope to see you on some new channel, or even back on TechTV.

    Watching The Screen Savers isn’t the same without you there!

    Good luck in the future!

    – Paul

  170. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:40 pm

    Leo…you are one of a kind!… and I sincerely want you to know that there are few people I would say that about and mean it…best of luck and i will keep on listening on the big K…

    al saiz

    barrington, ri

    aka nakedyank

  171. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:43 pm

    What a shock to get this email that you are leaving CFH. Made a tear come to my eye.I know the others on that show do there best but there will never be anyone who can get apoint across, make me understand a tech problem like you Leo.Right now im un sure as to what ill watch.It just will not be the same. Ive watched you since Z tv. an have learned so much about computering.

    What ever happens All The Best To You LEO.

    Connie from PA

  172. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:43 pm

    How sad and stupid on Vulcan’s part. It seems that they don’t care how the public perceives them (in a bad light). In a happy note, I’ve been enjoying the KFI show tremendously, and hope you’ll consider national syndication or distribution via XM or Sirius. Here’s to your good work, Leo.

  173. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 7:45 pm

    leo,

    you and you alone are techtv. you inspire so many people, you inspired me to build my own computer, which im proud to say im using at this moment :-) i even won a techtv t shirt. but all in all, watching techtv simply will not be the same. i feel as if ive lost my best friend. you will be missed very much. i hope in the near future you will be able to return to television. you are brilliant, i thank you so much for all you have done.

  174. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:15 pm

    I’m one Canadian that will not be watching TechTV anymore. Leo made “The Screen Savers” and “Call for Help” what they are, they will not be the same. I will continue to listen to Leo on KFI, and hope to see him soon on the TV, in Canada!

    Later……….

    Digitally Yours,

    Darrell J. Farquharson

    ========================================================

    Phone: 204-997-7355 / Email: darrell@darrellfarquharson.com

    Check out my site, Today!!

    http://www.darrellfarquharson.com

    ========================================================

  175. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:17 pm

    THE SCREENS SAVERS LOST A BIG PIECE OF IT’S MAGIC.

    I FEAR IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME

  176. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:26 pm

    I think I have watched religiously since the first show in 1998. Sometimes magic happens on commercial TV! From the start, I always knew and feared that this day would come. Commercial TV has a habit of firing their best talent. It’s like when movie studios screw up a movie release and people say: “They didn’t know what they had!” Anyway, maybe G has a clue, and Leo will return in May, but maybe not. Well, I guess I’ll accelerate my hunt for the streaming audio of KFI. Maybe some day, the technology will improve to the point where these distributors can be eliminated! We can hope.

  177. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:34 pm

    You will be very, very much missed. You helped me overcome my drepitation of learning to use computers after being away from them for quite a few years (15!). You made learning easy and fun which is the best way to learn anything. Hopefully you’ll be “back in the saddle” again soon.

  178. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:35 pm

    Thanks Leo- for all the years you kept us informed and entertained. Best of luck in whatever comes next.

  179. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:42 pm

    GREED!!!! It’s worst than drugs! Where is your loyalty Mr. Allen.

    Leo single handly made that network, like it or not. He,always, gave his all. STICK TO YOUR GUNS…..Leo. I know such a talent, as Leo Leporte, won’t last long on the chopping block! ComCast don’t be stupid, step-in and put this mess to a rest. It’s in your best intrest!

    GOOD LUCK BUDDY,

    Matt K.

  180. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 8:50 pm

    The main reason I have digital cable is TechTV.

    Besides the inclusion of that Wired for Sex, and

    the how-to-hack segments, your leaving is just

    another reason to save the $40 and drop digital

    and TechTV. The spark is almost out, and when they

    do that to Patric Norton (sp?) the last ember will

    have gone cold. Love your radio show! (If you would

    want to do that bit-pass thing, I’d buy your show.)

  181. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 9:07 pm

    Leo, it is really devastating to me that you would be allowed to go anywhere! You have changed my attitude about “personal confusers”, technology, career and job choices. Without learning from you i would never have gone to work for Monster. I will be looking for you on any and every cable channel until you have another fulltime or at least regular daily/hourly show.

    I am truly greatful for your enthusiasm, patience, lessons on Macs, Windows, Palm, and technology and its implications for the future.

    yul

    yul.butler@monster.com Please put me on any distribution list you have available.

  182. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 9:11 pm

    Leo,

    I know I am not the first, by far, to say this. 180 are before me, and I feel I am likely to get lost in the din, but I wanted to say a few things. For 2 years that I have been an unabashed fan, through layoffs plenty, and the fiercely debated departure of Chris Pirillo, I have argued against decenters over the future of TechTV, the loyalty and business sense of Vulcan and TechTV’s management(neither argument was helped by your Gnomdedex keynote) and many other debates disparaging the network. Today I find I can no longer do this. I am a huge fan of yours, and the network. I am saddened by my loss of Cable TV, and that this caused me to miss such major events like your departure, first from TSS and then the network entire, and the departure of Jessica. When TechTV came to Canada, I got Digital cable for that singular purpose, to get the network. Now I find myself questioning the need. I hope that G4 sees the stupidity of Vulcan for what it is, and hires you back on finalizing the buyout.

  183. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 9:24 pm

    Leo:

    Thank you for providing the knowledge to run the XP operating system and keep out of trouble. Without your help I would have probably given up and gone back to Win 98. I hope your understudies were paying attention. There arent many people that could pull off a tech show let alone 2 without putting people to sleep.

  184. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 9:26 pm

    I watched the screen savers since you were zdtv and kate was a cohost. After all you’ve done for techtv, I’m surprised that vulcan ventures would mess you over like that.

    Going to miss you not being on techtv.

  185. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 9:31 pm

    Leo

    I am longer of tooth than you yet i have watched the show since i found it on Cable. It has something for everyone. You guys had me sitting at a Microsoft 4 hour meeting to get software, Have learned alot and enjoyed it all. hoping Comcast brings you back. The whole audience isn’t 20 years old, I buy a lot of tech stuff and need a place to get it critiqued.

    my 2 cents

  186. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 9:39 pm

    CORPORATE B.S,

    Leo have watched you since ZDTV days,Have most on VHS tapes.

    You have brought me from newbee to dummie .

    Will mis you very much, Good Luck

  187. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 9:44 pm

    Leo,you are the man.

    No matter where you go,your fans will follow.You have done a great job on Techtv and I hope to see you back on the new Channel.!

    /me salutes

  188. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 9:48 pm

    Leo,

    My gut told me several years ago that you would leave when your contract comes up for renewal in 2004. This is one time I wish I had been wrong!

    As I have written before, I have been watching since the channel was two months old. I’ve spoken with you several times on air, and Kate gave me a t-shirt once. (At the time, I was too small to wear the shirt. Maybe I can now. I would love to wear a shirt with the original “The Screen Savers” logo on it!)

    I watched ZDTV all the time, and I learned so much. I had always loved computers, but ZDTV made me a true geek. I even continued to watch when the channel became TechTV, the people that I loved to watch started leaving, and the quality began going down. Now TechTV is just another channel; and now that you’re gone, I like it even less. The channel I once loved as if it were mine is now gone. I abhor change, so I will continue watching in spite of it. I have a feeling I won’t be able to watch much longer, though.

    I miss the Goold Ol’ Days of ZDTV like crazy, and I will certainly miss you!

    Best of luck,

    Joseph Todd

  189. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 9:54 pm

    Oh God, ive watched you the whole six yrs and now nothing. Venture is a jerk and greedy son-of a-gun. L love the other guys on screen savers and call for help but you were the catalyst. Good luck guy, will miss you and hope to god comcast re-hires you.

  190. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 10:10 pm

    CORPORATE RIPOFF!

    I agree with Andrew Love’s blog in all aspects.

    Hope Valcan Ventures goes broke soon…

  191. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 10:22 pm

    Leo, you were TechTV, ZDTV…, without you the shows are nothing but typicall computer shows.

  192. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 10:39 pm

    TechTV will not be the same without you. There will be a void in both Call For Help and the Screen Savers. Your wit and knowledge made the shows. You will be missed.

  193. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 10:45 pm

    Oh no! Leo, you’re like the nutty uncle I always wish I had. I stumbled onto the Screen Savers about 6 months ago. I realized I was addicted, so I went out and bought a vcr to tape your show. And then I found Call for Help. What great stuff. I’m so bummed.

    Let us know who we need to bother to get you back.

    Rick

  194. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 10:53 pm

    Leo,

    This is coming from a lady married to a CIO for 20 years and I still don’t have a clue about computers. Love shopping, sending mail, gathering information, etc…online. We have watched the Screen Savers for years and even though half the time I didn’t understand what you we’re talking about I enjoyed watching you and the guys. Good luck. Hope to see you back on the air.

  195. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 10:59 pm

    Well, Leo, it’s been fun watching your shows and your good sence of humour. I hope you will be able to go back on once Tech TV switches over. Best of wishes!

    David

  196. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 10:59 pm

    Dear Leo,

    I can’t believe it! Call For Help and The Screensavers won’t be the same any more. I just started watching Tech TV over a year ago now thanks to my Husband. I have learned quite a bit. I love Call for Help and The Screensavers. I wish you all the best Leo. I hope you have your own TV show, I’ll be looking for it. Take Care.

  197. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:07 pm

    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.

  198. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:09 pm

    Leo,

    I have to plead “Say it isn’t so!”

    I am of the same generation as you and a teckie wannabe. I have enjoyed you on techtv every evening after I get home. Some people sit and read the paper or have a beer. I had an hour with Leo. Being a Mac addict since the early 80’s, I also glowed every time you bragged about your Macs.

    Your unique humor added a friendly low key element to the show that made us all feel we were participating, not just watching. Your interview skills demonstrated your maturity and the fact that you were well informed on the tech topics of the day.

    I only wish I were a producer so I could hire you and have an instant hit on my hands.

    This new gamer channel will surely pick you up, but what about those of us that are addicted to technology, but not necessarily games.

    I truly wish you all the luck in the world and hope to see you very soon back in my living room.

    Paul Gans

  199. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:11 pm

    Leo, what a blockbuster of bad news, I’ve been watching you since 1998 when I got Satellite TV.

    You and Kate dancing to end your shows, I’m optimistic you’ll be back, we will miss you till then. Bob

  200. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:19 pm

    Dear Leo,

    TechTV is stupid for letting you go. It’s turned into a network fronted by kids. There HAS to be a place for you on tv where you can help geeks like me. I don’t know what to say. I’m angry and pissed off. I guess I thought something was up when you left TSS, but I tried to ignore it because you were still on CFH. But then I realized last night that I barely watched TSS last week and didn’t care. TechTV made a huge hole in their programming and I don’t think it can be filled.

    Shoot…I’m rambling. Hugs to you and your family…and please remember that you have lots of fans who want you on tv and we’ll keep looking for you because you’re damn good at what you do.

    anita

  201. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:23 pm

    It won’t be the same without you, Leo!! “They” obviously don’t understand what a valuable asset you are (were?)! Wherever you go… we’ll watch your show!! God Bless you and yours!!!

  202. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:26 pm

    Hello Leo,

    You will truely be missed,m myself and all of the employees with our company will miss you on the show. TechTV will never be the same without the fun and the laughs that you have bought to TechTV and The Screen Savers. I hope that you will come back to the show once the Comcast transition is fully completed.

    You will truely be missed and I hope to see you on there yet.

  203. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:37 pm

    Leo: You are the one I credit for having elevated my capacity for computer use and for computer literacy. You will be missed, but I still will continue to listen to your program on KFI via internet radio. Thank goodness for that! Hope to see you hosting another show soon and admire your courage for sticking to your principles concerning employment contract.

  204. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:38 pm

    I will miss you an i will be looking for you on the G4/TechTv side. you made techtv. Goodluck. P.S. I need you.

  205. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:41 pm

    The very best of luck to you Leo. I only had about 13 months to enjoy your Sceen Savers and Call for Help, you have taught me a great deal!! (Although I’m not a Mac lover you still gave me the confidence I needed, to upgrade my p.c. with ease.) I’m looking forward to seeing you where ever you land. Oh, by the way, it seems we both attended high school in Santa Cruz, Ca. Michael Clark

  206. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2004 11:48 pm

    I know we have been missing you on the screensavers. We at this house will miss you. We only hope comcast and G4 do the right thing with Tech TV.

    Thomas and Kathryn

  207. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 12:27 am

    We will miss you a great deal, Leo, but I hold out hope that I will see you again on TechTV…or whatever is next with Comcast. I’ve only watched TechTV for a little over a year now, but I associate the network with Leo Laporte. I’m glad to have been able to meet you in person at tapings of TSS three times, and I hope to be able to do it again in the future. Good luck and God bless!

  208. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 12:33 am

    Leo……

    If it weren’t for you & Patrick I would not know half the things I know now about this computer. Thank you for all the help and knowledge you have given me and so many countless fans over the years.

    Good luck on all your future projects. TechTV will never be able to fill those shoes you wore !

  209. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 12:40 am

    Hi Léo!

    This is truly a sad day. Quite honesty, you made ZDTV and TechTV. Vulcan Ventures is stupid to not recognize that. I hope that Comcast will see the true heart and talent behind The Screen Savers and Call for Help.

    I will miss seeing you on my tube each night, Léo. My hopes and prayers are with you and your family. I look forward to the day that I turn my TV on and there you are again!

    You’re the best!

    Your friend,

    Michael J. Titera

    Fremont, California

  210. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 12:47 am

    i started watching tech tv just a short while ago. i’ve only been involved with computers for a few years. i’m 55 years old & have learned so much from leo & his crew. while the members of screen savers & call for help are certainly qualified technically to do the shows, they don’t have the charisma that leo brought to the show. he will certainly be missed by this ‘over-the-hill-geek’. i doubt if those programs will be a priority for me as they were before leo’s departure. best of luck, leo.

  211. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 12:54 am

    I know it’s been said here several times, but in my case it’s also true. The only reason I watched TechTV was because of you Leo. When you left Call For Help, so did I… When you came back… so did I…

    Same deal with TSS. I’ve tried to watch Pat and Kevin… but it seems too “hip and cool” for me anymore… I’ll keep checking here for the latest news…

    Good luck!!

  212. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:10 am

    Leo-

    Best of luck in the future. I have been a fan for many years, starting with you and John Dvorak on KGO/KSFO and eventually following you to TechTV. I am disappointed by the turn of events but I am sure you will be back on the air where you belong soon.

    Hope to see you soon at “Azteca”! Next time I see you there I will speak up!

    Alan

  213. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:16 am

    What can I say that hasn’t been said? Very disappointing and sad. Hope you get back on the air soon, either with G4 or something else. You really made TSS and CfH fun to watch – TSS hasn’t been quite as good without you, and now there’s no reason to watch CfH anymore either.

  214. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:18 am

    You, Leo, are the essence of Tech TV (Formerly “ZDTV”). Your appeal to geeks of all ages is without equal. I am an over fifty geek and watch whenever I can, especially when you are on. We can, all, only hope and pray that someone comes to their senses and keeps the “Captain” with his ship. Thanks for all that you’ve given to us, the clueless. You have been especially kind to include us in the goings-on with your professional and personal life. This means so much to me and to many others. It means you care about us and that we do matter. Leo, please come back!

  215. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:28 am

    Leo, my husband and I have enjoyed your contribution to TechTV for the last three years or so. We’re going to miss seeing you! We hope things work out for you to join Comcast/G4. We’re not big gamers and view the sale with aprehension, hoping it doesn’t become all gaming. We’re probably in the TechTV minority in saying that, we realize!

    By the way, our library actually had a copy of your 2003 Almanac, so I’m cutting my teeth on the written Leo. Perhaps I can get them to buy the new book, too!

    Best to you & yours,

    Kimberley & Howie

    Newark, Ohio

  216. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:30 am

    Wow Leo sorry to here what happened. I don’t know if I’m going to tell my wife yet she will really be upset. You turned her into a Geek or at least a Geek wantabe. She Was upset with you leaving the screen savers and gave the gang a week to see how the show went she decided that she would just watch call for help from now on. Now when she hears this look-out. I myself don’t know if I will continue watch either Screen savers or call for help because you are the one who made the show for my family. I excepted the fact that you left the screen savers and just doing call for help to gain control of your life but this is just to far. I’ve only been a fan for about 2 1/2 years but will truly miss you. I hope Comcast will bring you back to TechTv. Well here goes I’am going to tell my wife wish me luck. Leo your the Best and the Best TechTv will ever have.

  217. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:37 am

    I decided to get satellite tv over cable just over three years ago because the local provider at the time did not offer tech tv. Since then it has become one of my favorite channels and the screen savers one of my favorite shows. One of the reasons for this is the on air personalities such as Leo Laporte. Smart, wity, funny, with just a little geek thrown in. Mr. Laporte you will be missed. I sincerely hope to see you in another venue very soon. You are a pleasure to watch and you present technology in a way we can all understand.

    My very best wishes to you and yours,

    Jeff Gross

  218. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:42 am

    Leo,

    I am 58 yr old semi geek. I always made sure I watched your shows because you made the show personally enjoyable. You never talk down to people and make it seem like you’re a member of the family or a good friend that coming in for a chat. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and I hope that you will be on the tube soon. Please let us know so that all your loyal viewers can sit down and chat some more. You are the best. God Bless.

    Allen

  219. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:49 am

    Leo,

    Will miss you a lot, tonight is a very sad time.

    You made zdtv/techtv and they are such fool’s.

    I will watch CFH and TSS but perhaps not as offten

    and for sure will not enjoy the watching as much.

    You have provided me with a lot of knowlage of

    all thing computer and a whole bunch of laughs.

    Take care and God Bless!!

    Sad in Georgia USA

    Bobby

  220. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:50 am

    Leo, I have been a fan of yours for many years now. You have taught me many useful things, and I will sorely miss your witty and articulate style on Tech-TV.

    I work at one of Tech-TV’s affiliate MSOs, and I can say that your departure is a considerable loss for our technophile viewers as well as myself.

    I am heartened to read that the rest of your world is still treating you well, and I look forward to the day when you tickle the phosphors on my TV set again from another studio somewhere.

    best regards,

    joanne

  221. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:52 am

    Oh Leo we will miss you! Hope you find a gig somewhere that airs national. Cannot wait until we get ya back! In the meantime……have a great spring and enjoy the sunshine!

    Kelly

  222. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:53 am

    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.

  223. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:56 am

    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.

    Brian…..

  224. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:58 am

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

  225. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:02 am

    No Leo Laport = Me not watching TechTv. Leo IS TechTv. If the Farscape folks could get their show back (even if it is only a special) so can we. Who are the players in the deal that everyone could contact (names, phonenumbers, emails, and address)?

  226. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:04 am

    I began watching ZDTV as soon as DirecTV started carrying it. I knew nothing about computers at that time and was not yet a computer owner. ZDTV and Leo came along at the perfect time for me. I had been thinking about getting into computers, but did not know enough to even get started. Leo gave me that knowledge. I have always relied on him for the best information.

    Thank you,Leo, I miss you already,

    Walter Clemmons

  227. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:10 am

    One old TV hand to another:

    I truly respect ya sir and the fine work you’ve done. If one looks in reference books under consumate broadcast pro… they’ll find your picture. Never had the pleasure to meet you, (“Switcherman” Keith worked with me a bit).

    Would be proud to shake your hand. You’ll not only land on your feet, you’ll re-enter TV dancin’!

    Best of luck Leo.

  228. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:29 am

    You had every right to leave TechTv. You built that station from the beginning, and if their not going to work hard enough to keep you, well thats their problem. It does make me quite sad, and may stop watching the network all together, it hasnt been the same since you stopped hosting TSS. Best of luck.

  229. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:29 am

    Soembody better put that episode up on Torrents!

  230. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:42 am

    I’ve watched TechTV since 99′. There has always been Leo. I remember when it was just him, hosting the Screen Savers and Call for Help. He had a female co host back then, back when the channel was called ZDtv. Though I don’t remember her name. But they started me on this road to technology. I’ve learned alot from watching Leo, and his energy has feed my love for the station since I first started watching. It is sad Leo that you are leaving, and I will miss you.

  231. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:46 am

    Leo …like everyone who has made their comments above…you will be missed very much on the Screen Saver’s show…you’re being there made the show!

    Look forward to seeing you on TV again real soon.

    Best Wishes Always…… Lee

  232. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:50 am

    Go to XM radio Leo, they need a good geek show

  233. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:51 am

    You will be missed Leo…I learned so much from watching you and your tech books.

  234. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:02 am

    Leo is to Tech TV like Emeril is to the Food Channel– They are the show– My wife never misses Emeril and I never miss Leo– and we were both happy, but this turn of events has darkened my world. This is a sad day for us knowledge seekers, and Leo knows how to teach us– God bless and thank you, Leo, for all the wealth of information you have shared with us. Just keep teaching and sharing. You are a rare and gifted individual and the tech world is a far better place for your part in it. I will continue watching you on the small screen from the L.A. radio station–

    Fond Memories, Sonny

  235. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:07 am

    I am shocked shocked shocked!! 2 years ago, I bought a TiVo, and my first TiVo discovery was TechTV, and over the past couple of years, I have not missed an episode of The Screen Savers, and Call For Help. Leo, you seemed like the elder statesman of TechTV ; he was the heart and soul of the network!!

    I am just shocked, Leo, and I’ll miss you… I feel like I’ve lost a family member!

    I hope we see you on tv again in the future – first Pirillo, then Michaela Pereira, now you..

    I am disgusted with TechTV, and I wonder if there’s anything we can do to let them know how upset we are..

    take care Leo!

    David in Athens, Ohio

  236. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:13 am

    Leo, you were definately my favorite part about TechTV. I live with someone who loved to watch call for help, the screen savers, et all – constantly. And while not a personal choice of mine to watch, leo always cheered and envigorated my attitude towards watching with his upbeat and goofy self. You worked hard to help people understand the ultimate personal confuser. Those extra tips that help you get that much ahead in a technology based society, helping people get better jobs (like myself, thanks to a few things I learned about networking, and the way that magical “internet” thing really works), and all around making people feel good about themselves and their powerful calculators.

    Thank you for all your help. For a person I do not know, nor have any personal connection with – you’ve helped me and many people in ways you probably never knew.

    We love the Leo

    (I did, however, always laugh when you wore the fire shoes … “Crazy leo, what’s he doing!”)

    (Side note: where do I get a pair?)

  237. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:17 am

    Leo, you will be sorely missed. I have been watching you since the very first episode of “The Site”. Have always enjoyed your shows. You made all of the different shows you were involved in. I have really enjoyed watching you all these years. TV will not be the same without you. Hope you have great success in whatever you do and I will look forward to seeing you on TV again. Your shows were always intelligent and informative. Wish you and your family all the best.

    Gary

  238. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:17 am

    I’ve been watching CFH and TSS almost every day since late 1998, you are a major reason for the level of skill I have in computing. With your departure I’m going to stop tuning in, for the first time in over 5 years – and I’ll stand by this decision until/if Comcast brings you back.

    What I can’t understand is the massive level of stupidity demonstrated by Vulcan Ventures here. Messing around with one of a network’s biggest assets while you are in the process of trying to sell it is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen.

    At this point if I was Comcast I’d just drop the deal here and now, it’s not worth it anymore. I’d just take the money I’d spend buying TechTV and start up a few technology shows on G4 instead, the only thing missing for Comcast would be the larger audience – but that can be fixed, ZDTV wasn’t exactly carried by a lot of services early on either.

    I’d say best of luck, but you don’t need luck. You’ll be just fine.

  239. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:23 am

    idiots…

    Take care Leo….I’m sure you’ll do fine.

    You shall be missed.

  240. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:27 am

    Leo,

    It’s a shame Vulcan Ventures didn’t realize what they had in you. Brings to mind a Latin phrase I pretty much live by: illigitimi non carborundum. I’m sure you’ll land on your feet and hit the ground running… Thanks for everything, been a Hell of a ride!

    Ronnie T.

    Cordova, TN

  241. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:30 am

    Sorry to hear your leaving TechTV. It’s been a while since I have watched, but I think Kate, Pat and everyone else really helped a lot of people with their computers. Take care and I’m sure we’ll hear about your next adventure soon.

  242. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:37 am

    Leo,

    I am very, very sorry to hear your news. I have watched TSS since day one missing only a few shows here and there (none since you convinced me to get a Tivo a few years ago). I have exchanged several emails with you over the years and met you at your last appearance in Atlanta. While you didn’t always give correct advice :), you were always fun to watch (especially when you got into it with your female co-workers). I sincerely hope you land a job with Comcast after the buyout. I also hope that Comcast continues to broadcast the channel on DirecTV. Good luck and thank you for everything.

    Sincerely,

    Tony Giacomo

    Sugar Hill, GA

  243. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:44 am

    Well not sure if you will read this Leo but I just want to say I will miss you BIG TIME on Call for Help. I was sad to see Chris go off the show but after I saw you a few times I really looked forward to the show every week day. I found you very polite, always seem happy, knew what you were talking about and always had a joke or something to cheer people up. All I can say is I sure hope you come back to the show, also I wish you the best of luck on any new adventures you do. THANK YOU so much for all the help I needed for my computer, I did learn a lot from you like you would say at the beginning of the show. Oh by the way I have help a lot of my friends with there computers since I have been watching the show.

  244. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:45 am

    Unreal. Leo, you’re the best thing that network ever had and the only reason I even watched The Screen Savers and Call for Help. Thank you for all the tech help you have given me and I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

  245. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:51 am

    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!!!

  246. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:53 am

    Leo;

    We all will mis you. I have been watching you since ZDTV. It will not be the same without you. I looked forward to drinking my morning coffee and watching you on the screensavers. I will also miss eating my lunch and watching you on Call for help. You were wonderful. That is all wrong for what they were wanting you to do. You will be back I am sure of it. You are an icon. They will be sorry I am sure. But they will wake up and smell the coffee and come to reality and bring you back. But good luck and I am in tears that you are leaving. I have been repairing computers for people for 10 years and I have told thenm to tune into watch you. I have even taken some of your tips and knowledge and used them in my many years of service.

    Good Luck

    Chris

  247. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:54 am

    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!

  248. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:54 am

    Dear Leo,

    Scrolling through the channels, about 2 years ago, I stummbled opon your show TSS and hadn’t missed an episode since. The thing I loved most about the show is you just never new what you would say next. It was the most entertaining show on television. I had many great laughs. Thanks, you will be missed.

  249. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:58 am

    4/3/2004

    Hi Leo,

    I will miss you very much and I will stop watching TechTV since you are no longer part of it.

    I have enjoyed watching you over the last four years of my life. You were one of the People that inspired me to go back to College at forty and get a degree in the Technology field. Because of you I got into Network Administration. I have enjoyed your books and videotapes. I pray that the new owners will hire you at any price.

    Tech-On Brother and Live Long and Prosper.

    Thank You Leo.

    Floyd

  250. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:08 am

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

    BEST WISHES!!!

  251. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:10 am

    I will miss you Leo. I am hoping that you make a swift return to the small screen real fast. I’ts difficult dealing with people who don’t know how to treat really good people in the business. Maybe Comcast will do things different.

  252. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:10 am

    I will miss you Leo. I am hoping that you make a swift return to the small screen real fast. I’ts difficult dealing with people who don’t know how to treat really good people in the business. Maybe Comcast will do things different.

  253. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:10 am

    I will miss you Leo. I am hoping that you make a swift return to the small screen real fast. It’s difficult dealing with people who don’t know how to treat really good people in the business. Maybe Comcast will do things different.

  254. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:11 am

    :( That’s all I’ve got to say.

  255. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:11 am

    Leo –

    Thanks for all your work de-mystifying technology for the everyday person – Over the last few years, I’ve lost count of the number of people whom I’ve suggested watch you on TSS or CFH… Whether or not you know it, I think that you’ve helped make the life of the IT professional a bit easier by helping the average user lose some of the “Black Freakin’ Magic” paranoia about the technology that has become so pervasive in our lives…

    Best Wishes for you and your family, and keep on keepin’ on!

    Thanks again,

    Nick

  256. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:23 am

    It is a good thing Leo is leaving Tech TV. He always seemed to interrupt everone else. He would constantly grab the attention from his fellow cast members. I don’t believe I was able to enjoy a review of a product unless Leo was absent from the show. He also seemed like the type who pushed himself on the much younger female associates. He did bring a certain aspect to network that now is lost. However in the long run this will probably be best for both parties.

  257. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:29 am

    First, let me echo the feelings of everyone who has commented.

    Although we in Australia only have just recently got techTv via our satellite TV provider, in this short period of time my entire family has grown to love and look forward to Call for help.

    The friendly, helpful feel of the show is something that will be very very hard to match with an other host. We are already seeing this with The Screen Savers.

    Don’t get me wrong I have great respect for Pat, but I don’t think he and Kevin make a great team in the same way Leo and Pat did.

    How stupid must Vulcan be to fire Leo – he quiet literally is the glue that holds the station together.

    Until I watched Leo I had always remained somewhat anti-mac, but he changed all of this. I now am saving to by a G4 ibook.

    Dear Mr. Laporte, you have earned my respect in a way that few have. You have made me feel that I can be proud of being a geek, instead of hiding it. I, and my family (even my 9 year old sister) will miss you.

    We can only hope they realise what they have done and get Leo back before it is to late.

    :’-(

    Good luck Leo.

    -No. 1 Australian Fan.

  258. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:36 am

    Will miss you, and sad to say won’t watch TSS without you Leo. Hopefully, you’ll come back soon to G4. Good luck Leo!

  259. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:37 am

    Wow =( Im really going to miss Leo. He has the best personality and can talk to the novice to the super geek with ease. He really had a way with words and was so friendly. After watching TSS since the pentium 2 was the talk of the town, ill miss you leo =*(

  260. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:49 am

    Thats not cool, I know how you feel. I will miss you man. I hope you do return to call for help that show is you. thanks for the education you have given me.

  261. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:49 am

    I am very sorry to see you leave Leo. Your one of my favorite persons on TV. I never got your signature!!! I’ve been watching you since you were with Kate (I miss her too). I’ve started working two jobs recently and havn’t had much time to watch TV. The only thing I tried to watch everyday is The Screensavers. I really hope that the new company can see your tallent and fan base and bring you back. Best of luck to you.

  262. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:51 am

    leo,

    thanks for being a great guy. I will miss not seeing you on tv. I learned alot from you. thanks for everything.

  263. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:55 am

    I’ll bet Leo is running off with Morgan….

  264. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:58 am

    Best wishes Leo

    Watched call for help and the screen savers regularly since they appeared

    in australia with techtv… i have really enjoyed it

    Hope you will be back on air soon!

  265. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:05 am

    Leo,

    I wish to second the comments of every person to speak thus far. To some of us you’re an idol, someone to look up to, a friend and extended family. I am speechless to hear that yor job was held hostage, especially over stock.

    Single handedly Leo, you have changed the lives of thousands, if not millions of people, including myself. You have shown me the brighter sides of technology, something no book has ever done. I felt inspiried to dig deeper and explore, and finally I have decided to get a Computer Science degree in college.

    Regardless of whether or not you’re on TV Leo, all of us will contiune to support you in whatever you decide to do. I live in Virginia, so I will listen to your radio show via the internet.

    God Speed my friend. Don’t let the bastards get you down Leo.

    Regards,

    Jamie from Virginia

  266. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:07 am

    Leo,

    I am not sure if you will get this, or even read it, but I am truly sad today, to hear that you are leaving tech tv. When i first heard taht you were leaving the screensavers, I could not believe it, but felt that at least you would still be on call for help, and now, you are leaving tech tv all together….

    Though I consider myself tech savy, and know alot of things, watching you, learning new things etc, even though I knew some of them, you made it interesting and enjoyable. For the things I have learnt from you, thanks

    I am sad that you are leaving, but wish you all the best. hope that someday, I will see you again.

    Thanks

  267. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:17 am

    I anxiously await news of your return to the TV airwaves. As so many have said here, you taught me more than anyone else. It helped advance my career, & I thank you for that. I’ll continue to watch TSS & CFH, but it won’t be the same without you. Good luck, & God bless…

  268. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:25 am

    I never thought i’d see the day. Ill be 100% honest, you were the one and only reason i watched TechTV, and as it seems right now, i will probably watch very little any longer. You shall be missed.

  269. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:31 am

    TechTV without Leo is like a day without sunshine.

    Leo, You will be very surely missed. The knowledge I have gained because of you is immeasurable. I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors. I know you will be a success in anything you do. Thank you so much.

    Till we meet again…

  270. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:33 am

    Leo, Best Wishes for your future endeavours! But it will be most un-cool not seeing you on TechTV anymore!

    We just got TechTV from our cable provider (COMCAST ironically) about 2 years ago. Pretty much fom the git-go, TSS became my favorite show, in large part because of you. I’ve continued to watch it regularly ever since. Even so, it wasn’t quite the same show when you weren’t there. I don’t intend that as a knock on anyone still with the show and I’ll probably still watch anyway. Just REALLY wish you were still there, or at least on CFH, which I watched less regularly until you took over and it (too) became a regular thing.

    FWIW my girlfriend has declared that she will NOT watch (TSS or CFH) anymore now that you’re gone ;).

    Anyway, Good Luck, Thank You, and here’s hoping we get to see you on the little screen again. And SOON!

  271. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:46 am

    Leo,

    You were the only reason I watched CFH; even if I’ve been goofing around computers since 81, I still found myself learning something new with almost every episode. I was going to keep on watching TSS because I like Patrick. I do like Kevin as well, but I don’t know if he has the capabilities of carrying a show day after day. You and Patrick brought an air of respectibility, maturity and knowledge that a young Kevin just doesn’t have or bring to the show. But now, I’m seriously boycotting those 2 shows (I can’t give up the UK robotwars, so I can’t boycott TechTV as a whole :P )

    I hope that Comcast have their heads on straight and ask you back. You are truly a unique individual. Not everyone can talk about computers and technology on television and make it interesting and entertaining, but you do.

    Maybe one day, we’ll even see you in our neck of the woods (Ottawa, Canada AKA Silicon Valley North… or it was before the bubble burst). Good luck in all your future endeavors. You will be missed.

  272. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:51 am

    Hey Leo!

    Really enjoyed watching you every weekday at 3:00 PM on Call For Help! Defenitly wont be the same without the good ol’ Leo! Oh Well, hope to see you on some other show. heh.

  273. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:52 am

    “smack”

    hang on while i pick my self off the floor. Leo is gone? The losers that would hold one job for a few measly shares are just self serving bastards. Tech tv has very talented people to fill the shoes but leo’s wit and humour are definitly a signature that will be greatly missed

    i dont believe leo will return to tech tv, he will get a better gig(more exposure more money).pat and leo were great together. kevin, pat, and cat are a great supporting castleo was definatly the go to guy. we will still listen to the radio show… but wont be rushing home to ensure i get the first ten minutes of the tss at 5 pm

  274. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:53 am

    Leo,

    I have been in a total “funk” since you mentioned it was your last night on TSS. Your kind remarks about TechTV reveal what I have always thought; You are a very special person.

    You **MADE** TechTV, and ZDTV before that. I know you will be back on the air soon enuf.

    The taped segs on TSS were soooo sad to watch. I have not been able (willing) to watch anything on TTV since I saw your final paycheck with ID card. TSS was one of the few assets of TTV. Its value now is zero. Comcast is now getting nothing… I like the sound of that.

    Paul Allen should split the $290MM with you.

    Thanks for the memories!!!!

    Good luck & God Bless you and yours!!!!

  275. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:55 am

    Leo,

    This 73yo grandma will miss you on TechTV, but fortunately I will be able to continue to listen and learn on KFI. I’ve been computing since the ol’ DOS/CPM days and still have so much to learn. You really help keep “old-timers” from setting in. ;-) Hope to see you back on TV soon.

  276. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 7:01 am

    Well this comes as quite the shock; I’ve been watching cfh and tss since the old school days. Things change though and I’m sure in the end it’ll all work out. Anyway, I’m rambling I hope that Leo gets back on the air on be it on techtv, abc or mtv…anywhere.

  277. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 7:31 am

    I still have my kate and leo signed promo shot in my room from the early call in days of TSS on ZDTV. There is nothing left on that channel, and that claim is not an overstatement. The charismatic Leo was the only reason I still watched. The way the new G4 channel is framing up to target the 18-25 y/o demographic and focus on games, I don’t know if Leo would even want to go back.

    I miss ZDTV. Vulcan Ventures are a corrupt greedy mass of Paul Allen madness. Lets see how much TechTV is worth to Comcast when noone watches anymore.

  278. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 7:32 am

    Sunday 2:00am I just read the news, I can’t bel… it I am spe..less,

    Leo is the reason I watch TechTv, just the other day I was saying “That guy Laporte is a real pro.” In my book :) he’s the best as they get.

    From your fans in Trinidad GOD SPEED GOOD LUCK my friend…

  279. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 7:41 am

    Leo, I’m sorry to hear about all of this. I’ll miss seeing you in the ever-increasingly rare times that I am simultaneously home, awake, and watching TV.

  280. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 7:47 am

    LEO,

    i will miss you very much i’ve been wathing you from the start 10 years as been a long time .

    these people should know how you hold the love of you frineds and famaly in your heart you made tech fun and i and you also supported so many people in the tech world and had a air or respectility i loved your presonlty THANK YOU I WILL MISS YOU you inspiried me to go back to school and do the tech thing i am 44 years old thanks

    LOVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GOD BLESS

  281. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:02 am

    Leo,

    I like to say I will miss you but I cant cause I will hear you over the wk/end. I know that G6/Comcast will come out with a deal that will not bring you back to TechTv but to the new station G4 (GTech4) Tv.

    Good Luck and See you Sooon

  282. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:07 am

    Maybe it was a mistake leaving TSS, it sounds like the new owners have no plans for CFH, according to TVweek.com, there are no plans for CFH to continue. Even Leo said the best they could do was show the new channel how great the ratings for CFH could be, but now, without the star host, this will not happen.

    I hate to see it, but the only future may be on TSS, which Leo left. The whole thing sounds like a bad nightmare. I wish Leo would go back to TSS, where they will be future.

    Good luck Leo

  283. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:17 am

    I was sorry to hear of your leaving Tech TV.

    I have been recording screensavers since patrick

    accidently(?) swore on live tv, reguarding windows doing

    freaky (BLANK). You know, just in case something happens on the live broadcast. I will contine to watch Tech TV.

    I hope that maybe, somehow you could return.

    You will DEFINATLY be missed.

  284. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:19 am

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

  285. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:47 am

    Here’s hoping that we saw you back on TV after the merger! I honestly can’t imagine what TechTV is going to be like without you.

  286. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:51 am

    leo, well everyone is leaving. come to la for sushi and i will visit you for lamb stew…..lol

    sorry leo about TSS & CFH. i know that G4 will cut a great deal of the foreign shows but they should not touch the live tech shows because that is where the loyalty is. for myself, i will continue to watch and i do watch, until they wipe the slate. i fear some things will come to an end because of their topics but that can’t be helped. MP has a great job here in la. wow, she landed a big fish. they have a couple of computer guys here in LA but they do not rate in my book like you do. leo, i am going to miss all of your jokes…… the things you say that others get all upset about(patrick) and the things you do to get attention(laying on the floor awaiting pink boots to do their walking) those are the things i will miss, too.

    we need an older perspective to get things to run smooove on the show. just come back………. i need my tech…..

    we need you!!

    see? you soon?

    carl

  287. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:54 am

    Leo is the anchor of both shows in all the meanings. I like everyone else but Leo is the main professional that leads the crew.

    Sometimes when he took time off, the shows suffered. Segments werent’ rehearsed, mistakes made, questions unanswered. Not because they lacked knowledge but because being a TV host is a very particular skill and often takes years to refine.

    Leo obviously had these skills.

    Im been listening to both shows since I got Dish Network, the past 6 months or so and have been TiVoing both regularly.

    I do not have high hopes with Comcast. They are not the most consumer friendly, reliable outfit. They they can be shortsighted and cheap.

    But I sure hope they bring Leo back to the shows in founded.

  288. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:55 am

    Leo … You made The Screen Savers show worth watching, as well as other TechTV programs. And no offense to anyone else on the show, but I doubt I will watch anymore. It wasn’t just your knowledge that made you great, but you could tell you really love technology, which is something I can relate to.

    Good luck with whatever is in store for you. I hope we can watch you on TV again.

  289. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 9:00 am

    OMG! I watched techtv because of you leo, you make me laugh. i really hope that you come back to techtv soon, i know that kevin and patrick will do a good job with the screensavers. Bye for now.

  290. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 9:09 am

    What are they thinking? They are damaging the goods they are selling before the transfer. Hopfully G4/Comcast will see what a great asset you are and make you an offer you can’t refuse. You are not only a very bright guy, you are “Leo”, a personality. The network needs more than just folks that can relate information. You all add something to the network and you’ve helped a lot of smart youngins gain their on air chops. What long time viewers don’t recall Pat being like a scared deer looking into the headlights on some late night dark country back road his first time on air and others have gone through that same awkwardness with you by their side to keep things flowing. Now they are smooth and a lot of that is owed to you.

    If it doesn’t happen, it will be the networks loss and ours. Good luck where ever this new path takes you.

  291. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 9:10 am

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

  292. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 11:43 am

    What a underhanded, disrespectful thing they tried to do you Leo….You were the reason I watched tech tv…you were tech tv…they will most certainly fail now with you totally gone..I will be listening on the weekends to your radio show…good luck with any new ventures..we will miss you greatly….

  293. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 12:03 pm

    This just flat out bites the BIG one! Your the man that made me not fear technology!God that channel will suck air without you man! Early on its the only channel I’ve ever learned anything off of (other than this old house).Take care Buddy.

  294. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 12:32 pm

    I’m So sorry to hear that you’re leaving, Leo. That was a pretty low blow by vulture… I mean Vulcan Ventures. You have to defend whats yours, Leo, and thats what your doing. We will miss you. Thanks you for the great shows. I’ve been watching for 5 years now.

    Hope you come back and BUY THE CHANNEL.

  295. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:21 pm

    Man, we will miss you Leo! As far as I’m concerned you are the only reason I watched Tech-TV! I hope that you make it back on. Best of luck.

    Tom

  296. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 1:38 pm

    First, Chris goes, now Leo! Leo Rules. i really have no reason to watch now except to see if leo comes back

  297. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 2:09 pm

    Thanks for a great run Leo. You’re one of a kind.

    On the plus side, your departure should cure me of my TechTV addiction.

    Cheers, all the best.

  298. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 2:15 pm

    I plan on e-mailing Comcast and G4 and telling them what Leo has meant to me as well as all of us over the years, and hope that others will do the same. Call for Help and The Screensavers just isn’t the same without him!

  299. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 2:18 pm

    If it wasn’t for Leo, I wouldn’t have had the courage to get involved with the working of my computer. At 54 I am still a geek in training because of you. It was fun, informative and I will miss you.

    Rick

  300. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 2:19 pm

    Leo,

    My family and I are just a small part of the silent masses, who have enjoyed you and your shows over the years. You are one of those rare individuals who make learning fun for all ages. Your charm, and sometimnes biting humor were adored here in Mobile, Alabama (Comcast 52). You will be sorely missed until your inevitible return.

    After it has all died down and the Vulcan folks capitulate after being shamed in a public manner. You should be able to negotiate a better package anyway. Use the uproar to your advantage and make them pay dearly for their greed and arrogance. Then again they may just blow it all off and leave Comcast to pick up the pieces.

    Anyway, suffice it to say that we miss you and hope to see you on the tube again. Helping us to more tech savvy, PC literate, and to be more light hearted. Good Luck!!

    Ok bye!

    John

  301. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 2:23 pm

    Dear Leo,

    I was lucky enough on March 8th this year to actually /get/ Tech TV when our main Pay TV provider Foxtel went “Digital”, of which i watch now more than any other channel, seeing you on at least 2 show’s per day (The Screen Savers & Call For Help) and now one of the most important host’s has left! all i can say is im dissapointed it happened the way it did, as i really enjoyed listening to your tips and comments etc… it made the show’s very interesting, so far i’ve not seen a episode with you not in it (lol, typical Australia… behind as allways!) anyways, wish you luck with your further endevors, and hope to see you back on the box ASAP!, and as so many have said Tech TV wont be the same without you.

    Regards,

    Colbey

  302. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 2:30 pm

    I am sorry to find out that you are leaving Leo. I’ll miss you and probably not watch TechTV as much now. TSS and CFH won’t be the same without you. It won’t matter who they find to host the show now, it just won’t be as enjoyable. It’ll probably be like the boring CFH shows that Becky Worley and the dude with the glassess hosted. Those shows sucked and I was so glad when you came back to host CFH once again. I wasn’t a Chris Pirillo fan either. He just made me nervous and he always messed up what he was ging to say. I hope they come crawling back, in fact they probably will beacuse the shows won’t be as enjoyable to watch and I am tired of that many dark tips! TSS has gotten more shady now with Kevin hosting. I like Kevin and all but him hosting all the time now makes TSS a bit darker. Anywho, Mr. Laporte, I know we will all miss you, but thank God for Leoville dag nab it!!! Good Luck and best wishes in whatever you do!! God Bless you sir!!

  303. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 2:44 pm

    My few tiny shares in Zif Davis won’t mean a thing to them, but Monday morning I’m outta there too. I won’t put my money with people who screw the good guys. I teach computers at our local JC, and I learned how to put it in language they can understand from you.

    You will be missed.

  304. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 2:57 pm

    Leo, here is how I see it.

    You had a good run for the last ten years & it is time to get on with it.

    The new show is going to be called, “This Old Computer” or, “The Good-The Bad-The Geeky”, or;

    are you getting the picture?

    Get a good agent, a good show producer. The sponsers are Mac, Gates, Allan, Dell(maybe?) etc.

    Make it a Syndication format. Get your buddies Dvorak, Lauderback, etc.

    Start Leo’s library; print & ebooks.

    You have the personality & most important, the Respect, of the computer community.

    Email when the new show is on the air.

  305. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 2:59 pm

    Leo, I´m glad your brain and gutts

    ruled over this outrageous and

    blasfemous proposal made to you.

    Dignity with intelligence shall prevail

  306. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:01 pm

    Leo,

    Almost can’t believe that you won’t be one of the regular faces that Tivo captures and that greets me after work each day. (Nothing better than a nice cold beer and a little CFH!)

    Doubtless that the new owners will see the wisdom in retaining your services. In all seriousness, you are the “glue that binds”… the young people are fine and good, but they need someone of your professionalism to ground the show(s).

    While I’m sure your departure from TV (and my Tivo, (*snif* *snif*) will be short lived, you have my wishes for every success. Thanks for the all the great techno-help you’ve given over the years… most of all, thanks for the laughs!

  307. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:04 pm

    The latest news from your blog saddens me, especially since I read the news well watching Call for Help. I have a funny feeling that even if I called for help on this issue it wouldn’t do any good. Here’s hoping that you can rejoin Tech TV after the G4 acquisition.

    -Nicolas Jackson

  308. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:05 pm

    I was shocked to read your posting. You;ve taught me a lot, and made learning about my confuser a lot easier to learn than any book could! Wish you all the best, and I pray God keeps you well, safe, and happy.

  309. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:09 pm

    Man, the shows (CFH & TSS) are gonna SUCK without you! You

    were the funniest, coolest host there in my opinion.

    Me and my little 13 yr old sister loved watching you – we’d be cracking up !

    Without Leo, what’s the point? :sad:

    You’ll be missed.

  310. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:20 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your work on TechTV for some years now, hopefully the new owners will have the good sense to bring you back. You are the kind of guy though who can find work anywhere any time so I’m sure you will do fine regardless, I just hope you have fun doing it. I’m just glad you have this site, when noteable talents leave shows you often never know the details or where else you can see them, but at least here you can keep in touch with the fans.

    Best,

    –Racso

  311. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:40 pm

    None of the other anchors have your talent and experience.

    Only The Screensavers, X-Play and Martin’s Unscrewed will ever get my attention now.

  312. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:50 pm

    Leo, best wishes and good luck with whatever life brings you. You helped me greatly in my life with your teachings. I had a job that was tearing my body to pieces. With your help I became middle management because of my computer skills. It was tough to explain I had no formal learning and all my know-how came from watching TV.

    Thanks for everything,

    Jim

  313. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:53 pm

    I have seen EVERY Screensavers episide since April 15, 2000. Yes, I started watching on Tax day! Ok, i have missed 2 shows, but the Satellite was out! I really hope that you will come back for the comcast channel.. whatever it was or will be called (hopes the the channel will still be on Directv).

  314. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 3:53 pm

    Leo, Leo, Leo. Why don’t you go to New York City, and see “The Donald” and tell him “Your Fired” and take over his time-slot with NBC! You’re worth it! You’re witty, knowledgable, entertaining, versatile, and a whole lot more! You are the only radio talk-show host, that doesn’t drag us all through the boring, on-air tech-support calls related to WINDOZE bugs. You keep your shows moving and interesting, and could even be a director if you wanted. We’ll miss seeing you on TTV, but I believe this will be only a temporary displacement that will be fixed when the new owners take over. Keep on the Tech crusade and we’ll be behind you every step of they way! John Berry, San Diego

  315. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 4:05 pm

    Leo, just wanted to add my two cents worth. You will be missed. Hopefully not for a very long time. Will look forward to seeing you after the new owners come to their senses and put you back where you belong.

  316. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 4:12 pm

    that’s sad.i’m sad at this development.With Leo Laporte out of techtv,it will not be the same again.He made learning computer technology so much fun and easy!I wish Leo more success in whatever endeavor he embarks from now on,with a talent like that i’m sure he will find a new show.God bless.

  317. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 4:12 pm

    Their is no question that Leo was (past-tense) a advocate of all things mac. While some “mac-talk” is OK Leo had demonstrated behaviors of not only a mac fan but of a man obsessed with “name-dropping” and promoting mac at every last chance he gets.

    This is often at the expense of the 95% windows users. CFH went from a “mac tip of the day” to answering windows questions with mac answers, proclaiming “you can do that on mac too with….” (even if the question had nothing to do with mac to putting down anything Microsoft to help glorify mac.

    Some have viewed Leo on tech tv as a an excuse to promote mac to their target competitor. Leo has made comments like “I HATE WINDOWS”, I have heard this myself.

    This is not the behaviors of a fair and unbiased reporter on a computer show. The minute they had more mac segments than PC ones the show became very self-serving to the mac lovers… all at the expense of the Windows viewer.

    “Where does it say CFH is about ONLY windows users?”

    Is not but when Mac is being promoted more then “real Linux” that has more owners, market share than Mac their is a noticeable bias that is not good for ratings.

    I have watched shows where the majority of the “into segments” all were on mac or an excuse to show a mac laptop or name drop mac.

    “winders problems. It’s a show about computer problems in general.”

    Since mac fans seem to be under the false dilusion than macs never have problems and windows has tons and tons of problems you would think that would be another reason to feature windows more but the mac plugs keep coming and coming.

    Its all a sign of a host that has, or in Leos case HAD a personal agenda to promote… In Leo’s case the promotion of mac and slamming Microsoft.

  318. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 4:16 pm

    that’s sad.i’m sad at this development.I’m from the Philippines and your shows are being shown here since 1999,i was watching you since then,your fun,man.With Leo Laporte out of techtv,it will not be the same again.He made learning computer technology so much fun and easy!I wish Leo more success in whatever endeavor he embarks from now on,with a talent like that i’m sure he will find a new show.God bless.

  319. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 4:17 pm

    The above is not to say Leo isn’t a good man, father or provider for his family but just that Leo has lost focus.

    Similar to what may happen if a “country music fan” got a job Djing a “pop station”. As the Dj’s seniority grew he would keep playing more and more country despite the format only calling for the occasional country “POP HIT”.

    Good Luck Leo… Best wishes for a great future… I hope you have learned something from this.

    PS. People wouldn’t complain if they didn’t care…. god speed.

  320. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 4:19 pm

    Im a very big fan from Puerto Rico, and yes the program is watched here and as you know we have in PR a lot of technicians and professional people who not only watch those programs but undesrtand them even more than in some of the states.

    Im so sorry you are leaving The Screen Savers. i dont think i will be able to stand all those kids pretending to be more mature or brilliant than what they really are. I know you still like all of them and respect them but it is going to be very difficult for me to keep watching the show if you are not there.

  321. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 4:27 pm

    Leo, My wife and I have been watching your shows for the past two and a half years. She is not a geek, but she loves your show. I have become a almost full-time geek by watching your show, thank you for all the information, we really appreciate it. We are really going to miss you and hope that comcast will take you on. Please keep us informed of you situation. GOOD LUCK IN WHATEVER HAPPENS.

  322. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 4:33 pm

    Leo,

    I have watched Tech TV since it first came on the air and i have enjoyed every minute of it absorbing every bit of knowledge that I could. Its a shame that things had to end the way they did for you but i think in the end you did the right thing by leaving.

    Best Regards,

    Gregory P.

  323. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 4:52 pm

    We will all miss you a lot on TechTV, Leo! We’re actually running a season late here in the Philippines but I’m sure we’ll be glad to see you again in any other show. Just keep us posted and good luck. :)

  324. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 4:57 pm

    Leo,

    As many fans here have stated, I will certainly miss seeing you on TechTv. When our cable system first added TechTv the very first program I saw was the Screen Savers and I have been hooked ever since. Best wishes and I hope to see you back once the merger is complete.

    Wokisan

  325. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 4:59 pm

    Leo, I’m going to miss You and all The help and knoledge You’ve given me, I’ve learned a lot watching you,and being your age felt a connection with you. Please keep us posted.

    hope to see you on the small screen again very soon.Best of luck. Rick E.

  326. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:23 pm

    Hey Leo, The Screen Savers was the best till you left. I have only been watching TechTV for about a year since I got satellite, but you were my favourite host on both Call for Help and the Screensavers. I hope that when comcast finishes the buyout that you will be hired again and come back, assuming that G4 and TechTV dont merge. I hope that you will post tech help on your website because you have the best help ever. I’d like to let you know that I will not be watching TechTV again until you are back working there, or until they have you on tv doing a differnt tech show. I canceled my subscription to tech tv today. Good Luck Leo!

  327. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:37 pm

    Leo is the anchor of both screensavers and Call for help. He is what holds the show together and keeps it on track.

    I think management is stupid to let someone with knowledge and experience walk out the door.

    Now I can go back to cable and drop Directv. The only reason I kept it was because Leo was on Screensavers and Call for Help. As a senior we see too little of people our age on tv.

    Leo was a very good host and it will be just young people on the show if they let him go. While I think a lot of them are very good at what they do they aren’t Leo and don’t have the experience or knowledge.

    I still miss Chris Perillo. I thought he had talent and knowledge. Companies that treat their workers like last week’s garbage won’t succeed in business. Other workers are getting a lesson about loyality. The loyality won’t be with this company it will be with their own well being. Company will come last.

    I hope Leo will be on some channel because that will be where I will be watching.

  328. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:42 pm

    Lets jam Comcast PHONE LINES with request for LEO to return!!!!!!

    Honestly how can they talk tech with out LEO???

  329. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:44 pm

    I’m extremely shocked to learn of your departure Leo. I am upset and sad to see you go you have been so helpful. I’ve watched you from the very begining on zdtv with Kate. I still miss her and neither the show will be the same without you.I met you and Pat at the Maryland state fair last year. I hope that you and Comcast can come up with a new agreement to bring you back on. I know you talk to alot of people, you might not remember us but we will always remember you. Good luck to you and your family.

  330. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:44 pm

    I’m extremely shocked to learn of your departure Leo. I am upset and sad to see you go you have been so helpful. I’ve watched you from the very begining on zdtv with Kate. I still miss her and neither the show will be the same without you.I met you and Pat at the Maryland state fair last year. I hope that you and Comcast can come up with a new agreement to bring you back on. I know you talk to alot of people, you might not remember us but we will always remember you. Good luck to you and your family.

  331. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:55 pm

    Leo,

    I am a 16 year old guy from macomb, MI and ever since 1999 you have been my inspiration. You showed me what I want to do with my life and not only that you have made me laugh. I have always watched you and listened to what you taught and also hoped that someday I could meet you in person and tell exactly how much of an impact you have had on me! I will always remember you as the inspiration of my own dreams. You will never be forgotten:)

    ~John

  332. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 5:58 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear about this, Leo. I hope you will be able to work out way to come back with Comcast, as I will miss your advice and you personally.

  333. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:16 pm

    I again had a feeling it was going to come to this. Looks like I won’t be watching TechTV at all now because of your decision. You and Pat were the only reason I ever tuned in to TSS and CFH.

    You both held the station together in a way the others could not.

    But I wouldn’t count on keeping that radio gig anymore either. Radio is like these days.

    It’s a dirty cut throat industry you work for.

    Hope to see you again – somewhere. :(

  334. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:30 pm

    Dear Leo,

    What can I say? You will be missed perhaps more than you know! Your humor as well as your humility brought a great deal of sunshine to the world of technology. You ade learning fun, and I thank you for that.

    I realize that you must be overwhelmed with the amount of messages to you, but I would really appreciate hearing back from you. I would like to spearhead some sort of online petition to get you back on TechTV. I will more than gladly collect online signatures and present them to you so that you may present them to the network as fodder to have you reinstated in a position that you are well deserving of.

    While I do appreciate and enjoy those that are carrying the torch now, it is just not the same without you Leo and I find myself watching less and less.

    If there is anything that I can do, please feel free to contact me:

    Arin Brown

    P.O. Box 410

    Caspian, MI 49915

    906.265.5842

    God Bless you Leo for all of your hard work and for the knowledge that you have shared with so many over the years!

    Best Regards,

    Arin Brown

    P.S. MAC’s RULE!!!!

  335. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 6:50 pm

    It’s not fair! It’s just not fair!!!! You were the light of the show. (well kevin’s kool too) You not being on it, just sucks!

    Take Care

  336. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 7:45 pm

    I’m guessing that the suits that made this decision discussed Leo’s age as a factor in getting rid of him. What they fail to recognize is that The ScreenSavers was one of the few shows on TechTV that actually tried to appeal to all of it’s audience, not just the younger ones.

    We should have seen this coming as the ScreenSavers became more and more about gaming and less and less about technology as a whole.

    TechTV is trying too hard to be hip, and it isn’t working. The best way not to be cool is to try too hard.

  337. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 7:47 pm

    If you leave the viewers will drop like flys in boycott of the company trying to blackmail you over your shares in the company. It will be hard for some but I am shutting it off when you are gone. You are the father figure and warm person they need to comlete the show. There is no one out there capable of filling your shoes as the type of person you are both on and off the show.

    Too bad I am watching you now and had no clue till I decided to check out your website.

    Leo you be da man on the Screen Savers. Crazy they (Corp. Execs.) can not see that they are shooting their own testicles off.

    Jonathan Hall Chicopee MA

  338. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 7:54 pm

    It’s a sad sad day up here in Canada. Leo was the reason that I began to watch Tech TV. When I told my son that Leo was gone…even he got a little sad. He is 11 and we have been watching the screen savers and call for help together for the last 2 years. My challenge to all the other viewers like me is this: We should start an online petition and suggest to Comcast to get Leo back to tech tv where he belongs :D . He is an invaluable resource to young and old alike. We miss ya already Leo

  339. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:03 pm

    Paul Allen is a bonehead, but I’m sure he made a “sound business decision” in his own head. He really did think of TechTV as yet another of his expensive personal toys.

    Kudos to you, Leo, for putting up with that crap and doing something no one has ever done before–creating an entire sustainable TV network about technology from the ground up. Your emotive antics and brilliant insights on the small screen will be greatly missed–in fact, there could be a huge sucking sound coming from TechTV with the talent vacuum* created by your departure–but something tells me you’ll be back in front of the camera on a daily basis very soon.

    (*Not that there aren’t other talented people on TechTV – but the network was built BY and AROUND Leo–who’s the engine that kept the whole thing afloat!)

  340. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:10 pm

    Can’t beleive your leaving, I’m fourteen and I’ve been watching ever since the network started. All I can say is loosing you is gonna cut their viewers in half. Hope you come back, I’ll be listening to your radio show.

    God Bless!!

    – Justin Stafinski

  341. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:12 pm

    * Ever since the network started in my area that is. lol.

    – Justin

  342. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:15 pm

    Hi Leo,

    I just won’t say goodbye! As I read through the endless posts and absorb the news that we will not be seeing you on CFH or TSS in it’s current form, I am torn between feelings of sadness, bittersweet satisfaction and anger. Let me explain…the sadness is purely selfish in that my wonderful and enjoyable routine of seeing you on TTV for my daily dose of news, learning and entertainment has now been seriously disrupted (Kevin & Pat do not seem to be enjoying ‘the new deal’), the bittersweet satisfaction comes from your smart and entitled decision to walk away from your employer as they try to muscle you into surrendering something that you have earned and rightly deserve. As a shareholder you will be compensated for your investment as the market decides but your profile and accomplishments have done much I”m sure to enhance the value of TTV and I hope you ‘clean up’.

    The anger comes from the visceral feeling that many of your fans are feeling…that you felt the need to diversify to the degree that you had to give something up. You have contributed much to TTV and while you are no doubt gracious enough to point out that while ‘one person does not make a team’ it takes someone with vision and drive to get the job done. You deserve to have been sheltered/offered options first/consulted about integration and new program delivery and content.

    Shame on Vulcan…they lose!! (sound of booby prize music).

    Wrap up Colin…

    From our family to yours…good luck and a sincere thanks for many wonderful and entertaining moments.

    I’m a rock guy but I believe Garth Brooks wrote in a song “I many not be able to change the world, but i won’t let the world change me”.

    We’ll be looking to see where you turn up.

    Have you thought of gathering some venture capital and pitching an independant tech show with you as host and producer to Comcast (like David Chalk)?

    Pehaps a new network will be born…I’ll buy shares!

    See you and thanks Leo,

    Colin from Manitoba,Canada

  343. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:47 pm

    I have nothing to say other than I will miss you lovable mug on the tube. Good Luck!

  344. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:49 pm

    Leo, I think you were the main reason for the success of Tech TV. Sure, they have other nice personalities but you really CONNECTED to people on a very high level. You will be back… somewhere… on my TV screen.

    Who can we write to post our diagreement with Comcast?

  345. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 8:52 pm

    G4 and Comcast would be fools if they didn’t bring you back on. Best of luck.

    Chris

    Dallas, TX

    P.S. If and when you get over to G4, will you tell them to dump, like, 90% of their programming?

  346. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 9:00 pm

    Leo,

    I know it is a cliche, but bad things do happen to good people. Yet, it still astounds me to see a man so essential to the mission of an organization get screwed by that organization. It’s a kind of organizational self inflicted wound, and one I predict will be fatal.

    No one else on TSS or CFH could make the dumbest question seem reasonable. No one else had the depth and breadth of knowledge that you have. No one else had a mature, affable and open delivery like you. You are Leo, simply the best.

    Thank you for all you have taught me.

    Stephen from Fort Worth, Texas

  347. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 9:01 pm

    Leo, I can’t believe it! Gonna miss you so much on TechTV. :(

  348. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 9:17 pm

    I have never been so shocked and upset. Leo, it was because of you that I realized I wasn’t stupid, and that I could understand, sort of, computers. I’ve watched you for years, and so enjoyed your humor, and your knowledge. I’ve brought my boyfriend into the TechTV fold to watch you, and although he works with computers daily, and resisted, he now is hooked. I didn’t see your last show, and I am so saddened over that. I so hope the new guys call you. For shame if they don’t. You’ve taught me a lot, and I hope somewhere, somehow, to see you again. I miss you already. It just won’t be the same without you.

  349. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 9:47 pm

    Leo,

    I hope you actually read this with so many messages here. I just wanted to let you know that you made a big difference in my life. I first started watching you on Call for Help back when I was still in high-school and when many people in The Bahamas were just getting into buying a computer for your home. It was because of you that I first became interested in computers. So much so that I decided to pursue a CIS degree in college. Later I realized that I would like to help people learn about and master computers so I switched so as to teach computers in High School; which I should be qualified to do in about 2 years.

    I have many fond memories of watching TechTV (even when it was ZDTV). One time in particular was when you visited The Bahamas for the launch of cable modems here. I will never forget that, as we do not have too many persons on television come here for fans to meet them (they usually come for vacation). I walked a good distance that day to meet you. Unfortunately time was not on my side and I had to go back to work but I did get a screen savers cap.

    Anyway there is so much I would like to say but I just wanted to tell you thank you for inspiring me and that you will be missed. Its amazing to me that someone of a completely different generation can connect to so many young people. I know there is a group of us at The College of The Bahamas that watched you regularly.

    Best of luck in the future. Like others have said, TechTV (or whatever they decide to call the new network) will not be the same without you.

    Jay Cartwright

    Nassau, Bahamas

  350. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 10:02 pm

    Well as I told you last week, since you left the screen savers. Without you I won’t watch that show anymore. Now you tell me your not on call for help anymore! Well I guess the techtv channel is just dead to me now. Without you it just isn’t the same. I guess this brooklyn/providence boy will just have to listen to the webcast of your radio show for tech news. by the way what do you think about the news from IBM about their new chip tech.? I just read about it today. thanks wesley

  351. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 10:22 pm

    I found your show by accident when we moved back here to WIin’87and showed my son when he came to visit. He has been an avid fan since.I was truly shocked when he sent me the info about Leo leavingand wonder what it is withpeoplethat they can’t leave a good thing alone.I truly hope Leo is back on the small screen soon and that he beats the pants off the others with his ratings. Please let him knowhe will be missed.

  352. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 10:43 pm

    what? this is terrible news. You are the man Leo, and techtv just won’t be the same at all. I’ve learned so much from you and you were such a pleasure to watch on the Screen Savers and Call for Help. I hope you can combe back to techtv some day. Vulcan has made a big mistake.

    Best wishes Leo

    You are the man!

  353. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 10:46 pm

    Leo, I’m very sorry to hear this has happened. I am a big fan of yours, I started watching in july of 2002 when I was out of work due to a leg injury. You have a very wicked and sharp sense of humor and I for one will miss you.

    Kelly, Brooklyn, New York

  354. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 10:48 pm

    I think they are making a big mistake. I have been watching TechTV (ZD TV) for about that long. Leo makes the show! Good luck to you Leo and hope to hear where you are at and I guess I better start to listen to the radio now to get all those great tips and information.

    Ralph

  355. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 11:12 pm

    I was in SF during the week of Mar22 and happened to be invited to be in the audiance of the Srceen Savers for Mar 23. I did not know that this would be one of his last shows until I received the Laporte Report. I am glad that I was able to meet and talk to him. Learned alot from him and all of the others and hopefully will see him on the screen soon.

  356. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 11:35 pm

    It with with great sadness that I heard the news. Leo, you ARE TechTV and it will not be the same without you. I will keep watching the rest of the crew as they adapt to this new situation. I am sure it is something that is very hard for them too. You all did an amazing job and worked so well together.

    I have learned so much from you. You made learning fun and entertaining. I know you’re just leaving television and that you will still be around…but you won’t drop by my living room everyday like you used to. :(

    Even my mom started watching your shows last year and I just thought it was so cute everytime she would mention something you had talked about. You turned my computer fearing mom into a geek Leo! LOL She now has a wireless network and a home office that kicks butt!

    Thank you for everything Leo. You are the best and you will truly be missed. Hope to see you back on my television screen very soon!

    Best wishes for the future.

    I will miss you!

    Sophie

  357. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 11:35 pm

    Leo Laporte,

    for me – the simple israeli, you look like the perfect american

    i just wanted to say that im so sorry that your leaving techtv..

    i fell inlove with your perfect american laugh ;-)

    watching you almost everyday – not on a live broadcast anyway,

    still i will always remember you, hope youll be around in the industrey so we could meet again.

    yours, Omri!

    “We Love You – Leo Laporte” ;-)

  358. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 11:40 pm

    Leo,

    You are the best host ever. You will be back and we are waiting for you to come back. Good going in refusing to sell your stock. What nerve for

    Allen to ask for your shares back.!!

  359. Anonymous on April 4th, 2004 11:41 pm

    Leo, I have looked up to you for years. I watched you back when Kate was there and I met you in Charleston, WV at the mall in 2001. I shall greatly miss you. I continue to watch The Screen Savers for the knowledge, but you were the ‘spirit’ of the show. Without you the fun is missing. I am sending positive thoughts in your direction and I hope Comcast will bring you on board.

    one sad aspiring geek, -> Odelia

  360. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 12:04 am

    Sad day for all. I remember back as far as Leo’s Dev Null “Abbott” to Soledad O’Brien’s “Costello” on The Site. I’d love to see Leo do some of his “Boot Camp” short clips on video that newbies can watch on Leoville. The clips are below my experience level after 22 years as a techie geek, but there are new users every day and Leo’s soft spoken teaching method is effective.

    We will all miss you, buddy!

  361. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 12:07 am

    One thing that wasn’t made clear, maybe because it’s none of our business, but did they want him to return his shares with no compensation, and in leaving did he get to cash his shares in? After 10 years of stock purchase he had to have accumulated quite a few shares.

  362. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 12:07 am

    Leo, since you have left the show simply put sucks. When I heard that you were going to not be a host any more, but still doing little segments, I was really worried and I didn’t want it to come to this. I’d like to wish you the best of luck in your life, and I hope that I will see you again on TSS if they hire you. I am just starting (today actually) to listen to your radio show over the internet. Keep up your good spirit, and the best of luck. TechTV Sucks ppl, and cancel your service to it. Also send complaints to tech tv (obviously when the merge has happened because the current owner won’t care at all) and let them know that you want him back. The first day that I hear the buyout has gone thru, Im calling TTV and will threaten to cancel my subscription. You were and always be the best computer techy guy I know!

  363. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 12:21 am

    Leo, in the words of our wonderful Governator: You’ll be back.

    You were Tech TV. I’m confident we’ll see you again on some station (maybe this one when Comcast takes over!) very soon. You’re too valuable to just fade into the ether.

    So, personally, I’m just considering this your Spring Break! Have fun, and we’ll see you soon!

    :o)

  364. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 12:23 am

    Leo, thank you for all the great shows in the past I greatly appreciate your willingness to help people and I believe you have taught me more than i could ever know I also believe you made Tech TV what it is today. We will miss you Leo and i hope to see you on my tv screen very soon good luck Leo you will be missed

  365. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 12:46 am

    please tell me that this is a late april fool’s joke.

    if it ain’t..damn.

  366. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 1:08 am

    Hey everyone, yes, we all know that it sucks that Leo has left. However, I have made up a site that is completely dedicated to Leo, and you can find this article and more at http://www.bcsreviews.com/leo (you may want to have a popup blocker like google toolbar). Leo, you will be missed, and I’m sure that you know that! Hopefully comcast will smarten up and realize that without you tech tv sucks!

    http://www.bcsreviews.com/leo

  367. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 1:09 am

    Leo,

    We will miss you until you are back on Tech TV/G4 where you belong.

    Ken (and family)

    Cocoa, FL

  368. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 2:01 am

    Holly Cow say its not true LEO i mean i started to watch theo channel cause of you and now its no need to man ohh man they made a big mistake u turned me on to getting into computers and having fun with them iam not sure what to do anymore now tha tu not there. I wish u all the best of luck u and u family and u little ones congrats on 10 years just wish u get back into it with g4 id like to see u agian and will be willing to tivo that show as well if u are on it. send out all my love to u and u family and if u ever need anythign iam here for you as u was there for all of u fans and viewers best of luck Kevin Gourzis –Bowie , MD

  369. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 2:18 am

    Leo, i SO hope you will come to an agreement with the new owners of TechTV. One of the main reasons i watch TSS is the fun you and Pat have on tv. Also you have learned so much from you and will miss you on TSS (hopefully you will be back, please try). I met you when you came to Charleston WV a few years ago. Thanks again for all the past and future laughs and memories.

    Bobby McGraw

  370. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 2:56 am

    Leo,

    The big wigs never learn…people before profit.

    My TiVo and I will wait your return!

    “Never give up, never surrender”

    Commander Peter Quincy Taggart

  371. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 3:08 am

    Leo,

    As others have said, You ARE TechTV. If the deal with G4/Comcast is not complete, I would not doubt this will sour the milk.

    This is like losing a family member, and will leave a hole in my daily routine. I don’t Tivo, but I do PVR, on Dish.

    I already emailed ComCast and told them to dump wheelbarrow loads of cash at your doorstep and beg you to come back as the dominant host and in control of content. I told them to do otherwise is to lose their investment in TechTV.

    I wish others reading this board would do the same.

    One thing I am curious about….. (You) Leo mentioned not ONE person from TSS in your parting goodbye. Was there some bad blood, or some blood-letting with TSS crew that happened before or at the time of the split?

    Given that TSS was your baby, and you only left it about 10 days ago, or so, this seems an obvious slight. I guess you probably won’t comment, but maybe there is someone else out there who knows something.

    I didn’t read all 300 and some odd messages, so I may be covering ground someone else has already covered, and if so, I apologize for the redundancy….

    Leo, you will be greatly missed.

  372. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 3:21 am

    Leo,

    Thanks to you I am very interested in technology and computers. One christmas I was surfing the tube when I saw Call For Help. You made me what I am today…a GEEK. I will keep you in my prayers and may god be with you!

  373. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:06 am

    aw man, its not gonna be the same without you leo cos ive enjoyed watching call for help and hte screensavers, and ive learned alot from you, thanks for all the info adn hope you do well in all that you do take care man

  374. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:10 am

    While I love TSS and will continue to watch, it was Leo who took the show to another level for me. I often found myself “rewinding” my TiVo just to witness one, two, three or more times in a row the amazing talents of this genuine star who is truly beyond tech or TV. Leo is as funny as Bill Murray, as sweet and loveable as Mr. Rogers, as quick-witted as David Letterman, as trusted and believable as Walter Cronkite, as nimble as Ray Bolger and as dear to me as a member of my own family. This guy’s the real thing. He made learning about computing a joyous romp while at the same time a richly rewarding experience.

    My girl friend, who has limited interest in things technical, will sometimes walk through the room while I am watching TSS. But she has actually stopped to watch a full segment when Leo was on the screen, just because she enjoyed his personality and “showmanship.” When Leo is there, it’s more than techie-talk, it’s entertaining. She even said to me recently when seeing that another host was on the show, “None of these other guys are as good as that Leo, are they?” Well, of course I agree, but that’s on just one of many levels.

    Leo is also a master of the material and conveys the essence of the segments in a way that can be easily understood and digested, regardless of which level of “geek” you find yourself. Leo makes it all interesting, enriching and fun. I feel like I have gotten a free education by watching his shows. Each one is a rewarding mind-treat, every day.

    Most importantly, Leo has a special charm that transcends the medium. He’s a loveable, warm, father-brother-uncle-friend who made you feel good no matter what mood you were in before the show started. I think his viewers can actually say, “Leo is my friend.” Now that’s a special gift, since most of us have never met him.

    In my opinion, Leo is a true television icon, a legend, a rare breed of charismatic onscreen TV personality, old-time vaudevillian, news anchor, comedian, commentator, professor, tinkerer and charming technical savant. This special combination is what made him more than just watchable. In fact, it’s true, he was TechTV.

    What a stupid fool this Vulcan Ventures was to sabotage the network by removing the one true star that it had. In all honesty, the other folks on these shows are just sidekicks. It was Leo who made them sing. How lucky another network will be when Leo arrives in all his glory. Perhaps it is time for a syndicated Leoville show to compete with Ellen, Oprah and the rest. There are enough geeks out there to make it a success and plenty of new fans to win over as they get to know this loveable host.

    Leo, you made a real difference in my life and I thank you. Never have I felt such allegiance to a show until yours. The truth is that you gave those who watched your shows a real sense of community, and this was your gift. You broke the cold glass barrier of the screen. You saved it.

  375. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:15 am

    I’ve watched for about 4 years now. I don’t understand the move and looking at this blog there are many people who agree with me. I only hope Leo can work something out with G4. Good luck Leo, we will follow.

  376. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:22 am

    Leo,

    I just read you’re leaving TechTV! That really sucks. I’ve followed TSS for three or so years now, and I just started watching Call for Help a few months back.

    My wife and I went to see you and Patrick when you came to St. Louis about two years ago. Man, I really hope to see you back on TV when the transition to Comcast is finalized. I have learned a lot from you over the years.

    I wish you the best. In the meantime, I will continue to visit Leoville.

    You will be missed.

    R.

  377. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:22 am

    this sucks!

    :-(

  378. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:22 am

    Wow, so sorry to see you go, Leo. We’ll all miss you!

  379. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:29 am

    Leo,

    The best of luck where ever you end up. You will be sorely missed. I have been watching since ZDTV, and although the rest of the staff at TECHTV is great, you were the driving force.

  380. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:36 am

    After every stressful day of my crap filled job, I would come home and watch Leo and Patrick on the Screensavers. Heck – I didn’t know what half the stuff was they talked about, but I watched not only to learn but to smile and escape my stress for an hour and a half while I watched a crew of people have fun. Leo would talk and his voice and humor and his awesome personality would seem to tell me that there is fun out there, out side of the mundane world of clock in, clock out.

    Leo – if you read this, I will truely miss sitting back in my chair and watching you make me smile.

    God Bless You and Your Family. Your a wonderful soul.

    J

  381. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:46 am

    What can be said that many haven’t already said? Leo, you gave us years of education and entertainment. You made the personal confuser understandable. You let us know it wasn’t our fault. We’ll miss you Mr. Laporte. Hopefully you’ll be back on TV somewhere soon. Thanks for all the good times friend!

  382. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:13 am

    Leo you must have heard it so many times by now, but I have to also say it again! We love you here at my home, and want to thank you for the knowledge you’ve given me for so many years!

    You are a unique indvidual and no one can say it to much.

    You have made me and my daughter feel like we’ve been part of your family, and for this I thank you a million times!

    May you and your family be well, and stay well always! You’ve been in my living room for dinner and brought me a feeling of belonging to that special GEEK in al of us. Since you made me one.

    AGAIN THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GOOD TIMES!!!!

  383. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:19 am

    But I’ve been watching you since 6th grade. YOU CAN’T LEAVE!! AHH :'(

    I even taped the show of call for help when I got my email on air!

  384. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:29 am

    My reasons to watch flufftv have came to an end. I might catch a show once in awhile, but it won’t be the same. You will be missed, Leo, and I hope G4 will take you back onboard.

    I’m also going to start listening to your radio show, since i’ve gotta get my Leo somewhere.

  385. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:44 am

    Leo you were the heart and soul of Tech TV.Without you it may go on but it is a ship without a captain.I hope you know how much we will all miss our daily Leo fix.Will listen to your radio show on weekends but what the hell will I do for the rest of the week.Curse you Vulcan!!!God bless you Leo.On hearing the news from me, my 77 year old mother said “Those idiots!I hope he sues them for all they’re worth.”Amen to that mom. Amen to that.

  386. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 6:00 am

    Leo,

    I was just sent a link to your site and read the bad news. I’m sorry to see you leave TechTV. I’ve enjoyed watching you on The Screensavers and Call for Help for many years now. I’ve learned quite a few things from your show and also got my interest in Linux from watching you and the rest of the crew talk about it. The interest in creating my own web site also had some beginnings with information from your shows. The shows are still great but there will always be something missing without your awesome personality. Take care and good luck in where ever your new job takes you.

    Brian

  387. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 6:34 am

    I hope you don’t consider this spamming but I have created a petition concerning the matter here-

    http://www.petitiononline.com/wewntleo/petition.html

    I also urge people to email techtv (feedback@techtv.com) and discuss their concerns.

  388. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 6:39 am

    Hey leo, before you leave, can you show us your tits? Afterall, you wouldn’t want to seem sexist with all the asking of the ladies to do the same.

  389. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 7:23 am

    All I can say is…are you kidding me? TechTV! Kindly remove your heads from each others $&@!

    Leo I hope to see you back on TSS SOON. The show sucks without you. The Others are great, but you tie it all together. Maybe I’ll even start liking MACs, but you have to come back first =-.

  390. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 7:31 am

    what can i say, corporate greed wins again. I will be very sad not to see you on TechTV. as others have said, you are TechTV, and without you it will become a sad self parody.

    to put it shortly, Vulcan can go to the hot, unpleasant, demon filled place. Comcast can too, if they don’t hire you back once the transition is over. if anyone from Comcast is reading this, i for one, will not be watching your new channel if leo doesn’t get to come back.

    :(

  391. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 9:23 am

    Leo.. I have this great idea!! Now that you too are free of TechTv maybe it is time for you and Kate to join back up I always enjoyed the SS much better when u two were the team (no offense to Pat).. Think about it she has a broadway type carreer now and you two danced for many years!! What a team.. a little dance a little computer.. heck might be a good show for G4

    seriously good luck.. I kinda stopped watching SS over the last couple of years whenever I would tune in and see you were not on..Always a better show with you there…

    Good Luck!!

  392. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 12:06 pm

    The new TechTV/G4 will NOT survive without you Leo. I for one will be tuning out. I’ve been watching you since you were on MSNBC and then started watching ZDTV from day one. I hope Comcast is smart and works something out with you. If not they are shooting themselves in the foot. Goodluck in anything you do in the future. I hope it’s on TV though.

  393. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 12:15 pm

    I hope we can shower you with good feelings Leo because you deserve it. You really have been the friend through the TV and my TIVO. I know there’s no one else who my mom can like (through your appearances on Regis & Kelly… Will you still do those?), my wife can like (by suffering through TIVO’d Screensavers and CFH) and myself can enjoy all the while talking about technology.

    Don’t get cynical Leo! We love you because you have a passion for technology and more importantly have a passion for people!

    Maybe you, Breen and myself (nudge, nudge) can do an all Mac show together! I’ll call Mr. Jobs.

    We will miss you until new management realizes that they really don’t have a network anymore with out you!!!

  394. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 12:43 pm

    TechTV will not be the same without you. Best of luck Leo :)

  395. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 1:36 pm

    When I read your blog in my e-mail

    saturday I was shocked.TechTV won’t

    be the same with out you leo but I

    will still countine to watch because

    I have learned so much about PC’s and networking from you and the other guys at TechTV.Hopefully you can come back and find a place back on the network when G4 takes over.Good luck with yourRadio work and I will try to listen in on your talk show via the internet……

  396. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 2:12 pm

    Wow, some things you just don’t want to read. As with everyone else, your leaving is a great loss, but at least there’s the KFI gig. We can still get our dose of Leo’s wisdom. Good luck Leo!

  397. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 2:25 pm

    Leo,

    I’m very sorry to hear you are leaving TTV. I have been a avid fan since the ZDTV days. I started watching TSS just after Pat took over from Kate as co-host. I love CFH, and tape it every day so I can watch on the weekends. Thanks so much for your expertise and humor. I enjoyed every minute. Hope to see you soon on another show soon

    All the best in everything you do,

    Howard

  398. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 3:55 pm

    Illegiti non carborundum.

    Tom

  399. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:03 pm

    Good luck, Leo. Simply put, this is another example of “do what you gotta do”. Everyone faces a situation like this (or two or three in my case) in his/her life. I’m glad Leo takes care of his problem as he sees fit – not to be dissed and trampled by a big corporation.

    Personally, I’m saddended to see Leo go. I watch CFH all the time. I have advance knowledge on many technological topics; however, I still enjoy CFH very much. I absorb Leo’s savvy and charisma in front of the camera. I appreciate his passion to explain complex ideas and provide advice to less computer literate users. I sutdy his excellent communication skills that engage people to ask questions and learn new things.

    I doubt I can continue to enjoy CFH without Leo. As the result I’ll have to remove CFH from my TiVo’s Season Pass. I’ll leave it to chance to catch the show again. With Leo’s talent and success, I’m sure Leo will show up somewhere else before long. Or as he said in his blog, he may return to TechTV once G4 completes the takeover. It makes great business sense to retain a valuable asset like Leo.

    So, until then Leo, take care of yourself. I’ll see you later.

  400. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:08 pm

    Leo I am stunned! This is hard to imagine! I have been watching TechTV for the last four years. Before that I used to drive 4 hours to my in-laws for the weekend so I could watch TechTV re-runs because we did not have the channel in our area. I emailed our local cable provider Time Warner almost daily until the started airing TechTV. I have watched TechTV 2+ hrs per day since and Tivo-ed my favorite shows.

    You are the Bob Vila of computers! I don’t understand how greed of the new owners can warrant punishing the viewers of TechTV. If they keep that up and they will find themselves with a Tech Channel and no viewers.

    I am a Senior Tech Support Engineer and watch the shows to stay up on the tech and to catch a gold nugget of information for my customers. I am a small business owner supporting small business and you guys have helped me help my customers.

    They can take the man off the show, but they can not take the show out of the man. You will excel no matter where you go!

    I hope that TechTV does not go the way of Atari…

    Thanks for all the help!

    Patrick

  401. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:18 pm

    I will watch for a while hoping Leo will return. If he does not, I won’t. If the new owners do not want the channel to die, they will hire Leo and keep it alive. Thanks for everything Leo…you’re a great teacher.

  402. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:25 pm

    Leo .. to quote Bart Simpson “This sucks and blows”, this is a sad day for me and a lot of friends who watch you. For the record below is a copy of an email I have just sent to TechTv, I don’t think anything will come of it but hey …

    All the best for the future.. Dude No we need you back on TV

    Leo Rocks.

    Thank you for everything!

    Shaun

    *********** Email to TechTV ******************

    As an avid viewer of TechTv / ZDTV for over 5yearsI was appalled by the treatment of Leo Laporte. This man is everything that is good about your TV station and somebody who shows he world that you don’t have to be 15yrs old to understand technology. Leo in his Blog informs us that this is nothing to do with the new owners but purely Vulcan Ventures holding is job for ransom over shares. My questions are.

    1. Why hasn’t Comcast / G4 hired him back????

    2. Why hasn’t there been an announcement?

    TechTv is all that is good about television and us ‘nerds’ don’t get much of that. I know I was upset when Kate left but hey that’s life but as far as Leo goes he is part of the foundation of your company. Nothing against the remainder of the crew but until Leo is back on the air you have lost 3 viewers (My wife, Daughter and I) I know this won’t bother you but this is all I can do and polling other people I work with their sentiments are much the same.

    Get Leo Back !!!!!

    Annoyed / Disgusted & MAD

    Shaun Gibson

    Snr. Network Administrator

    New Braunfels

    Texas

  403. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:27 pm

    Leo: As fas as TECHTV you are TECHTV for me. I’ll will definitely miss your REVOLUTIONARY attitude and willingness to confront the techno-Status-Quo! You are a tru rebel! I have not watched the show for a while now… What about LEOTECHtv spin off. Make it a show that is availablke on a streamserver like the one used by democracynow.org has on their page. That way every LEO show can viewed over n over n over again… In the mean time I’m glad that you are still ON-Line. I ran into this site by searching for “Perl Test”. So clearly you are on the Techno MAP!!! Much Luv and Please continue you presence ON-LINE!

  404. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:32 pm

    I understand the reasons you have to go Leo, the corporate sponsors could not play ball with you, and I hope you’re keeping the shares. You should feel happy that you have the support from a lot of fans, and you will be missed. With that I send you a Heartfelt “C Ya L8R” and I hope to see you on the tube soon. I started watching Tech TV about 2 years ago, and through which you have helped me do something I never though I could ever do, Manage my computer on my own. Your tips and tricks have become a god send in helping my extended family computer problems.

    Thank you very much for your help and for your humor.

    PS, if anyone has stock in Vulcan Ventures, contact other shareholders and ask why get rid of an “Tech TV ICON” and what are the reasons to take away stock options from a worker who has EARNED those options over the years of service? Doesn’t employee loyalty count in corporate America?

  405. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 4:46 pm

    I am really going to miss you Leo, I have been watching Call for Help &

    The Screen Savers for a few years now, & your personality will be missed, you are a one of a kind.

    I’ve learned alot from you throughout the years

    Thank goodness I can still catch you on KFI’s internet stream & the Leoville blog

  406. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:03 pm

    This is soooo sad for sure!! I remember the first time I caught TechTV and the Sceen Savers with you and Patrick, and I was hooked right away. You are one of the most helpful people I have seen, and you are going to be missed. I agree with what others are saying about Vulcan being so WRONG to let you go. You deserve everything you are supposed to get!! I hope you are back on TechTV soon, and I hope Comcast realizes this and hires you right away!! Till then catch you on the KFI streams, and Good Luck in everything you do!! I know I will be coming to the Leoville boards for my MAC help, because I am looking forward to purchasing my first one soon!!

    Take Care

    TommyXP from Leoville

  407. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:05 pm

    I was wondering why suddenly Leo was just making “quickie” reports on TSS..

    Now I know…

    It’s a sad thing.. But I know Leo Laporte will find a new medium, one or another…

    Keep bringing the technology to us, Leo!

    Even way out here in the Philippines!

    I know you’ll keep on going!

    Be it on the Mac or the PC!

    >>>> come to think of it.. on anything computing related!

    God bless!

    Will always see your blog!

  408. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:05 pm

    It’s time to fight back everyone…

    http://www.petitiononline.com/LP040401/petition.html

  409. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:11 pm

    All the best my friend… and we will see you around again soon I know!

    The best to you are yours…

    Aaron

  410. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:46 pm

    Leo,

    I have been watching regularly since Kate was your co-host on ZDTV. My wife and kids just say, “Oh, Daddy is watching the FREAK channel again.” You are the heart and soul of The Screen Savers. Surely G4 will recognize the value of having you on, and work out a deal. The others on the show all do an admirable job, but Leo has always been the “Big Daddy”, and the primary reason I have tuned in for all these years.

  411. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:55 pm

    Say it ain’t so, Leo :(

  412. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:56 pm

    Leo: I only started watching CFH and TSS about 3 months ago. But I really learned a lot about Tech stuff in that short period. I’m sure there’s a lot more out there to learn, but the learning won’t be nearly a much fun anymore. May God bless.

  413. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 5:57 pm

    All I can say is “damn that sucks”

  414. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 6:17 pm

    Hi Leo, I know you will be back on TV before you know it. I have been watching you on the tube for most of the ten years, through various programs on ABC and cable channels. It is a joy to watch you and your enthusiasm for computers and life in general. Thank you and keep up the good work. Sincerely, Carol

  415. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 6:27 pm

    Leo, you are the only reason why I ever watched the show. Your humor and fun towards tech can never be replaced. I would do anything just so that you could be on the show again, good luck and I hope one day, you can find your place on TV again, becouse techtv won’t be the same without you. Sincerly,

    Matthew

  416. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 6:56 pm

    Leo, I’m a bit behind the ball but I’m sorry to hear you’re leaving TechTV. I really enjoyed the brief time we met at the show and I wish the best to you for the future! :)

  417. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 7:36 pm

    I was shocked to hear that you are not going to be on Tech TV anymore. I feel that they lost the most knowledgeable person they ever had concerning computers. You have forgotten more than many of the others there at the station know. At least, you have a way of presenting computer knowledge and answering questions that makes computers easy to understand for both the beginners and those who know something about them also. I, personally, hope that you are able to start a station of your own (from which you can’t be ever fired). If you did, I would say that you would draw so many Tech TV viewers away from the channel, that they will come crying to you to return. My first experience with you, Leo, was watching you and Kate Botello working together. That was a mistake too to ever replace you with Chris Pirillo (he does know computers)and to move Kate to a different show and then for Victoria Recaño to go and so many of the other favorites. By far, you made Tech TV, and now I am glad I can’t get the channel on Comcast without subscribing to the digital (originally watched you on satellite but moved), because without you, Leo, there is no Call For Help or Screen Savers. Patrick and Cat are great and have a lot of knowledge, but it was always your vast knowledge and way of explaining things, and of course your wild shirts, that made the show so interesting to me. Much success with whatever you do, and I hope that the station sees the huge error they made and try to beg you to come back. Take care and have fun with your family doing things and with your radio work and your books.

  418. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 7:40 pm

    The one weekend I leave town and have no net access! I will miss you Leo. I will miss the time I spent with you, watching TSS and CFH. It’s a sad day in the tech industry when the most quirky, but also one of the most knowledgable man in tech leaves the screen. I hope Comcast sees the shining star that you are and brings you back. May all of your adventures in life be interesting and fun. We’ll miss you Leo!

  419. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 7:43 pm

    If it were not for Leo I would have never been able to appreciate the computer! I think that someone( micrsoft, Dell, ?) should pay Leo to do what he does, even if they lost money on a show, because if it were not for Leo MANY PEOPLE would not be able to use a PC!! and if they don’t use a pc, they don’t BUY PC’s!!! Leo you are too cool!!!!

  420. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 7:50 pm

    I really hate to see you go Leo. You have helped make TechTV what it is today. No matter what show you have next, I will watch. Keep up the good work.

    David

  421. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 7:51 pm

    Leo, I think you should just do the talk show circuit introducing new products.

  422. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 8:08 pm

    We will miss you so much and wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Hope that you will return to TV soon as your program was very entertaining and enlightening.

  423. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 8:19 pm

    LEO you will be missed .Ihave been watching TECH TV on a regular basis since ZDTV days. I checked the TECH TV message boards this morning and read comments about you leaving.I first thought they were refering to leaving The Screen Savers .Tech TV is the channelI watch most. If the new channel hopes to have the The Tech TV Fans to watch the new channelyou Leo will have to be there. In the meantime I wish you Good Luck in whatever you choose to do .Looking forward to your return if you choose to do so. God Bless you and your Family WALTER

  424. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 8:54 pm

    I read Leo’s blog entry and some of the comments Friday, but really had to let it sink in over the weekend. Leo, you did what you had to do. If a man doesn’t have his principles, he has nothing. Whatever we all might feel, it is your life and your family that matters. I wish you every happiness and joy. Please know that you’ve been a bright spot for so many of us through the years. You’ve touched the hearts of people from all generations; everyone can relate to you, and feel like they know you. That’s a talent that, sadly, most of the folks at TechTV don’t have. It made you special. You were more than just a host of some computer television shows. You were the mentor for a nation tentatively reaching out and embracing new technologies. You gave the future a friendly, “Don’t Panic” face, and for that, we thank you. I look forward to seeing where you will pop up next.

  425. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 9:01 pm

    Hey Leo,

    I just want to say how sorry and sad I am. I remember thinking about how all the geeks in the world would boycott TechTV if you left. But, I never thoguht it would really happen… I am seriously about to cry right now.. It’s so sad…

  426. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 9:08 pm

    Are they freakin’ nuts over there? Leo, at my next apartment I was planning on signing up once again for TechTV either via expanded cable or satellite TV specifically so that I can see you in action again (I was a watcher a few years ago but when Adelphia went nuts with their rates I had to retreat to basic cable and so lost my access to your show.)

    Now that TechTV has made this stupid move my interest in their whole channel is fading fast.

  427. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 9:14 pm

    :( please don’t go leo

    :( :( :'(

  428. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 9:14 pm

    Leo,

    A very short-sighted move by your former employer. I know you will have continued success in whatever you decide to do next – and it’s sounds like you will still be busy. You definitely brought a “jolly/slightly demented uncle” quality to your TV appearances, which will be missed.

    Thanks for your expertise, humor and humanity.

    Lang may your lum reek!

    (An old Scottish saying, expressing goodwill – don’t worry, it’s clean!)

  429. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 9:19 pm

    Hi Leo,

    It saddens me that TechTV has failed to meet you in someway to continue your presence on the channel. You are the heart and soul that made TechTV what it is today. Many others did contribute, but your savvy customer skills and quick witted humor is what brought me to watch TechTV in the first place. Don’t feel bad though, you did a great job and they never would have grown to the capacity that they are at today without you. If you ever need a reference or someone to help you with a new venture, you have a fan here =) .

    Sincerely,

    Phil Hess

    http://www.pjhess.com

  430. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 9:25 pm

    Leo i will certainly miss you!! You solved many problems of mine and the almanacs were fantastic. I cant wait to read your next book! Maybe CNN HLN or some other tv station that shows your personality will hire you as the Tech guy. (MSNBC/CNN/FOX News, you here me?) RIP ZDTV and Leo. :( :( :(

  431. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 9:37 pm

    On top of everything else I bet you’ll get a cease and dissest order for using that TTV logo altered with the tear. If my liver wasn’t bad I’d drink to your future. Of course if my liver wasn’t bad I’d drink to anything. ;)

  432. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 9:54 pm

    Leo, as everyone’s been saying, you were TechTV. I know I won’t be as excited to watch The Screensavers and Call For Help, as I’ve done daily for the past few years. Wishing you luck and success and to hopefully see you back, hosting, when this Q4 deal finally works out.

  433. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 9:58 pm

    Hey Leo. Though I thought I knew a lot about computers and other electronic gadgets, when I began to watch Call for Help and the Screensavers, I learned so many new things that i couldnt believe i was missing. Though i have only watched TechTV for about a year now, i am very dissapointed that your seperation had to occur. The show will go on, but they will not be the same. I know this is just another letter from another person, but I hope you know how many people have admired your work. This webpage sure shows it huh. For three days thats a lot of people. I wish the best of luck to you and i hope to see you on the tube somewhere in the near future.

  434. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 10:01 pm

    I’m still in a state of shock, Leo, after hearing your comments on KFI this last weekend regarding your leaving TechTV. I guess I consider myself fortunate to live in LA and still hear you. As someone who has come of age in technology you were a shining figure on a hill when things started getting interesting (tech-wise, that is). I’ve enjoyed watching you grow with the network you carried and the technology surrounding it. I know this is really just another opportunity for you — be it back on TV or with a video-based website (that I know YOU could pull off). Re-invent the medium! I guess I’m refusing to get upset about this (despite my objections): Good people will do well whatever befalls them. If life gives you lemons, make lemonaid.

    I’m looking forward to your active return.

  435. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 10:31 pm

    I started computers with a Radio shack TRS-80, and I’m 35. Working through Dos, Windows 3.1, Windows 98, Windows Se, NT, XP… and time goes on. There has been few programs that I found entertaining as well as informative. I never usually write to a show but now is the time. I have learned much from your show and I know you will be missed. I think you will be back when new management notices the vacuum left in your presence, but to have to wait till then it will be a long wait.

    I wish you all the best. Believe it or not this is the first time I have logged onto your web site only to find that you will be gone from Tech Tv. You will be missed.

    Brian

  436. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 10:33 pm

    I’ve enjoyed seeing you on both TSS and CFH. I look forward to your return, because we all know that it is coming. An all new and improved version to boot. :D

  437. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:04 pm

    noo.. u cant leave. What good is TSS and CFH without you? those shows arent any good anymore. please come back. g2 bring him back!

  438. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:11 pm

    The final “original” host member of the ZDTV days is now leaving…going to miss you Leo.

    I was afraid this day would come

    :'(

  439. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:13 pm

    What the hell are they thinking!?!! I can’t believe they think The Screensavers is going to continue to be successful without LEO.!! If anyone should leave, throw Sarah off the show. I get ill everytime I see her appear on the show. Leo brought life to the show. Oh what a mistake they have made …

  440. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:14 pm

    Hey Leo We love you up here in Canada! Glad to hear you are going to do a radio segment on a Toronto radio station. Will miss you on Tech TV. I guess I can get rid of my cable box. Only got it to watch C4H & SS

    Keith Guelph Ontario Canada

  441. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:14 pm

    LEO should start his own TV show. I think he has more experience and contacts than all the others put together. Go for it LEO.!! Start your own show. And leave those losers behind …

  442. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:20 pm

    Leo,

    Thank you for the wonderful job on TechTV for the past 10 years. You will be greatly missed! I hope to see you back after the merger is completed. This will be a big blow to TechTV, as I think they will loose some viewers. I used to watch Call for Help and the Screen Savers every week night. I am still watching the Screen Savers, but not sure for how long…you and Patrick were a good combination. Kevin is good…but I liked him better as a contributor, not a co-host. Anyway, good luck and I hope to see you back on the air soon.

  443. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:20 pm

    Leo,

    Was my ex-wife right in saying I watched too much Tech-Tv over the years? Did she get revenge by contacting the powers to be at the company?

    I’ve watched both CFH and SS since I can remember, back when boot camp had you decked in your helmet. I was a radio DJ and talk show producer and have been jerked around by owners before, but TTV sunk to an all time low. Not only is there no more Leo on CFH, and now that is reduced to re-runs, and I never got a grasp on Perillo hosting. But now there is no Leo on SS, and the time thats wasted on the show about the Kevin and Sarah lovelife is now rubbed in our faces as the new opening has Kevin first and Sarah next. It’s like Kevin and Sarah are now running the show and Patrick is nothing more than an extra.

    Clear Channel made some bad moves when I was there, and thats why I left. Now TTV has made some terrible choices and although I will sadly miss one of my personality idols, I am sure much better success will come to you in the long run as you watch TTV die a slow death.

    Thanks for the years and memories Leo.

    You will be missed,

    Randy

  444. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:21 pm

    Hope you get back to the small screen soon. You might contact WGN (tv or radio) here in my town. They may be open to a tech show or two. There is a lack of that here and it is needed. Also you may get in touch with the producer of the Steve & Johnnie show on WGN radio. They do a tech segment on Wednesday night called website wednesday and I think you’d be a great addition to the regulars there .

    At least get on as a guest. They’re cool people.

    cabdriverchris

  445. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:27 pm

    sign the petition for Leo “The Mayor” (mccheese?)

  446. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:31 pm

    “But now there is no Leo on SS, and the time thats wasted on the show about the Kevin and Sarah lovelife is now rubbed in our faces as the new opening has Kevin first and Sarah next. It’s like Kevin and Sarah are now running the show and Patrick is nothing more than an extra.”

    … You got that right!!! They took a perfectly good show, caused Leo to leave, and on top of that, they turned the SS into some childish, immature, and soap-opera like version of Windows 3.1 on pokeman! I guess TTV takes pride in that sort of think! So long TTV …

  447. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:35 pm

    Leo, you will be missed. I do hope and pray that the new owners will bring you back on board. The show isn’t the same without you. God Bless You, and good luck!

  448. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:41 pm

    Words can not express my anger regarding what has happen. I hope you come back Leo. I think James post is correct. I will miss you SOO MUCH LEO!!!!!!

  449. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:42 pm

    I started watching Call for Help on Direct TV the first day it was on and have been a regular viewer of Call for Help and the ScreenSavers ever since. I though Leo was on vacation until I saw tonights lead in with his name missing. It will not be the same anymore and they just lost a loyal viewer.

  450. Anonymous on April 5th, 2004 11:47 pm

    Leo, I would first like to say you will be deeply missed. You are a true professional. You hosted a very technical subject that has helped me immeasurably. I looked forward to watching both of your shows (even though recorded) each night or weekend.

    I started watching you 10 years ago with your first show. You have encouraged me to try to do things that I would never have tried without you.

    As you said above, you have a lot of talented people to fill the void, but it is VERY big hole and you will be deeply missed. Good luck in the future and I’ll be waiting for your return to TV.

  451. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 12:01 am

    Evenings won’t be the same without you Leo (especially after just viewing the first show of the “new” SS) I haven’t felt like this since Johnny Carson left the air….. God Bless and hope to see you soon….

  452. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 12:09 am

    LEO, today is one of the saddest Tech days in my life. I’ve been watching Screensavers since you and Kate hosted the show. Kate’s leaving was another sad day of my tech life. However, I thank you for all of the insight you gave over the years. Not to repeat what Brian posted earlier today, my life and feelings is a duplicate of his.

    I wish you the best in your life. I can only hope that the stupidity that seems to be running Tech TV will get smart and meet your terms, for they have now lost me as a viewer. Coming from a company that was bought out by a huge company, not to mention any names (owner of NBC), I know what you are going through and my heart goes out to you.

    I will miss you.

  453. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 12:20 am

    Sorry to see you go Leo we will all miss you! Won’t be the same without you.

  454. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 12:22 am

    Of course I wish you all good things.

    I am really bummed that you will no longer be at Call For Help or Screensavers.

    I am a fairly new fan, my cable system just picked up Tech-tv last year.

    I have learned a lot, and you made it fun.

    I hope to find you on TV again sometime…but geez this is hard,

    funny how attached one can become to a person on a tv show.

  455. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 1:01 am

    Some of Leo’s fans have started a petition to get his job back once G4 takes over.

    http://www.petitiononline.com/LP040401/

  456. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 1:01 am

    Hi Leo,

    Sorry to see you go. You are the most experienced and the most entertaining out of all the hosts in my opinion. It’s sad that they lost you over some crummy shares which you rightfully own and earned. It was bad enough when you left the screensavers but to cut you out of the hole station that really sucks! It sucks for all the viewers of Techtv who learned so much from you and laughed the way you presented how to learn things. When you have fun learning it makes it seem easier. I’m glad that I was able to get one of my copies of your almanac signed before this happened. I’m sure there were many disappointed employees at the station when they heard what happened. Greedy management, it never fails.

    I hope the new owners will take a really hard look at what you have done and how many fans you have that would draw viewers in for them. If they really want to do a tech style show about computers and electronics they should really have one great choice available to them now. Leo Leporte!

    Good Luck Leo! I’ll be listening on the web to your radio broadcast from KFI.

    John Horvatic

  457. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 1:29 am

    How can the owners of such an intellegent channel be so F’n stupid?

    Leo you rock, come back to us on t.v. someday. Thanks for everything you taught me.

  458. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 1:31 am

    Unlike your hair, all things must part. Thanks for everything.

  459. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 1:45 am

    We have only just got you guy’s down here in Australia and I’m devistated to hear the news. The whole team here at ANYwebcam.com enjoyed watching you guy’s I’m sorry to hear the news.

  460. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 1:46 am

    Leo, if anyone running TechTV knows anything it is that a lot of people will miss you. I just can’t see you not being on Tech TV anymore? You’ll be missed by me and many, many more people then you may ever know! Till your return, bye! Rob

  461. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 1:49 am

    I said it before and I will say it again: Leo is the reason I and probably 99.9% of the other viewers watch the show. Patrick as a side kick is fine. I really can do without Kevin (drives me nuts with those constant groping hand motions), Sarah (who thinks she’s the hottest thing since pop tarts) and the rest of the juvenile gang.

    The idiots in charge of the channel will soon see that they made a big mistake when the rating go straight down. I will not be watching the show with any regularity anymore.

  462. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 1:54 am

    HEY LEO! IM ALL THE WAY DOWN HERE ON THIS HUGE LIST OF REPLYS. Have you checked out the petition that has been made for you at http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?LP040401&1. It has gone over 200 people in the last few days. Its almost been 100 people since 4 o’clock today. You certainly have a lot of fans. Just thought you may want to know.

  463. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 2:09 am

    Well, Leo… our weeknights just won’t be the same. I guess we’ll just have to spend our evenings in front of the “other toob” for the time being. Wishful thinking, I realize, but if Comcast’s board has half a conscience (and brain) between them, we may yet see you in the near-ish future. I certainly hope they take you up on that offer. They’d be mad not to.

    As I posted last week: Leo, you’ll always be my hero. Always. Thanks for all the knowledge. It’ll be used well. Wherever you embark from here, know that you have a substantial and loyal fan base. We go with you.

    ‘Til we meet again…

    Slainté.

  464. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 2:19 am

    Last year I had a month long free preview of Tech TV through my digital cable subscriber and I got hooked. For a month, Call for Help and Screen Savers was all that I watched. I loved the chemistry between Patrick and Leo and the rest of the gang, and when my preview ended, I went through a painful period of withdrawl.

    Well, last week, feeling more financially solvent than intelligent, I signed up for Tech TV and watched Screen Savers and was disheartened to find that Leo wasn’t on anymore. Now he is gone from Call For Help. I am having second thoughts about my decision to sign up again. If it were not for the ever-huggable Cat Schwartz I would be calling my cable provider today to pull the plug.

    Oh well, Thanks Leo – you will be missed

    Clayton

  465. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 2:24 am

    Where is Leo??? Leo, you were one of my favourite hosts. I will be missing you a lot. Leo has such a great understanding of what people enjoy and such a loveable personality. Leo, i am shocked that you are leaving?

  466. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 2:42 am

    This is such a sad day for me. I come home every day after work to watch my recording of the show and was greeted with the new opening….MINUS LEO!!!

    I feel like a very best friend has moved away! I hope and pray with you all that Leo returns to us as soon as possible. I can’t see how (with all respect to Patrick, Sarah, Kevin and Yoshi) they can possibly survive without you… Thank GOD I can still listen to Leo on KFI.

    Although I feel angry enough to boycott TechTV now, I don’t think this is what Leo would want us to do…

    …am I right Leo?

    All I can say is if it would help to write to the station, I will do that. If it help to write to the newspapaers, I will do that to. If it will help to write to the President of the United States to get Leo back to TechTV, I am ready to volunteer for service! Please let me know.

    In the meantime, until we see you again, I hope you accept my sincere wishes for your success and good fortune. You are a shining light in the world of “techucation”.

  467. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 2:47 am

    Leo – very sad news! I always enjoyed watching you on TechTV and you will be missed hugely! The shows will not be the same w/out you. I hope G4 works a deal for you to come back. Take it easy and best of luck to you in the meantime. (and to us!)

    Suzanne

  468. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 3:05 am

    To say I am extremely sad to read that you are off TechTv would be an unbelievable understatement. Nearly every evening since I first got TechTV, I’ve looked forward to your humor, intelligence, and wit.

    It was an honor to have met you on the set of TSS back in February. I’m so glad my wife and I made our trip out to SF from NY and saw the show when we did. You were a gratious host to everyone in the studio audience. Meeting you and Pat only made me enjoy watching the show more.

    I hope to see you on TV again soon. I wish you the best in everything you do.

  469. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 3:19 am

    Leo i just wanted to say you made a big impact on my life without you

    i would never have known a thing about computers you made learning

    tons of fun and you we’re right when you said watch call for help for a few

    months and you’ll know more then alot of people i get people all the time

    asking for help and i find myself helping out a whole bunch

    we will miss you leo and hope to see you around again real soon!

  470. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 3:39 am

    Leo ….. I feel like my best friend has moved away! I have always enjoyed your shows, whether Call for Help or Screen Savers. I love the tech info but you gave us more than that. You made it fun and interesting!Your warm personality made everyone from new users to more experienced ones, feel like you cared about helping them with their problem. I understand your reasons for walking away. I would have, too. But, I sure do hope that we see you again, and very soon!! I looked forward to your shows and it will NEVER be the same without you!!!!!! Good luck to you.

  471. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 3:46 am

    Hi Leo,

    I just wanted to say that I’ve missed the show for a few days and then by some weird sort of fate, I was drawn to read your page and found out what’s going on. I’m sorry to see you go, I to like many of the people on this thread was hooked on The ScreenSavers by you and Patrick a few years ago.

    It was you that drove me to used Movable Type to create my own blog that I use to keep my family updated on new events and happenings in my life.

    Living in Canada I don’t get to hear your radio show… (haven’t checked yet to see if it’s on the web) but I will certainly go to your site more often and I hope that they manage to bring you on the show as a guest from time to time.

    Best of luck and I’ll be keeping an eye out for your newest books!

  472. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 3:52 am

    Leo,

    You have also changed my life. I’m working towards a career in computers. Your enthusiasm for technology is an inspiration to me and a lot of people. I spent nearly an hour reading other peoples’ reactions. Blessings to you and your family and all the best in your new ventures.

  473. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:13 am

    I’m feeling depressed. I found The screen Savers about a year ago. Felt a connection with Leo ’cause we are ‘closer in age’, I’m 40.

    He told all of us about his love for the Mac computer. I decided to make to switch from a PC a few weeks ago. Now I’m lost . . . . . New Mac, confused owner, and no Leo.

    I miss you Leo. And your humor. You HAVE to come back to us, and SOON!

    –Phil–

  474. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:14 am

    I started watching when it was zdtv.MY little girl found your show,liked you we both watched together.Last summer i became a newbie at computers.I was lost,then i thought watch LEO on techtv.I learned so much from you,the rest of the cast don’t seem the same without you either.Best wishes to you and your family.I’m going to keep my eye out for you,you’ll be back on tv somewhere.The show just isn’tthe same ,but will keep watching because you asked and i am fond of the rest of the cast,you guys felt like family like we really knew all of you.will check in through your web site i can’t get you on the radio.

  475. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:17 am

    Hi, Leo and Leo fans every where

    I was very sad and mad more sad then mad When I heard you where you where no longer on TechTv in Message bored I thout It was a joke or an error so I had to look in to this so I went strate to http://www.leoville.com to fiend my facts. When I slaw it was for real and not a joke I was vary sad it mad me cry. You where the best on TechTV I missed you when you where not on and away. I think Vulcan Ventures oner of TechTv made a vary bad chouse to get ride of you I read lots of post about this on leoville.com lots of people are saying if they don’t see Leo on TechTV then there not going to watch. There Saying if Leo Says Good Bye to TechTV then there going to say good bye too. I think The ratings are going to go down with out you Leo on TechTV thats was like your home away from home. There so dumb and your right there is a devil out to get Vulcan Ventures. Just the name Vulcan Ventures is creepy and evle and they sound like bad people. I hope Vulcan Ventures get paid back in hell for what they did to you. I hope that losses sleep over this and feel rally bad and go to hell. But I hope Comcast and G4 Networks Higher you it will be well worth there time and money. But as much as I like not to watch TechTV I sill have to watch it to see what happens next and too look for your come back. Don’t worry Leo till be begging you to come back soon when they put there head on strate or when there rating drop big time I think you what fills there ratings Leo. They should be a same of there self’s. I like to Wish you good luck Leo on whatever happens next. I hope to watching you agen on your next network Hi Tech TV show. I will miss you on TechTV I learned a lot form you. I love your Apple talk the best. I am a Die hart Apple lover.

    It was the sades day in my Tech Life to here that you left TechTV I will miss you and hope to see you soon on TV agen.

    Good Luke Leo on your next Tv Networks shows!

    From, Stephen

    in Saint Petersburg, Florida

  476. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:20 am

    Leo,

    You are a part of the lives of so many geeks. I have become accustom to 7 days a week of Leo, sometimes 2 or 3 times the same day. I haven’t read all of these comments yet but I am sure we will miss you very much has been said more then a few times. I will be listening to the radio show and now think of starting my own TV station just to get you back on. I am still hopeful that something might work out soon with the changes going on at Tech TV. Take care, Phil.

  477. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:34 am

    We’ll definitely miss you Leo. I know I enjoyed watching what you were going to bring to the show, and couldn’t wait to get home to see it every night. You even got me to switch over after all the stories that were done on macs between to the two shows. I hope G4 has the brains to know what kind of an asset you are to the company and the knowledge that you brought with. Good luck to you Leo, and hope to see you back soon.

    Take it easy.

    -Chris

  478. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:37 am

    Leo, I’ve watched the channel since the first day DirecTV started carrying it (channel 273 back then, I think?). I almost never miss TSS because of you. You legitimize the “geek” lifestyle with your professionalism and conceptual knowledge. I always feared some large network would snatch you up. I never dreamed TechTV would actual push you out–unbelievable! I’ve really tried to watch other offerings on the channel, but without you none really have the right feel. You are a one of a kind–the Walter Cronkite of the tech world. But I fully expect to see you on G4 or something bigger very quickly. Thanks for teaching me so much through the years and keep it up!!!

  479. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:37 am

    Leo, I’ve watched the channel since the first day DirecTV started carrying it (channel 273 back then, I think?). I almost never miss TSS because of you. You legitimize the “geek” lifestyle with your professionalism and conceptual knowledge. I always feared some large network would snatch you up. I never dreamed TechTV would actual push you out–unbelievable! I’ve really tried to watch other offerings on the channel, but without you none really have the right feel. You are a one of a kind–the Walter Cronkite of the tech world. But I fully expect to see you on G4 or something bigger very quickly. Thanks for teaching me so much through the years and keep it up!!!

  480. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:45 am

    Well… this sucks! Leo, sorry you had to fall claim to the network cheeseheads! Thanks for all the advise and laughs and computer fun. I wish you much luck in your future. Remember, one door opens when another closes.

    Peace,

    Eric

    Los Angeles

  481. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:53 am

    This sucks. I’ve been watching since the DTV days to (ZDTV). I wish you the best of luck, please let us know where we can find you now. Have you thought of XM Radio? Cnet dropped the station, but I know there are alot of us who miss good tech during drivetime. Good Luck, Leo!

  482. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 5:25 am

    Leo, Once every 20-30 TV Shows, American TV get a personality who becomes so in touch with its audience that transcends the show he/she is in itself. I have seen this before, for example Regis Philbins, he had his little cable show “The Regis Philbin show” back then before NBC. Leo, you are one of those personalities, I am 100% sure you will find your way back to TV and to us, your audience. Im also sorry for Patrick, your Abbott. I hope he uses this oportunity and rises to the occasion. …bet you a dollar you end up in one of the top 4 networks, likely NBC because of all the contacts you’ve made there.

    Funny, how TSS got his gag order and they try to act as if nothing happened but let me tell you, they looked today like a chicken w/o a head.

    Leo, get over it, suck it up, you are greater than that. See you on the peacock or the eye

    -Jorge

  483. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 5:26 am

    Leo,

    Thank you, for the computer knowledge and the laughs over the past years I will sorely miss your presents when I turn on to techtv. I wish you the best of luck over the years and I hope to see you on my television soon.

    thanks leo,

    Nick

  484. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 5:31 am

    Thanks for teaching us oh so much about comouters leo.. We will all miss you so much.. Good luck in whatever you do.. I hope to see you on tv again reall soon….

    Thanks again

    Chuck

  485. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 5:33 am

    Leo,

    Thanks for teaching us oh so much about computers… We will all miss you so much.. Good luck in whatever you do.. I hope to see you on tv again reall soon….

    Thanks again

    Chuck

  486. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 5:34 am

    I’ve been watching Techtv for about 4 years now. And in that time I watched Leo and Patrick on “The Screensavers”, and they taught me so much, that if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t know all the stuff about computers as I do now. They were the perfect team. I look up to Leo as one of my role models in the technology and computer field, and now that he is gone, I will never forget all the episodes I watched of him. I saw Leo in White Marsh Maryland back in September of 2002. I got Leo and Patrick’s autographs, and they were really friendly. I won’t forget that either. That was a fun time. All I can say is that I’ll miss you Leo, and I hope that you can be able to come back to Techtv if something else works out for you. I’m sorry to hear what happened. Just remember, you have alot of fans and people that look up to you out here, so don’t let yourself go.

    Eric

    Aberdeen, Maryland

  487. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 5:35 am

    I’ve been watching Techtv for about 4 years now. And in that time I watched Leo and Patrick on “The Screensavers”, and they taught me so much, that if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t know all the stuff about computers as I do now. They were the perfect team. I look up to Leo as one of my role models in the technology and computer field, and now that he is gone, I will never forget all the episodes I watched of him. I saw Leo in White Marsh Maryland back in September of 2002. I got Leo and Patrick’s autographs, and they were really friendly. I won’t forget that either. That was a fun time. All I can say is that I’ll miss you Leo, and I hope that you can be able to come back to Techtv if something else works out for you. I’m sorry to hear what happened. Just remember, you have alot of fans and people that look up to you out here, so don’t let yourself go.

    Eric

    Aberdeen, Maryland

  488. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 5:48 am

    Why not, instead, tell us some stories about the people you tried to crush on your climb to fame? The talented, committed, hard working, and hard partying people who’s careers you’ve tried to crush in order to further yours or to get what you want.

    Does Chris Pirrilo come to mind? This tallented, intelligent and very funny young man who happened to host “Your Show”. This person who was and still is 10 times more witty and intelligent than you who you convinced the TechTV exectutives to fire just so you could have your little baby of a show back.

    How many others careers have you crushed? Did Scott Harriet piss you off by not laughing at all of your jokes? What about Laura? She got canned too but you snatched her up to work under you doing all the writing for your books while you stamp your name on it and call it yours. You may not have crushed her career but you’ve certainly stiffled it, making sure she doesn’t rise above you in any way.

    Leo, you have gotten exactly what was coming to you. When I first started watching TechTV and TSS I thought you were a great, funny and intelligent guy. You did teach me quite a bit about computers and if it wasn’t for TSS it would’ve taken me alot longer to learn as much as I did about computers and wouldn’t have gotten into building my own. But the way that you’ve treated me, the names that you’ve called me and the lies that you spread on Leoville about me and who knows how many others has shattered my, and many others’, image of you beyond all repair. Karma is making you her bitch right now and I hope she’s rough, hard and chaffing your hide. Ride em cowboy! Karma is riding your ass all the way to the cleaners!

  489. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 5:49 am

    I am really sad to hear this. I can’t believe they would be so stupid as to willingly lose the most talented, hardest working person on their channel. After so many years of service, for them to turn around and do this just sickens me. They really have no shame.

    If the people at Comcast have any sense they will get you back ASAP. I hope everyone in the coming months will continue to ask that they return you to hosting where you have so generously and effectively informed and entertained for so many years.

    Thank you Leo!

  490. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 6:30 am

    Leo Just found out tonight 04/05/04 took me back alittle I started to see somthing couple weeks ago something wasnt right,now I know.TSS is going to be out alot more than you or me.See ya in your next Hit TV Show.

  491. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 6:55 am

    I will miss you.

    I will have to listen to you on kfi 640 on the AM dial here in Los Angeles.

    Hope a techtv replacment comes and you get a job there.

    Bryan Wellander

  492. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 8:25 am

    Poor Leo, well no, poor Vulcan..

    You realise how much flack they will receive because of this action they have taken..

    But then again, WHO CARES.. flack flack flack flack flack flack

    Miss you man!

  493. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 10:18 am

    Leo,

    Ever since I have been able to receive tech tv you have taught myself so much and my wife who claims herself as “the most computer illerate person alive” has now learned so much she can get passed through her disability and make the pc and many programs and some problems work and fix them on her own.

    She really clicked with you and your style.She had tears when I told her what happened and she made the decision to leave comcast and go to a private dish for they ( comcast) are about money and not he real thing in this universe “the people”.

    Thankyou Leo and we both wish you many happy adventures and joy in knowing that the lives you have touched everywhere will be deeply missed.

    Take care.

    Bill Knight

    Forestgrove,oregon

  494. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 10:24 am

    As a 50-something baby boomer, who has watched TV since the very early 1950’s, I’ve always respected and admired Leo for being a broadcasting pro with integrity. I will miss him for however long he is missing from the airwaves, but I completely understand and accept his decision, with regard to Vulcan Ventures. It was a matter of principle and – in a world where corporations eat their young, and a handshake is the new wrestling hold – I can’t help but applaud Leo for setting an example for the rest of us. He is a man of honor, and when he walked through the door of TechTV for the last time, I suspect he did so with a clear conscience and his integrity intact. Best Wishes, Leo, and a heartfelt “Thanks!”

  495. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:01 am

    Leo,

    My husband and I will miss you very much. Tech TV is nothing without you. I will miss watching The Screen Savers and Call for Help. Although there are some very talented people on that show .. They will never be able to fill your shoes :-)

    Pamela

  496. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:17 am

    Well..the reason I started watching Call For Help and The Screen Savers is now over. I’ll continue to watch but it won’t be the same without you, Leo.

    I had always hoped to come by one day and say hi (we were in your area about a year and a half ago..sent Sarah some photos that she liked) and I wish we had come by the studio before we left. I know if you met us…you would really laugh a lot…and I guess that’s something that I will remember about you…you made ME laugh..and that’s not an easy thing to do…as I’ve seen the best.

    Now…I know you are a pretty busy guy..but I have a suggestion that might get you an audience that is a lot larger than the one that watches the TechTv shows. Won’t go into it now..so write if you get a chance. You might find the answer to be pretty interesting…

    All for the moment..very best wishes for the future.

    Handlebar Henry

  497. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:33 am

    Just found out that you had left TSS. I Loved the shows in the past but after watching last night’s it has lost a lot of what made TSS great.

  498. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 12:03 pm

    Mr. Laporte, I have to say, reading this message hurt.

    I know you are getting deluged with mail, messages and the like, so I will keep this brief.

    THANK YOU for all the wonderful years I’ve seen you on my TV. You helped me, and my husband, alot in the world of tech.

    I have no doubt that we will be seeing more of you in the future.

    Best of luck to you and yours.

    Joanna

  499. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 12:32 pm

    I can’t belive you gone Leo, i’ve watched you on TechTV now for a few years and have loved everything you’ve done. I hope you come back because without you, TechTV is just NOT THE SAME!!!!!!!

    All of us geeks out here will miss you

    Good Luck and hope to see you back on the tube soon!!

  500. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 12:34 pm

    I have watched Call for Help, and The Screen Savers daily since we picked up Tech TV on DishNetwork over four years ago. The shows are not the same without you because you seem to bring out the best in your co-hosts. I think that Vulcan made a big mistake, and that the new owners should see from the e-mail that you are a vital part of the shows. I hope this is only a temporary layoff, and that you will be back soon. I will miss you, and only time will tell if I will continue to watch the programs.

    I wish you only the best to you and your family.

    … Chuck

  501. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 1:02 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. I will not continue to watch Tech TV now that you are gone. I hope you find a job on TV when Tech TV merges with G4. You made me into the computer nerd I am today. I will miss you. Best wishes.

  502. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 1:03 pm

    Leo,

    This is beyond belief.What sane mind mind could make a decision as this!Complete insanity!Leo stay at em!The GREAT Processor IN THE SKY will fix this i know! Love ya Leo!

  503. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 1:43 pm

    I hope that Comcast will see the value in bring you back to TechTV. While the very talented staff remaining on the Screen Savers and Call for Help are great, the shows just don’t seem the same without Leo Laporte!

    Best of luck!

    Kevin

    Niagara Falls, New York

  504. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 2:07 pm

    Good bye Leo, I thank you for instilling in me a confidence in technology that has led me to choose to become an electrical engineer. I will miss you and I hope they can fill your shoes. I was hoping to get to talk to you on the air someday but, like life, you don’t always get what you want.

    Maybe this will open up new doors for you and who knows you might be asked back after the merge. Take care and take good care of your family, to quote some wise men “I love you man!”

    Good luck in all your future endeavors,

    Ben Harlan

  505. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 2:24 pm

    Wow seems like yesterday when Techtv started, and I watched you from the beginning I learned a lot and you inspired me.

    I’m going to miss you Leo I feel like you’re apart of the family. Thank you for all you have taught me and good luck, Hope to see you soon again on TV. Please let us know where you go. U THE BEST!!!

    Doug Berk

  506. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 2:56 pm

    I am totally shocked, they only just added Tech Tv to the line up of cable channels here in Chicago just this December. For in those all too few weeks I learned so much from Leo. Both on Call for Help and on The Screen Savers. Which is saying a lot since I never touched a PC before just 3 years ago. I will honestly miss your laugh and smile, and can only hope you get a gig on something that I can watch very very soon.

  507. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 2:59 pm

    goodbye, leo! i’ve been watching you do your thing since the network was zdtv (wayyy back in the day)! the folks at techtv are the ones missing out if you’re not there. i’m sure tss and cfh will never be the same without you (i couldn’t bear to watch cfh once pirillo took over).

    good luck in any future ventures and if you do, in fact, finally end up on g4 you can bet i’ll be watching you there.

    godspeeed!

  508. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 3:30 pm

    For God’s sake, man, tell us who at Comcast we need to contact to get you back on the air again.

  509. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 3:54 pm

    Thank a lot for all the things I learn from you. thanks to you I feel prety good to build my own computer and my friens computers too. God bless you and we hope to see you soon.

  510. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:02 pm

    Leo,

    I will miss watching you on TechTv, but look forward to seeing you again very soon. Best of Luck in all you do.

  511. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:16 pm

    I have watched Leo since the beginning. Now that he is no longer on Techtv I will no longer watch it.Leo made the show and without him It will not be the same. Any company who treats a talent like Leo this badly does not deserve to have him.I hope they come to their senses and bring him back. Until then I guess its reruns of Spongebob for me. Goodbye Leo.

  512. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 4:58 pm

    Leo,

    Being a viewer of The Screen Savers since you were on with Kate, I have to say this is a truly sad event. No offense to Patrick or Kevin but you were the heart and soul of that show. Judging by all the posts here, I’m not the only one who feels that way. You will be sorely missed. Good luck in all your future ventures, hopefully we’ll see you back on TV real soon either doing TSS again or a similar show.

  513. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 5:55 pm

    Leo, im going to miss you if you dont come back! Its so sad to see you leave, i learnt so much from you on TSS and im not sure if i will want to watch TSS now that your gone :(. Well, best luck.

  514. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 5:58 pm

    Leo, I’m sorry to hear that you have been forced out of the show and Tech TV. I Agree with your position on the parting – what hardball. I knew something was wrong when it was a rerun on Monday’s cfh, so went looking here. Well, wait for your return. I have watched you on Direct TV since TechTV channel came on there.GL

    Tom, Hollywood,FL

  515. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 6:04 pm

    My geek kids and I will miss you greatly. They have more than once fixed my computer because of something that Leo said… May all your new ventures work out well for you.

    Your fans in Maine!!

  516. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 6:32 pm

    Let me get this straight. They hire Leo. They give him some stock. He carried the network from day one. I was there. At one point we were going to call it the ALL LEO network. So now they sell the network and tell Leo to fuck himself and give the shares back. Interesting business strategy. What? Paul Allen could not afford to simply buy out Leos shares for cash? When this goes to court I’ll testify pro-bono. I figure it’s good for $10 mil minimum. Maybe more if the jury is fed up with this kind of crap.

  517. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 6:33 pm

    Leo,

    My family and I will really miss you. We’ve been watching you since ZDTV and you’ve provided countless hours of excellent computer education and entertainment. Thank you so much! TechTV won’t be the same without you. Hope to see you on the new channel. Good luck!

    David

    Broad Run, Virginia

  518. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 6:35 pm

    Here is a petition to sign if you guys want Leo back. No guarantees but feel free to sign on.

    http://www.petitiononline.com/LP040401/petition.html

  519. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 6:41 pm

    Since the moment DirecTV started carrying TechTV, you’ve entertained and informed me. Even my wife, who could care less about technology, finds you very entertaining. Your light-hearted, down-to-earth approach, combined with a wonderfully clear, calm voice, was the only consistent form of quality that TechTV enjoyed. I dearly hope to see you return. But whatever the medium, I have no doubt that we have not seen the last of Leo Laporte. Best wishes.

  520. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 7:00 pm

    Good Luck. I hope you will be on tv again soon. I have loved every moment I’ve seen you on tech tv. God Bless you Leo Laporte.

  521. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 7:14 pm

    Wow, what a loss. I understand why but will miss you and the help you and the show have given me. I have you on my blogroll so I can keep up. Good luck.

  522. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 7:21 pm

    Leo,

    What can be said? Surely more eloquent words have already been spoken but I would just like to add my thoughts to the pile. The value of TechTv plummeted the minute they let you leave. Their loss is surely your gain. It is in no small part to you that I know consider myself a bona fide tech enthusiast. You made IT accessible and helped to instill in me a desire to continue studying different and more complex areas of the technology industry.

    I have no doubt that we will see you, again, very soon on TV. Hopefully, your next endeavor will be bigger, smarter, and a better showcase for all your myriad of talents.

    Good Luck.

    Take care,

    Kate W.

  523. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 7:52 pm

    Unbelieveable!!! Without Leo TSS and Call for Help (which he created!) is nothing. I dont mean to disrespect the other cast members, but it was Leo’s caring, charisma, sense of humor and knowlege of computers that made the shows what they were. It was bad enough that Chris Pirillo was so suddenly canned, something I still dont understand why, but now Leo! Screw you Vulcan Ventures!

    Whatever show you show up on next Leo, that will be the one I will watch. No more TechTV for me, unless you return. We miss you already.

  524. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 8:18 pm

    One thing that might possibly help get Leo back is for everyone to send email to G4. Thier general email address is

    G4 Media, LLC

    Phone: (310) 979-5000

    Fax: (310) 979-5100

    General Information

    info@g4media.com

  525. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 8:19 pm

    G4TV = Worst. Television. Network. EVER.

  526. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 8:20 pm

    I wish you the best of luck Leo. I have been a fan of The Screen Savers and TechTV for a few years now. I was stunned about your departure from The Screen Savers and now I’m absoulutely bummed about your departure from the network. G4 would be utterly stupid not to hire you.

    Thanks for your dedication and the life you bring to your craft.

    PS

    I am going to buy your book :)

  527. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 8:27 pm

    Leo !

    Oh no ! Although I have not been privy to the rumour mill like many others, I had that sinking feeling when Kevin seemed to become more of a regular on Screen Savers, than his fill in appearances.

    You, as a pioneer in making geekdom “broadcastable”, will be surely missed. Although I am a techie through and through, I did not watch Screen Savers and Call for Help for “answers” because I already knew most of that stuff, I watched it because I thoroughly enjoyed the personalities and the style with which the shows were produced.

    As a Canadian, I had to PIRATE the DTV signal for many years to watch you each day, and will miss your presence immensely. My kids (8,8,7 and 3) all watched your shows, and its even started to grow on my wife even (ludite !).

    Audios, and will look forward to your next media presence, wherever it is, and I guess I will have to involve myself in your blog, and website a lot more now, to get my fill of

    Leo-fication !

    L8tr.

    Michael Millette

    Calgary, Alberta

  528. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 8:29 pm

    Leo – Thanks for all the memories. I will miss you. What the heck are they thinking…?

  529. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 8:32 pm

    We all know how important Leo is to us. For years he has supported us. Now is our time to support him. Now is not the time to sit back and start singing “Thanks for the Memories”.

    Email! Snailmail! Anything and Everything! Anyone and Everyone!

    Don’t assume anything, our Future is in our Hands now!

    Aragorn: “I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come when the strength of men fails! When we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day! This day, we fight!”

  530. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 9:01 pm

    :(

    First Bob Edwards and now Leo.

  531. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 9:05 pm

    Well I enjoyed watching your many many episodes on tv, even learning alot of new things, to just them funny jokes or comments you always do, I am sorry to see you are leaving, but I am sure some other network will pick you up because you are very good at what you do, and very qualified

    at doing that, So I know you will be alright, and I don’t think the shows will be the same without you, Just not that little “zing”, anyways Goodluck in the future, I have posted your article on my website, ryan1918.com I hope my 30,000 vistiors a day feel the same way I do. As for them trying to screw you over, that’s sad, they lost alot, you lost just a little.

  532. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 9:06 pm

    Leo is the best host in all of TV. He will be missed but talent like that will not be tv’less for long.

  533. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 9:16 pm

    Tech TV has really blundered this time. On the brighter side it will give me two more hours every day to get something accomplished rather than to watch Tech TV!

    Best of luck.

    Sally

  534. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 9:28 pm

    The first blow wasn’t bad enough. But now my husband is showing signs of acute depression, acute frustration, anger, general “let me at’em” behavior! You see, I’m not the TechTV type, but learned to enjoy it through my hubby…Georgie, morning, noon and night. NOW WHAT!? Prozac, couseling, quiet nights…..who do I have to shoot? MY BEST TO YOU LEO…from the TECHTV widow….who now grieves her “widow” assassin. Good luck….hugs to the family. Did learn to really love you……the redhead…..deb

  535. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 9:36 pm

    Leo,

    I’m hoping and praying that things will work out after the merger, you worked so hard and had such a good time doing the shows, you are so at home in front of the camera and on the radio. I signed the petition and wrote to Comcast/G4, You were the only reason I had the expanded digital tier from my cable company. I know you’ll be back soon…

  536. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 9:39 pm

    This is awful. I must be out of the loop as I just found out last night you were gone when I saw the new opening for TSS. I said “Where the HELL is Leo?”. Then I became upset, and then belligerent. Began to turn my walls into swiss cheese. Now I’m better.

    I’ve removed TSS and Call for Help from my Tivo “To Do” list as I feel they are no longer worthy of my hard drive space. Too bad. Leo, I hope to see you on some other channel real soon.

  537. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 9:43 pm

    Wow! I am almost speechless. I am not one to write these types of things but feel compelled to comment. When I found out Leo was leaving Screensavers I was disappointed because I came to count on his humor to bring a smile to my face each day. Yes, the tech info I learned was great but I could always count on Leo to make me shake my head an laugh.

    Well, I thought I will still catch him from time to time on Call For Help although it was his interaction with the Screensavers staff that I enjoyed. NOW…I accidently came across a message on the Screensavers board and immediately jumped to Leoville hoping the message was not correct.

    I don’t blame to you for leaving when based on what they did but I can’t help but hope you will be back on TV soon…

  538. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 9:52 pm

    Leaving TSS was one thing. Leaving TechTV altogether is quite another. Especially seeing as it really wasn’t of your own volition. I really hope that you return once the merger is complete, I know that I, and many others, will be waiting for you when you do. I really can’t express how big an impact you’ve had in my life; I started watching you on CFH and TSS in the first weeks of ZDTV, with merely a working knowledge of computers. I now teach people in my community about computers, in addition to doing service calls and web design. Thanks, hang tough, and I hope to see you again, soon.

    Aaron Berning

    Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada

  539. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 9:58 pm

    This is very depressing news for me, an avid TechTV watcher since I first got DirecTV back in early 2001. Last week, I figured, at least there’s still somebody who “knows tech” hosting CFH… but now, it looks like the heart of TechTV has been booted out! Somebody over there needs to wake up and realize who’s been there from the beginning and get a grip on their actions. This is almost like if NBC said, “sorry Katie and Matt and Al, but we’re going to replace you with 3 broadcast journalism undergrads at NYU”… it’s insane! I for one signed the petition, and I hope to see Leo back on TV hosting one show or the other, I’ll be tuning in for sure. Leo is solely responsible for my blog, AND for my recent “addition” of an Apple iBook. Leo, you will be missed… but let us all hope that when the merger is complete, somebody will smell the coffee and bring back one of the greats. Good luck Leo.

  540. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 10:07 pm

    I do enjoy some of the other talent on Tech TV but what they may not realize until now is they have lost the ‘BEST’ talent that existed on their network. I will continue to watch but TSS and CFH will never be the same without Leo.

  541. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 10:28 pm

    :(

    hopefully G4 will get you back on.. but i dont know if ill even be able to watch since im not a comcast subscriber. (knology — in panama city, fl)

  542. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 10:31 pm

    :(

    hopefully G4 will get you back on.. but i dont know if ill even be able to watch since im not a comcast subscriber. (knology — in panama city, fl)

    thanks for everything, your shows helped me with so many things its crazy!

  543. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 10:33 pm

    come back

  544. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 10:43 pm

    OMG! TSS and CFH were the main reason I got satellite. Leo IS the show. He is smart and knows tech extremely well– any aspect. He is very articulate and communicates his knowledge easily. Without his quick humor and unpredictible behavior, I get bored. Leo is the only host I consistantly enjoy.

    TechTV is toast without the right host. I will not watch reruns. I pray Leo returns soon or joins a better network.

  545. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 10:44 pm

    Screen Savers (with Leo) was the best, freshest, most down to earth show on TV. I have many friends that watched that show and CFH. They all tell me that they are going to find it hard to keep watching without you….. I agree. You are missed.

  546. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 10:54 pm

    I am so sorry you and tech t.v. have parted way’s. I have been watching you on call for help and TSS for over a year now, and i have become the guy people call for help now. You have done a great job teaching me. I taped the show when i was not at home and watched it every day. It will not be the same without our genial host. You are a very peronable person, And i will miss seeing you on those shows. I will coninue to watch them, If just for the information. But it wont be the same without our Leo! I hope you will keep us posted on your future endevors.

    Good luck,Good health. You will be missed. Scott…

  547. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:18 pm

    YES! Thank the Almighty! I may very well be one of the few(?) people who are thrilled to see you go. On TSS, I found you to be very rude, upstaged everyone (including awesome guests who are much more worthy than you) and made Patrick Norton look like a bafoon. You aren’t an all-knowing computer god, and some of the answers you gave were clueless. I prayed for this day to come, and it has arrived.

  548. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:22 pm

    Leo (Mr. Tech TV) (MR. ZDNET!!) ,

    Yes I have been watching you since the beginning. It just will not be the same. I have learned so much from you over the years it just to much to list!! We are gonna miss you great smile and your great personality!! Leo, I wish you the best were ever you go!! Thank-you for so many years of enjoyment, learning and entertanment!!

    Keep in touch,

    Doug…

  549. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:26 pm

    The shows won’t be the same without you Leo. I cannot wait to see you again on TV where your great efforts will be finally appreciated. Thank you for the greatest of memories.

    Brian

  550. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:26 pm

    I’m sorry you had to part ways with Tech TV. It’s just not the same without you. Hopefully the new owners will see the value you bring to tech shows and bring you back. You are in our prayers.

    Frank

  551. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:28 pm

    I seem to be behind the eight ball, I only realized that Leo was gone today. Watching Leo and Pat since TechTV became available in my area about two years ago has been a highlight of my TV viewing.

    We will definetly miss your energy, laughter, high jinx, and knowledge.

    I still watch TSS, but now with the feeling like going back to your old high school after a couple of decades.. it all looks familiar but you feel like you’ve lost something and no longer belong :(

    John Ryll

    Winnipeg, Canada

  552. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:30 pm

    This is indeed a tragedy. I am shocked to have just learned of your leaving and am left feeling rather empty at the loss. I sincerely hope that the mentally challenged heads of Vulcan Ventures realize the grave mistake they have made and offer you what you deserve in hopes you will return. I have watched you since the early days of ZDTV to the recent TechTV offerings and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I learned so much from your wisdom, and your personable approach truly made learning enjoyable.

    I rarely make time for TV anymore with few shows able to hold my interest, but both Call For Help and The Screensavers would probably have burnt in my plasma tv — if I had one! :-)

    I wish you and your family all the best. Thanks for everything and God bless.

  553. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:40 pm

    Leo,

    I was with you on the first screen savers/call for help and the last. You have tought me so much about computers it’s unreal. You and Pat make a great team. you are the reason i got into building websites though i’m not great i love it. I hope things work out for you and yours techtv will not be the same without you.

    jacob

  554. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:54 pm

    Dear Leo,

    The sound of you leaving TechTV is devestating to hear for a couple reasons. First, I stopped by to see you and Kate Botello back in the ZDTV days when you came to the Deroit Area back in 2000… you signed my PowerBook Duo 230 in the “manager’s spot” right below the Apple logo :-)… And when I visited your studio and watched a taping the summer of 2001, before it was cool (or publically noted) to be in the ‘audience’. You inspired me to pursue schooling in broadcasting. And when I graduated broadcasting school in 2002, TechTV was the first place I shipped off a Résumé (in a bright red or blue plastic envelope, if I recall). Unfortunately I didn’t even get a callback, and other events in my life eventually turned me to a career in the US Navy Submarine Fleet as an Electronics Technician (what else!). I will be moving from Groton, Connecticut to Bangor, Washington (outside Seattle) this May and one of my stops on my driving trip was to see family in San Francisco, much like the first time I saw The Screen Savers in person. And I was planning on trying to get a chance to visit again during my 10-day stop there, and possibly having you sign my Laptop again, this time a Late 2001 Apple iBook. It saddens me that I willl miss that opportunity, but I wish you well and hope that on a clear morning, I can tune into my AM radio and possibly catch you on KGO or possibly on KFI on the Internet.

    Good luck, and here’s hoping for “The Screen Savers” on G4!

    -ETSN Aaron T. Slater

    United States Navy

  555. Anonymous on April 6th, 2004 11:58 pm

    As I sit and watch a rerun of Call For Help, I am shocked and amazed when my boyfriend calls from work. “Hello? What?… Leo?… Wait. O.K., I’m going to his site now.” A year and a half ago when I met my boyfriend I had never heard of Tech TV. Now it is a staple in my every day life. I was upset when I found out that I wasn’t going to be able to see my favorite duo Pat and Leo on the Screen Savers. Now I’m just sad.

    Leo, I thank you for making tech fun and exciting and furthering my interest in the the world of technology. Sorry to see you go but know that we both will miss all the quirks you have brought to our lives. Thank You.

  556. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 12:12 am

    WHAT!!?? We were on vacation for a week, and I come back to find that my favorite source of balanced, friendly, level headed computer information and entertainment is gone from Techtv!!!!

    Leo, I can’t tell you how much you have helped and informed me in the last 2 years of watching you on T.tv. Watching you is like listening to an ‘old’ friend or mentor. You have taught me sooo much, both pc and mac, and I will miss you as a host, and a friend. I can’t tell you how many tips, tricks and repairs that I learned watching you on TSS and CFH.

    You were the reason that I watched T.tv. Common sense approach to teaching us newby-geeks what we were doing.

    PLEASE, someone put Leo back on!!

    Tim

  557. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 12:21 am

    Leo,

    We will all miss you. TSS is just NOT the same without you. I certainly hope G4 brings you back. Best of luck in everything you do, and thank you so very much for your sense of humor, knowledge, and most of all, your kindness.

    If you are ever in the Charlotte, NC area, please feel free to contact me. I will buy you dinner and some drinks. :-)

    Juan

  558. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 12:35 am

    Leo,

    I regret not getting the opportunity to meet you when you were at Gateway Country in Toms River, NJ in 2002. To me you are TechTV. The others do a great job, and I would miss them also. I really enjoy watching. You have a special nack that can’t be described in a word. I am sure others reading this know exactly what I mean. Over the past few months, I saw the show(s) changing for the better, with all the new things going on. I will continue to watch Tech TV (the reason I went satellite versus cable), but you will be remembered. Hopefully in the future, you will reappear somewhere. I know no matter what happens, you will come out fine because you have a talent that should not be wasted. No matter where you wind up, I wish you the best in what you do.

    Rob

  559. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 12:57 am

    Well this has turned into a depressing day! I really just found out what was going on, I have noticed that you haven’t been on TSS lately I thought you were on vacation, so I go to TSS.com and what do I see Pat and Kevin’s picture, I paused and said Oh F*%@ and shot over to Leoville to get the 411 only to find that my fav Tech guru was kicked to the curb… most depressing I guess I should have put 2 and 2 together when I see you doing a little segment and Kevin hosting. This is a travisty, Well I am sure you will be fine and you will bounce back this just sucks you were the reason I watched TTV. I never thought the day would come when I would delete TTV especially TSS off my TiVo considering TSS was the main reason I bought a TiVo to begin with right out of the box it was the first thing I recorded. Well friend even though you have know idea who I am, you have helped me more than you’ll ever know with my computer, what else sucks is I live in Indiana and my aunt lives in SF and I was going to visit her this summer and go to the show and try to meet you and have you sign my copy of your book, well I guess that’s not happening, hey you should come to Northwest IN or Chicago either one is close you have a big fan base in this area a book signing maybe? Anyways there is a boycott forming online to protest to you leaving TSS and TTV so I believe I’ll go over and join now. You are very important to a lot of viewers whether you realize it or not and if you haven’t you should scroll thru this blog seesion and see for yourself. Please let us know what you’ll be doing next.. You’ll be missed

    Sincerly

    EX-TTV viewer

  560. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:11 am

    Leo, you’ll be missed more than anyone else on that network. You really made TechTV what it was, and added zest to The ScreenSavers and Call for Help. I’ll be sure to look for ya elsewhere.

    Robert

  561. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:19 am

    Thank you

  562. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:38 am

    Leo, I’m going to miss seeing you on TechTV. I thought you gave The ScreenSavers all of it’s spunk. You made talking about computer stuff fun. I’m not as “hard core” as many people that watch, so I really appreciated it when you put things in English for people like me. I just wanted to let you know I’ll miss you!

  563. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:41 am

    What a sad day. Let’s all hope Tech TV’s new owners do what is right and get Leo back on.

  564. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:44 am

    It saddens me greatly to see you leave TechTv. I’ve been a Leo Laporte fan since your days on MSNBC’s “The Site” (Yes thats been a while). While I’m sure the other hosts and people who work so hard on the show will continue to do so, I just don’t think I’ll find it as interesting without you.

    TSS, Xplay, and Fresh Gear are all off the ReplayTv record list.

    Thanks for the years of hard work and dedication toward educating people on technology. Guess I’ll just wait patiently until you land your next gig–rest assured I’ll be watching again when it happens.

    Eric

  565. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:48 am

    Leo,

    Words alone can not express my feelings for what has taken place and your not being on TechTV anymore. I am disabled and bedfast, and I can say that I had a much improved quality of life watching you on both Call For Help and The Screensavers. Not to mention all of the important information that you always gave in an up-to-date manner to all viewers. I hope that G4 will make you an acceptable offer and you will be back on TV very soon. I had purchased your 2004 book (and Yoshi’s too), and I always wanted to ship it to you to have your autograph it for me, but do to my disability, I guess I never got around to it and now more than ever I wish I could have. Thank you so much for all you’ve given over the years, your wizdom, humor, and tech-knowledge. I know you will be back soon and will continue prayers for you and your family.

    I never really accepted “Goodbye’s” rather “Will see you soon”.

    Although I’ve never got a chance to meet you, I really wish that I could have.

    Take care and may God Bless.

    Sincerely,

    Dave G.

  566. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 2:04 am

    Leo:

    Figured something was going on shortly after your last show.

    Want you to know I’ve watched you for over six years. Your approach to the “personal confuser” brought lightness to a subject that can be taken too seriously.

    I wish you nothing but the best for the future. You have allowed my knowledge of the computer and the internet increase immeasurably.

    Larry

  567. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 2:41 am

    Leo,

    I’ve looked foward to turning on my television, and seeing your cheerful self for some time. I think your an exceptional man. Your kind of like my tv father figure :) Anyways, I, and about a bajillion (10^10000000) other people sure will miss you TSS and CFH. Goodluck with everything you do, and I wish the best for you.

    -Ruben

  568. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 2:50 am

    Good luck in whatever you do Leo.

  569. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 2:55 am

    Now thats Leo is gone… so will TechTV, its only a matter of time. Out with the old , in with the young! Paul Allen YOU SOLD OUT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER!!

  570. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:00 am

    Sorry that you had to leave the show leo…But can you work for our schools Network department? They are really bad and could use your expert opinion.

  571. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:11 am

    Going to miss you dude. You were the second best thing on TechTv. The first being Corbin’s legs :P

    Thanks for everything…

  572. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:19 am

    Leo Laporte inspired me to make my career in IT administration. Thank You Leo. You deserve a spot on network TV or in some place doing your thing. I will miss you terribly.

  573. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:27 am

    Leo, sure hope things work out for you comcast needs to pay you the bucks you want and deserve because when it comes to tech you are the man. seriously you are the heart and soul of tech tv. good luck keith

  574. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:39 am

    Leo..well what can I say…I watched the show every morning (still at work when come on at night), and Yesterday morning I found out you are not part of the show anymore. I hope everything will work great for you and your family. Will miss you on the show..you have no idea how many tips that you gave I used!

    Take care and Good Luck!

    Andrea Nunziante

    Senior IT

  575. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:41 am

    Hurry Back!! Let’s Hope That Comcast Has The “Smarts” & The Resources To Sign You To A Long , Fair Contract.

    Geeking Wont Be The Same Without Your Daily Visits.

    Hope To See You Soon!!

  576. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:59 am

    Leo, sorry to hear that you will no longer be at TechTV. I know that you will succeed in anything you do. I hope you and your family will have a much needed time together, for awhile. If I could parapharse a comericial ad, “Life is a journey, enjoy the ride”. Good luck Leo. If you could send a mailing address to reach you I would appericate it. Thanks.

  577. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:05 am

    Leo :

    Firstly, this comes as a shock to me, because if TechTV was a mall…you were the “anchor store”.

    You have the best sense of humor of any live, online host of anything on TV. Your work with the Music Wars for example was a classic. I just wish there were a way that subscribers and fans could put pressre on SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE to bring you back.

    In a world where robotic voices answer phones and shuffle you off to voice mail, you were the warm smile that reminded us that , yes, humans still run the show. And, I mean this is the warmest of ways, you were the Captain Kangaroo for the Tech generation. While I like all the cast of the various Tech TV shows, Leo..no way around it…You DA MAN!

    This really, really, really bums me out. I always looked forward to your smiles and double entendres to bring humor and life to what can become a dull topic from time to time.

    Leo,I’ll sign petitions, write letters, send Guido…well, never mind about Guido… :)

    Dude, please count me as one of your biggest fans…and let us ALL know what we can do to help you.

    Live Long and Prosper Leo…

    ~CodeWarrior

  578. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:05 am

    Leo :

    Firstly, this comes as a shock to me, because if TechTV was a mall…you were the “anchor store”.

    You have the best sense of humor of any live, online host of anything on TV. Your work with the Music Wars for example was a classic. I just wish there were a way that subscribers and fans could put pressre on SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE to bring you back.

    In a world where robotic voices answer phones and shuffle you off to voice mail, you were the warm smile that reminded us that , yes, humans still run the show. And, I mean this is the warmest of ways, you were the Captain Kangaroo for the Tech generation. While I like all the cast of the various Tech TV shows, Leo..no way around it…You DA MAN!

    This really, really, really bums me out. I always looked forward to your smiles and double entendres to bring humor and life to what can become a dull topic from time to time.

    Leo,I’ll sign petitions, write letters, send Guido…well, never mind about Guido… :)

    Dude, please count me as one of your biggest fans…and let us ALL know what we can do to help you.

    Live Long and Prosper Leo…

    ~CodeWarrior

  579. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:21 am

    Leo I will miss seeing you everyday on Techtv. I always looked forward to watching The Screensavers everyday. Sadly it just wont be the same without you. You are what made the show a joy to watch day in and day out. You informed and entertained me everytime. An I just want to wish you good luck in whatever you endeavor in.

  580. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:31 am

    Greetings Leo,

    I am saddened to hear of your departure from TSS and CFH, as I have been a loyal viewer since the beginning. Without question, you were the reason I faithfully tuned into the broadcasts on a daily basis and on those episodes for which you were not hosting, I watched in horror. Clearly, you are a broadcast professional of the highest calibur and should be (and from the above messages this rings clear) treated as such by the industry. To this end, I am 100% certain that those in control and making the final decisions will realize what a mistake they have made (but will never correct or admit as such) in dismissing your employment, as many loyal viewers (myself included) have deleted TechTV from our schedules. On this note, I ask that all TechTV viewers and fans-of-Leo remove TechTV from their daily schedules and send the most powerful of all messages — the voice of the people.

    Undoubtedly, with the current staff at TSS/CFH will only last for a few months, at best, without the direction and hosting by Leo Laporte at the helm. The others just do not have the broadcasting persona. In the end, maybe justice will be served when the programs tank and the executives loose their broadcast — though it is always the underpaid individuals who loose the most as the executives can cashout their options and golden parachutes. With this in mind, I applaud you Leo for holding your ground and standing-up for what is both just and right.

    Hopefully, the major networks will pick-up on your clear talents as a broadcaster and also in your talent as a technology guru. God speed John Glenn!

    With best wishes, I am

    Sincerely,

    Mark K.

    P.S. I will NEVER again watch TechTV until Leo Laporte RETURNS!!!!!

  581. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:58 am

    Leo: I was saddened to hear that you left Tech TV. I wish you well in whatever you do.

    Sincerely,

    Benji

  582. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:59 am

    Leo :

    You have friends at boycott-riaa.com and dmusic.com

    Check out http://www.boycott-riaa.com/article/11439

    I am prone to agree with Mark K.

    Maybe we should “boycott TechTV ” til Leo returns!

    ~Code

  583. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 5:08 am

    I generally watch The ScreenSavers several days after I tape it. I have been missing you and wondering what was going on. Today I checked The ScreenSavers site (as I often do) & saw that your picture had been replaced by Kevin’s. So I came to Leoville & got the bad news. I was disappointed when Kate moved on, and when Megan didn’t come back after having her baby, but I stayed because you were the main attraction for me. Today I took The ScreenSavers off my TIVO Season Pass, voiced my displeasure to TechTV, and put Leoville on my Links toolbar in place of TechTV. I will no longer be watching TechTV. I will be checking Leoville to see when & where you will be on TV again so I can get my tech news, education, & entertainment again. I appreciate all that you have taught me over the years about computers. I appreciate all the joy you have given me with your humor & personality. I wish you the very best in whatever you do. I will miss you very much, hopefully not for long.

    Nancy B.

  584. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 5:28 am

    All the best for the future. Going to miss seeing you on Techtv.

    Mike

    New Zealand

  585. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 5:57 am

    I have been sitting here just stunned my the events of the past two weeks. I have enjoyed Leo ever since the days of The Site. I did not know he was the one playing Dev Null at the time but I tuned in every night because that character was magical. I had up until you left The Screen Savers watched every show of The Screen Savers and Call for Help from day one of TechTV (aka ZDTV), even the reruns. I have watched as the powers that be (aka the corporate monkeys) slowly grind the shows down with more and more fluff spots and loading it up with T&A.

    I do hope Comcast will see the error of Vulcan Ventures mistakes and keep at least those two shows and restore them to their former glory and somehow get the man most responsible for making technology fun, exciting, and rewarding.

    I wish the best for you Leo. You have changed my life with your wit, wisdom, and caring. Heck, even my mom has gotten interested in computers because of you. She is 72 BTW. I hope you will be back on-the-air very soon. I hope I can at least snatch that radio signal off the internet to at lest get a small fix of fun tech.

    GEEK ON DUDE!!

  586. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 6:12 am

    Leo I don’t know if you will even see this, but I will say my thoughts any way. I am very close to your age. I never had a computer until 3 years ago. At first I was almost afraid to touch it, for fear of blowing it up. Then I found TTV by accident I started watching a man named Leo that made me feel at ease. I learned it was OK not to know things, but if I applied myself I could learn and understand. You made me feel like you were rooting for me and that was OK. NowI feel true loss. Both shows are different now that you are gone. Your wanting to help people allways showed through. I will miss you. I hope you will return to the little screen real soon. I look forward to learning from the master about my personal confuser.

    Thank You Leo,

    Pat M.

  587. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 7:12 am

    Oh may God! We live in pakistan and so we receieve the international TechTv channel which is a few weeks behind schedule as opposed to the original. So it’s only now that I know Leo’s leaving TechTv! I really hope comcast brings him back! Leo was the whole TechTv personified! How could they do such a thing! Don’t they see which person has the most highest ratings? We Love Leo! Thanks Leo for a great international 2000-2004 and hopefully you’ll be back when comcast takes over! I am 14 years old and of course all my freinds and family who watch techTv are of varying ages, and I am sure everyone in Pakistan who has Cable Tv will thank you and pray that you return, to TechTv, as unfoutuneately we have no other means of seeing you (except the internet of course)Plese leo, come back!

  588. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 7:21 am

    Well its sad to see you go. TechTv will never be the same again, It was because of you I was no longer afraid of my computer. You taught us so much… Thank You

  589. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 7:40 am

    I remember a year ago, begging my parents to let me go over to my friend’s house just to watch the screen savers. My friend taught me how to build a computer at the age of 11, and now that I am 14 I looked up to the screensavers and call for help to learn more. I bought a TV and a dish, just so I could watch those shows, and learn all that I could. I cant beleive how much I have learned in just a year of watching those shows. I dont think it will be the same. Without, the funny jokes and wonderful insight, both shows will never be the same. I have been watching the screensavers since you left, and i have noticed that the show is not as fun and I find myself not laughing because you were the one that made the show fun. Sure I will still watch ,but with out you it isn’t any fun. My brother would watch only because you were so funny. He isn’t the kind of person who you like to take apart a computer and see what is inside, he is more of a RTS kind of guy. Normally he didn’t watch untill he saw how goofy you are. You made him interested in computers. So anyways, thankyou for all the knowledge and fun times watching tv.

  590. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 8:08 am

    I just want to say Thank You Leo & God bless , you have done so much good for so many people we truly are grateful ! Hope G4 is smart enough to bring you back !!!!!!

  591. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 8:29 am

    Leo, I have very much enjoyed watching you over the past few years and I was deeply ticked off when I heard you had left. I have written letters on your behalf and I am sure everyone who enjoyed learning from you everyday has done the same. I just hope it doesn’t go on deaf ears.

    Here is the letter I have forwarded off to them. Take care and we will miss you. BEST OF LUCK

    UNBELIEVEABLE!!!

    I just found out you have lost your best TV host! What is the matter with you people?

    I have been watching TechTV for years and Leo was the best! He always made me laugh, he explained things correctly, easy to understand and I enjoyed both The Screen Savers and Call for Help because of Leo. I always recommended your television shows and your web site to my clients, family and friends for all their computer solutions. I paid extra money monthly so I could receive TechTV on my satellite but now I am not sure what I will do.

    Since you cancelled Leo maybe I will have to cancel TechTV.

    We the paying public, fans of the show and of Leo are not impressed!!!!

    Swallow your pride and get him back before you loose all the fans!

  592. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 8:49 am

    Leo,

    Just started watching CFH this year. Lets just say it was one of my favorite shows on television, and the only thing I ever watched on TechTV. You’ll really be missed by me and the tons of your fans from all over the world. Thanks Leo for being the best host on TV. Good Luck.

  593. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 8:51 am

    Hi there again, it’s Highway … the guy that started http://www.petitiononline.com/LP040401/petition.html … just so you know what I’m planning on doing — besides the email — which they can ignore — of the list of now 650+ signatures, I’m going to be sending a physical registered postal mail of the list of signatures (names) to contacts at Comcast.

    To help with bringing this matter to the attention of Comcast/G4 of the mistake that Vulcan Ventures did — I can send the company [Comcast & G4] a copy of the letter with your individual mailing address.

    If this something you like done, feel free to email to “hireleolaporte@veamms.com” (the email address has been converted to ASCII to thwart email harvesting programs) and just include your full name and mailing address, simple as that. All information WILL be kept private/confidential and WILL be erase/destroyed once the letter has been mailed.

    If you want to help out with defering the costs of mailing registered postal mail, you can ‘paypal’ a donation to the indicated email address. This is not required.

    Anyways, just trying to think of ways to make this effective and with a list of 650+ names from a petition that started on April 4th at about 12:30PM EST … I’m sure Comcast will take notice.

  594. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 8:58 am

    To elaborate on To help with bringing this matter to the attention of Comcast/G4 of the mistake that Vulcan Ventures did — I can send the company [Comcast & G4] a copy of the letter with your individual mailing address.

    What I mean to do is, if I’m provided mailing information — I can individualize a letter to come from the individual, for each individual that sends in his/her information. Each individual mail will be sent via US Postal Service, registered so that it will require actual acknowledgement of receipt.

  595. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 8:59 am

    As of 05:01 EST, April 7th 2004:

    http://www.petitiononline.com/LP040401/petition.html has received 683 Total Signatures.

  596. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:31 am

    Hey Vulcan, do you realize Leo was TechTV. You might as well pack it up. Just more proof that nothing associated with Microsoft can be trusted. Only place in the world I’ve seen Woz on TV, too bad that will never happen again.

    Woz fan

  597. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:50 am

    Well. We here in Israel only got TechTV about two years ago, but I used to watch all the time when I lived in LA. Rest assured, I and all my friends, and everyone who watches here in the Holy Land is gonna miss you.

    Even though I myself am quite desperately geeky, and usually don’t watch Call For Help, I always admired the patience and kindness, mixed with simplified accuracy in which you answer each and every viewer.

    A toast to Leo! Teacher, friend, and otherwise an OK guy! We hope to see you again soon. :)

  598. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:51 am

    Well. We here in Israel only got TechTV about two years ago, but I used to watch all the time when I lived in LA. Rest assured, I and all my friends, and everyone who watches here in the Holy Land is gonna miss you.

    Even though I myself am quite desperately geeky, and usually don’t watch Call For Help, I always admired the patience and kindness, mixed with simplified accuracy in which you answer each and every viewer.

    A toast to Leo! Teacher, friend, and otherwise an OK guy! We hope to see you again soon. :)

  599. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:52 am

    Well. We here in Israel only got TechTV about two years ago, but I used to watch all the time when I lived in LA. Rest assured, I and all my friends, and everyone who watches here in the Holy Land is gonna miss you.

    Even though I myself am quite desperately geeky, and usually don’t watch Call For Help, I always admired the patience and kindness, mixed with simplified accuracy in which you answer each and every viewer.

    A toast to Leo! Teacher, friend, and otherwise an OK guy! We hope to see you again soon. :)

  600. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 12:02 pm

    I can’t believe you’re gone, Leo! I’ve been watching you since we got satellite back around December of 1998. I miss those beautiful tacky shirts you wore, I call “LEOSHIRTS”, and I went out and bought a bunch. You must have gotten some from Target, because I found some of them there! You ARE ZDTV / TECHTV!!! I remember so many things from the old days. I used to write music all the time, ZDTV came out right as I made a transition to computer science. You helped me learn so much! Real genius is being able to explain without obfuscation. That’s what you can do, Leo. God, I am going to miss you. The new owners should hire you back, if they know what’s good for them.

    You are such a colourful personality — one of a kind, and so much fun. You are

    the Mozart of Computer Mass Communication. I’m crying, dude. I love you!!!

  601. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 12:19 pm

    Leo, I am sorry to see that you have left the show. You were a wealth of knowlege and a great patient talented showman. You also worked with very talented people. I wanted to meet and thank you and the staff for helping me with so many tech problems I encountered in the past. You will be truly missed. I wish you the best.

  602. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 12:26 pm

    Leo,

    The Screensavers and call for help will not be the same with out you. You will be missed by myself as well as all of your fans!!!!!!

  603. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 12:46 pm

    My world just got a little sadder at learning that Leo will no longer be on TechTV. I have really enjoyed and have become accustomed to seeing Leo and learning from his unique style of making learning about computers and technology fun. He will be missed and TechTV will be diminished without him. I do wish him the best of luck in finding new employment. I will be looking for him to show up somewhere but for now, my “personal confuser” and I shall miss him.

  604. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:10 pm

    Hi Leo,

    I Hope G4 decides to have you as you are in my mind the heart and soul of TechTV. Sorry to see you leave.

    Take care.

    Steve Hugli

  605. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:14 pm

    I would like to start of by saying…Thank you Leo! I have watched your show “The Screen Savers” before it was TechTv. I had just started out on a helpdesk and knew next to nothing about computers! I heard about your show the screen savers and started to watch to see if I could pick up anything to help me out. You helped me out so much that I wanted to thank you! And thank you for making the “Screen Savers” what it is today. I know there are a lot of people behind the scenes there helping out but when you thought of that show or even TechTv for that matter…..you thought of Leo Laporte!! It’s like losing a best friend. I know Kevin and Pat will do a good job just will take some time to adjust, but we will miss you friend!! I hope and pray that G4 will bring you back….( If they any brains they will!) It will never be the same without you and hope to see you on TV soon so you can make that TV station take off like you made TechTv!

  606. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:34 pm

    Leo,

    I’d like to say thank you for all that you have taught me and everyone else about computers. When I bought my first computer(A Gateway 233mhz with recordable CD-Rom $3,500..cha ching) my wife had to show me how to turn it on (I’m not kidding). soon thereafter in walked Leo on ZDTV/TechTV to show us the in’s and out’s of how to use the computer. I’ve been a faithful viewer of both Call For Help and The Screen Savers since day one. From watching you and my own learning, I’m now the one my friends call when they have computer problems. I can format hard drives, install network cards, ram, drives, routers, etc.

    Thank you Leo for everything you taught us and I hope to see you on TV again soon. No doubt you will be missed.

    Rick

  607. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:47 pm

    I’ve already paid my respects with my other post about your TSS departure. It still stands and has even more meaning with your TechTV exit. You know, I noticed the shirt you wore your last day on TSS. The kind of shirts you were discouraged to wear because they were too loud. Maybe I’m reading into it too much, but I suspect an act of defiance was involved.

    You’ll probably have more free time than normal. Use it to your advantage. Take some vacation, love your family harder than ever, and get back in touch with the things you’ve always wanted to do. Enjoy life, IOW. We’ll be here waiting for your return to television.

  608. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:56 pm

    I hardly ever post on these things, but this time it’s different. I’ve Tivo’d TSS for about 2 years now and had no idea this was happening or even saw a proper goodbye on air. I thought you were on vacation or doing Regis or something – but then I saw the new TSS opening and was completely shocked. I’m saddened and I hope to see you back on TV someday soon. Take care, friend…

  609. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:56 pm

    Damn that’s a shame.

    I’m from Australia and we have only had TechTV available for just over a month and in that time I’ve become addicted to Call for Help. But while the info given on the show has been brilliant, Leo it’s been the way you present that info that has made the show for me. I look at it this way. Most of the information on Call for Help can be sourced via books or the internet, but what makes us peeps watch the show is the way you explained that info in a way that’s easy for non tech heads to understand.

    If G4 have a shread of intelligence then they will get you back on pronto. I believe that they are smart enough to realise the network will benefit from getting you back.

    All the best for the future an looking forward to seeing you back on air soon.

  610. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 1:58 pm

    I have to agree with everyone else. Leo made the shows. He brought humor, class, and atmosphere to the shows that he hosted. He has a great personality. Good luck with whatever you do and please keep us informed via Leoville where we might can catch some of your work, either TV, Radio or just personal journeys…..Leo will be missed but you still have a voice, right here with this website; so Leo keep your fans informed.

  611. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 2:25 pm

    Leo,

    Very much enjoyed tuning in to hear your insite on issues. You will be missed. Very sorry to see you go. TechTV’s loss. You brought a fun and goofy twist to many subjects. You also had such an intense interest in the history of tech and future possibilities. You truley understand the desire to want the next best thing. It is fun stuff. Enjoy some time with the family and then get back at it. Hope to see you on the tube or plasma again.

    Al

    Albany, NY

  612. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 2:33 pm

    I just don’t feel like watching TechTV anymore after hearing this.

  613. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 2:43 pm

    I would be very surprised if the new company didn’t take you back after taking over. You were one of the top stars for the network and it would only make good business sense to have you back. Good luck with your new adventures.

    Brad Bas

  614. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:06 pm

    Leo,

    As you can tell, you have a legion of devoted cult followers. It sure is quite a shock to see you gone. Kind of like when Chris Pirillo left. There will be a huge void. I know Patrick Norton is awesome in his own right, but the show would not be the same as the dynamic duo of Leo and Patrick. So many legendary figures of TechTV have come and pass, and even some have returned (My babe Jessica!!!) I guess nothing lasts forever and there are always new ventures to such a talented individual! Take care Leo, we will be looking out for your second coming!

  615. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:10 pm

    I called my cable company and cancelled Tech TV from my lineup.

    Thank you Leo for the fun times, I am an IT admin and it was nice to see someone with a personality on Call for Help and The Screen Savers.

    If you are ever in Canada, drop me a line, I would be glad to show you around!

    Jason White

    Below is the email I sent Tech TV a few minutes ago:

    ——————————————————————————————

    I pay a premium each month just to get Tech TV, for 2 TV shows.

    Call for help

    The Screen Savers

    And the person who hosted both of them was the reason why I pay for Tech TV every month.

    Do you realize that by not keeping Leo, you just lost one customer?

    Are you trying to devalue the station before you complete the sale?

    I am quite upset by this, if you are smart, you will call Leo up, get him back, and I will call my cable company and re-order Tech TV

    Until then, you have lost a faithful viewer and customer.

    Jason White

    McGill University

  616. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:34 pm

    Noooooooo !!! Hey Leo … I just found out about this today … I live up here in Canada … and watch the screensavers as much as I can … I am deeply sadened by your departure … The show wont be the same without you and we will miss you … You have been a great resource for all the tech peeps here and I really respect your knowledge in the area of technology …

    Well, all the best in your future endeavors ….

    take care,

    rg

  617. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:39 pm

    Sorry to see you go Leo. You were the only reason I watched TechTV at all. I still long for ‘The ScreenSavers, with Kate and Leo’, Those were the best episodes by far.

  618. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:40 pm

    Well. . . . so much for TechTV. Just means I’ll finally shell out the bucks for the “Thunderbirds!” DVD set. . .

    And all I can say for Vulcan is that I find their actions. . .

    . . . HIGHLY illogical ;-P

  619. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:42 pm

    Leo,

    I was shocked and saddened to hear that you are no longer associated with TechTV. In my opinion, without taking anything away from the channel’s current on-air personalities, you were its best asset. The powers that be at TechTV did a tragic disservice to you, itself, and us viewers for not keeping you on.

    Since TechTV became a part of my digital cable service in 2001, I quickly became hooked to your shows, “The Screen Savers” and “Call for Help.” A large part of that was due to your extensive knowledge, passion, and unbiased enthusiasm for computers and all things technical. Your wonderful sense of humor and quick wit made watching you and your shows a whole lot of fun. In addition, the numerous tips and tricks that I’ve learned from you have made my personal and professional computing experience more effective, fun, and pleasurable.

    With your wide-ranging television and technical background and experience, I’m sure it’ll be no time at all before you will be offered a wonderful position to host a TV show of your own on another national television channel. I’m sure it will be a channel that will offer you more exposure than TechTV ever did. When that happens, that will definitely become a “must see TV” occasion for myself and all your other fans.

    In the meantime, I’ll continue to visit Leoville on a regular basis for updates and more.

    I wish you the best of luck in your current and future endeavors.

    Best regards,

    Rocco Clericuzio

    Trumbull, CT

  620. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:46 pm

    I don’t understand I was watching call for help and he said he wasn’t leaving, that he just had to use up some vacation because his contract was going to be up for negotiation soon. Was that just the corporate heads not allowing him to say anything on air?

  621. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:48 pm

    To follow up my post from earlier, here is what my dad had to say about this matter of Leo Leaving in an e-mail to Mr. Longobardo of ComCast:

    Dear Mr. Longobardo,

    I’m not sure what actually is going on. I have minutes ago received a very passionate cell phone call from my college sophomore son saying that Leo Laporte is no longer on Tech TV.

    I’ve chased down some of the websites that seem to be portraying the same story.

    All have said the same thing: “Leo Laporte is in fact no longer on Tech TV.”

    What a loss!

    Why?

    Leo has the ability to communicate, entertain, and keep an audience’s attention in the dull boring world of technology.

    You might ask why Bob McSwain can evaluate Leo’s performance?

    1. I’ve been employed for 30 years by IBM and have watched the computer industry grow from being invisible to its current ubiquitous stature. From my vast prospective of computers I know when someone does not know of what they speak. Leo speaks the truth about computers.

    2. I’ve worked in the media. I paid my way through college working for WUNC-TV. I worked for what was then the most powerful FM station in North Carolina, WFMX. I also worked for a low power AM station. Today, I am a motorsports journalist covering that subject in the Carolinas. I know he pressures on on-screen talent. Leo succeeds where younger headshots fail. Chris Pirillo comes to mind. Knowledgeable. But he did not have the complete package of knowledge and presentation. Leo does.

    3. I’m a performing musician. I’m a certified live performance a cappella judge. For over 2 years I also have written critiques of recorded musical performances. ( http://www.rarb.org/people/bob-mcswain.html ) I know when a performer is working for their audience. Leo Has.

    4. Although the current thinking is that all the spendable money is in the hands of people 11-19 years old, I have just built for the 2nd time a computer based on “The Screen Savers” recommendations. I’m about to build 2 more this summer. Unless someone over the age of 29 blesses a product, I’m not going to go charging out to buy it. Age and experience mean something to me when receiving product recommendations.

    AND THE MOST IMPORT reason why you should believe my evaluation:

    5. My son (20 years old,college psychology major), my wife 50+(non-techie), and I (again 50+) all enjoy what Leo does on TechTV. Those episodes where he is not present just don’t have the entertainment value. The entertainment value is where we all come together to learn about the latest technology. Without him, we will probably not watch. He has the personal glue that holds it together.

    Please reconsider your position on Leo Laporte.

    Sincerely,

    Bob McSwain

    We’re fighting for you Leo…and we will win, one way or another.

  622. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:56 pm

    I always would get antsy when you weren’t there or on vacation or something. I thought that was the case this time but after reading your blog it confirmed my worst fear. Who will be the reasoned champion of the Mac platform on that show now? Who will let slip the occasional off-color gaffe to the glee of the audience? Who will keep us wondering if the hair on your head is real? Good Luck…You RULE Leo!

  623. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 3:57 pm

    Darn it Leo! I am sorry to see you to! I sure hope G4 reads this and keeps you. We will all miss you horribly

  624. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:00 pm

    Sorry to see you go, Hope the new owners are smart enough to pick you back up again. Been watching for more years then I can remember. If ever in the So. California area give me a ring, I can get you in to a local Amusment park.

  625. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:01 pm

    Leo, techtv is just not worth as much of my time without you. I hold very HIGH regard for what I watch, and I hold that regard mostly with YOU. The remainder of the cast is surely well-qualified; but speaking for the younger generation, they sure do not convey wisdom and experience with technology on a higher level than you do.

    For others out there, I stumbled across this link from one of the other blogposter’s comments:

    http://www.petitiononline.com/wewntleo/petition.html

    It’s a petition to be sent to TechTv informing them of an ill-conceived decision; it also allows you to tally your votes for whether you will continue to watch TechTv the way you have in the past… or not.

    I, for one, will not. Everyone knows I’m a techie at heart… but just because the channel says “tech” it doesn’t mean it’s a techie’s show.

    Sayonara

  626. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:01 pm

    LEO!!!!

    We also see you here in Israel… although it’s delayed (not live) I still like to watch you…

    I must admit that sometimes I would have argue with you about some accuracy in low level details… but still you did the job as I would expect it to be done ;)

    I hope that your next work will also be broadcasted in Israel, since I hate the junky Hebrew trsnslation they provide in Hebrew, or at least have some Internet broadcast of your shows…

    Take care and all the best wishes…

    Oded.

    ISRAEL

  627. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:10 pm

    We need to start sending letters to TechTv. When the viewers say “bye bye”, the advertisers say “bye bye”. We’ll force them to give Leo what he wants. Removing Leo from TechTv is like taking Dan Rather from the nightly news. Its just bad business. It will be the “Bring his ass back and give the man what he wants because he is the only thing keeping the station alive” petition….catchy huh?

    Peach & Love,

    -Tim

  628. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:23 pm

    This is a really sad day for TechTV. As far as I am concerned TechTV is, was, and always will be synonymous with Leo Laporte. I have been watching The Screen Savers up here in Canada most nights but sadly missed the farewell episode this week. I will be certain to catch it on reruns this weekend. I wish you well, Leo and hope you will return when Comcast takes over the channel… it simply will not be the same without you there…

    All the best to you…

    A fan in Montreal.

  629. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:34 pm

    I too am sorry to see your departure. Hope to see you again soon on tv. You were indeed a bright spot for geeks and regular people

  630. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:48 pm

    Really sad to see you off of Tech TV Leo, but I know for a fact, you have many other projects on the go, that will bring you nothing but enjoyment. You are a class act guy, one of a kind. I want to thanks you for all the great info, and humour you passed on throughout the years. I also want to wish you and your family, nothing but happiness. Good luck on all your future projects. Thanks for the memories Leo

    – Jason Leduc

    Ontario Canada

  631. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:54 pm

    Really sad to see you off of Tech TV Leo, but I know for a fact, you have many other projects on the go, that will bring you nothing but enjoyment. You are a class act guy, one of a kind. I want to thanks you for all the great info, and humour you passed on throughout the years. I also want to wish you and your family, nothing but happiness. Good luck on all your future projects. Thanks for the memories Leo

    – Jason Leduc

    Ontario Canada

  632. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 4:57 pm

    Leo,

    You were great on The Screensavers. I pay extra to get Tech TV but now I’m not so sure. Even my wife likes you and she hates all this geeky tech stuff!

    Good luck. I hope to see you on TV soon!

  633. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 5:17 pm

    Leo,

    Thanks for those 10 years of commitment, you brought knowledge and fun to both TV shows (Call for help / Screen Savers).

    I hope you sign contract soon with another company. If not, where can we contribute to start “The Leo Channel”??? =)

    Best wishes and Good luck!!

    Monterrey, Mexico

  634. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 5:18 pm

    Wow Leo, what can i say. its like techtv died with out you. its definetly lost 98% of its appeal and identity. You WERE the screensavers and a comfortable reason for watching it, i enjoyed your on screen antics and character. for some reason it was comforting, like a family to see all of you guys on the screen savers every day. Needless to say i was sad to see you go from the screen savers but thought it wasnt gonna be that bad, id just have to catch you on Call for Help, which i did. But now ALL gone. i remember the first day i turned on DirecTv to see what channels they offered and decided to check out techTv it was your face that i saw for the first time on that channel during prime time doing a show caleld the screen savers…from there, your advice, wit, humor, captivated me, i must have downloaded more apps that have changed my life and even furthered my career as a student in the digital media arts program thanks to you. you have really good showman ship and for the owners of techtv to threaten you like that, i really believe they have made a foolish greedy threat. but your whimsical, pleasent nature will take you where you need to go in life, good luck to you and all the best. for some reason though i dont feel this will be the last we see of you… and thats a really good thing

  635. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 5:22 pm

    Leo,

    Thanks for those 10 years of commitment, you brought knowledge and fun to both TV shows (Call for help / Screen Savers).

    I hope you sign contract soon with another company. If not, where can we contribute to start “The Leo Channel”??? =)

    Best wishes and Good luck!!

    Monterrey, Mexico

  636. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 5:37 pm

    Losing you from TSS is a disaster. As an internet worker I’ve faced 2 layoffs since the bubble burst in April 2000. Your words on the show made those tough times a lot easier. I’m on the web all day and I still Tivo TSS daily just to get the latest tech news I can’t seem to get on the web. The quality of tech journalism you bring to TSS is why I watched. I like Patrick, Kevin, Sarah and Yoshi – but without Leo – I won’t watch.

    Please get back on TV Leo. Thanks for all the years of selfless devotion to your friends — your fans! We all learned a lot from your wisdom, humor and poise.

    Warmest Regards,

    Justin Arey

    Vancouver, WA

  637. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 5:38 pm

    Greetings Leo,

    I have debated for a while on whether or not to post this comment as the legal route is never a preferred method of dispute resolution. However, I highly recommend that you investigate the legal offerings of the following law firms:

    1. Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP (Minneapolis, MN)– http://www.rkmc.com

    *** This is an international law firm and they are fully capable of taking down the big boys. Some of their notable victories in the past few years are a 5 billion dollar settlement against “big tobacco” — that’s right folks, those states which receive tobacco monies owe it to the law firms of RKM&C. Also, they recently defeated and received judgment for 550 million against Microsoft in the case with the University of California. As a side note, many of the attorneys at RKMC are bar registered in CA.

    2. Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, PA (Minneapolis, MN) — http://www.mansfieldtanick.com

    *** This a a second internationally recognized law firm who has the ability to bust the knee caps of the big-players. Though, not as highly regarded a firm as RKMC, these boys are bad-ass all the way and one of their areas of expertise is employment law. On this note, I would highly recommend contacting lead attorney and founding partner Marshall H. Tanick, Esq (mtanick@mansfieldtanick.com). Like RKMC, many of the attorney’s (including Tanick a Stanford University Law School graduate, Order of the Coif) are bar registered in CA.

    Without question, I am certain that you have competent legal advice on retainer, though, I thought you might be interested in the above information — these folks can bring big- business to ground. Good Luck.

    With best wishes, I am

    Sincerely,

    Mark K.

    P.S. I think the BEST thing “we the people” can do for Leo, is to contact in written form (not e-mail) our cable providers and DEMAND that Leo is brought back to the airwaves. If “we” voice our disgust and note that we will be tuning-out TechTV the cable companies will realize their financial loss in advertisement and will make the change demand on TechTV. Thirty some years ago, a few radical students at Berkeley changed the political thinking of the world, our hurdle is much smaller and can be accomplished.

  638. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 5:42 pm

    Leo I am very sad to see you go. You have been my rolemodel for so long now. I started to watch you when i was only 8 years old, and now i can thank you for my career in computers. I would have never of been able to do it without you leo.

  639. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 5:45 pm

    Well that sux….

    There isn’t much I watch on cable or network TV anymore, but your show (screen Savers) was. :(

    Good luck, although I’m sure you won’t need it. Those with talent tend to get things offered to them frequently :)

  640. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 5:47 pm

    It saddens me to see what they have done to you, Leo!!! You are the reason I mess with computers today. I have an old Mac that I hold on to for sentimental reasons, though I have a customized PC now. The Screen Savers show made me more appreciate computers, and Leo your comical and serious ways made the show. Leo stood up for the Mac users, and brought the Mac back, along with Steve Jobs. Leo also spoke out against Microsoft and some of its practices.

    I think speaking out against a company like MS (Paul Allen-VV & MS co-ower) may have lead to his demise. I think the other TSS’ers may gotten tired of him and expertise. However, Leo also preached about Linux and the use open-sourced apps. The TSS show doesn’t have the flow it once had. Watch the new show with Bert Monroy. Leo, best of luck to you, hope to see you soon and most importantly, keep MAc’in!!!!

  641. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 6:11 pm

    i signed it.

    please, g4 and techtv

    bing leo back!

  642. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 6:11 pm

    i signed it.

    please, g4 and techtv

    bring leo back!

  643. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 6:17 pm

    Leo you will definitely be missed, come back soon!

  644. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 6:18 pm

    i signed the pettition.

    please come back leo!

  645. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 6:47 pm

    I will miss Leo, however since he already left The Screansavers it makes no difference to me. I am on the west coast and work, so I cannot se Call for Help anyways. I hope The screensavers focuses on PC’s now instead of the Mac. I thought they devoted to much time to the Mac. They should have a PC show and a Mac show.

  646. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 6:49 pm

    Leo, you were the best thing at TechTV, you will be sorely missed. I really hope to see you on G4.

  647. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 6:56 pm

    Nooooooooooooooo!!!!! what is techtv without leo!!! first Kate now Leo!! dont say it’s true!!!

  648. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 7:04 pm

    Glad to see your leaving. I hate you.

  649. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 7:05 pm

    Even tho your goofy leo, im gonna miss your sense of humor on the show. I guess they dont know what exactly they are doing letting u go like this. good luck and hopefully see u back on the air soon.

  650. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 7:27 pm

    Hey Leo,

    Hope you’re still going to be on the Mac Cruise!

  651. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 7:29 pm

    As a former broadcast professional myself, let me wish you the best of luck!

    You can’t be replaced — but hopefully the loss can be softened by putting on the the TTV babes in your position! ;)

  652. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 7:32 pm

    Leo, Thank You for all the education I got from your TV shows. I know I went from company floor sweeper to company

    inhouse tech watching CFH & TSS. I have no formal education

    in the computer fields, but I do have very good street smarts now by watching your shows. It seems to me that real live problems may be solved better with street smarts (most of the times)than with formal education. I knew I could always depend on getting accurate information I could understand. I believe it was back in the ZDTV days when you said “we’ll give you more information in 6 months than you’ll get in 4 years somewhere else.” That was true in my case. Again Thank You LEO!!

    PS…

    For your sake, I think you did what you had to do…

    For my sake, Get back on TV…

  653. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 7:39 pm

    :-(…Leo gone….i dunno wut they r thinkin…him leavin will kill techtv…although i suppose it wont hurt the biz that is selling techtv…so maybe the new one will buy him back..in all we will miss you!!!

  654. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 7:48 pm

    Hey Leo..I just heard the news and I honestly felt my heart sink as though I had lost a friend who had been a part of my life for many years. As a matter of fact, I have watched TechTV since the very beginning on my 6 foot Cband dish.

    I hope you shall return and the sooner, the better…only when it favors you to do so.

    They (TechTV) have been loosing a lot of great talent lately…and sadly I am just waiting for the rest of the crew to join Leo for one reason or another. The Screen Savers shall not be the same with out you.

    Matter of fact, Patrick won’t be the same with out you “Laughs” After all someone has to keep him under control or he’ll wack all the computers that have issues with his sledge “O” matic “Laughs”

  655. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 8:03 pm

    No Leo, no Tech TV.

    I’m gone.

  656. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 8:09 pm

    Leo,

    I’m almost 16 years old. I’ve been watching TechTv since March 2002,and I’d like to say that you were the only reason I watched techTV. I would feel down in the dumps and I would Turn on the Screen Savers and at 8 p.m (I live in Bronx,NY) I would feel much better because you said some funny remarks. You made me feel good(Especially the 2003 Call For Help-A-Thon,which I watched 9 hours.) Besides your shows I watched Extended play/X-Play.After you left,I was heart-broken. I almost have no reason to watch TechTV anymore :( . Who knows,maybe you can go back to CNBC or something. Come on Leo!!! You can’t leave tv forever. And after hearing this report, I will defenitly listen to your radio show from 3-6pm edt,and I’ll bookmark the radio sites on both Linux and Windows!!! Anyway,best wishes to you and your family,and I’ll hope I see you real soon,and when you finally get back on tv,I’ll be one of the first to watch

    you. Please keep me updated on your progress email me at demitri_88@yahoo.com or demitri_88@gawab.com(Yahoo is preferred)

  657. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 8:35 pm

    First there’s anger and then sorrow and then acceptance and now I’m just plain ticked off at Vulcan Ventures – what greedy blank-ity-blank-blanks.

    I’ve been watching and listening to you, Leo, since “On Computers” back in ’92 and now I simply won’t have a reason to tune in to Tech TV any longer.

    What shortsighted stupidity – Vulcan has done the worst thing any media company can do: (no, it’s not letting Leo go, that’s the second worse) they’ve lost a valuable viewer and HUGE consumer of electronics. I can find you again, Leo, even if I have to tune in to KFI, but I speak with my feet and wallet and I realize Vulcan won’t own Tech TV for very much longer, but without the “Leo” viewer base they won’t be able to charge as high a dollar for ad time thereby shooting themselves in the fiscal foot…Bozos abound. I can get my tech news from multiple, dependable sources, I don’t need Tech TV. But Comcast better be on notice that they won’t have a viable network without Leo.

  658. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 8:56 pm

    Leo,

    I had to track you down at Leoville.com to verify my most horrible suspicions. I must have missed you leaving but I realized after watching The Screensavers and Call For Help, for a week, that you weren’t there. I hoped you were on vacation but when I saw the TSS intro and you weren’t there I knew the man who taught me everything I knew about computers was gone. I emailed TechTV trying to verify your status but only got a computer generated form reply with no answer to my question as to where you were. Needless to say as a 50 year old everyday veiwer since 1998, I will miss you very much. I”m sorry, but TSS is now hosted by a bunch of giggly, childish, supergeeky-speeky hosts and is sorely lacking the “professionalism” that you brought to TSS and Call for Help. The computer world will suffer from your absence and you will be greatly missed by myself as well as thousands of other up and coming Geeks. Hope TechTv’s new bosses see the light and bring you back. I will be watching and hoping. Affectionately,

    Wheeler3780

  659. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 9:16 pm

    Well, Crap.

    I have to say I was not surprised. When I watched your last show I could tell there was something else going on. When I was laid off myself in June of last year I had to put on the same face with the clients I was working with.

    I am really sorry to see you go. It was nice to see a…um…how to put this delicately…ol….mature, yes that’s it, mature….guy talking technology. Let us know if where you end up and god speed John Glenn.

  660. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 9:36 pm

    I really enjoyed your work on Tech TV. I have always appreciated your uncanny ability to explain technology to the masses. I hope you can return to work for TechTV when the new owners take over. I wish you and your family the best.

  661. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 9:55 pm

    Leo –

    The Screensavers was my favorite show! That SUCKS !

    I’m very sad to see you go.

    Tech TV will not be the same without you. …..

    Good Luck!

    Sincerely,

    Jarrod

  662. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:06 pm

    Leo,

    You showed me that a tech show doesn’t have to be serious all the time. I enjoyed watching you on The Screen Savers for the past 4 years, and hope to see you back on techtv in the future.

    Techtv won’t be the same.

    Jeremy

  663. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:15 pm

    I am frustrated that you have left. 5 years ago I did not know how to send an email. Know I am a geek. Not a great one, but people come to me for advice. I have referred everyone to TECH TV. EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON!!!!!!!!They will miss you as well.You should start your own show……………Best Wishes Leo and family.

  664. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:19 pm

    Leo if you are reading this I sincerely want to thank you for all your work. I’ve been a follower of your TV Shows, books, websites and radio shows. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your teachings and ‘antics’.

    I wish I could better articulate how much I enjoyed The Screen Savers and your contribution to it. Especially the “Good Ol Days” with You, Pat, Morgan and Megan, Cat, Martin, Yoshi and the rest of the gang. I remember the playful relastionship between cast members of TSS and Tech Live back when they had Michalea and Erica. I’ll never forget the funny movie shorts that you used to do like “Leo’s Angels”.

    Your work and passion has touched many of us and I wish you all the best.

    Thanks Leo,

    Bryan

  665. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:20 pm

    I came home and saww on leoville that Leo was leavin…..Wont be the same. EMAIL G4 and ask them nicelytohire leo when they buy techtv…..the only chance.. Program manager at g4: vlongobardo@g4media.com

  666. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:26 pm

    Leo if you are reading this I sincerely want to thank you for all your work. I’ve been a follower of your TV Shows, books, websites and radio shows. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your teachings and ‘antics’.

    I wish I could better articulate how much I enjoyed The Screen Savers and your contribution to it. Especially the “Good Ol Days” with You, Pat, Morgan and Megan, Cat, Martin, Yoshi and the rest of the gang. I remember the playful relastionship between cast members of TSS and Tech Live back when they had Michalea and Erica. I’ll never forget the funny movie shorts that you used to do like “Leo’s Angels”.

    Your work and passion has touched many of us and I wish you all the best.

    Thanks Leo,

    Bryan

  667. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:35 pm

    I too, pay extra for Tech TV. For Digital cable it does weigh a pretty penny, but if its the only show I pay for on digital cable, I might consider otherwise. The value of the screen savers was lost about two weeks ago. Kevin does a great job – but theres a lack of re-assurance that every problem they solve will be correct. While watching pat and kevin I feel that theres a lot of guess work. I suppose Leo didn’t become so good over night. I hope the show picks up, before having digital cable goes up to $100 dollars from its current price of $76 or tech tv will be forgotten on my TV.

  668. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:36 pm

    Leo,

    I am recent newcomer to TechTV and I stopped surfing because your enthusiasm. I started professional programming in 1975 and have seen lots of changes, but lately with a bad economy and personal problems I had lost interest in computers. But watching you on Call for Help and The Screensavers brought back some of the energy I used to feel for these “Personal Confusers” I used to love.

    I just wanted you to know I’ll probably stop watching Call for Help with you gone, but you helped make me a Screensavers fan and made me realize I still have a few more years in this industry because it is not as bad as I had come to believe.

    Thank you,

    Jim

  669. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:36 pm

    well i was on vacation last week, without tech tv, i came home and saw call for help was on instead of techlive from the night before which i was really happy about it, because i love call for help but its always on when im at school, then i saw leo wasnt on, then on the screensavers, no leo!!! and the beinning really sucks now too! i miss ya leo! i hope things work out so we can get ya back!

  670. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:53 pm

    Leo – you are very good (the best) at what you do. Vulcan has mad a terrible mistake, one of many I suspect, and unless Paul Allen wants to come on the show and personally address this, I am tuning out what was my favorite show on television. I will look for you on another venue.

  671. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 10:54 pm

    Leo – you are very good (the best) at what you do. Vulcan has mad a terrible mistake, one of many I suspect, and unless Paul Allen wants to come on the show and personally address this, I am tuning out what was my favorite show on television. I will look for you on another venue.

  672. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:02 pm

    I love Leo. I get him on Comcast homepage on my tv. My cable is basic, so I can’t access TechTV there. But, heck, I would like to ring those Vulcan Vultures neck. They deleted Leo, and a lot of laughs from my day.

    Good luck, Leo. Hope we will see you again on TV

    75 yr.old Leo fan.

  673. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:14 pm

    I’ve been out of town for a week, just got back to settle in watching “The Screen Savers” and was shocked to find Leo’s not there. Just shocking. Leo, YOU are the best at this, and I can’t believe they took your high degree of broadcasting professionalism and incredible screen presence away from the show (and the network). I certainly hope you come back when the buy over is complete….if not, I think something “wonderfully polished” will have been lost. In any case, I hope to see you somewhere in the broadcast world. Wish you had a regular show on the internet…I’d watch it every day/night.

  674. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:16 pm

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. good luck leo, and i hope to see you the new channel, since living in chicago does not allow me to get my dose of leo on the radeo. The new guy on call for help is annoying, and TSS is ok, but without you is not as good. looks like i can delete some tivo auto records.

    Sheesh, this blows, good luck, and thanks for all teh tech info and laughs, after all the years, starting on msnbc to techtv, feels like you lose a good friend that you can see every night.

  675. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:25 pm

    Well Leo… you have no idea how much we’ll miss you. The show, (TECH TV) won’t be the same without you. I’ve been watching you since your animated days on “The Site” with Soledad O’Brian.

    Anyway… good luck, God bless and hope to see you very soon on something, anything!

    Peace.

  676. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:30 pm

    Leo, I tuned in late on Monday to see that you were gone, figuring that I’d simply catch you on Tuesday. Got home from work early to catch TSS on Tuesday, no Leo and the Opening Montage had been changed.

    This can’t be good, and it wasn’t.

    Leo, I cannot express how terribly sorry I am to know that you’re gone.

    You’ve been truly valued by those of us who have had a desire to learn and managed to find that person who knew how to explain things in a language that everybody could understand, and more importantly did it with a smile.

    I feel bad for the young crew that you had to leave behind, surely without your leadership and experience as a vetaran broadcaster, the challenges that lie ahead for them will be all that much greater.

    I hope that you and your family are well and in good spirits despite the recent turn of events, and rest assured that those who respect you and value what you have to offer will continue to do so, we’ll just have to work a little harder to find you!

    Take Care,

    C. Barnett

  677. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:36 pm

    I’m very bummed about this. You ARE TSS & CFH. I guess I just wanted to let you know that I am feeling pain over this, and that I am thinking about you. Enjoy the time off…. I’m sure we’ll see you soon!

  678. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:38 pm

    Leo,

    Today after missing a few shows, i noticed a new intro to the screensaver show and you were not

    there. I thought maybe you were on vacation. You and Patrick had a real chemistry between you

    that no one else can do. All the regulars are great and do a really great job, but screensavers

    without Leo is not the same. I’m 47 and no very little about computers, and i watch the show and always learn something new. Tech Tv made a big mistake when they let you go. The show will go on, but i will never be the same. Stick to your guns ! Your worth every penny they have to pay for you. I hope to see you on there soon. Take care,

    Mike

  679. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:53 pm

    I haven’t been able to watch The Screen Savers now for a few weeks, and I was irritated with all the Call For Help reruns that have been on. Tonight I was able to tune in to TSS and noticed that the intro video had changed without Leo in it. I was confused then, Kevin and Patric started the show. (?) I then got to wondering if something had happened to Leo and started surfing until I finally came to his web site. I read his blog and was shocked to find out that he had left Tech TV. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see your last show Leo. You’ll be missed by myself and my family. I’ve learned so much from you over the years and your wit and knowledge made the shows you were in a pleasure to watch. For the sake of the other talent on TSS and CFH I hope thier jobs are secure, but I’m sure the ratings will drop.

    Hope to see you on tv again soon, I’ll now be a regular reader of your web site. Enjoy this time with your friends and family.

    Take care.

  680. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:53 pm

    I completely understand why would you leave TechTV and support you all the way on your decision. I hope that everything goes well for you and that Comcast decides to have you back on the Screen Savers and can give you the deal that the idiots at Vulcan ‘promised’ you or even better. You deserve to get a fair pay and a fair deal from TechTV soon to be a new channel. Good luck to you and keep contributing to the technology world! :’)

    P.S. TechTV viewers: Let’s boycott them! Let’s all stop watching! DoS their website and servers!

    ;D “DISCLAIMER”: I am not responsible for the actions you take motivated by the writing that I have posted. Any attempt to ‘boycott’ or ‘harm’ will be your responsibility and I will not be held liable for your actions. :)

  681. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:53 pm

    Leo,

    Thank you for all that you have added to my life by helping me to learn about my “personal confuser”. My daily routine will not be the same without watching you. Tech TV has made a horrible mistake. Best Wishes.

  682. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:56 pm

    Leo,

    Thank you for all that you have added to my life by helping me to learn about my “personal confuser”. My daily routine will not be the same without watching you. Tech TV has made a horrible mistake. Best Wishes.

  683. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:56 pm

    Leo,

    Thank you for all that you have added to my life by helping me to learn about my “personal confuser”. My daily routine will not be the same without watching you. Tech TV has made a horrible mistake. Best Wishes.

  684. Anonymous on April 7th, 2004 11:57 pm

    Leo,

    Thank you for all that you have added to my life by helping me to learn about my “personal confuser”. My daily routine will not be the same without watching you. Tech TV has made a horrible mistake. Best Wishes.

  685. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:05 am

    Having survived similar things in my ????years, I smell pure unadulterated greed. I certainly hope things go well for you. Hopefully when the door is closed a window opens somewhere. You brought a great humor to the Screen Savers and reminded us all that learning can, and should, be fun. Good Luck to you and I hope to see you again on some media soon.

  686. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:13 am

    Thank you for raising television to a new level, and proving that you can mix intelligence, technology, and humor, and still keep it interesting to everyone. Yes we notice. We all will miss you, but I will not abandon the programs that you helped establish. Please return ASAP.

  687. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:24 am

    Caught Call for Help today — for the first time since you left. Frankly, the new host is definitely NOT ready for primetime — quirky body language drives me nuts. Hopefully, the new owners will recognize a professional when they see one. Thanks for the hours of entertainment and education you have provided. Best of luck going forward — I’ll have to tune in to CFRB from now on.

    Russ

    Burlington, ON, CANADA

  688. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:38 am

    Maybe If We All Stop Watching Techtv They Will Know What A Big Mistake They Have Made And Might Rehire Him, Im Sure In A Couple Weeks They Will Be Begging Him To Come Back

  689. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:39 am

    WOW

    I read this news on another news site and couldn’t believe it.

    You will be sorely missed.

    I’ve watched all the shows on Tech T.V. for some time now and will miss you there on The ScreenSavers and Call For Help.

    I wish you luck in all your new endeavors.

    exiter

    Floating Around On IRC Somewhere…

  690. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:39 am

    Well Leo,

    I started watching 4 years ago at my sister-in-laws place on Direct Tv broadcast. It was then I truley knew I was a geek when I couldnt get enough of the show. I still cant get enough of it. You make it interesting and learning.

    When we purchased a new home 3 years ago we needed to decide on either Cable or Satelite broadcast. Well several other stations along with TechTv made the decision. I hope that the new station keeps it with Dish. I will truely miss your humor. sorry to see you and Chris leave Call for Help. I even purchased your book.

    I hope you land back with both shows. Kevin needs your tutoring.

  691. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:40 am

    Maybe If We All Stop Watching Techtv They Will Know What A Big Mistake They Have Made And Might Rehire Him, Im Sure In A Couple Weeks They Will Be Begging Him To Come Back

  692. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:40 am

    As the song says, “You don’t know what you’v got till it’s gone”.

    Sometimes your hyperactive personallity got to be a little too much. But you provided a glue which held the eclectic group of techies together. There really isn’t any professional that the young talent can learn from any more. They are good people but the heart has been removed.

    So much of Tech TV is just reruns of whole shows or segments used on other of their shows over and over again. The Screen Savers was one of the exceptions to that.

    I guess the good thing is that there is less to keep me from getting off the couch after dinner and doing the other stuff I should be doing. Unless of course they, or someone else, bring you back.

    I will look forward to seeing you in the future. Best Wishes

  693. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:42 am

    Leo,

    You’ve taught me so much in the past few months that I’ve been watching TSS and CFH (due to being homebound because of a degenerative illness I’ve been left with little else to do than watch television). Your two shows are (were) my favorites because of your way of relaying information in a fun but informative fashion. The show WILL NOT BE THE SAME in spite of all the other totally kewl on-air and crew at TechTV. It just won’t. Sadly, I’m afraid since you will not be there to let me know what to do and why it does what it does, I no longer will be viewing the show … or even that channel. You were the Hub, Leo. Period.

    ****Hmmm….think I’ll drop a line or two to the sponsors.***** Just to get their feedback. It’s a nice way of letting them know how much money they are potentially losing.

    If anyone is interested, I’d suggest you too let the sponsors know how you feel. BTW, this is NOT a call for a BOYCOTT. That would be tantamount to playing nasty pool. Know what I mean? Sure you do.

    Best wishes and Best of Luck to you Mr. LaPorte. YOU ARE MISSED !!!!!

  694. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:48 am

    All I can say is, I have de-Tivo’d Screen Savers. Leo was the saving grace of the program. Without him it far too geek-heavy.

  695. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:50 am

    I dont know what to say. I thought this was a sick joke or something….

    Leo- you were the reason I kept watching tech tv…..ok ok…..you AND kevin, but it will never be the same. I cant believe I wont get to see you on tv anymore……

    Thanks for all the fun I had watching the screen savers. I could go back and reminice about the first time I saw tss (btw…i still remember…lol), but instead i’ll just sum up by saying thanks alot for everything. The level of fun you brought to the show was evident in how upbeat you were, EVERY SHOW. Day in and day out, you brought a level of professionalism that is encourageble, and it was always a BLAST to tune in. Also, you inspired me to get a mac (I dont have the money yet). As an owner of a Falcon Northwest PC, I’m always striving for the best performance….and i checked out a G5 at a best buy store, and i was blown away. Now all i have to do is save up for $5,500 to buy my G5, and $2,000 for my laptop….lol.

    I’ll stop my rambling now. Thanks for everything.

    Jeff(Tech tv viewer for 3 years)

    P.S. PLEASE get on tv soon!

  696. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:50 am

    All I can say is, I have de-Tivo’d Screen Savers. Leo was the saving grace of the program. Without him it far too geek-heavy.

  697. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:10 am

    I can’t believe it!! No Leo? No Patrick and Leo? No Leo on Call for Help? I thought TechTV was smarter than this. Seems like viewers don’t matter….just money. Leo!! We love and will miss you. I live on the East Coast so I don’t (at least not that I know of) get your radio show. The Screen Savers and Call for Help will never be the same. I’ll miss the wild shirts as well.!! LEO YOU WERE THE BEST!!

    Skyking…..

  698. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:24 am

    Leo,

    I discovered techtv this summer when my family fianally got directv and I absolutely fell in love with your shows Call For Help and The Screensavers. I was truly sorry to find out that you are leaving. My family and I will miss you and probably not watch TechTV as much now as before. The Screen Savers and Call For Help will not be the same without your energy and enthusiasm. I wish you best luck in whatever you do. You will be missed!!!!!

  699. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:29 am

    Man, you were the best in both call for help and screensavers (no offense to the other peeps) they are great too. I learned alot about tech just watching those shows. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and good luck. God Bless……:,(

    Im out,

    E-man

  700. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:32 am

    Leo, I cant believe Techtv owners were mistreating you.Thats so not right.I just discovered this on the call for help site. Maron i m gonna miss ya alot especially on Tss. The original Tss crew rocked and ya all were so helpful goofie n fun.By the way if you ever go on Long Island Nassau county theres a great Computer store called Microcenter (Westbury).You will find lots of cool Mac stuff & other cool gadgets.Leo you have always brightened up my spirits night on Tss.Good luck with the radio gig & other stuff. Peace

    From

    a Sad Tss Viewer =*(

    Aka Stacey

  701. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:33 am

    That just sucks man! You were my favorite Tech TV host! You will be greatly miss Leo. Good Luck in the future.

  702. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:35 am

    That just sucks man! You were my favorite Tech TV host! You will be greatly miss Leo. Good Luck in the future.

  703. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:35 am

    That just sucks man! You were my favorite Tech TV host! You will be greatly miss Leo. Good Luck in the future.

  704. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:35 am

    That just sucks man! You were my favorite Tech TV host! You will be greatly miss Leo. Good Luck in the future.

  705. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:35 am

    That just sucks man! You were my favorite Tech TV host! You will be greatly miss Leo. Good Luck in the future.

  706. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:36 am

    Leo, it was your charisma which made people watch TechTV.

    You are definitely one of a kind and I’m sure it

    will be almost impossible to have someone fill your shoes.

    Infact I’m sure ratings will decline quickly with you

    missing. You are quite the showman!

    Good luck in your future. You will be very much missed.

  707. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:37 am

    I will really miss you, I have been watching since ZDTV. Tech TV will not be the same without you. You are Tech TV!! SOB SOB

  708. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:52 am

    I tried watching Call For Help today…

    All I have to say is; Who in the blue hell is that dork who seems more in line with reading the card than to use his own Knowledge?? I hope they fire his ass, he doesn’t do the show nor viewers any good.

    He tries to be funny, while only making a fool of himself.

    Give me the show and let me host it!

    Leo, you are the Man on TechTV!

    Come back when you can….it sucks with out you..Big Time!

  709. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:56 am

    Wow, I would have never believed The Screen Savers without Leo Laporte. I was sad when Kate left ZDTV. I’ve watched since 1998 and have learned a lot thanks to you Leo and the crew at The Screen Savers. You will bounce back and maybe once the ComCast deal is done you’ll be back where you belong. Good Luck Leo. You will be missed!

  710. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:59 am

    I have turned off the Season Pass to The ScreenSavers on my TIVO until Leo returns!

  711. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:04 am

    This is just like the death of a close family member, and is indeed very painful. You will surely be missed, but NO ONE can fill your shoes. They will see this as the ratings languish. See you when you get back!

  712. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:05 am

    Nooooo! :'(

    Good luck Leo. We’ll miss you.

  713. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:20 am

    Leo, you were the first face that I saw when I finally got Tech TV on my tv. Every night I would set aside time to watch you and Pat dish out all the Tech News. Cause where I am from, tech news is always one week behide the rest of the world. Just to let you know I live in Newfoundland, Canada. You will surely be missed by all and I hope that Comcast and the G4 Network make it their first line of busniess to get you back.

    From Newfoundland, You will be missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  714. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:22 am

    Leo,

    I just wanted to say I was a little bit surprised when I heard you were leaving, and disapointed too, I’ve been watching Tech TV for several years now and I enjoy it very much. I consider myself to be a very tech savy person and can’t say I’ve learned a huge amount from watching Tech TV but I can say I find it very entertaining, and that I especially enjoy projects that you were involved in. I just wanted to email you to wish you luck in your future endevors and hopefully someday you’ll have a TV show that I can sit and enjoy again soon.

    All the best,

    Neil

  715. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:56 am

    Leo,

    Really enjoyed watching your show. It was fun and educational. There were several things I learnt from your show even though I considered myself a know all person!!

    Thanks for every thing.

    Wishing you all the best.

    -ron

  716. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:57 am

    No Leo,, No Show!!!!

    We all Love you Leo!!!

  717. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:59 am

    LEO, DON’T GIVE UP! I am boycotting TechTV. I will refuse to watch any of their shows until they bring you back (hopefully with a raise). I am trying to organize some people in my little chat circle to write nasty emails to TechTV until they wake up. You were a major part of the charisma on Call For Help. Tell TechTV to dump the weaker members of TechTV like…well I shouldn’t say it but…MORGAN has got to go. Sorry to put her on the spot but boobs don’t make up for intellect, no offense Morgan but you aren’t anything but eye-candy in my opinion. The ‘other’ guy from X-Play doesn’t seem terribly bright either (notice he doesn’t even have a name?). And Martin’s show…Unscrewed? That show has got to go. Come on…why dont they just show re-runs of Screensavers and Call For Help all night. Tell TechTV to dump Robot Wars and all the dumb ‘english accented’ shows, and…Thunderbirds re-runs? Who thought of that one? What’s next up for filler material? Geez! TechTV is going right down the tubes. I hope things work out for you Leo. Many apologies for rubbing people the wrong way here but this is ridiculous!!!

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE TECHTV!!! LEO & PATRICK ARE MAIN REASONS I STARTED WATCHING TECHTV.

    Jay

  718. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:00 am

    Leo,

    I would just like to say thanks for every thing you have done in my life. I wish it woudnt end this way. It really meant alot to me when I came to the studio and talked to you. Thanks for every thing.

    I hope this is not the end…

  719. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:05 am

    Leo,

    I watched your show weekly. Every week I looked forward to your zany comments on current Tech. I would/could suggest a net ban on techtv. I am very dissappointed with TechTV and how they miss-handled your job. Good luck on your next job and keep us posted….

    Albert, Canada

  720. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:07 am

    Leo, I have watched ZDTV/TechTV since it’s beginings and was so impressed with your character and expertize you brought to it’s programming. You inspired so many and helped many others on the tech highway. You will be missed but I know you will be better positioned somewhere in the spotlight where others will come to know what we all have been blessed to experience.

    Take Care, Jimmy

  721. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:20 am

    Wow, Leo i will miss you, i have had a great time watching you on tv.

    you will be missed.

    sniff : sniff

    Blake, MN

  722. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:37 am

    Leo,

    I discovered TechTV a couple months ago, and became ‘hooked’ immediately — all because of you. You were the glue that held both SCREENSAVERS and CALL FOR HELP together.

    Under your wit and wisdom, I have learned more about computing in the last two months than I have in the last five years.

    Really going to miss you.

    The Best,

    – roger -

  723. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:37 am

    Leo,

    I discovered TechTV a couple months ago, and became ‘hooked’ immediately — all because of you. You were the glue that held both SCREENSAVERS and CALL FOR HELP together.

    Under your wit and wisdom, I have learned more about computing in the last two months than I have in the last five years.

    Really going to miss you.

    The Best,

    – roger -

  724. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:40 am

    Well Leo, All I got to say is you where the biggest icon on

    TechTV. The other guy that does the show with the brunett/was blonde

    girl, is next to you as a cool person on the show. But without your

    big smile and carasmatic way of making computer diagnosis easy, techtv

    will be lost. I figure in a little while, they will see there ratings decrease, and they will be begging for you back.

    Best Wishes Leo.

    Take care dude, Jason

  725. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:42 am

    First Tss and now Call for Help. What a bum deal:( Leo you will be missed! Thank you for all you knowledge. You made Tss and Call for Help educational and fun to watch. Both shows are in trouble without you. I have learned so much about computers from you in the past 3 years. I thank you Leo. My friends thank you. You have always taken the extra time to make sure your viewers understood the subject’s you are talking about. I have to say Call for help and Tss lost a great man. I can only hope you will be back with comcast. Take care.

  726. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:49 am

    Leo:

    You will be sorely missed. I watched ZDTV/TechTV from the beginning and only began watching The Screensavers because YOU were hosting it! I run a network consulting company in Chicago and learned a little something every day!!! I hope you do come back somewhere, sometime, and when you do, I and my associates will be supporting you by watching the show. Enjoy what I hope will be your brief time off.

    Take care,

    Dino

  727. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:53 am

    Due to this devistating blow, Tech TV and especially The Screensavers has now lost a loyal fan of two years. Sorry to see you go Leo but there are bigger and better things planned for you by THE Man Upstairs. Good luck!!!

  728. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:06 am

    This SUCKS!

    Leo IS the BEST! What the HELL are they thinking?

    I am SO upset this just STINKS!!

    Leo, is there NO working it out???

    WAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

    All my best to you,keep us informed WHERE you are and what you are DOING!

    Blessings,

    Linda Gilliam

  729. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:07 am

    Leo, I am quite sure you will not be off the air for long. Though I love all of the other personalities on TechTV, you are the only one in the bunch who I am confident can make it elsewhere on his wits (without resorting to the adult entertainment industry or committing heinous acts of technical deviance). I seriously do love the rest of the crew, but a great number have taken strange turns of late.

    If there is one constant in any arm of the technology industry, media included, it is that THERE ARE NO CONSTANTS! Changes occur almost as frequently as Microsoft issues security warnings, so I know you are destined to reach my TV screen again soon.

  730. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:13 am

    Wow, that’s the end of it for me too then. The only thing I’ll wanna watch is xplay once in a while. Geez, first Megan then you, you both are what made Tech TV great for me. :(

  731. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:17 am

    Oh Leo I miss you so much and know that we the viewing public will miss you and await your return asap nothing will be the same and I’m sorry the show is now lacking in content.Leo we love ya ….Thanks for all your knowledge sharing.

  732. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:27 am

    Vulcan Ventures can kiss my ass!! Greedy corporate scum of the earth!!

  733. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:31 am

    You’re the man Leo. I hope to invite you into my living room again soon. Until then, I’ll miss you.

  734. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:39 am

    The show is not the same without Leo. It’s lost its cornerstone.

    Leo, you are a great interviewer. I think you should explore a show that takes advantage of this talent. It’s so interesting to have a knowledgable and entertaining techie interview a successful industry techie. There are now so many “what’s new” shows, that the audience needs another angle.

  735. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:44 am

    Leo you were the first face I saw when I first watched Tech TV 6 years ago and hopefully I will see you back there again. I wish you the best with wherever the road of life leads you.

  736. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:50 am

    Hi Leo,

    I have now signed the bring back Leo laporte petition and urge all of the leoville users to do the same!

    John Horvatic

  737. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:54 am

    Man, this is bad news, I’ve watched TSS and Call for Help, the former more than the latter pretty regularly for a year or so now. TSS is about my most watched show on tv at present, and a big part of that is leo, his crazy antics give the show a bit of fun and go well with patrick’s humour, they made a great team, will be damm sorry to see him go.

    Has anyone started some sort of internet petition or something similiar?

    Anyway, Leo you will be missed by your fans in Wellington, New Zealand, lets hope Comcast do the right thing and take you back. It won’t be the same till they do.

    Best of Luck

  738. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:58 am

    That’s just crazy. I thought there was something fishy going on w/your different absences, Leo, but it really hit when I saw the new TSS intro. GL in w/e you do, and hopefully you’ll be back w/G4!

    _nick

  739. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 5:02 am

    You will be sorely missed Leo. I have comcast here in dallas.They switched the lineup to where tech tv and a handful of channels were not covered.So after paying 5.00 extra a month I was able to get Tech TV back. With you gone,it will be hard to justify even that small amount of money. Good luck in whatever you wind up doing and God Bless….

  740. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 5:12 am

    I still can’t believe it’s true… You make that network! It makes me sick leo.. just sick

  741. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 5:16 am

    I have been watching TechTV for many many years and do not know if I will be able to keep watching without Leo. He was TechTV to me and will be missed alot.

    I am at a loss for words, Good Luck and I can only hope the new owners bring Leo back promply as I am sure this will cost TechTV many viewers.

  742. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 5:56 am

    I’ve been watching zdtv and subsequentially tech tv since day one when you were anchoring almost every show on the network. I’ve enjoyed your shows greatly. I hope you come back soon. You’ll be sorely missed.

  743. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:00 am

    Sir,

    You are without a doubt, the best host I have ever encountered within the technology realm. You make learning about computers actually enjoyable to many of us newbies. It’s something that Tech TV cannot duplicate. You’re outgoing personality is very attractive to us the viewers, that we simply can’t help but getting hooked and wanting more of your valuable knowledge. I want to take this moment to personally THANK YOU for all the indispensable advice you have provided us and rest assured that we will continue to support you and follow you no matter what station you’re on next. Best wishes,

    A New Tech Junkie,

    Martin Santillan

  744. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:14 am

    Without you on the show i guess i will stop watching, you always made it so enteresting. and the other shows they now have on there i just can’t get into.

  745. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:16 am

    Watched every show since ZDTV Leo. You kept me interested and most of all laughing. Hope you get another spot where I can enjoy the fun and home atmosphere you create.

    Your friend,

    Bill

    Charleston

  746. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:19 am

    Leo bridged the gap between computer technician and the happy go lucky end-user. His broad knowledge and depth regarding Mac’s, Pc’s and various code is rarely seen today… if at all.

    This is more devastating to me then Morgan leaving, and thats saying a boatload. Of course we all

    love Patrick and le Dark Tipper and Cat and Yoshi and the rest of the great crew, but the synergy of the whole will be lessoned because of Leo’s absence… period. Leo has the most experience and

    deserves everything Vulture Ventures isn’t giving him , and more.

    “Kill all the lawyers first”

    -Seep

  747. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:19 am

    Leo,

    Way to go. As always you stand up for what is best in and for technology TV.

    I know 60% of what I know about PCs’ because of you. Thanks to you I no longer consider sacrificing a goat before starting my Windoze machine.

    Can’t wait to see where you land and what show you star in next.

  748. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:36 am

    You were the reason that I kept my digital cable and now I am so sorry to see you go. I am sure that we all will be missing the charming humor and great adivce. Thank you for “keeping it real”.

  749. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:42 am

    Leo,

    Thank you for the years and years of … you. your wit, energy & wisdom. ’tis a pity. yet G4 et al will learn quickly how vital you have been to that which was techtv. if & when it is appropriate, please let “us” know if you’d like emails to the new owners about the prognosis for techtv without you.

    peter [in mill valley]

  750. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:42 am

    LEO! COME TO AUSTRALIA!

    This contenent is in desperate need of a good Tech Show! We moved here from America…. and we were feeling starved for your knowledge. So we started downloading you from the newsgroups! This could be our chance to have you all for ourselves! SOME TO SYDNEY!

  751. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:01 am

    I came to Tech TV because of Xplay. I stayed because of Leo. This is just too sad.

  752. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:12 am

    Dear Leo,

    My husband and I just realized tonight that you were not coming back to Techtv. We recorded both the screen savers, and call for help every day, and would sit down each night and watch your shows together. This was one of the few “together times” we did no matter what, with our busy schedules. Though we love everyone on both shows, we both especially adored you as a person, and all of the knowledge you’ve shared with us. We feel like we’ve lost a best friend, and have now stopped recording both shows. The shows just won’t be the same without you :-(

  753. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:26 am

    THIS SUCKS!!! I watched the screen savers the other night and with no Leo it SUCKED! Kevin is okay as a host but he doesn’t have the “goods” for a host, in my opinion. And Pat just seems like an opionated computer nazi like his ways always the best, i’m the same way that’s probably why i don’t like him on tv. Anyway screen savers SUCKS now. I mean you think of all places tech tv would know we as computer/tech people love change when it makes something better, we don’t like change when its forced upon us by some corprate A**Holes.

  754. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:38 am

    Dear Leo, The Screen Savers seems so boring without you being there. The corporate idiots! We hope the new management will let you work again on the Screen Savers. BRING LEO BACK OR WE WILL BOYCOTT TECH TV!

  755. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:54 am

    It’s really sad. Leo was my favorite on TechTV. Im still honored to have met him when he came here to Maryland and did some signing along with Patrick. I still cherish the side of my computer cabinet and my picture signed by them. This is indeed a sad day. I learned of it by instant message yesterday but thought it was just a joke. When i got home today i looked here and it’s true. This is truly a sad day for TechTV.

  756. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:00 am

    good riddance, you annoying little man. hope you rot! ps: learn how to pronounce ‘linux’ correctly and you might have a fighting chance.

  757. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:07 am

    Leo, You can’t go man! You’ve gotta come back, just wait till the good ownership comes along. I don’t follow the technicalities of TechTV and the owners that much, but I know that all of the people here support you all the way. I just recently had to stand up for something that I believed in and put myself in the same situation as you are. I can’t say that I’ve had a post every 5 minutes on my blog like you, but I have had many people wanting me to “come back” to the team. As hard as these choices are, they are always for the best in some mysterious way. Even if you don’t go back to TechTV we’ll still follow you around the TV guide. You made TechTV turn into what it is now today, you can make anything else that you want to do go just as well. I have learned tons of things about computers from watching your shows, but I have also learned tons of other things from you about just doing the right things. Sometimes things like this just have to be left alone and they will heal better than we would ever imagine. Good luck with whatever your life brings to you.

  758. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:26 am

    I’ve been a fan of yours ever since you were on KGO 810. That was when I was in elementry school (I think). I just recently called my cable company to turn TechTV back ON so I could watch Screensavers and the like… the irony is painful. Leo, you’ll be missed by everyone!

  759. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:40 am

    Leo, I’m totally in shock!!! I’ve been religiously watching you on the Screen Savers for the past 4 years, enjoying each and every show. I’m going to miss seeing you, its like losing an old friend!!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll see you again on a new television station or possibly a national radio show. Thank you for all of your sage advise and hard work. TechTV will never be the same without you!!!

  760. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:51 am

    Shock, sadness… So many other words to use. TechTV without you is like a computer without a CPU!

    You brought a unique aspect to all the shows you were on – knowledge and fun. A very difficult combination to be sure – having fun while still sounding like you know what you’re talking about.

    When we first got DirecTV, I was flipping around and saw “The Screen Savers”. First time I saw a little, I wasn’t too impressed. Then, I came back. The show grew on me until I was watching it every day religously. The way you and Patrick play off each other… Amazing. :) The knowledge I’ve gained from the shows is invaluable – as an Electronics and Computer Technology major at DeVry in Columbus, OH, I’ve learned almost as much from your show as in the classroom.

    I’ve seen people post that as long as TechTV keeps getting “techie babes” they’ll keep watching. Well, I’m sure they’re good at what they do and all, but you will be a gaping hole none can fill.

    I hope you will keep writing your Tech Almanac’s – one book I ask for Christmas every year as long as you keep writing them. :)

    You’ll be sorely missed Leo.

    Sincerely,

    Jordan Sampson

    CybrSlydr

  761. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:55 am

    Leo,

    Since I saw your first show when ZDTV went live, I was instantly hooked for life. I’ve seen friends die, got married (and divorced), and various other life tragedies, and no matter what, I could always count on you being there. The knowledge,information, and friendship you have brought into my life far exceed anything I could write down in simple words. For that I thank you. But more than that, I can say even though we have never met, I can honestly call you one of my truest friends and I hope that I haven’t seen the last of you. Thanks for everything, am I the only one who didn’t shed a tear? Good luck no matter what venture you decide to persue, you deserve nothing short of the best.

  762. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:33 pm

    Leo,

    Good luck with your next job. You Made TSS the only tech show I ever watched on Dish Network, and the only reason I paid to keep the channel… TechTV has lost my business. Again Leo Good Luck with your next postion…and please let us know what channel you will be on…Have to order it now :P

  763. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 12:45 pm

    Leo —

    I’ve kept digital cable — and even cable — mostly because of Screensavers. I will miss the fun and knowledge that you and Patrick entertainingly gave with such honesty —

    I hope comcast brings you back — I’ll probably not be keeping cable now…

    be well

    Barry

  764. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:00 pm

    LEO!

    You know we all love you. You ARE the SCREEN SAVERS. I am sure that whatever happens will end up being better for you and for us. We will keep looking for you.

    Alan

    Indianapolis

  765. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:10 pm

    Thank You.

  766. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:23 pm

    I am very saddened by the news of your departure Leo. I feel the truism “you never know what you have until its gone” will hold true in your situation. That is to say, TechTV will imaginably take a huge ratings hit due to your departure because of people such as myself who watched the show primarily for you talent on the air.

    I wish you best of luck with all your ventures in the future and I am sure whatever you choose to do you will be immensely successful.

  767. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 1:56 pm

    LEO PLS COME BACK!!!!!

  768. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:00 pm

    Three years ago I was working as a housekeeper with very little computer knowledge. I was just flipping trough channels when I come across with Tech TV at the first time. I couldn’t believe my eyes, finally a TV show for me. I kept watching ever since. The Things I have learned from your shows helped me to become a certified IT professional, and get me a sweet job. Leo you are the best!!! I thank you for everything!!!!

    You are too good to just disappear from the screen. I know we see you soon!!!

    Regards, Nandor

  769. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:14 pm

    First Gina now Leo! At least we got to hear Dvorak at CES. That was JD and not a CGV?

    I tried to understand Gina’s web site, but I cannot. She is ok?

  770. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:16 pm

    This is an atrocity…its really too bad that Leo, without a doubt the life blood of the network, is leaving. Truly their loss. All this time I have been waiting to get a satellite dish so I can watch TechTV, and now Leo is gone! I am interested to see where a man of his stature will end up next.

  771. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:16 pm

    Leo, I was saddend by the news of your having been FORCED off TechTV! I thought blackmail was against the law! Obviously, no good deed goes un-punished! It is however refreshing to see somone stand up for thier principles and not give in to the evil doers! My son was the one who turned me onto TechTV several years ago and we came to see you when you were here in Maryland, a great treat by the way! I’m grateful to have had the chance to shake your hand and meet with you for a brief moment, you’ve taught me so much and your humor is priceless. You have enriched our lives through television and now, at least for a short time, until Vulcan Ventures takes thier head out of thier #%$@ we’ll have to recieve your wisdom from the wonderful books you’ve provided us. Keep your chin up and don’t let the bastard’s get you down. We’ll be rooting for you and I’ll be writing letters in your defense to the “Dark Powers” that be.

    Thank you Leo, we miss you!

  772. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:27 pm

    You are already being missed. I have learned a great deal from you. I wish you didn’t have to leave. Remember when one door closes a new one opens. This is the end this book, but you will be writing your next book in your new venture. Keep enyoying what you do and stay true to yourself. I know it had to be a hard decision. I wish you much love and success in your future endeavors.

  773. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:33 pm

    I AM A RELATIVELY NEW VIEWER ,ABOUT 2 YEARS, BUT I WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR LEO IS GONE. WHEN DO THE NEW PEOPLE , G4, TAKE OVER?

  774. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 2:48 pm

    Hey Leo,

    Thanks for a wonderful and enjoyable TV shows.

    I used to watch you every week here in Israel and loved your shows.

    Tech TV is sure losing one of her cornerstones.

  775. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:10 pm

    I am a long time watcher and have never felt a need to post but this situation has compelled me to post….I think its unfortunate that Leo has had to part ways with TechTV and the viewers. I believe that he was one of the biggest factors toward attracting and retaining viewers to TechTv. From the days of Leo and Kate he has kept educating viewers and attacting people to his shows and other TechTV shows. The company would not be such a great success without him and I hope he returns to that show again if not a newer/better show.

    Thanks for the memories and education. Rene H

  776. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:14 pm

    I

    In lebanoN and many of my friends liked your shows and the way you presented them

    thanks for the great work and time you gave us since long time

    Everything that begins must ends

    this is life leo tAKE CARE AND WE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU ASP

    yOURS

    oMAR

  777. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:26 pm

    no goodbyes, only see you later.. Ü

  778. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:39 pm

    The only shows I watch on TV, are those with you in them! Sorry to see you go, but hope to see you back again soon!

  779. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 3:41 pm

    I hope to someday see you again in TechTV Leo… Even if the episodes here are a bit late, my day would never be complete without Call For Help, Screensavers, and Xplay… too bad, losing Leo Laporte is like losing 1/2 of the Screensavers… ah yes, memories of me salivating over those PC’s of you guys and those stuff I learned… too bad i don’t have cash.. oh well, good luck on your future undertakings Leo Laporte (and in true geek fashion) May The Force Be With You.. heh…

  780. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:03 pm

    Thanks, Leo. I think I’ve learned more substantive knowledge from you than from any other individual (besides my parents), and I’ve been to undergrad and law school. Thanks.

  781. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:14 pm

    Leo, I was there in the beginning when ZDTV started with you and Kate. And have been watching since then. But, I must stop watching Tech because I WILL NOT SUPPORT ANYTHING TO DO WITH PAUL ALLEN’S VULCAN VENTURES, EMP IN SEATTLE, HIS THE SEATTLE SONIC, THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, OR ANYTHING HE OWNS OR G4/COMCAST. THIS IS NOT WRIGHT! THIS ONLY SHOW WHEN YOU HAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS YOU CAN CONTROL THOSE AROUND YOU. CALL IT, EGOS BEFORE PEPOLE. I wish the very best for you, one Mac user to another. I encourage everyone to boycott anything to do with Paul Allen, G4/Comcast.

  782. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:17 pm

    Leo, just wanted to add my voice to the many. Thanks for the great shows. Hope all goes well with you. “You will be missed!”

  783. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:20 pm

    We’ll miss ya Leo. You were the best host on techtv in my opinion and I enjoyed having you in my home every day. I think Comcast would be foolish indeed to not pick you back up after the transfer of ownership. Here’s hoping to see you again soon.

  784. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:23 pm

    Good Lord no Leo!!!

    Mr Laporte i will personally miss you and your zany antics on the Screen Savers and hope that the TTV execs wise up and rehire you.

  785. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:23 pm

    Good Lord no Leo!!!

    Mr Laporte i will personally miss you and your zany antics on the Screen Savers and hope that the TTV execs wise up and rehire you.

  786. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:28 pm

    Leo, here is a newsflash for VulCAN (as in they CAN reconsider and do the right thing). I am a Comcast subscriber and you are one of the main reasons I have digital, premium programing – so that I can enjoy watching you on the Screen Savers and Call for Help. I don’t watch much television, but found your shows refreshing and enlightening. I am a technical person, and don’t find much opportunity for entertaining programing that is technical. I struggled through changes that Call for Help encountered when you left before, I stopped watching it until you returned. Further I really like Kevin, but he is no Leo. The Screen Savers is Leo, and TechTv is not the same without you. Signed Frustrated.

  787. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:46 pm

    WE WILL MISS THOSE SHOES!

  788. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:56 pm

    Leo,

    I can’t count all the fond memories I have watching both TSS and Call for Help. I’ve been watching since the days of ZDTV, and I’ve walked away knowing so much more about technology. To me, there can be no TSS without Leo Laporte. I saw the new intro to TSS… and it just felt wrong not seeing you driving around wearing those sunglasses…

    But, wherever the road of life takes you next, I wish you nothing but the best.

  789. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 4:58 pm

    Leo, we sure are going to miss you. I hope Comcast and you can work something out so that we will be able continue learning from the great one. Thanks for the ride, we throughly enjoyed it.

  790. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 5:05 pm

    WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    why why why…

    you are my favorite newscaster for all the tech shows I watched for the past 5 years into tech!!!

    hope you can be one of my email pals…

  791. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 5:12 pm

    You folks all know that he will be back when the Comcast thing is over? Right… Do you really think that the new owners will not hire him back. He’s taking a vacation.

    PS: In general I find the screensavers is about 3-6 months behind on the newest stuff, but it can be entertaining to watch at times.

  792. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 5:21 pm

    Leo,

    I have been watching since sometime back in the early days, late ’95. I will surely miss you on the shows. This seems like the “end of an era” for me and I would sure LOVE to see you work something out with Comcast. I enjoyed your enthusiasm and insight. THANKS!

  793. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 5:22 pm

    Sorry, Leo, but I have to admit, I am glad that you are gone from the face of TechTV. You are the reaseon that I stopped watching the show some time ago. Now the show will be more enjoyable. If they repleace the producers and the editors and actually make it a wothwhile program I will come back to enjoy the tech tips of the screen savers.

  794. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 5:25 pm

    Haikus of sorrow and parting

    A rock and hard place

    Between which he must choose one.

    Give up stock? No way.

    Talented Leo.

    He will be missed terribly.

    He made “IT” make sense.

    Perhaps he’ll return.

    After ratings go through floor.

    Then, our friend will be back home.

    Fare thee well Leo,

    We mourn the loss of our friend

    God bless and Good luck!

  795. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 5:47 pm

    Sorry to see you go, Leo… I think you are/were “THE” best personality

    at TechTV. I’ve been watching for about 5-6 years— -back when it was good-ol “ZDtv” — mannnn what good days.

    Any— My family and I will miss you— GET BACK ON TV.

    William from Louisiana

  796. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:02 pm

    Greetings Leo,

    Just for spite and as a black mark against TechTV, I hope you have filed for State Unemployment Compensation!

    Onto another topic, I am curious to know why “your friends,” that is, Patrick, Kevin, Yoshi, Sarah, etc… have not boycotted and walked off the set in your support? I am beginning to wonder if Patrick Norton did not have it in for you for some time? The only reason I wonder, is that it was VERY apparent over the past few weeks that there was tension on the set. That is to say, in many instances it was clear that Patrick had a bone-to-pick with you and would slide your comments or make gestures following some of your comments. Also, over the past few weeks there seemed to be a lot of tension and plenty of on-air comments concerning your salary and lifestyle — this seemed to not sit right with Patrick Norton. With this in mind, always act like an attorney and NEVER trust anyone outside your immediate families.

    In the end, I think people need to accept the fact that Leo Laporte built TSS and CFH from the ground-up and in those instances when [he] was away from the set, the broadcasts suffered severely — to the point that I would not watch the program. With this in mind, TechTV executives and all management (because I know you and your legal teams are reading these message boards) need to pull tour heads out from where the sun does NOT shine and re-hire Leo — he is TechTV!!!

    Good luck Leo, you have “our” support — Rock-On!

    With best wishes, I am

    Sincerely,

    Mark K.

    P.S. Woz, its time you enter stage-left and start a competing broadcast and bring Leo in as your partner. Hmmmmmm, Woz, Leo, Kevin Mitnick, Dvorak…… that would be a GREAT broadcast team. :>)

  797. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:07 pm

    Hey Leo,

    Just heard the news, i cant believe they are soo vicious to do such a thing to you. Is there anyway you can fight back? Suing Vulcan Ventures?

    PLEASE come back on TV. I was lookin foward to callin you on CALL FOR HELP today too. I needed to know which one you think is THE BEST, AD Blocker.

    Im in NYC, is there a way i can call you on your RADIO Show?

  798. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:44 pm

    leo.. i’m always the last to know… you’ve taugh us all so much, i go back to 1999..w/ kate (TTS)& alley (C4H).. i’ll miss you .. and hope that the new owners see the error of Vulcan Ventures.. i’ll keep my eye out for ya i need to keep my geek in training muscles from atrophying. it was always a pleasure to see you work.. i’m lucky i live in so cal.. so i’ll hear ya this weekend..keep up the geek.. take care, good thoughts are with you n yours n hoping the new owners do the right thing.!

  799. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:47 pm

    I wish you all the best, Leo. May God bless you and good luck in your future undertakings.. take care man..

  800. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:56 pm

    Leo, I’m always the last to know!! damm damn damn..You’ve taught us all so much.. I’ll miss you.. although i’m hoping that the new owners see the error of “Valcum Ventures” ways.. until then you’ll be missed .. thank you for everything, you brought alot of joy to alot of us, it’s great to see someone who loves their job.. your irreplaceable .

  801. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 6:56 pm

    I now know that after seeing the screensavers today, my viewership has come to a end. Leo worked well with Patrick on the show to give a two sides opinion of the market. Over the past 6 months I have seen Techtv push their “New line up” on us. Every show has gotten worse, techLive( hosts are bad), Martin new show is on the wrong station(go back to screensavers), xplay (please), and do the owners think sex is what we really want on a tech tv station.

    I for one was happy with old format. Give us the new tech and straight facts!

    ps. Best of luck,Leo

    keep us informed what you are up to.

  802. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:29 pm

    Leo I’m sorry to see you leave Tech TV. I hope it is just temporary and that G4 sees what they have lost and comes calling for your return. I understand that business is business and TV is TV. I wish you the best of luck. I still like Cat, Roger & Co. but you were the personality of Call For Help after Chris left. I won’t be watching Call For Help until after the merger just because it isn’t as entertaining anymore. I will probably give Screen Savers a chance because I like Patrick & Kevin and Sarah is such a hottie. I wish you the best of luck and hope to see you reunited with TechTv/G4 after the merger.

  803. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:29 pm

    it saddens me to here that tech tv’s parent company has decided to pick money over sense.

    i hope you make it back when the new company takes over. you are my favorite personality on tech tv. i’m shocked that you were let go especially over something as silly as stock. yours was the face i most closely associated with the network. to me, your release is akin to cbs letting walter cronkite or dan rather go before they were ready.

    your shows, call for help and the screensavers, were very comfortable to watch in the afternoons. i looked forward to watching them. they were a very pleasant alternative to the jerry springer – maury povich junk that is currently choking the airwaves.

    in the era of flashy, cynical and vapid television, it was refreshing to see a normal person who seemed nice – on the tube anyway – who was tech savvy and was not condescending even to the biggest of noobs.

    i fear that the new owners are going to replace all of the normal, tech savvy people with bubbleheaded models who know little more than what the teleprompter feeds them.

    here’s hoping we see you again (and back on tech tv) as soon as possible and if not, i hope everything goes even better than it has.

    good luck, leo!!

    (p.s. is there anyone the fans can write in order to get you reinstated?)

  804. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:32 pm

    I was sad to learn that you will no longer be on TechTV… that things didn’t work out for everybody. But in a way I’m also glad you are taking things into your own hands and are now free to do almost anything you want. Your passion for the technology we all love is very strong, and I’m sure we’ve not heard the end of Leo Laporte. I WILL buy your books and will listen to events that may include you.

    You’ve made being a techy-geek fun for the world to see. I am a Professional Tech too, and I feel good to let people know. It also feels comforting to know there are others like me out there in OUR world that share this greatness and exciting times we’re going through. Take care and enjoy this time off.

    We shall see you again.

    Mav Mandeville

    Cold Lake, Alberta.

    Canada

  805. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:52 pm

    Leo, you are the heart and soul of that network. The ONLY reason I watched it was for the screensavers, mainly because you braught the “boredom” of computers and their reputation and completely changed that around to not be true. I respect you as a professional and as a person. You had a wonderful run, and I hope to see you again. Thanks for the memories in the meantime!

  806. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:53 pm

    Thanks for all your common sense help for sooooooo many years. We will all miss you in my household & hope you return soon.

  807. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:55 pm

    This Blows, I still will watch the show but with a heavy heart. My daughter and I will miss you and please send an email, when you are on another network. You will be missed

  808. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 7:59 pm

    Leo has quite the support amongst online cartoonists, besides PVP, another comic has featured Leo and his problems with TechTV….

    http://www.mywarwithculture.com/comic.php?cid=9

  809. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:01 pm

    From the early days with Kate to the grooming of Pat I have loved and learned from

    Leo. Besides the tech info, the tone of the show brought me enjoyment not found on

    tv since the early days of live tv. Its like the old Ernie Kovacs comedy show or maybe even Steve Allen in his early days. Spontaneous and genuine and funny. I will still watch Pat, Kevin and Sara but with a hint of emptyness till Leo lights up my tube again. Give em’ hell Leo and don’t take it out on your goats.

  810. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:07 pm

    With all the people who, are sorry, I am on the other hand am not. I’ve been waiting for this day for quite a while now. And it finally came this douchebag is off Tech Tv. FINALLY. THANK GOD FOR THIS GLORIOUS DAY.

    Now I can finally watch the screen savers and call for help and FULLY enjoy it.

    ONCE AGAIN FINALLY.

    It’s a happy day for me.

  811. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:08 pm

    I can’t believe my friends held out on me with Tech TV. I wasn’t interested in TV at all until I found the ScreenSavers and Call for help in November. I actually teared up learning this news today. I noticed Leo wasn’t on recently and worried for his health or hoped he was on a wonderful vacation with his family. I really don’t know how they can’t offer the Best man on TV what he deserves or more. He really has massive charisma and can teach all even the stubborn ones that would never think they would be interested in computers. I wish we had him for president , but I wouldn’t wish that job on anyone.

    Blessings to you, your family and friends. I hope we get to see you soon. I guess I will need to figure out how to get your radio show now :D

  812. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:19 pm

    Ya know, I was wondering what happened. I guess the first week I noticed Leo was gone, I assumed he was on Vacation or something, but then another week, and another… I started to get concerned: You see, Leo was the reason I started watching The Screensavers to begin with. He made the show a heck of alot of fun.

    Leo was the best personality tech tv had, I’m surprised and saddened to see that they outed him in this manner, This is not only unfortunate for leo, but for the shows that he hosted as well, They just arent the same anymore. They lack that certain Leo-pazaz that he brought to the shows, He would often make my girlfriend and I giggle or laugh outloud with his fun ways of bringing technology to our living room.

    Leo, you are missed. I hope to see you on the tube again real soon.

  813. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:19 pm

    Leo,

    I already miss you greatly, TSS and CFH are not the same without you. Even so, I do not blame you one bit for walking. I often tuned in as much to see what stunts you would pull as for the actual “tech” content. Your talent goes way beyond your technical knowledge and expertese.

    I realize any show is a group effort, and that those who never get

    on camera can be quite important as to what goes out on the cable, but without YOU ‘on’ camera….I doubt I will watch either show nearly as much.

    I hope your negotiations with the new owners go well….whoever they are.

    My regret is that if they do NOT go well, it will not be so much your loss, as it will be ours.

    Best of luck….whatever happens

    Fred

  814. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:19 pm

    Leo,

    I already miss you greatly, TSS and CFH are not the same without you. Even so, I do not blame you one bit for walking. I often tuned in as much to see what stunts you would pull as for the actual “tech” content. Your talent goes way beyond your technical knowledge and expertese.

    I realize any show is a group effort, and that those who never get

    on camera can be quite important as to what goes out on the cable, but without YOU ‘on’ camera….I doubt I will watch either show nearly as much.

    I hope your negotiations with the new owners go well….whoever they are.

    My regret is that if they do NOT go well, it will not be so much your loss, as it will be ours.

    Best of luck….whatever happens

    Fred

  815. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:24 pm

    Damn Leo this sucks you have no ideal how many puters i have worked on just because of what i have learned from your shows,I hope to god comcast will see the light and bring you back.

    Good Luck and God Bless My Friend.

  816. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:26 pm

    Damn Leo this sucks you have no ideal how many puters i have worked on just because of what i have learned from your shows,I hope to god comcast will see the light and bring you back.

    Good Luck and God Bless My Friend.

  817. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:27 pm

    Hi Leo, just wanted to leave yet another note from a viewer who enjoyed you on TSS and CFH (although I did enjoy the geeky almost manic energy of Chris Pirillo too)… It’s funny how you grow attached to having certain faces come into your living room every day. I missed Sumi Das when she left Fresh Gear, then one day I saw Erica Hill on CNBC or wherever, then Brett Larson on another network, and Michaela leaving TechLive! Now you too???

    I’m sad to see an “old timer” leave the network, someone who could relate to microcomputers as a hobby (before they were generically called PC’s) from back to the 70’s and 80’s (remember the Pop Electronics MITS Altair article, SouthWest Tech (CT-64 kits), Tarbell, Godbout Electronics, George Morrow ThinkerToys, Processor Technology (SOL-20), Cromemco, NorthStar, IMSAI, TDL Xitan (what I built), Digital Research, Microsoft/Bill Gates before they hit it big, and so on…)

    Best of luck Leo — I hope ComCast keeps TSS and CFH and brings you back to at least one of those shows…

  818. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 8:46 pm

    Im pretty young, only just 16, but TechTV has made an incredible mistake. You are the perfect man for that job. You’ve got an incredible technology geared mine combined with a smooth flowing personality that simply works on TV. You are just the right balance of tech and personality.

    Everyone on The ScreenSavers and Call for Help are wonderful people and it just isn’t right that you are not there any longer. I have been watching for about two years and TechTV = Leo Laporte. I sure as heck will miss your awesome “Uncle Leo” personality cause thats what you are like, the awesome uncle who gives Goofy a run for his money, yet still makes everything all right. You make TechTV all right. I already miss ya. I can only hope that someday I’ll get to see you on the small screen again.

  819. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 9:15 pm

    Well I too want to say how sorry I will be in Leo leaving the Screen Savers. No offence to the others on the show but Leo was the glue that held that show together. I think they will soon discover the vacuum that is left. As Spock always says “There are always alternatives and possibilities” so maybe something will change for the better. In any event I hope you do well Leo.

    John

  820. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 9:15 pm

    Tech TV won’t be the same without me!

  821. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 9:23 pm

    Hello Leo,

    I know there is quite a list going on here, but I just wanted to leave my condolances and my best wishes to you. I’ve been a fan for close to 2 years now (taping TSS and Call for help) every night. And it is just not the same. Sure Kevin is doing a fine job, but the chemisty between you and Patrick was something that will not be easily replaced. Not to mention your talent as a host, an interviewer, the awesome knowledge, the great sense of humor, and yes… the geekness. As hinted at, perhaps we will see you soon on TSS or perhaps another show, and until then you will be missed. I hope to see you soon…

    Regards and Best wishes…

    Cyen

  822. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 9:33 pm

    Leo, I can say no more than all the others have said,

    ( I didn’t read them all so I may be repeating… sorry )

    it has been many years watching every show (Tivo’d of course),

    and taking endless notes.

    I am a little relieved however… !

    I have just gained an additional 10 hours of my life each week!!!

    (ok, ok with tivo I could get thru in half the time!)

    But I just finished bookmarking the Show Notes so that I can still get a fix.

    It seems to have become totally a kids show now…

    hacking your icons…

    messing with your registery…

    playing games,

    whatever…

    but I was still there waiting every day for the pearls that I found from you.

    Take care, George

  823. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 9:37 pm

    Leo-

    You’re great at what you do! I have been watching YOU since ZDTV. Those were the fun years! I don’t know if I want to watch TECHTV anymore! They better think of something fast because they (techtv) screwed up big time! There’s not another LEO out there! Thanks for ALL the knowledge and laughs! Good Luck, hope to see you again soon! YOU WILL BE MISSED!

    -Mike

  824. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 9:58 pm

    LEO DONT LEAVE!!!!!!!!!

    Please read this and please come back to the screen savers and call for help NO ONE IS A GOOD AS A HOST AS YOU

    i just found out tech tv wont be the same without you, ive been watching and the new host is no ware as good as you where. you are the coolest person ever and i and milions of others of people will know that without you, techtv will never be the same agean.

    please read this leo,PLEASE READ THIS LEO.

    i hope this is just an elongated vacation because its like loosing someone very dear to yourself

    :(PLEASE COME BACK:(

    :(sencerly:(

    David C

    from

    st.clair shores,Michigan

    :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

  825. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:00 pm

    Man this sucks leo is to the tech world like alex rodriguez or albert puljous is to baseball , he is the best

  826. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:06 pm

    Leo,

    I wish you the best of luck in wherever life takes you. Hopefully G4 will bring you into the fold once the merger goes through. You are an entertaining, genuine, intelligent man and I am sure that your knowledge will not be overlooked anywhere you go.

    God bless,

    Ken

  827. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:07 pm

    OOOOO I forgot to tell you how mutch you have helped me whal i was blabering on about you leaving

    yo have helped me so much i thank you on so many levels. my only wish is that you come back. but i have no say in that i gess. well i gess all i can say good luck in the years ahead of you

    bye

  828. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:11 pm

    &*%$!!!!! I am throwing things right now! This is so unbelievable. It’s ok Leo…tho it’s bad for those of us who love you (and only watched because of you I might add), but good for you doing what you need to do! They apparently assumed you were some little puppet who was a slave to the master of TV. I’m proud of you for telling them where they could stick it, so to speak.

    Love you lots…meeting you was the greatest moment of my life! I hope to have the pleasure again, and I most certainly will follow you wherever you go (on tv I mean…I’m not a stalker!)

    Don’t worry Leo…you’re a STAR…everyone’s going to be trying to get you in their corner. ;o)

    And don’t worry…You were right! LOVE YA!!!!! ALWAYS!!!! I’ll be looking for ya!!

    Chris in Bama, by way of RI. You know you remember me!! (from Hushmail)

    http://www.chrinamint.com/MeLeoSmooch_sm.jpg

  829. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:17 pm

    uhhh wtf?! i turned on screensavers no leo i said ehh maybe hes skiing or sumthing lol than i turn on call for help no leo i figured u were out again……. than the next day comes and still no leo and i come here and find out you left for good…… thats pretty sad u were def my fav host on the network u need to come back!!!!!!! u had the most energy all the rest of the tech guys r kinda slugish… bleh owell

  830. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:20 pm

    I thought Leo owned TechTV? They can’t fire the owner! Seriously.. The first time I tuned into TechTV I thought that Leo must be the patriarch of that network. They will suffer without the depth of knowledge Leo brought to them. I am not disrespecting anyone who works there now. People like Leo are invaluable assets to have. A skilled computer user before some of the others at the network were born.. doesn’t that say enough? And even beyond that, Leo is a very helpful and likeable personality. Corporate America is a jaded and cruel monster.

  831. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:21 pm

    You will be missed Leo, you were a good 50% of Tech Tv’s total worth. I have watched the screensavers religiously since you came on. You made technology fun. Good luck, James.

  832. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:33 pm

    meh, who cares. Now Leo will have lots of time to whack off to his Mac. BOOYA!

  833. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:43 pm

    You will be missed leo. Tech TV will never be the same without you. I used to watch the Screen Savers everyday but it’s just not the same anymore. As for Tech TV What the HELL were you thinking. Your loss! Good luck in future endeavers Leo.

  834. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:43 pm

    I miss you Leo :-( Things just aren’t the same. My husband and I are very upset that you’re not on TechTV anymore. I hope things will eventually get worked out for you there. Regardless of what happens there, you have two fans who love your books and will continue to buy them. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us all of these years, we’ve both learned so much from you.

    I really do hope to see you back on TechTV again soon though.

    Best wishes!

  835. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 10:55 pm

    Leo…I hope to find yosomewhere else on TV sometime soon…Tech TV will never be the same with you gone…You Rule!!!

  836. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:03 pm

    I really can’t believe that Leo is gone, I have to say that my daily event of watching Call for Help and Screensavers may have come to an end. Leo brought flavor to the shows, He made me excited about learning because he was excited about spreading his knowledge. You will be greatly missed Leo. Thank you for all the wonderful gifts of knowledge you have given all of us devoted fans over these wonderful years. (man I’m getting teary eyed writing this)

    P.S. Comcast if you have any knowledge of running a successful station then you will grab him up before you lose him forever.

  837. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:14 pm

    I still want to see leo on TV , so i dont know how many e-mails i have to send to get leo back to tv , i have the best wishes for leo but people try to make this happend send e-mails to try your best to get leo back on TV , he is by far the best host i´ve ever seen on a show and the best with a great humor. please lets make this happend , let´s put leo back on TV.

  838. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:19 pm

    Loved watching you religously Leo….

    I’m going to make sure I listen to your radio show via the internet and get my weekly fix.

    I know it won’t be the same, but it will just have to do.

    Too bad, the show just doesn’t have the same chemistry as it did, and that’s what really made

    the show.

    I’ll hear you on Saturday…..

    Till then, stay safe, and relax… It will only be a short vacation untill you’re out there and working again. Talent like yours will get picked up fast. So enjoy the short time you have and relax!

    Carter

  839. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:21 pm

    Flood the Tec Tv network with complaints guys let them know what a stupid thing they did.

  840. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:27 pm

    Leo,

    Why would you work for someone else? Work for yourself. Be a Consultant, freelance. Start your own company. Change is good, make it work for you!

    Hope they gave you a good package!

  841. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:30 pm

    Leo,

    I am sure sorry to see you leave TechTV. I retired early in order to watch you daily on Call for Help and The Screen Savers. I tried to watch the new Call for Help but it was just too painful. Kevin and Pat are good fillins for the Screen Savers but the show really needs a mature host. You provided humor along with your vast knowledge of technical equipment. When you didn’t know the answer, you said so and asked for help. You will be missed by many. I don’t think I will be a regular watcher any longer.

    Good Luck!!!

  842. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:38 pm

    Leo, I just learned of your (hopefully temporary)departure from tv!I am shocked. We are close in age. Most companies I have worked for have been less than honorable in treatment of employees. I’m glad you stood your ground !

    Good luck Leo, I know you will continue to be successful.

  843. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:46 pm

    Leo –

    I AM OUTRAGED!!! How can they do this?? They are out of their minds not to work this situation out with you!

    Simply put…YOU ARE THE SCREEN SAVERS!!

    Thank you so much for everything you have taught me over the past few years. I will miss your great personality and quick sense of humor. The quality of the Tech TV network has been GREATLY reduced with your departure.

    Is there any sort of petition being created to get you back on the air?

  844. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:48 pm

    Leo, I support you 100%. I’ve been watching you since it was ZDTV and YOU made that network what it is today!! I’m leaving my email address so you can let me know when you are back on the air. That is when I will start watching again!

  845. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:51 pm

    “Faith manages.”

  846. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:54 pm

    Leo, the only reason I ever tuned in to Tech TV was because of Screen Savers. Without you, the whole TechTV channel is pointless so bye bye Tech TV and I hope to see you on some other program somewhere else on the TV again Leo.

  847. Anonymous on April 8th, 2004 11:59 pm

    We are celebrating our 4th Wedding Anniversary, sitting in front of TechTV’s The Screen Savers MUTED… drinking a nice Argentinean Merlot in your honor Leo Laporte!!

    My wife and I we are more disappointed than sorry. It’s a shame they let you go… but you know what: their loose!

    We will be canceling our cable services and moving away from Ohio soon. I’m glad you are gone Leo: we won’t miss cable!!

    Like a good friend you will be always in our heart.

    Pedro & Susana

  848. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 12:18 am

    Well, It is going to be hard to watch TechTv with you gone, Mr. Laporte. I always enjoyed the jokes you made on TSS. You also are the best computer expert I know of. Let’s hope G4 hires you when the merger is finished.

  849. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 12:27 am

    LEO! man i’m going to miss seeing you on the ScreenSavers on TTV. Your personality is what got me started watching, then kept my attention with that whole network. rats. I can’t express myself with words, I draw pictures. I’ll send you some artwork.

    Thanks for the info over the years, but who’ll tell me cool mac tips now?

    I’ll keep hoping for your return. Good luck in whatever you do. -don perkins

  850. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 12:44 am

    LEO: I’ve been watching you on TechTv since it was ZDTV at the very beginning of the channel. It is TRULY sad to see you have left. The Screen Savers and Call For Help will go on but won’t be the same without YOU! I have been listening to your radio show over the internet on KFI – AM since it began and I think it is very informative. I hope you can continue on radio. You have an excellent radio/announcing voice. Perhaps circumstances will change at TechTv and you can come back or maybe you can get your own TV show on another network. Who knows? Anything is possible. Good Luck to you, Leo!

  851. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 12:48 am

    oh my god leo. well you did the rite thing. I love you your so sexy.

    im going to die without hearing your knowledge every day. I just started catching on teech. I love you and i’ll be waiting………

  852. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 12:49 am

    I’m really sad to see that you are not on tech tv anymore, I really enjoyed watching your shows.

    Even if I know quite a bit about computer (at least I think so..), you often show me stuff I didn’t know about my “personal confuser”.

    Leo,… thank you

  853. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 12:51 am

    What the heck!! I lose my cable TV for one week and when it comes back TSS is there but no Leo!! I haven’t been this disappointed since the last time I lost my cable and came back to find the show had shrunk from 1.5 hours to just one measly hour.

    Leo I love you on the show and will truly miss your quirly sense of humor. I hope you parted on good terms with Patrick at least. You two make a great on air team: you with the semi formal look and Partick in his occasional kilt!!

    I’ll miss you buddy. Pop up on TV again soon. Looking out for it.

    Anson

  854. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 1:02 am

    A double Leo tip on April fools day and then nothing. No word, no inkling and then Buffoon Breen shows up on CHF. Now I read about Vulcan trying to take away arbitrated contract items from Leo. SMART move for Vulcan…they’ll wreck the network now that it’s sold before Comcast has a chance to take it over! Leo, we want you back. NEVER TRUST A VULCAN!

  855. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 1:03 am

    i cant belive he isnt on techtv any more… TSS and CFH is nothing with out him, he makes these shows the best shows on the EARTH!!! bringing fun into the show

  856. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 1:44 am

    Techtv is going down the toilet without LEO. In fact, these last couple of weeks, techtv seems to be waiting for something to blow. Now comcast is taking over? I’m selling my shares of that company as soon as possible. I have wathced techtv since its zdtv days. It’s all over now. And the fact that Leo is leaving is the nail in the coffin. We’ll miss you Mr. Laporte

  857. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 1:52 am

    Leo, you are an everlasting, extraordinary mentor who influenced not only avid computer enthusiasts, but totally computer-illiterate people as well. You are a wonderful example of how a teacher/instructor should be: absorbingly interesting yet down-to-earth. Your energy and “joie de vivre” are contagious and inspiring. Plus your honesty and love for people are exemplary and refreshing. Thank you ever so much for your spark, your awesome knowledge (which you shared so willingly and selflessly), and your exuberant, bubbly and magnetic personality. The “Call for Help” and “Screen Savers Staff” are great, but these shows now lack the easy-going-tackfulness and charisma-laced expertise which you possess. We’re so very sorry you had to leave. This household of four will miss you terribly. Sincerely hope to see you back on a tech.t.v. show soon. Best of luck and best wishes…

    Anita Gosselin-Pratt

    Leo,

    It is very hard for me to put into words, the sadness and loss that I feel to hear that you might not be back on Tech-TV. For (approximately) the past year, my sons and myself have been watching you on various Tech-TV shows whenever we had the opportunity. My sons are very interested in computers and especially gaming. Your knowledge and the ease with which you share that knowledge has helped to foster their enjoyment of the new technologies and working with computers.

    Your shows have even been incorperated into their home schooling. They watch your shows, take notes and write reports on what they have learned. I am amazed at the amount of knowledge that they have gained from your shows is such a short period of time. They seem to soak up everything you say and retain that knowledge with ease.

    I believe that is due to your ability to teach in a way that most people don’t even realize how much they are learning. You are able to teach complicated concepts with humor and keep everything interesting which makes learning enjoyable.

    Thank you very much for all that you have given us.

    Reid Pratt

  858. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 2:39 am

    DEAR LEO people are starting a patition on some web site their up to 3690 signatures hope this works. um

    hears the site

    http://www.petitiononline.com/LP040401/petition.html

  859. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 2:50 am

    Leo,

    I’ve been a fan of yours since the “On Computers” radio show was syndicated to the DC area. (I always wanted to call TSS and say, “Hi Fred, hi Gina, hi Leo. Man, I’ve been on hold a long time!”) Your intelligence, wit and teaching abilities are unequalled. I await your triumphant return to a TV or radio near me.

    Ed Jones

  860. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 2:52 am

    *cries* Leo was good. He had alot of humor to make the show what it was, but since he left, (those damn people, and please excuse my language) it’s not gunna be the same. He doesn have teen viewers, like me as I’m going on 14 in a few weeks. So long Leo! *cries*

  861. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:11 am

    With Leo gone Techtv is gonna be hurting for a while and with all of the peitions going on the web (just check the message boards at techtv) its gonna be hard to miss the petions. Soon maybe not tomorrow or the day after Techtv will come to their senses and relize that he was the face of Techtv.Ask anyone on the street and they would say leo if they had to name on person on techtv.Techtv might come to their senses and bring Leo back one of these days you never know or it could have been the biggest april fool jokes ever but its not funny if it is. Heck if it wasnt for leo on call for help i probably wouldnt be the computer geek i am today.

  862. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:31 am

    Thanks for the good broadcasting Leo. I will miss you.

  863. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:33 am

    Leo-

    Unfortunately I don’t get Tech TV where I live, and I will always remember that life changing moment when I was visiting relitives and I happened upon The Screen Savers. Although I’ve only seen a few of your shows on Tech TV, it sure will not be the same without you. Thankfully I can get KFI, and as I have ever since you started, I’l be sure to listen in every weekend. Best of luck for the future.

  864. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:38 am

    Many of those that have posted before said it more eloquently, but here goes: I will definately miss your unique perspective on the world of technology. Things change so quickly in the tech biz. Obsolesence is a major theme that pervades everything. As such, having you in all of our living rooms for so many years has been like an anchor that has kept many of us grounded during times of unrelenting change. You always managed to see past the “hype of the day” and gave viewers a different perspective based on your long history and experience in the computer world. Unfortunately, very few of the younger hosts (no offense to them, mind you) probably lack the unique experience that you possess. You always see the “big picture” (longitudinal trends) and your comments about “how far things have come” would often give me a much needed sense of perspective. In what ever capacity you can, I hope you continue to inspire, educate, and inform others as you have me through the years. Thanks Mr. Laporte!

  865. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:43 am

    I’m so upset. First the screen savers. I was ready to delete it from my tivo until they stated Leo would be around for little segments almost everyday. So I decide to leave it for now. Today, I read that Leo is GONE. So now I am too. Until I read somewhere that Leo is back, I’m done with TechTV. I save signed one of the online petitions. I like Norton, but he cannot carry the Screen Savers by himself. He needs Leo. I think Leo needs to come back and be back on the Screen Savers. I’m not a big fan of CFH, sorry, I’m not. I’m a serious geek here, just look at my house. TSS made my day. ARGH! I’ll miss you Leo. How can I get my daily dose of Leo now?!?

  866. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:47 am

    Well, Leo, you have helped me with countless and endless computer problems and I hope that in the future you will countinue to help me. I’ve watched the screen savers and call for help for about 5-6 years and I have to say I’m one of your biggest fans. I will countinue to call and e-mail techtv and acknowledge what a proffesional you have been in the past and how much they need you in the future. The thing that really bothers me is since your departure they have acted like nothing happened! They lost thier most respected and beloved employee of all time! I don’t know if they are restricted on saying something but they should atleast say goodbye. So I will for them, Thankyou Leo for all of your hard work and dedication, you will be greatly missed.

    Your Biggest Fan, Todd Nielsen

  867. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:51 am

    I visited the Screen Savers some time ago on a visit to San Francisco. One of the things I will remember was the fact the you spent about ten minutes talking to my friend and I. You very graciously signed our Technology Almanacs and we enjoyed our visit very much. I am exceptionally sad to hear that you are leaving the show, as I believe that you are an integral part of it. I sincerely hope that you will let us in the tech community hear from you in some way, shape or form. Good luck to you!

  868. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:07 am

    I am sorry to hear that you have been forced to leave TechTV. I appreciate the fun you added to what can be a dry subject for some. My wife let me watch TSS in the living room because of the laughs you added to the show. Not to mention your knowledge of technology. You will be missed so much Leo!!

  869. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:11 am

    I don’t think there’s anything to say that hasn’t already been said. Good luck in all future endeavours.

  870. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:22 am

    Hey Leo,

    Never thought i would ever be writing this kind of comment for you but..here it goes. I know it will be like everyone elses but i know it counts. Leo, ::sigh:: i can still remember when i first turned on the TV to TechTV when i first got my satellite dish and saw your face the one afternoon watching TSS here in SoCal, it was still when Kate was on. You made me the geek im proud to be today, you and the TechTV personalities made me love technology the way i love it today, if it was not for you, i would have never shown much interest for Macs or the urge to learn more about computers and the power that they can do, and to make it simple. You will be truly missed and I hope that Comcast and G4 will bring you in.

    TechTV Execs, you have no idea how dissapointed and angry i am with you, you let the man that made ALL of us love TechTV and technology gone from our TV screens. I really hope that you put your faces in shame for who made this stupid decision to not work with Leo the way he should be, schedule, payment, etc. I sure hope KFI knows they have a very special person doing a show, and that Comcast will pick you up and put you under their wing once all the merger things come together.

    We will for sure see you around Leo. Good luck.

    >Old< Things. Turn us on.

    Mark Velasco

    Fontana, California

  871. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:35 am

    This is indeed a sad day for all of us. Leo is the glue that holds the program together. Vulcan industries will not find a suitable replacement.

    Thanks, Leo, for all the quality you have displayed in your work.

  872. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:38 am

    Good riddance.

  873. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:43 am

    That sux. I like Kevin but Leo was a Staple @ that place. Its amazing how the suits will juyst change what they want and we have to live with it. I mean, i cant change the channel because its a great show, but cutting off Leo is whack…. I want to protest or DNS something…

  874. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 5:09 am

    Leo it is 12:59 AM and I am watching Kevin and Patrick wrap up TSS and it is just not the same with out you my friend. Tech TV may still exist but you were the Heart and Soul. You will be missed Leo, best of luck in the future.

    Thank You

    Dustin Shelton

  875. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 5:21 am

    Leo I hope you come back to TV again some time in the future. You made learning computers very much fun. We will miss you for now.

  876. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 6:13 am

    Leo, been a fan of yours since the early days of ZDTV. I don’t think the job could be done any better, great combination of knowledge/love of tech, ability to teach and entertain. A rare combination for sure in this space. Don’t let money keep you out of where you belong. Look forward to your return. All the best.

  877. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 6:38 am

    Leo,

    Dammit,I knew something like this was gonna happen. You were the reason that my cheap ass got cable :) I watched TSS everyday and even enjoyed the re-runs. You were very funny and knowledgable which is a very tough combination to have especially with technology. I was planning to go to San Francisco to visit a taping but now that will be on hold. The show, let alone Techtv is not the same without you. I support you and have signed the petition to bring you back! Good luck on your endeavors and godspeed.

  878. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 6:50 am

    What I don’t understand is why anyone would want to buy a TV channel when all the talent goes tits up after the deal is signed.

    Whatever. Leo is often over-the-top, but enjoyable nevertheless, and it’s going to be very hard–if not impossible–to find someone possessing that kind of knowledge that anyone in their right mind would actually want to watch.

    I’d say I’d miss him, but alas, the news forced me to give up my TV some months ago. TechTV was one of the very few shows that made gave me pause before doing so.

  879. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 6:50 am

    Hi Leo,

    I am so sorry to hear you have left the show. Worse for us viewers, that is. However, I do think that for yourself you are much better off moving on. TechTV is on its way out. Ever since it was changed from ZDTV, and after Kate then the others had to go, the show has been going down hill on the fast train. You were thier last hope. I can guarantee you that as soon as everyone finds out that Leo is gone, the last of the old crew really, this show will have bitten off its last hoorah.

    I and the others wish you luck.

    Dwayne

    P.S. Please be sure and let Kate know that you have left the show. That Girl needs something to make her feel avenged by what management did during her own departure.

  880. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 6:50 am

    Hi Leo,

    I am so sorry to hear you have left the show. Worse for us viewers, that is. However, I do think that for yourself you are much better off moving on. TechTV is on its way out. Ever since it was changed from ZDTV, and after Kate then the others had to go, the show has been going down hill on the fast train. You were thier last hope. I can guarantee you that as soon as everyone finds out that Leo is gone, the last of the old crew really, this show will have bitten off its last hoorah.

    I and the others wish you luck.

    Dwayne

    P.S. Please be sure and let Kate know that you have left the show. That Girl needs something to make her feel avenged by what management did during her own departure.

  881. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 6:51 am

    Hi Leo,

    I am so sorry to hear you have left the show. Worse for us viewers, that is. However, I do think that for yourself you are much better off moving on. TechTV is on its way out. Ever since it was changed from ZDTV, and after Kate then the others had to go, the show has been going down hill on the fast train. You were thier last hope. I can guarantee you that as soon as everyone finds out that Leo is gone, the last of the old crew really, this show will have bitten off its last hoorah.

    I and the others wish you luck.

    Dwayne

    P.S. Please be sure and let Kate know that you have left the show. That Girl needs something to make her feel avenged by what management did during her own departure.

  882. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 6:51 am

    Hi Leo,

    I am so sorry to hear you have left the show. Worse for us viewers, that is. However, I do think that for yourself you are much better off moving on. TechTV is on its way out. Ever since it was changed from ZDTV, and after Kate then the others had to go, the show has been going down hill on the fast train. You were thier last hope. I can guarantee you that as soon as everyone finds out that Leo is gone, the last of the old crew really, this show will have bitten off its last hoorah.

    I and the others wish you luck.

    Dwayne

    P.S. Please be sure and let Kate know that you have left the show. That Girl needs something to make her feel avenged by what management did during her own departure.

  883. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 6:56 am

    Leo –

    I, along with most everyone who enjoyed your tenure with Tech TV, will miss you greatly. And now that you are on KFI – I’m disappointed that I’m not spending as much time in Los Angeles !

    Have you considered an online program – either streaming audio or video ???

    As a online marketer, I’m confident that this would be a viable option !!

    Regardless – best wishes to you and your family. Looking forward to seeing that new book !!

    R- Scott

  884. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 7:22 am

    Here’s hoping you get to come back to Screen Savers when G4 takes over TechTV! You really made the station what it is today. I was a fan all the way back from the old ZDTV days!

  885. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 7:37 am

    Do you think you can pursuade the girls to do the playboy shoots? Ask Morgan first, if she still has blonde hair that day.

  886. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 7:53 am

    nnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooooo, say it isn’t so… I really enjoy watching your shows. I feel an emptiness now :( I have been watching for from the zdnet tv days, what will I do now. Good luck with your next ventures, you will be missed

  887. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 8:17 am

    Leo I loved watching you on tech tv, you made learning new things about computers and techolgy fun and easy. I am very sad to hear you are leaving tech tv, as I thought u did an excellent job, no one will ever be quite like you. It’s too bad to see techtv get sold and to hear of the things that happened to you. The world is full of people who think of themselves, that are selfish, and don’t apperciate what people have done for them. Now techtv is basically destroyed, my favorite channel and one of the main reasons I got cable is dissapearing. G4? what is G4? i’ve never heard of it. Either way tech tv will never be the same. Goodbye Leo.

  888. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 8:45 am

    Leo, your departure (and the circumstances surrounding it) has simply stunned me. I borrowed your TechTV Tear image and put it on my website along with my comments. I hope you don’t mind. If you’d rather I not use it, please let me know. But I do hope you’ll take a moment to look at my site. You and the others on TechTV inspired and encouraged me to do it! I now have well over 2000 photos on my site.

    With your help I’ve learned so much. Your “lessons” were always clear, and best of all, they were patiently and thoroughly explained. You have no idea how much I appreciated this.

    I see that the radio station streams your broadcasts over their website. I will try to listen in the next time you’re on!

    Leo, I know you’ll land on your feet with something better than ever. I wish you all the best. You certainly deserve it.

    Cindy…

    http://www.photosbycindy.com

  889. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 9:56 am

    What was Vulcan Ventures smoking!?

    Leo, as a fan from the old ZDTV days, I cannot believe you are leaving. You’re the only reason I watch TechTV and pay the extra cash to Comcrap (pardon my french) despite their fee increases. I have at least 12 friends and their family members that love “The Screensavers”, and they don’t even like computers! You and Patrick Norton combine so well and it’s simply not going to be the same without you.

    No one else has that captivating combination of knowledge, wit and showmanship that you possess. You truly deserve all the good and geeky – I wish you the best for your time at KFI, BUT, here’s to hoping for your big comeback to G4/techTV. Thankyou :(

  890. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 10:18 am

    …I can remember way back to when ZDTV was started…

    there I was thumbing through my satellite guide (C-band no less) reading on the new channels that were up and thinking “yeah, that channels gonna last long… who’s the hell is going to watch a tv channel about computers?”

    well, myself for one. One day after having browsed through all the channels on all the satellites, and having determined that there was nothing on to watch I just left things on ZDTV for something to do. The magic began from then on… Even though I didn’t really have an interest at the time I kept watching because of the people, specifically Kate+Leo. Here were two people who drew me in simply by the force of their personalities. Any interest in tech that I have now I owe to them. Of course then, after many days off and much guest hosting by Patrick and Martin, Kate was gone… After many days off and much guest hosting by various others, I began to get concerned about Leo’s status. It seems I was right.

    I’m sure I’ll continue watching TSS/CFH…although things just don’t ‘sparkle’ like they used to since Leo’s been away. And now that I know that its’ not just some unmentioned time off things are just a little bit more grey. When Kate left the show, and the channel as a whole, lost some of its heart. If Leo’s gone it’s lost some of its soul.

    But I’m going to follow in Leo’s example and look to the completely probable possibility of his return.

    Hopefully the magic hasn’t ended…

  891. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 12:35 pm

    I can’t believe that you are leaving. Everyday since I got TechTV i have come home and watched both of your shows. I have learned everything about computers from you. Good luck in your new ventures. You will be missed.

  892. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 12:42 pm

    This sucks. I am completely depressed.

    Leo, I wish you the best of luck. You are the man.

    Here’s the message I sent to TechTV:

    This is for the idiots who run TechTV:

    I speak on behalf of all the people at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper, as well as my many friends in the Pittsburgh area who watch TechTV, and in particular, The Screen Savers.

    DON’T YOU IDIOTS REALIZE THAT LEO LAPORTE “IS” YOUR SHOW? PATRICK IS GREAT, AND SARAH AND CREW DO A NICE JOB AS WELL…. BUT LEO IS WHAT GIVES YOUR SHOW AUTHENTICITY. THE MAN COMES ACROSS ON THE SCREEN LIKE THE CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL…QUICK ON HIS FEET, GREAT WITH A JOKE OR TWO… HAS A VOICE THAT SOUNDS LIKE THIS IS WHAT HE WAS MEANT TO DO… AND KNOWS HIS JOB…

    …AND YOU GO TO HIS WEBSITE, AND HE HAS NOTHING BUT PROFESSIONAL THINGS TO SAY ABOUT YOUR COMPANY.

    I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU GUYS WOULD LET SOMEONE THAT VALUABLE GO OVER A MONEY SQUABBLE LIKE THAT. YOU’RE SHOWING THAT YOU GUYS ARE JUST ANOTHER DUMB AMERICAN COMPANY THAT THINKS THEY CAN SAVE A FEW BUCKS BY REPLACING TALENT WITH KIDS.. OR ROOKIES.

    YOU GUYS NEED TO SUCK IT UP, ADMIT THIS WAS THE WRONG THING TO DO, AND GIVE THE GUY WHAT HE WANTS (SOUNDS LIKE WHAT HE DESERVES, POSSIBLY).. AND CONTINUE TO BUILD ON YOUR SHOW’S POPULARITY.

    YOU’RE NOW FIGHTING AN UPHILL BATTLE, AND IT’S A SHAME.

    YOU’VE LET THE AIR OUT OF MANY OF US HERE, AND OUR DESIRE TO WATCH YOUR NETWORK HAS JUST DROPPED CONSIDERABLY.

    The excitement just isn’t there.

    Sincerely,

    Bill Pliske

    Associate Editor/Design & Graphics

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  893. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 1:27 pm

    Leo, I’m sad find out that you and TechTV have parted ways. I wish you luck in your future ventures and thank you for all of the assistance that you have provided us with to this point. You will be missed. Thanks again.

  894. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 1:28 pm

    Well this should give you some time to do the Atkins thing before you get back on the tube. Sitting there for six hours talking to us LA-LA-landers probably isn’t burning the carbos much.

  895. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 1:31 pm

    Leo,

    Truely sad news. I have watched you for years and enjoyed all of it. You will be missed.

  896. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 1:43 pm

    well…..i’m sure you dont have time to read all of these leo…but i posted waaaay back…and just wanted to see if mine was up or not…..and i find that there is almost 1000 posts in the span of a week. I think this should say something to Vulcan Ventures. I never even visited your site until this

  897. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 1:44 pm

    Leo, that’s truely unfortunate. I hope that things weren’t so bad that perhaps they can be remedied in the future because (and I didn’t know this until you were gone) you were the reason I watched Screen Savers and CfH. I’m sorry but Patrick just isn’t funny (no matter how hard he tries) and the new guy on CfH…well, nevermind. I’ll just say that I don’t like him.

    Good luck and make sure to keep us up to date on what you’re doing so we can continue to enjoy your work.

    Pat

  898. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 1:51 pm

    It’s hard to believe that it has been ten years. I remember when you and Kate hosted the show. You guys make a distinct line between the novice and the true geek. That was the start to my inspiration. Now that was a geek’s show. It was a joy to watch. But, as it started with departure of Kate, the show has been slowly dieing. Now with your departure the final nail has been put in the coffin. Oh, the show will go on but it will be geared more for novice. I guess it would not be so bad if the ones left to carry on were up to the task. Sadly they are not. I do however have one suggestion. Maybe they should consider moving The Screen Saver to Nickelodeon. You will be missed. I hope to see you in a new show. Good luck and my prayers are with you and your family.

  899. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 2:44 pm

    OH NO! Don’t go Leo!!! I get g4 and not techtv these days. Now that they mereged I was going to start to tivo all tts episodes and save them. I absolulty love tss!!!! You are what got me excited about computers and all things tech. I have an exciting career in IT all thanks to people pasionate about tech like you. Don’t go! YOU ARE THE BEST THING ON TV. I know you will show up some place on tv soon. You are way 2 talented not to. Good luck!!! Not to take away from Kevin and all the others that are amazing on techtv, but Leo, you ARE Techtv! I feel bad for the next generation of techies that wont get to see the real screensavers :(

  900. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 2:51 pm

    Leo,

    I just heard the news yesterday. Does Valcun do all the “house cleaning” in the first quarter? Didn’t Chris Pirillo get cut at the same time (April 5) last year? Its sad that G4 is buying out TechTV and not the other way around. TechTV in my opinion is much more professional on air than G4. But I suppose the powers that be think everyone wants to watch shows about games with 30 year old adolesents.

    You should keep in mind the Arena/Wil Wheaton affair/screwup that accured at G4 last year and that several of the people at G4 were involved with the “The Lilith & Eve Incident” (here http://thewayin.etherealvoid.net/games/lilitheve/index.shtml ) when they were on the “All Games Network”.

    I signed the petition but watch your butt if G4 does pick up your contract.

  901. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:18 pm

    Leo,

    Man. What a blow to all of us. I think that TechTV needs to realize you were the franchise, to steal a baseball term. You were why we all watched. You carried that channel. No one can replace Leo. Now don’t get me wrong. Everyone else is wonderful, but you were like the god father of TechTV. You were the glue that made that channel watchable. I hate to see you go and know somehow you will be back. I am a big fan and tried to learn as much about you to try and help my radio show I did in Atlanta. You are a model geek and we should all hope to be as tech savvy, apple conscious, and outgoing as you. Rock On! -David Vasta

  902. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:20 pm

    Leo,

    I just heard the news yesterday. Does Valcun do all the “house cleaning” in the first quarter? Didn’t Chris Pirillo get cut at the same time (April 5) last year? Its sad that G4 is buying out TechTV and not the other way around. TechTV in my opinion is much more professional on air than G4. But I suppose the powers that be think everyone wants to watch shows about games with 30 year old adolesents.

    You should keep in mind the Arena/Wil Wheaton affair/screwup that accured at G4 last year and that several of the people at G4 were involved with the “The Lilith & Eve Incident” (here http://thewayin.etherealvoid.net/games/lilitheve/index.shtml ) when they were on the “All Games Network”.

    I signed the petition but watch your butt if G4 does pick up your contract.

  903. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:24 pm

    Dear Leo,

    I found out you were leaving The Screen Savers at 4:30 in the morning while bringing a NT cluster and a SAN online when the Dell support tech I was working with unfolded the recent events leading to your departure.

    I have been watching you and your shows since ZDTV first aired on DirecTV. Along with John C. Dvorak (got a Silicon Spin mug though w/ZDTV logo!,) you will definitely be missed. I recently purchased a new home with to many trees to install DirecTV and I was about to sign up with COX cable when I realized they didn’t carry TechTV. I decided to wait until I could have some of my trees trimmed so I could get DirecTV and watch The Screen Savers. Now I might as well sign up with COX as my favorite “small screen” personality will no longer be on TechTV. I truly enjoyed your commentary as well as the level of professionalism you brought to The Screen Savers.

    Here is an idea. Start a TV station for broad band connections using WMP, QT, or RA. I’m sure you can recruit very good talent and see how it goes. Since I have not had TV service since I moved to my new home, I have scoured the net for TV sources via streaming video over DSL. One of the best sources I have found is here: http://wwitv.com/portal.htm Give it a try Leo, I want to see you on my computer screen!

    Good luck and best wishes,

    Grant

  904. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:26 pm

    I had a real bad feeling when I turned on call for help and saw what’s-his-name hosting the show; but hoped you were merely off for the day. Then, this. I really hate it; screen savers was especially good for a middle-aged guy forced to learn and use computers. Your help opened up the whole computer world and made it friendly and exciting, not scary.

    Hope the new guys hire you back. Till then, thanks for everything–hope to see you again real soon.

  905. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:39 pm

    Leo,

    Your gracious and wacky hosting personality will be sorely missed on TSS, and the big pair of shoes left behind will never be filled. You and the TSS team made my first TV appearance a very special one. I’m sure you will see many wonderful doors opening in the near future, and I’m considering this just an oddly long commercial break. ;-) My very best to you and yours…

    -Paul

  906. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:43 pm

    I can no longer watch CFH… It’s too lame without Leo. No one can take up the slack there. Cat is okay as a sidekick but can’t hold her own and nobody else has the charisma or chutzpa to pull it off. TSS may still have some mileage left, but who knows?

    I made a special effort and took the Leo Laporte Technology Challenge at the start of this year after the Call-a-Thon and watched every show. Leo, you made CFH and TSS special.

    I hope something awesome comes of this for us all.

    Ed

  907. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:46 pm

    Leo,

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching your shows on Tech TV, and when you weren’t there, I would usually change channels. I wish the best for you and thank you for many hours of entertainment and education you have brought to me. You are tops in your field, and I am confident that greener pastures are in store for you in the future.

    Hang tough!

    Ray

  908. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 3:57 pm

    I am 59 years old, my girlfreind is 40. I am not the best on a computer. My girlfreind does not like computers at all. We agree on about 70% of tv shows we watch. But the one thing we agree on is, you are very entertaining, and even if we don’t always understand what you are talking about, we have always enjoyed Leo, ON ANY AND EVERY SHOW WE HAVE SEEN.

    I am sure that someone will take notice, and you will be back on the tube. Talent like yours (FREINDLY CURTIOUS INFORMITIVE) in these days is rare.

    I just hope somebody in another field does not grabe you, but if they do, good luck. We will miss you.

  909. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:04 pm

    Dear Leo, I’m so sad to hear that you’ve left TTV, but I understand. So sad though, because two days before the news of your departure came, I took your advice and bought a Tivo so that I won’t miss you and the crews at TSS and Call for Help. Well, I’ll still record them while I’m at class but I sure will miss seeing you…it almost makes me misty to think about it. Thanks for helping me cope through the last 3 years of college with your wonderful personality and advice..:) :). I hope to see you again soon, and good luck to you and yours.

    Sincerely, Joe Clark

  910. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:14 pm

    Leo, you and Patrick on TSS were the only reason I signed up for digital cable to recieve TechTV. Only been a fan for a little while, but the first time I watched your show I told myself I need THAT channel. Good luck bud, you will be missed.

  911. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:20 pm

    Dear loyal fans of Leo and TSS, Call for Help, etc….please floor Comcasts'(G4) e-mail and customer service with requests to hire Leo Laporte back on TTV. I already e-mailed them myself, most definetely to no avail, but numbers always win. Thanks.

  912. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:27 pm

    Boy, if I was Comcast I would revise my purchase offer downwards without Leo Laporte onboard. And the first thing I would do once the sale is final is make sure Leo got a long term contract. I might even go looking for that Pirillo guy but that’s another story…

  913. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:33 pm

    Leo, I’m sure with all these postings I don’t expect you’ll even see this but I wanted everyone to know that you truely have been responsible for my becoming a GEEK! And proud of it. I made the plunge just 3 weeks ago and became a Mac user. All because of YOU. Apple should give you an override on every system they sell. I’ve watched you almost from the beginning and have learned sooooo much over that time, THANKS! Leo I gotta go for now, I have an appointment with my Dr for the huge depression I’m feeling about you not being there for me each day, I sure hope he can help until the idiots at techtv/Comcast come to their senses. Why acquire a successful business and then change the formula? “You don’t mess with mother nature” I know that there are many talented people at techtv, however YOU’re techtv! I wish you and you’re family all the best! I sure hope my doc has something for Leo withdrawal, ;-) Dennis

  914. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:46 pm

    Get back on TTV as soon as you can… Been watching for many years and in my mind while the other are great TTV=Leo,

    Thanks,

  915. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 4:58 pm

    Leo, dont tell me that u are leaving tech tv, god this greedy executive.

    I am very saddened to see u leave reasons know, hope that with the new company that taking over see your true value and take u in, with out your Tech Tv is life less, damm it will be lonely nothing seeing you on those wonderful shows.

    Will miss u.

    read u soon

  916. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 5:20 pm

    Well Ive already said I won’t watch any more but the

    more I think the more I think maybe they wanted Leo

    gone!!! Look how the show has made a turn, much more

    in the line of hacks and cracks, the other night Sarah

    fiddled with the boot screen, one wrong move and no boot

    at all, I can see Leo saying maybe thats not the thing we should

    be doing on this show, who knows, just a guess, but turning

    much younger they are……..God’s speed Leo

    bonedaddy

  917. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 5:38 pm

    leo im sorry to see you go i have watched you from the start with zd tv

    but bidniss is bidniss big companys need to learn that you dont crap were you eat

    best to you and your family

  918. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 6:12 pm

    damn!

    I noticed you were not on scene, but knew you said you were taking unused vactation time. Eventually, I figured nobody had that much time and went looking for you and found your note in the blog.

    I installed satellite tv and then tivo, primarily to get your shows. I’ll certainly continue watching TSS and CFH, but won’t be the same. Guess now I’ll have to figure out how to capture your radio show and begin frequenting your website.

    Good luck and hope to see you back on TechTV soon!

    george

  919. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 6:47 pm

    Leo!!…. Oh man…

    I miss you already, I was on the verge of tears when I heard this news… When you weren’t going to be on TSS anymore, that was a huge shocker, and I told all my friends and they didn’t believe me… but now… oh wow… :'(

    If I pay your salary and give you the shares I buy… will you come back then? ;)

    Well, good luck in all of your ventures… Just know you have so many fans that will miss you greatly!

    John Drachenberg

  920. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 6:56 pm

    Well Leo, It looks like I will have a little more time to do some of my”honey do” list,as we will not be together in the evenings. Wish you and yours all the best. Hope to see you soon.

    Tim.W

  921. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 7:42 pm

    Elvis has left the building.

    And the building ain’t worth a $–t now.

  922. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 7:48 pm

    Leo,

    I am so sad that things went down the way they did between you and TechTV. I will miss your presence in my live. You are one of the good guys. Thanks for being you.

    Take care.

    Dan Wright

    Somewhere in Baltimore.

  923. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 7:49 pm

    Leo,

    I am so sad that things went down the way they did between you and TechTV. I will miss your presence in my live. You are one of the good guys. Thanks for being you.

    Take care.

    Dan Wright

    Somewhere in Baltimore.

  924. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 7:50 pm

    Leo,

    I am so sad that things went down the way they did between you and TechTV. I will miss your presence in my live. You are one of the good guys. Thanks for being you.

    Take care.

    Dan Wright

    Somewhere in Baltimore.

  925. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 8:00 pm

    See Ya Leo,Sure hope you return to tech tv some day-I am having Leo withdraw.

  926. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 8:25 pm

    Greetings All,

    I cannot say this enough, but, it really does NO good to send an e-mail to your local cable/satellite television provider — they can too easily delete through filters. What people really need to do inorder to make a valid statement about the removal of our beloved Leo Laporte is to send a hard copy complaint via SNAIL Mail — this is the ONLY way to get your voice heard. Once, your local cable provider realizes that so many people will be tuning-out TechTV (i.e., TSS/CFH, etc…) and [they] begin to loose vast amounts of $$$$ in advertising (because, advertisers do not buy air-time for programs that are being boycotted) then [they] will realize the importance of making a plausible agreement with Leo. This approach is no different when you register a complaint with your US or State Senators/Representatives — [it] has to be delivered via hard copy US Mail — e-mail just does not work. Good Luck Leo!

  927. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 8:39 pm

    I gotta say, TSS just isn’t the same. None of it is. TTV just dosn’t seem as appealing as it once did. Leo, Hats off to you for sticking to your guns. Best of luck in all you endevor.

  928. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 8:50 pm

    I first thought, he must be on vacation….sick……Regis again, but no. I find the “Wise One” of my TechTV is gone. Leo, you and I are close in age and I reveled in the fact that you make older geeks with kids (and grandkids) cool too. I know you will be back on as soon as the channel changes hands. They better be looking at their demographics. We’re not all kids out here! I will wait patiently for your return and trust Comcast knows you can work anywhere and be successful.

    If you’re ever in Nashville, holler at me (as we say down here). I work for the government and I’m only here to help. ;)

    Stay Safe Brotherman

    Best to you and yours

    Denny G

  929. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 9:05 pm

    I know you probably won’t come back, but Chris Breen is the worst host to ever hit TTV!

  930. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 9:25 pm

    We will miss you LEO!!!

    TSS with patrick as the old man…? in a word idonthtinkso

    you add class to it, and it just wont be the same…

    so is there going to be anymore alminacs?

  931. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 10:09 pm

    Imagine Tech TV with no Leo, that’s like Easter with no bunny. CFH now needs help of it’s own. TSS can now be called This Show Sucks. No one on CFH’s present lineup can never be an even OK host replacement. They are just that, OK for fill in. On TSS the Kevin and Sarah love stuff stinks, Kevin is finally getting around to reading the tele-prompt, but doubtfull he’ll ever gain personality. New show opening doesn’t even include Dan fu-fu, and he’s just as much part of the team. Sarah is OK for the news segment, and the ocasional quick-tip, but as a host or regular segment host, it’s just more than embarassing for TTV. Did you catch her interview segment the other night? You can tell she is young and thinks just being on TV is cool and could care less if she sucked or not, which she did.

    Well now I have been able to cut down my cable bill. TTV was only available thru our digital cable package, and since TTV is the only reason I purchased it, it will now be the reason I go back to basic cable. I now have Judge Judy from 3-4 e.s.t.. The news from 6-7, and Star-Trek from 7-8. I’m allready paying for the internet service, so all I have to do now is check the TTV website on occasion and peruse.

    Now I have a vision of the future. Imagine if you will, Spike TV, the Network for Men, or TLC The Learning Channel. A new show is born:

    The name of the new show is “Compute This”, or “Your Personal Confuser”.

    The host is none other than Leo with segments every day that include Woz, Mitnick, Gates, and others.

    Now for the best part of this new show.

    It is two hours long each night, Monday thru Friday. The new time?

    from 6 to 8 pm eastern of course.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you the only fair, honest, top-rated, number one for it’s time slot, computer show for 2004.

    Now there is something worth investing in.

    Randy

    Unity, ME.

  932. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 10:14 pm

    Those people are nuts to let you go!! They do not realize that you where TECHTV and the main attraction to the channel. They lose!

    I wish you luck in the future and will be looking forward to seeing you back on the small screen.

  933. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 10:15 pm

    Leo, take care & come back to TV soon. It is not the same without you [and that's no insult to the ones who are still there]. In the meantime, best of luck to you. — Dale in Tulsa

  934. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 10:23 pm

    Leo:

    You really made learning computers fun & interesting! Good for you – about standing up for your principles. We will, however, miss you on Call For Help & The Screen Savers. We’ve been watching the shows almost from the very beginning (ZDNET). Good luck to you & your family…and hope everything works out for you.

  935. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 10:42 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe it! I just found out today, right when I come from vacation. Leo you are an inspiration. You are the most entertaining show host I know. You make the technological jargon understandable for literate computers users like me. I have been watching the network since it was named ZD TV and call for help was the show to watch. Man, I didn’t even get to see the goodbye show (if there was any). I hope to see you on the air again Leo. Quinn from the Navajo Rez.

  936. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 10:54 pm

    I was devastated to hear that you were no longer on the shows.I have been watching them since the beginning.There is no one who can replace you.Your knowledge just seemed endless.And you always had a laugh and a smile and people were thrilled to just talk to you.I can only hope that the new owners realize that they have some real professionals there now, but YOU are the one who truly made watching Techtv fun and interesting.I wish you nothing but the best.

    Allan

  937. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 10:55 pm

    Leo:

    Man, I go into the hospital for a couple of days and look what happened!?! Needless to say, I just turned off TechTV for the duration of your exile, which, I hope, will be short! Until then, I guess I’ve got time to do that yardwork I’ve been putting off!

    Good luck to you and your family.

  938. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:11 pm

    Your are a class act Leo! I know we’ll see on TV again soon.

    Rick W

  939. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:14 pm

    To Leo:

    I can’t even watch “Call For Help” without you there. The guy who “took your place” needs to get a personality. Not to say that he’s not a good host, it’s just I like you because you remind me of my first CompSci

    teacher who taught me Pascal. Anyway, to the point. To give you an update on how Tuskegee University did at the

    Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Tournament, our school came in 5th out of 64 HBCUs. I’m very proud of my team and

    they were very grateful for your on-camera support. I hope I get to talk to you again and maybe one day meet you

    in person. Anyway, if TechTV is smart, they will get you back. Call for help is not the same without THE KING LEO.

    PS. When I take over the world, you can host any show you want, man. To see the results of the tournament goto: http://www.hcasc.com/nct04/sweet16.asp

  940. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:17 pm

    Mr. Laporte:

    I rarely ever join “e-trains” or post messages, but, I am compelled to make an exception. Your work on TTV over the years has especially been enlightening to viewers, like me, that enjoy the experience of using, troubleshooting, as well as understanding the inner-workings their personal computers. Please remember to let all of us know where we can, once again, tune-in-to-learn-from Leo.

    Finally, sir, I have only this to say about your tenure at TTV: “A JOB WELL DONE!”

  941. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:19 pm

    Very sad to see you leave Techtv Leo. You have done an extrordinary job at making numerous shows and events at the station fun and interesting to watch. I hope you can get something worked out with G4, just not TSS without you.

    Best wishes for you, and your family.

  942. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:19 pm

    Very sad to see you leave Techtv Leo. You have done an extrordinary job at making numerous shows and events at the station fun and interesting to watch. I hope you can get something worked out with G4, just not TSS without you.

    Best wishes for you, and your family.

  943. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:28 pm

    Leo,

    When you were no longer in the Screen Savers, I couldn’t bare to watch it. The Screen Savers were always about Leo Laporte. And the best days were Leo-Patrick-Megan-Morgan-MartinSargent days. But even when some favourite people were gone from the shows, Leo was still there, and that’s why they watched. I’m in Canada and I payed a lot of money to be able to get TechTV, and for a few years I was without it. And a few weeks ago I finally got it back, and it was all for my favourite tv show, and my favourite host.

    And when you left The Screen Savers, it just wasn’t the same, Kevin doing his best to try and look enthusiastic and everything, but it just doesn’t work. But I thought I would at least be able to watch Call for Help for one on one with Leo. But now it seems I won’t be able to. I think TechTV is being very unintelligent in this situation. Leo is one of the main reasons people even watched the show, over years, Leo became basically the starring character of TechTv, he represented TechTV, and there were great moments, all gone, all shattered.

    All I can do is hope that TechTV is hit with lowered watchers and emails and ratings dropping enough to realize that Leo is the main part of TechTV as a whole. I hope you return to TechTV under any circumstances, because TechTV is Leo, without Leo, TechTV is nothing. Good Luck to you, Leo. I hope all these comments have helped.

  944. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:29 pm

    I have to say that watching your work on TSS and CFH over the years has enlightened me and created viewers that are a resource for friends, family and co-workers. (This could be a bad thing at times.) I was lucky enough to get a quick wave in at you while you were eating at Wolfgang Puck’s at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. (Sorry about that. hahaha) Anyhow, I applaud your decision but please return to television as soon as you can. Thank you for many years of service.

  945. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:35 pm

    Leo i want you to know that even in Russia we are watching techtv and its gonna be pretty damn unusual to watch Screen Savers without our favorite host Leo Laporte.I hope that we will see you once techtv merges comcast.

    I wish you all best and hope to see you on the blue screen again sometime!!

  946. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:36 pm

    Leo,

    I’d been wondering where you’d gone but I just thought you were on vacation. Then today on TSS they have a new opening that doesn’t have you in it. That’s when I started looking and am totally shocked at what has happened. I’ve watched TSS since the “Kate and Leo” days and you’ve always been a voice I’ve relied on for technical advice. The show is not the same. Nothing against the others but it’s not the same. I hope you’ll be back soon.

    Mike

  947. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:41 pm

    I have to add about the new tv show I dreamed of earlier, dont forget to bring in db garage every night too.

    But the main reason I posted again was to say make way for Patrick. He has now mentioned Leo’s name two days in a row on the air, and even started mentioning the “people that still work here” or something like that.

    Here comes the Kevin and Sarah happy hour.

  948. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:47 pm

    I will always miss you Leo. :(

    I started watching you when I was 11 and now im gonna miss it. I still remember the good ‘ol ZDTV.

  949. Anonymous on April 9th, 2004 11:59 pm

    I’m sorry to see you go. People at work were amazed at how much I was learning when I only got my computer a year ago. It was all you and Patric. Thank you and I hope to see you on tv again.

    Deb

  950. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 12:36 am

    Hey Leo you made call for help , it was awesome when you done it before and it was awesome when you done it this time. I seen where you wasnt going to be on screen savers anymore but when i heard you wasnt on call for help i was shocked. The New Guy is no leo laporte , you had a way to make it fun and a way that seemed easy to learn , thanks for the years i enjoyed watching hope you can make it back to the tv one day .

    Doc

  951. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 12:57 am

    Wow. I just found out you left the show :( Ive been watching since ZDTV days, I think it was a mistake Kate left that show and replaced with Patrick. Maybe You and Kate can pair up on another channel. By the way Call for Help Totaly sucks without you, I could not even watch the full show. Good Luck with future prospects.

    Tom

  952. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 1:14 am

    TechTV without Leo? That channel is now dead. He was the LIFE of that channel and he was the one i would tune in EVERY day to wach the “screen savers” and “call for help”. He was the guy that made technology Cool to use, He was one of a kind because he was not afraid to tell the truth about products. Ok i know we all got annoyed by those MSN spots he did, but you would do it to for the $$$!

  953. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 1:33 am

    Oh, man, what were they thinking!?

    I noticed watching the one TSS show I caught recently, was a bit ‘off’. Now I realize why!! And I missed the intro…

    OK, I don’t watch TSS every night much as I would like to, as I don’t get home in time. And there are ‘issues’ with my cable (haha, Comcast!) so I didn’t have the last episode on tape…

    And being about Leo’s age and having NO stock (nevermind options), I wouldn’t have a clue about whatever dispute was involved. Nor the day to day work in hosting at least two shows. But I hope it was material enough to abandon 10 years of work. and I hope the owners know what they have lost.

    And no slight to the rest of the TSS crew! They are all very good, and perhaps they will find their own audience.

    But TSS without Leo?

    It just isn’t the same…

    RW

    I’m bummed.

  954. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 2:15 am

    Leo,

    This truly is a sad day. Is there anyone that can champion a petition effort that can communicate, to the bean counters, how important LEO is to all of us that have posted? These networks are in existence to serve us, not the reverse. The sincere expressions, indicated through all of these messages, shows how we have learned from Leo and how we enjoy not only his vast technological knowledge but his wisdom and patience to appeal to everyone of all ages and experiences in and out of the tech field.

    I trust that this is not the last that we will “see” Leo in a national broadcast format and I hope that it will be the viewer that has a part in assisting his return if Leo really wants to return.

    Until then, I shall miss you Leo. Now let’s get started on that petition!!

    Karl

  955. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 2:22 am

    Leo – Best of luck to you! is the CEO of VV the ex-CEO of Circuit City (remember divx)? TSS/CfH will not be the same without you! I already miss you picking on Sarah and Patrick pestering you about Mac stuff. No really, we’ll miss you and do hope to see you on TV in the near future.

    -scout

  956. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 2:37 am

    Good luck to you, Leo, wherever you are. I’ll miss you and I hope to see you back on the small screen again soon. You’ve been a great help to me.

  957. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 2:45 am

    oh my god.,.,,.,

    what horror!

    i am a T.S.S. and C.F.H. addict, and have been for quite some time all because of you Leo, i never missed an episode.,., then all of a sudden BOOM BANG.,,. whered Leo go? Not to insult any of the other co-hosts, but the true entertainment and feeling is just not there without you leo, you gave it all your own personality and touch, i considered these shows to be YOUR shows, your whole presence in these shows was loveable and cheery (and very informing of course) i feel quite confident that we will be seeing you again on tech tv, it could only be expected! Leo Laporte IS The Screen Savers & Call For Help, TSS & CFH ARE TechTv.,,.., without Leo,,. TechTv just isnt the channel that ive come to love.,.,., see you soon Leo, i hope!

    take care,

    –G. Cook

  958. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 3:05 am

    Welp! There goes TechTV :P

    Best of luck to you Leo, and be seeing you again soon I’m sure :)

  959. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 3:21 am

    Hey Leo…You will be sorely missed…I was away for a week or so and started to watch all my Tech TV programs on my tivo and I finally noticed the new intro on TSS without you…I owe it all to you into truly turning me into the geek that I am today…I hope to see you soon on the small screen somewhere else

  960. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 3:26 am

    Leo,

    You are the MAN and you know it. Good luck on your future endeavor and I sure hope to see you again in the tube…..oh wait…Plasmas, LCD, or whatever. :)

  961. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 3:35 am

    Gee, I thought you were on a vacation, Leo, and would return after a week or so. I have access to TechTV via my campus cable connection (the home cable system doesn’t offer it) and I always had you on when I was in the office. Good luck — and perhaps you’ll be back!

  962. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 3:45 am

    Leo,

    You made tech TV what it is! No one can replace you, or be as good as you!

    You are greatly missed!

    I watched you EVERY DAY, and learned so much! MACS RULS!

    Best of luck Leo!

    Peter Kuperschmid

    http://www.soundnet.com

  963. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 3:52 am

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOoooo this can’t be.. i just heard the new about leo leaving i just though kevin was hosting the show for a while. Since i have been watch TSS for the past 4 years i have grown to love the show and how Pat and Leo helped me out in my growning of tech knoweldge. Leo i hope you will get back on TV real soon b/c you have done a great job with helping me and many others.

    LONG LIVE LEO!!!!!!!

  964. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 4:02 am

    I am sorry to see you go. Leo you will be missed. The others are good but you were great. They have made a big mistake letting you go and yes the ratings will suffer. I’m sure i will see you on TV again soon, let us know where and your loyal viewers are rooting for you!

  965. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 4:13 am

    My TIVO will never be the same, I will miss ya Leo.

  966. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 4:40 am

    Leo’s departure from TTV is like Johnny leaving “The Tonight Show”. Leo’s departure makes about as much since as TTV shooting itself in both feet and demanding they get back the shoes they gave you. What’s going on here?! Are the execs in suits greedy, prideful and super paranoid (sp) of lawsuits?

    How much of a financial hit will the execs be willing to take from a Very Disappointed and faithful fan base. Maybe that’s part of the problem… could I be too faithful in watching TTV now that Leo is gone?>>> (the great hope of the execs) How can I and others have our voices / protests heard?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JS

  967. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 4:43 am

    I’m so sorry to see you go. I was out of town and away from cable for several days and found myself adrift without your calming presence on Screensavers and Call for Help. I feel you have been taken from me to soon as I was not turned on to TechTv until the last year. Good luck and happy computing.

    -Joe

  968. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 5:38 am

    I hated to see you go. You take care and enjoy life. Thanx for all the trianing you gave me.

    Mike Ryan

  969. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 5:38 am

    I hated to see you go. You take care and enjoy life. Thanx for all the trianing you gave me.

    Mike Ryan

  970. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 5:38 am

    I hated to see you go. You take care and enjoy life. Thanx for all the trianing you gave me.

    Mike Ryan

  971. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 5:39 am

    I hated to see you go. You take care and enjoy life. Thanx for all the trianing you gave me.

    Mike Ryan

  972. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 5:39 am

    I hated to see you go. You take care and enjoy life. Thanx for all the trianing you gave me.

    Mike Ryan

  973. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 5:39 am

    I hated to see you go. You take care and enjoy life. Thanx for all the trianing you gave me.

    Mike Ryan

  974. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 5:39 am

    What a bummer! I sure hope to see you back on TSS soon, it just isn’t the same show. I can’t say anything that hasn’t been said already. Hurry back!

  975. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 6:01 am

    I just want to cry I will miss you so much you have tought me so much about my computer and I think it stinks they way they did you. I hope with all the sadness I know you must be feeling as i know your a very kind and careing man that you and your family can have a Happy Easter.

  976. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 6:17 am

    Wow, not having TechTV for many many months and I came back to find all this? Man, TSS isnt going to be the same without you!

  977. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 6:42 am

    i cried when i heard he was gone. i never got my chance to call and tell him how much i appricaited his work and help to the technological community

  978. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 6:55 am

    I was able to get on the phones once but I was an idiot and never thanked the guys for all of the hard work they did. But here it is now. Leo thanks for the years of work you did at TTV. I won’t forget you ever. I hope that you will come back with the merge with G4 is finished because TSS & CFH won’t be the same w/o you. Good Luck and the best of wishes to you and your family

    Garret Picchioni

  979. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 8:17 am

    i love you leo. what i mean is youre the roll model i never had… im sure your life will keep going at a good pace and the changes will some how be for the better. many prayers man. good luck and remember life is all a state of mind. i wish there was more i could say… i wish you would read this but i dont think you’ll have time.. leo you’ve given me a life, technology and your sense of humor has created a person out of me that i can show to the world and say “leo laporte is my teacher, my roll model, and one of my best friends even though he’s never heard of me…” :) anyway… you mean so much to me leo, you’ve brought a better reality into my life… i dont know what to say, i’ll really miss you on techtv, i think i’ll see you there again some day soon, but for now please keep us all updated on your every action.

    many many many prayers,

    royce barber

    pobox 579 selah washington 98942

    e3e3@hotmail.com

  980. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 8:17 am

    you will be greatly missed on techtv.by the way VULCAN VENTURES IS OWNED BY MICROSOFT!!!!!!!!!!,MAYBE THAT MIGHT HAVE SOMTHING TO DO WITH IT.Hope to see you agian.

  981. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 8:33 am

    Although I have only had access to TechTv here in Australia for a month, I will miss you Leo. You brang the Oomph and the warmth to the Screen Savers and Call for Help. We all have to move on, so have a good one man.

    Thanks for the quality viewing!

  982. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 10:47 am

    Bummer….I hate it when I’m beginning to like the show then someone get booted out or leaving the show….I guess that’s the law in Vultures…I mean Vulcan Ventures….Take care dude, Hope to see your new show someday.

    “I am the law! what?! what do you mean I’m not authorized to ride a motorbike?! officer, I’m at a legal age here! and that licence is legal not fake! what?! hold on I’m going to call my mother!” – Judge Dredd when he was 11.

  983. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 11:24 am

    Tech TV is going to have a tough time of it without Leo, Dudes and Dudettes, although the remaining folks are doing an OK job, it’s just that “OK”, the entertainment value isn’t there anymore on either show. I don’t particularly watch it for the technology value, but for the entertainment, and new ways of looking at Computing and Computing technology in general that Leo provides. I am a Network Manager and Engineer, and I have little need of the technical value of the shows, but I really miss what little TV time I once had, and I mis the fun that Leo has provided over the years. I hope the folks at the helm of TechTV have the good sense to find a way to bring Leo back. I, and many of my peers, have pretty much stopped watching TechTV for the above reasons – Leo LaPorte was the show, folks.

  984. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 11:39 am

    Woah…

    I had just started watching TechTv and Screen Savers was practically one of the better shows on that network. then I go for a fe weeks without watching and TV(in preparation gor my graduation) and I come to find out LSO IS GONE what the hell!! Im boycotting Tech TV!!

  985. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 11:39 am

    Woah…

    I had just started watching TechTv and Screen Savers was practically one of the better shows on that network. then I go for a fe weeks without watching and TV(in preparation gor my graduation) and I come to find out LSO IS GONE what the hell!! Im boycotting Tech TV!!

  986. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 1:39 pm

    Leo, for us folks up here in Southwest Washington state, you will be missed! I have learned so much from you, and have been entertained at the same time. I know there are many chapters to one’s life, I just hate to see this one come to and end right now. Good luck with what ever comes next for you.

  987. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 1:44 pm

    I know it was several years ago when I signed up for Direct TV and bought my first satelite dish system I put it up on my roof and then the magic started to happen TECH TV as it has become well known to all here was launched and I watched this “Captain Kangaroo” of technology blurting out interesting things about computers so intresting that religiously like a SOAP Crazed maniac I had to watch daily and take notes after wonderful ideas and tips from Leo I have compiled a beatuful solid working computer system that has been a part of my life for many years but it would have been a store bought box if it had not been for this Great Man.and Leo’s CO/Host Megan what a charm she was to watch along with Leo everyday. Hell I didnt care if it was a repeat episode I would watch for the shear entertainment that Leo brought to the show along with his marvelous energy. I really want you to come back to the show as I know all that have posted here do and I hope Comcast asks you back as I am sure that you will always succeed in whatever life deals you, Our lives wont be the same without you in our TV daily.

  988. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 1:44 pm

    I know it was several years ago when I signed up for Direct TV and bought my first satelite dish system I put it up on my roof and then the magic started to happen TECH TV as it has become well known to all here was launched and I watched this “Captain Kangaroo” of technology blurting out interesting things about computers so intresting that religiously like a SOAP Crazed maniac I had to watch daily and take notes after wonderful ideas and tips from Leo I have compiled a beatuful solid working computer system that has been a part of my life for many years but it would have been a store bought box if it had not been for this Great Man.and Leo’s CO/Host Megan what a charm she was to watch along with Leo everyday. Hell I didnt care if it was a repeat episode I would watch for the shear entertainment that Leo brought to the show along with his marvelous energy. I really want you to come back to the show as I know all that have posted here do and I hope Comcast asks you back as I am sure that you will always succeed in whatever life deals you, Our lives wont be the same without you in our TV daily.

  989. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 2:09 pm

    I have had a computer from 1981 and Leo taught me something almost everyday. I will miss him to say the least.

  990. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 2:35 pm

    As much as I love the Patrick, Kevin, Sara, Cat and all the rest, the fact is they can be a little dry at times. Leo added a much need sense of levity to the shows he co-hosted. He made it much more entertaining to the average viewer. The ScreenSavers and call for Help remain very informative shows but, they have certainly lost that certain something which made them so much fun to watch since Leos departure. I hope Comcast sees the error of Vulcan Venture decision and brings back the man who makes Tech fun.

  991. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 3:16 pm

    Leo the heart and soul of CFH and TSS. I discovered your shows on ZDTV when it first came on the air. I have been a loyal viewer ever since. I don’t dislike Pat,Kevin, or Sarah, but you should be there too. You made these shows what they are. I will probably still tune them in every once in a while, but I will not be an everyday viewer like I have since they came on the air. Good luck whith all that you do and I hope to see you back on TV sometime soon.

  992. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 3:26 pm

    Tech TV is available through my digital subscriber in my city since Monday. When I found out, I said: YES! When I started watching The Screen Savers and Call for Help, two shows I’ve heard about and seen bits here and there, I said: Where’s Leo? Now that I know what happened, I have only one thing to say:

    all shows and no Leo makes Tech TV a dull channel. :-)

  993. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 3:37 pm

    1000 comments! You must feel loved. Pat, Kevin, Cat, et. al. are doing a great job, but it’s not quite the same without you. I hope you can come back after the changeover is complete. Take good care.

    Danny

  994. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 3:56 pm

    Leo,

    I will miss you. I have been watching both Call for Help and TSS daily for quite a while and it just isn’t the same without you, especially Call for Help. (Watching Chris Breen, whose segments I’ve enjoyed, was painful the other day. – Nothing personal Chris – Leo just set such a high bar.)

    A very close friend is a computer consultant and I have often told him that he needs to get Tech TV just to watch you because the two of you have such a similar approach to helping people with computers.

    I will keep watching for a while, but I unless Call for Help gets better, I can’t say I will always do so.

    If, by any chance the people who held your job hostage to your stock options are reading, they should know that I am one of the people who writes to advertisers when I don’t like what is on the programming. PLEASE RECONSIDER!

    Leo,

    Thanks for what you’ve taught me!

    I look forward to continuing to read the blog and your books.

    Leah

  995. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 4:12 pm

    Leo,

    I have been watching C4H and TSS every day for quite a while and I am very very sad to hear that you were fired. What happened to companies honoring the promised benefits? Yuck.

    A good friend of mine is a computer consultant, going into people’s homes and businesses to fix computer problems. You and he have such similar views about helping people with technology that I have been bugging him to get digital cable so he can watch you. Now I’ve sent him an email to tell him never mind.

    I will miss seeing you every day and learning from you.

    Thanks for what you’ve taught me so far.

    I look forward to continuing to read your books and blog.

    Leah

  996. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 4:16 pm

    Leo, As one of the pioneers of making technology friendly to a somewhat unaccepting world, you have truly given myself and others a better understanding of not just the specifics you covered, but the big picture of the world of tech. Through your endless warmth and compassion you have touched millions, dont give up.

    Nick

  997. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 4:39 pm

    Sometimes it seems that the Corporate world revolves around “little men with big jobs”, in this case it sounds just right. To hold the stock hostage seems so trivial, and so trite, what can they be thinking. A long time a go I learned, the hard way, that those that own the Company can make any rules they want, it does not mean they make sense or are even rational, but they are their rules. Those people and their Company are usually short lived, as I also found out. Moving on to new things is a move up and away. The new owners should recognize this and work out a way to get an integral piece of TechTV back on the air. If it were hardware they would have it on and working by now, so what’s the problem. Comcast and Co. get on it. On a personal side I hate to see you (Leo) go from the TechTV scene, you were the shinning example of someone with a little gray in the hair that connected with everyone. I too have some gray in the hair, and that makes me a little sad to see The Mayor moving off the big screen. Not that the younger generation does not have the TechTV thing going, it is just natural to see the younger “kids” doing their thing. Some of us have been here since the beginning, and have watched the struggle for personal computer legitimacy. You are one of the leaders of this movement and we need you to stay on the scene and keep things on balance. In your April 2nd comments you say “the best studio crew in the world are still there keeping things running light without overbyte” I heartily agree that this is the case. Another part of this touched me from the past is the “running lite with out overbyte”, and took me back to a day that I picked up my first copy of Dr. Dobbs little Vol 1 No. 1 that was 8 or 10 pages copied and stapled, one of the first publications for the new PC world. Who then would have ever thought what lay ahead, it has been a great ride and more fun than anyone should have, but there is much more to come. What we all dreamed about doing if we only had more ram and just some more cpu speed , how we could change the world. That day arrived sometime ago, but with each new generation they will expect more. My oldest son has not known as day since he was born that the internet did not exist. It is this wisdom of knowing that we lose if you don’t stay in there for the new generations now and to come, the links to the start, the beginning and the knowledge and history that goes with it , are the pieces that will be missed and lost. So here’s to you getting back to the people. Live well and prosper…

  998. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 5:26 pm

    I have been watching The Screensavers since You and Kate were doing it. TechTV will not be the same without you. You ARE TechTV.

    Martin

  999. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 5:28 pm

    Leo.

    The best had just left the building,and with that the fans are going as well,but when they see the error in the wake of a bad judgement it’s us the people that gave TSS,and CFH. the base it got. Good luck and God speed for your return to the airwaves.

    Charles “charlie”Lovejoy

  1000. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 5:50 pm

    You’ll be missed Leo. TechTV won’t be the same without you. I’ve been watching you since you were hosting Call For Help, then The Screensavers, then both. You make it fun to learn about computers and never fail to make it entertaining. I love your impersonations and all the other goofy stuff you do :-) Wishing you the best of luck in everything. God bless.

    Fellow Mac user and from the Philippines,

    Patrick

  1001. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 7:05 pm

    You will be sorely missed. It was your shows that got me interested in computers and technology. Your expertise and enthusiasm made me want to learn more, and now I plan on majoring in Computer Science. I was watching way back when you started as ZDTV (I was still in grade school) and my friends poked fun at me for it, but now they all watch it too. Thank you for so many great years on TechTV. I won’t whine, I won’t moan, I won’t yelp. I’ll just listen to you on internet radio. Religiously.

  1002. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 7:08 pm

    I turn my TV today to watch my tivo’s Tech TV episode. I watch the first one and no Leo, watch the second one and no Leo. Stopped searched to web to see if something was going on and sure enough I come across your problems. This is unbelievable, how can they be so moronic to hold your job over your head like this? Do they realize that you make the show? Let me be frank, everyone on the show does their part but you and Patrick are a winning combo.

    So sad to see you leave Leo and hope to see you soon, I am so outraged that I removed THESCREENSAVERS from my tivc list and refuse to watch it until you come back!

    Regards,

    Ferdinand

  1003. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 7:40 pm

    The screensavers and CFH are not the same without you. Kevin is Ok but I have been watching for 5 years (ZDTV) and have come to respect your work. Fight back, do what you have to do to get back on. TTV should keep Kevin but you and Pat are the men.

  1004. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 7:42 pm

    Leo, I have been watching you for about 5 years (ZDTV) and although Kevin does a good job it is not the same without you. You need to come back to TSS/CFH ASAP. They can keep Kevin but you and Pat are the best. Do what you need to do to come back better and stronger!

  1005. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 8:57 pm

    You were the best teacher/host on Techtv. I don’t understand how Vulcan Ventures, Inc., (Paul G. Allen), can legally take back already negotiated shares by the coercion you menitoned. There is no end to the greed of corporate America. It appears you can add Vulcan Ventures, Inc., (Paul G. Allen), to the list with Enron, Worldcom, et al. The best way to deal with greed is by affecting the only thing they understand or care about, their wallets. I hope there are very competent and agressive attorneys out there willing to help you.

    Thank you for all of your fine work on Call for Help and TSS. It is truly their loss. If G4 and Comcast have any common/business sense they will hire you back a.s.a.p.

    There are not many people who have both knowledge and the ability to convey it well to others. You fall into this category. As a result your talents will always land on their feet.

    Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

  1006. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 9:38 pm

    “ZDTV to TECHTV…without KING LEO…nothing is REAL” !!… Talk about being way out in cyberspace, I am a week behind on my Tivo recordings and here I thought Leo was just on vacation and did not realize he got the boot until I went to Leoville.com and read the scoop….. He was (and still is) the most sincere person who never got tired of the same simple questions, and could easily handle the tuff ones with grace, style, and humor not seen on TV anymore….. He is the only person (other than the late, great Mister Rogers), who thoroughly enjoyed his job!! You just can’t find that on TV anymore…. and who is ever going to wear shoes like that on TV !!! PLEASE GET HIM BACK ON THE TUBE !!!…….. I plan to try and watch TechTV but it will be with a empty hole feeling… I do enjoy listening to Kevin because he is kind of wild and radical, but without Leo it will never be the same……Leo, no matter who you were paired with on CFH or TSS, you brought the balance to the unbalanced. You made every show come alive… you are “THE COMPLETE ONE” !.. All of us will eagerly await your return no matter what show you end up being on….

  1007. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 10:22 pm

    Leo, I feel kind of like I felt when I heard Jerry Garcia was gone. Big muddy empty hole in the heart. Hope to see you back soon.

  1008. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 10:25 pm

    Leo, your the only guy on tech tv that can comprehensivly answer a callers question. You ask the right questions and you give the right answers. Vulcan Ventures can go to lop.com for all i care. (dont go there…) G4 would be stupid not to get you back. The new guy on Call For Help is……….he’s like a Mac commercial…lots of hand movements and funny answers to straight forward questions. Enjoy your vacation because when G4 owns tech tv we’re gonna hound like hell for them to hire you back. Network just is not the same without you.

  1009. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 11:06 pm

    Good Lord… I dearly hope G4 hires you. TSS and CFH aren’t the same without you Leo (and what are they going to do with the Call For Help-a-Thon this Christmas!) Rally the TSS and CFH crews, lay seige to the studio, and force them to return your job (and your stock!) Hrm… Ok, that might be a bit extreme. Either way, the world is going to miss you.

  1010. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 11:27 pm

    Leo, I’m a 64 year old female, retired journalist, computer/Leo groupie and I loved seeing you both Screen Savers and Call for Help. They won’t be the same without you. Already they’re not … they lack the verve and common touch. I’ve been a fan since Computer Chronicle days. Hope you reappear shortly … Mary

  1011. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 11:28 pm

    Sorry and disappointed to see you go. You were the link between the young and old the educated and well, me. You added value by asking the questions that I would have thought long and hard to come back in 15 minutes to ask. Not to take away from the show, I do like all the individuals and their part, but the show is missing what made it real for me. You had a great affect on the chemistry that made the Screensavers what it was, a great show. I did not appreciate the shows where you were missing as much and preffered the shows you were in attendance. You kept the show relevent, you kept the show at an understandable level, you made the show what it was, excellent.

    BUT…I live in LA, listen to KFI, and well feel lucky to have not lost you all toghether.

    Thanks for the years, the dedication and living up to such high standards.

    Long time viewer,

    Frank

  1012. Anonymous on April 10th, 2004 11:28 pm

    Sorry and disappointed to see you go. You were the link between the young and old the educated and well, me. You added value by asking the questions that I would have thought long and hard to come back in 15 minutes to ask. Not to take away from the show, I do like all the individuals and their part, but the show is missing what made it real for me. You had a great affect on the chemistry that made the Screensavers what it was, a great show. I did not appreciate the shows where you were missing as much and preffered the shows you were in attendance. You kept the show relevent, you kept the show at an understandable level, you made the show what it was, excellent.

    BUT…I live in LA, listen to KFI, and well feel lucky to have not lost you all toghether.

    Thanks for the years, the dedication and living up to such high standards.

    Long time viewer,

    Frank

  1013. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 12:14 am

    Leo, I dont know what to say. I have watched Tech TV aka ZDTV for the last 6 years and you make that channel GREAT! I cant believe they let you walk out the door. They are sorry now I am sure! Hang in there, I am sure there will be something that will be as good for you soon!

    Thanks for all the goodtimes and your help!

    Dan :(

  1014. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 12:30 am

    Leo, I’ve watched ZDTV then TechTV since it launched on C-Band satellite, you are great host, you inspired me to persue a college degree in Computer Information Systems, I am now the Director of Technology for a local school system. I appreciate everything you’ve done for your veiwing public. You will be greatly missed.

    Best of luck in your future endeavors.

    Ernest

  1015. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 1:22 am

    No one can replace Leo LaPorte on Call for Help and TSS….. :[ SO SAD!!!

  1016. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 1:26 am

    Leo, approximately two years ago I accidentally tuned into The Screen Savers and was captivated by your fun loving personality. You made computers seem fun and exciting, from there I started watching TSS and eventually Call For Help and X-play every day, and as much of the rest of techtv’s programs as time would permit. Heck other than the news they were the only things on television I watched on a daily bases. Thanks to you I’ve gone from someone who had to call friends for help whenever I had a problem with my PC to the person who is called for help from those same people. I have built five computers for myself, upgraded several others for family and friends, set up a home network system, and have found and learned a whole new passion in Photoshop all thanks to you. Actually I entered four of TSS Photoshop challenges and was a winner in two of them. I also submitted a Photoshop pic I made one month to Giz Wiz Biz’s “What the Heck Is It” (linked from TSS site) and won an autographed Mad Magazine, and have made some extra money on the side fixing old pictures for people. Again all thanks to you. OK I know I learned the Photoshop stuff from Bert Monroy and Alex Lindsey but it was your unbridled enthusiasm and fun nature that kept me tuned in and made me the techno-nut that I am today.

    I know you say to keep tuned in but watching techtv without you is like listening to U2 without Bono or No Doubt without Gwen Stefani, so I’ve opted to stop watching techtv altogether, or at least until you return.

    Best wishes and again thank you & merci – Freddie jr.

    Weshecat-welo K’weshe Laweh-pah – Tecumseh 1768 – 1813

  1017. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 3:17 am

    I will miss you

  1018. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 3:17 am

    I will miss you

  1019. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 3:19 am

    I will miss you

  1020. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 3:20 am

    I will miss you

  1021. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 4:23 am

    WOW, I was watching the screen savers and you were’nt on, I figured you were on vacation or you had some project going, you know something like that. Then I went here, and I heard what happend.

    I am so angry, why would they do something like that to their best star. Do they know how many people have learned how to use computers from you? Do they know that I AM GOING TO SPAM TECH TV UNTIL THEIR SERVERS CRASH. They have nothing without you. I’m sending a letter everyday to the tech tv studio and after a month two and so forth until they get you back! DO NOT GO GENTLEY INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT! They need you back! They are going to get so much mail, email, post on the forums (mainly from me) that they need you back. No show will be the same as the screen savers, you made that show what it is. Please dont rule out coming back to tech tv.

  1022. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 4:27 am

    That kind of sounds a bit like extortion on Vulcan Venture’s part to me… hmmmm.

  1023. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 5:48 am

    Leo:

    I just heard about your not being on Tech T.V. anymore, today while listening to you on KFI. I thought you were on vacation or something. Honestly, I first tuned into Tech T.V. because of the Thunderbirds. I wanted to see if the show was what I remembered from my youth. Luckily I left the T.V. on that channel, and eventually Screen Savers came on. All this is while I’m at work, and also luckily my boss thinks watching Tech T.V. is good for us…so we can learn about the latest computer / tech stuff, etc. (I’m not so sure he actually liked me watching the T-Birds though). I have definately learned alot from you, great computer tips & fixes, what to buy or stay away from, virus alerts…just way too much to mention here, but very much appreciated! I sure hope G4 / Comcast realizes that they need to bring you back. Until we see you on T.V. again, I’ll keep listening to KFI. Thank you for all the great info & the positive way you present it.

    Jim

  1024. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 6:29 am

    When I got home from school i noticed that leo was not on call for help i thought he was sick or something so i didn’y watch that day. Then the next i saw he wasn’t on again so i went here and read this very sad story and i almost cried. Because leo was the one to inspire me to build my own computer. then when i did i was so proud of myself that i made a website to show my sucess and every day i watched call for help and the screensavers. i learned a lot and i was very happy i even begged my mom to let me go see him live. i started to have an addiction to techtv and my mom was happy that i was learning i started to do better in school and had a better additude to life. this makes me very sad that this had to happen and i only wish that i would have started watching earlyer. that may have made me even sader i hope he stays on g4 but i don’t get g4 anymore this makes me even sader and leo if you read this can you please give me an autographed picture that would make very happy. i really wish you would contact me please i neve got a reply to any of my email. i have 2 emails Andrew_Dockins@msn.com and adtech@programmer.net and really hope you email me you have insprided me to learn and i don’t know what i will do now that you are gone. I will buy your book and dvd edition and i hope you can give me a autograph picutre.

  1025. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 6:40 am

    i am very angery i don;t know what i will do i had so much stuff i wanted to say it’s just that mind can’t understand that leo will be gone for ever i will never watch techtv until leo is on again who is with me? it’s just not the same i am going to send email to techtv every day until leo is on i don’t care if it has no affect i just am to made

  1026. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 6:40 am

    i am very angery i don;t know what i will do i had so much stuff i wanted to say it’s just that mind can’t understand that leo will be gone for ever i will never watch techtv until leo is on again who is with me? it’s just not the same i am going to send email to techtv every day until leo is on i don’t care if it has no affect i just am to made

  1027. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 7:04 am

    We will miss you Leo. I enjoyed your shows on Tech Tv and am extremely sad you had to go. I always looked forward to The Screensavers when I got home. You were Tech Tv to me. Sorry to see you go. We will miss you Leo.

  1028. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 7:13 am

    All I can say is BUCK-UP little fellow. They can’t keep a good man down. Many people feel as I do that when it comes to technology television, information is important but no mater how good it is it must also be entertaining. Few people want to spend their free time watching uninteresting anything. Comcast or whoever continues this huge market must come to grips with this concept. In this framework, you are right up there with the really heavy hitters like the Jay Lenos and David Lettermens of the world. I will lose a lot of respect for the good folks at Comcast if they fail to realize this in short order. I was a Comcast customer here in Michigan before ZDTV was on our cable network. At that time they paraded a bunch of new cable network shows on an experimental channel and asked customers to vote for which one we would like to see added to the lineup. I was among the majority who were glad that you guys won so I could continue to watch and enjoy your take on technology. I am still a Comcast customer, so I still have a vote, although it is only a small one. I wonder where I can put that satellite dish on my roof? O-well, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Until then, I hope to see your entertaining face back on my TV where it belongs.

  1029. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 7:15 am

    Leo,

    The ease in how you pleasantly educated, entertained, and excited viewers about various forms of technology will not be soon forgotten. Your influence has been passed on by those you have touched via all the various types of media of which you have been involved with including: tv, radio, articles and books. Count me along with your other fans/supporters that look forward to your return to tv real soon. Until then, be well. There’s a lot more promising opportunities ahead for you.

    Most sincerely,

    cristo309

  1030. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 10:14 am

    Well, I think that the managment have NO clue what they are doing. I fully accept your choice. Thats a load of bs man. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to keep what you have had for so long. SO! I think if they have taken anything away from you outside of their contract you need to seek legal advice.

    I fully support you man, me and Quickill at http://www.amvslash.com

    If you ever need anything from idea’s, to help, to just testing a link for you, contact either one of us and let us know.

    WE’RE HERE FOR YOU MAN

  1031. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 11:57 am

    dear leo,

    thanks for everything, from your advises to your jokes that made my day… watching techtv would never be the same..

    take care always…

  1032. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 2:12 pm

    Tech TV will NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU LEO. Good luck on your futeure and hope to see you on the boop tube soon.

    Homer and Betty

    Lodon Ont Canada..

    :-(

  1033. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 2:14 pm

    Tech TV will NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU LEO. Good luck on your futeure and hope to see you on the boop tube soon.

    Homer and Betty

    Lodon Ont Canada..

    :-(

  1034. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 2:14 pm

    Tech TV will NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU LEO. Good luck on your futeure and hope to see you on the boop tube soon.

    Homer and Betty

    Lodon Ont Canada..

    :-(

  1035. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 2:16 pm

    There are thousands of Geeks & thousands upon thousands of people out there that have the ability to do what has been done on the screenavers over the past. Leo you were the leader!!!!!!! This is still a free country.”LEOVILLE REPORTS” has a nice sound to it. Get off your duff and start new.

  1036. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 2:44 pm

    Leo, You are Tech TV Period!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you will be missed BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!

  1037. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 2:46 pm

    Leo; I am alittle behind but last week I realized you weren’t just outr on vacation. You have become my trusted technology guy! It breaks my heart that they could not believe you have a strong following. Everyone just wants to cut costs and don’t care about quality. I and many above this comment will surly miss you. I will follow up and tell tecktv they mada a mistake. I’m on the east coast and pay extra for teck tv so I could see and hear your insights daily. Good luck and try to get an audio feed to the east cost so I can hear your voice out this way…. Ray O

  1038. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 4:33 pm

    I’ve watched TechTV since the ZDTV days. I’ve learned a lot with Leo. After being on vacation, I’ve come back to this news. Well, so much for that channel.

    Gee, Leo, I’m really going to miss you!

  1039. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 4:59 pm

    Letter sent to Teck TV by me today.

    I can not think of any reason why you would do what you did to the only thing good you had. Leo is the reason I have been watching your TV shows. If you had any type of agreements in the past with stocks if this is what it is suck it up and call him back. I know a lot of people good friends that I have told about the two shows Leo did for you and I am now getting calls for help, I can thank Leo for this as I now know so much more than I did two years ago. Call Leo back and get on with the show before you all lose big in this. You do have good people doing the two shows but Leo was the show, You have some new person doing the call for help and he is just not the voice to have on the show he has no idea how to speak on TV he has a voice that is not made to be used on TV he should be a writer for the show as he looks to know some thinks about computers but the voice is not there. Do what you can to get Leo Back.

    I HOPE IF YOU DO NOT GET HIM BACK THE DEAL WILL GO SOUTH AT SELLING THE STATION SORRY BUT THIS IS WHAT I THINK.

    End of the email sent to Teck TV today.

    I posted this to Tech TV today after a few days of watching and not finding Leo on the shows. I can not understand the reason behind letting go a person as good as Leo and a person who brought so much to so may people. Leo was being shafted he was only doing what we all would have done in his place. Leo all the best I just hope that the new owners if the sale goes through ask you back and right this wrong as soon as they can. Very good people are in place on the shows but you did make the shows work. I wish you the best and I also hope if you do get a new show soon i will be able to watch it in canada. I do have a dish and the first day i got the dish i found your shows and have been a fan since then.

    Good luck to you and your family I know you will do well in what comes up.

    Scott..

  1040. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 5:05 pm

    Leo, you will be missed on TechTv. I hope Comcast lets you come back, and IMHO you can tell Vulcan to go shove it. He will be surprised to see the amount of supporters you have. TechTv will not be the same without you. TSS will carry on, same with CFH, but there will always be a large void left where you were.

  1041. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 5:08 pm

    Letter sent to Tech TV by me today.

    I can not think of any reason why you would do what you did to the only thing good you had. Leo is the reason I have been watching your TV shows. If you had any type of agreements in the past with stocks if this is what it is suck it up and call him back. I know a lot of people good friends that I have told about the two shows Leo did for you and I am now getting calls for help, I can thank Leo for this as I now know so much more than I did two years ago. Call Leo back and get on with the show before you all lose big in this. You do have good people doing the two shows but Leo was the show, You have some new person doing the call for help and he is just not the voice to have on the show he has no idea how to speak on TV he has a voice that is not made to be used on TV he should be a writer for the show as he looks to know some thinks about computers but the voice is not there. Do what you can to get Leo Back.

    I HOPE IF YOU DO NOT GET HIM BACK THE DEAL WILL GO SOUTH AT SELLING THE STATION SORRY BUT THIS IS WHAT I THINK.

    End of the email sent to Tech TV today.

    I posted this to Tech TV today after a few days of watching and not finding Leo on the shows. I can not understand the reason behind letting go a person as good as Leo and a person who brought so much to so may people in help and info. Leo was being shafted he was only doing what we all would have done in his place. Leo all the best I just hope that the new owners if the sale goes through ask you back and right this wrong as soon as they can. Very good people are in place on the shows but you did make the shows work. I wish you the best and I also hope if you do get a new show soon i will be able to watch it in canada. I do have a dish and the first day i got the dish I found your shows and have been a fan since then.

    I hope you get up to canada soon to do a speaking gig I would love to meet you and thank you in person for all the help you gave me over the past two years of watching. I will now be a weekly visitor to this site to keep up on what is going on with you. lets us know if you will in Canada soon.

    Good luck to you and your family I know you will do well in what comes up.

    Scott..

  1042. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 5:58 pm

    TSS suffers now greatly. I like those other people just fine but none have the presence of Leo.

    Now, Call for Help? Insane. I suppose I’ll check it out but,INHO, Call for Help is Leo’s show and can’t be done by anyone else. Watching Pat host a show is painful. Sarah is hard to listen to. Kevin does ok, he has a bit of that presence.

    Leo will land on his feet. The public loves him and at least one of those people who run things has to know that.

  1043. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 6:22 pm

    Hey Leo, just thought I would say I have been a fan of your work on ZD/Tech TV long before I met you in person when you signed the front bazel cover of my Packard Bell computer. I will never forget what you said that day “Packard Bell the king of PCs” Since that time I have built a new top of the line PC however I still proudly display the bazel of the old one that you signed all that time ago.

    Anyways best of luck in the future and hopefully everyone might get to see your return on G4/Tech TV in the future. In the meantime Tech TV certainly won’t be the same without you. I was able to survive when John C Devorak and so many other favorites of mine were cut but loosing you from network is pretty much the last straw for me.

    Again hope you can come back in the future if not good luck with other success that is sure to come your way, take solice in the fact that you helped bring the technology bug to so many people and provided countless hours of worthwhile entertainment to so many millions over the years.

    Thank you!

    Jason from West Virginia

  1044. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 7:10 pm

    Leo Leo Leo what did they do to My Pal Leo . I just can not understand what they are thinking at tech tv.I have learnd so much from this man .How the hell can they do this to him and us ? I know that we will see him soon.Leo we love you and we are all waiting for your next show. Come on Pal show them what your made of. Chuck from Boston Ma

  1045. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 7:11 pm

    Oh, wow! :-( What a crock. 10 years of exemplary service and THAT is how they repay you for your dedication? Grrrr…

    If the new company knows what’s best for them, they’ll hire you.

    Godspeed, Leo!

  1046. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 7:15 pm

    I have leaned so much from leo except how to spell

  1047. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 8:11 pm

    Leo,

    I’ve been a fan since the beginning. I remember how saddened I was when Kate left….now TSS has finally been stripped of it’s very soul.

    And this over such a petty issue….I guess Paul Allen doesn’t have ENOUGH MONEY, so he has to have his goons sack you over a handfull of stock options. I guess it always comes down to money for some…

    Of course, conspiracy theorists will say it was your unflagging willingness to be honest about Microsoft’s failings, and to offer up alternatives like Linux and OS X that got you fired.

    Personally, I think it’s one more example of just how much class Gates/Allen/Balmer et.al. really have….

    Keep fighting the good fight, and let’s hope we see you on the air again soon.

  1048. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 9:10 pm

    Well what can I say, I have only been granted the chance to watch Techtv just two years ago. Yet in that time you and Pat have changed everything, even the way I think about technology. From an ex luddite “Thank you for showing me the way of the penguin!” Johnathan, “CopperAxe”.

  1049. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 9:28 pm

    Leooooo, you will be missed. TSS was one of the few TV shows I watched regularly and now since the change its not the same. The magic is gone! Its master of ceremonies has left the big top, but I hope some way you will be able to return to the show.

  1050. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 10:49 pm

    Leo – U Rock

    Going to miss ya on TSS. Just another case of ‘the man’ trying to keep ya down…lol…Fight on my brother…lol…Hope to see you again soon!

  1051. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 11:01 pm

    Leo I have been a fateful viewer for 5 or 6 years. You have helped me through many personal confuser headaches. You made me the techno lover I am. Even though I like the Call For Help And Screen Savers crew its not gonna be the same without you. You made us fell like we wern’t stupid and you seamed like you cared, you will be missed very much and we hope to see you again! If there is anything that your fans can do to help the situation and get you back where you belong then let us know.YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!!

  1052. Anonymous on April 11th, 2004 11:05 pm

    Leo… the smartest man I know… I will definately miss you! I was thrown for a loop when I turned on my TIVO (not really… it’s always on!) and saw the new opening to The Screensavers… without you in it. I had heard nothing leading up to this actually happening, so I was sadly surprised. I certainly hope the new owners realize your importance, and knowledge you brought to the show, and contact you to come back! Until then, I will try and get my fill of you here and through your books… which I plan to buy, though it will not be the same as seeing you on TV.

    Take Care Leo…

    Jarod from PA…

  1053. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 12:28 am

    Gonna miss ya, you big goofball. Hope to see you on the airwares soon.

    Best o’ luck, Leo.

  1054. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 12:52 am

    Leo, I am a 63 year old geek that you mentored and grew into a full fledged computer expert. Starting with ZDTV from the very biginning to even the last re-run I just saw, you have continued to teach me. You made me understand the tech world like no one could. I even built my own power computer and do all the maintenance on it myself. You always said if you just watch your shows for a month we would become experts. You were so right. But, every show you do teaches us even more on a daily basis. I’m so sorry you had to leave the best thing on TV today. Hope all will work into gold for you. Keep the faith.

    Bob

  1055. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 2:07 am

    Isn’t it ironic how people are put together? I mean, Tech T.V. was the program that geeks watched and the only time I saw it was when Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush was on. So I said what a cool show. I then find out the head geek: Leo is on TTV, on KFI and a Mac user too! But when I got the story regarding Leo and his former company, I too was bummed. Leo is smart and TTV dumping him was stupid. Well, with Leo’s talent and voice for radio and television, KFI would be a fool to let him go. You truly are a God of geekdom Leo. Finally, I am sorry about the wig/toupee comment, it wasn’t nice of me to goof on you like that on the air. But I just wanted to say God bless you your family and the Leoville family too. You are truly talented and will do well.

    P.S., BTW. nice hair plugs

  1056. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 3:19 am

    Dear Leo, I am in SHOCK!! You will be missed.Thanks for all the tips and jocularity.If not for you I would have probally gave up when i first started fooling around with computers.You got me interested & I took a course &I am now A+ certified. You changed me from a Biker to a geek! As with all crafts you never learn it all so we will always need people like you.Keep up the good work my friend and may God bless you and your family.

    Rino

  1057. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 3:50 am

    I can’t grasp it Leo, dude you are the coolest dude i ahve ever seen on tv and one of the reasons i watch the screen savers and call for hezze. Dude you rock and the shows will never never never ever be the same or as fun again.

  1058. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 3:52 am

    I may be a bit slow not watching things until late, it is a sad thing that Leo had to come to this decision; but life must go on and TechTV will miss out on the greatest things Leo has still left to complete in his life. Best wishes to you and your family Leo from all of us at innerChambers and we will look forward to your return to TV where we can see you again.

  1059. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 3:54 am

    True Sadness and a parting feeling sets in. I understand business is business but

    Leo was(is) someone we let into our homes to entertain and educate us without the

    harsh taste of reality. Leo has the retrospective sense to blend old school with

    today. I for one (old school) felt value in my education and not a sense of

    abandonment as technology moves on. I suppose the correct term I’m searching for

    is validation.

    I hope Leo finds His way to the “little screen”.

    He will be missed by a huge demographic.

    Best of Luck to Leo

  1060. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 3:56 am

    Your the reason I started to watch tech tv it was (ZDTV at the time) your one of the people who got me so involved into technoligy… im sorry to hear that you had to leave… i’ll miss you!

  1061. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 4:00 am

    Sorry to hear you left Mr. Leo. I found you by mistake about three years ago. When you left CFH and did just TSS, I followed you. Now your gone period. In the past three years I’ve learned so much about computers, its just not fair. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. In those three odd some years, I sent you about a dozen emails and faxes, with no reply. Well………..alls well that ends well……………GOOD LUCK LEO!!! :)

  1062. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 4:01 am

    True Sadness and a parting feeling sets in. I understand business is business but

    Leo was(is) someone we let into our homes to entertain and educate us without the

    harsh taste of reality. Leo has the retrospective sense to blend old school with

    today. I for one (old school) felt value in my education and not a sense of

    abandonment as technology moves on. I suppose the correct term I’m searching for

    is validation.

    I hope Leo finds His way to the “little screen”.

    He will be missed by a huge demographic.

    Best of Luck to Leo

  1063. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 4:06 am

    We’ll all going to miss you leo. You’ve in some way have touched all our hearts and minds. We’ll miss you leo… all of us here at the home made computer club.

  1064. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 4:06 am

    Yo Leo this really sucks you should retaliate and try to get the owners of TechTV sued or at least go out with a bang. Break into the studio while they are tapin and just curse your head off and show a bad example for the cable in the classroom kids and take a dump right on the CEO’s windshield of his or her car!!! Thats what I would do!!!

    In fact I’m starting a Leo Laporte back on Tech TV protest!!!!

    Now all I gotta do is figure a way to get out of school and get from New York to L.A.!!!!

    I’ll show those Mofos what happens when they mess with the best!!!!!!!!!!

    RAGGGGGGGGGHGHGHHARGHGaaaAAD

    I feel slightly better about this now so uhhh… Hope to see ya soon Leo!!

  1065. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 4:08 am

    Yo Leo this really sucks you should retaliate and try to get the owners of TechTV sued or at least go out with a bang. Break into the studio while they are tapin and just curse your head off and show a bad example for the cable in the classroom kids and take a dump right on the CEO’s windshield of his or her car!!! Thats what I would do!!!

    In fact I’m starting a Leo Laporte back on Tech TV protest!!!!

    Now all I gotta do is figure a way to get out of school and get from New York to L.A.!!!!

    I’ll show those Mofos what happens when they mess with the best!!!!!!!!!!

    RAGGGGGGGGGHGHGHHARGHGaaaAAD

    I feel slightly better about this now so uhhh… Hope to see ya soon Leo!!

  1066. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 4:13 am

    Leo, I had the pleasure to meet you when you were in Louisville, KY in November 2002. I have to say that I found you to be just as nice in person as you are on the shows. Without you, TechTV is just a boring Tech channel.

    I teach senior citizens computers here and several of them are fans of yours. One of my seniors (her name is Lois) told me that she liked you because you were so nice and explained everything on a common level. She then added that I was like that too. I have to tell you that being compared to you was wonderful. I don’t think I deserve it. At any rate, you just keep being yourself Leo. We wouldn’t have it any other way! Good luck with whatever happens. :-)

  1067. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 5:23 am

    Holy deuce…. I noticed your absence, but never heard any news on the subject. After coming here, my worst fears were realised. I’ll miss seeing you on my TV. Stay busy, and good luck.

  1068. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 5:35 am

    It’s been a blast. Thanks for the memories.

    Enjoyed watching you, and related well with your style.

    All the best in whatever you do next.

    Stop to smell the flowers now and then.

  1069. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 9:59 am

    Leo I have really enjoyed your shows. I will miss you and your knowledge, and I wish that it could have turned out differently.The ratings will drop without you there.I would have quit too if they tried to pull your stock options, that you recieved from working with an agreement all those years. I would have quit on the principal alone. Screw them and look for a contract with Disney, and get a real exciting computer show that will be high budjet, and high on specialist and contacts. Don’t waste your time with those that do not appreiate your talents and humour.Good luck and look forward to your new show, when it happens, I hope soon.

  1070. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 10:54 am

    Just a note to tell you that we will miss you a lot, you are the heart of the Screen Savers (Pat is the hammer). From Puerto Rico, thanks for all and see you later.

  1071. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 12:25 pm

    Hey Leo: Will miss you dearly but I expect you back. Keep us informed with a newsletter or start a Internet broadcast or something. We are waiting and keeping the faith!

  1072. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 12:49 pm

    Leo,

    I will miss watching the “dynamic duo” (you and Patrick) on TSS. I’ve been a computer geek since I was 8yrs. old. At which time, I earned my very first certification in the computer industry. The coveted “Radio Shack TRS-DOS” certification! I still have it to this day in the original frame.

    Anyhow, you will be missed. Many of my co-workers like watching TechTV as I do. I’m still an avid fan and probably will be for a long time. I wish you all the best. Thank you for the laughter, levity, and the down to earth approach that you give “non-technical” viewers!

    You are one of a kind!

    Sincerly,

    Chris Steele

  1073. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 1:07 pm

    man it’s ia sad day for techies when something like this happens .

  1074. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 2:42 pm

    I go away for a few weeks and look what happens. They rip out the very heart of the two shows that I watch almost every evening. I hope that Comcast has enough forsight to know a proven winner when they see him.

    Over the past years as my grandchildren where becoming enjoyable I introduced them to both shows and spent the evening watching, learning but most of all laughing together at you antics, the interplay with the co-host especially Patrick and with the callers. Remeber we always laughed with you.

    AS a Network and MS Exchange Admin. I have a great admiration for the job you have done and will continue to do. The manner in which you present material that at times is extremly dull & boring. Please pop up somewhere on the tube again.

    So for now can Patrick just go use his sledge hammer on those guys.

    Your friend from afar.

    Jay

  1075. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 2:52 pm

    Leo,

    Best of luck! Hope that the “new” company finds a way to get you back on the air… I’ve watched you since the days of ZDTV and you were on the network for like half the day!

    While I will still watch some shows – Call For Help and TSS really won’t be the same without you there. I will miss you on the TechTV – you brought a lot to that network the “suits” probably didn’t realize until now that you’re gone.

    Oh and hope easter was happy :)

    -Todd

  1076. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 3:01 pm

    Leo, you are the reason I watch Tech TV. Screen Savers and Tech TV are my favorite shows and you are responsible for that. Both shows make learning fun. No egos or attitudes…just fun. I hope the new owners of Tech TV will find a way to get you back. If not I only hope there will be another outlet for me to enjoy your personality and knowledge. I feel like on of my friends is moving away. I’m going to miss you Leo. I hope you the best in all you do. I sure hope you keep Leoville going and I will keep checking and hoping to find news your coming to a channel I can get soon.

    And last but not least thanks for all the entertainment you have provided to me and my family over the years. Good luck my friend!

  1077. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 3:24 pm

    Screen Savers and Call for Help will no longer be watched in this house! Without Leo, it isn’t any fun anymore! I hope Comcast is smarter than Vulcan and hires you back, Leo. If and when they do we will again tune in…until then forgetit!

  1078. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 3:53 pm

    Thank you for coming into my living room and giving me great tips, and entertainment!

    You will be missed.. I live on the east coast, whenever I travel to the west coast I always have and always will tune into your radio show..

    Take care :)

  1079. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 3:54 pm

    The suits always show their true colors. We were right about them back in college forty years ago.

    We all know you could go to work for a major network tomorrow if you didn’t love nocal so much. Hope this doesn’t hit the family budget too hard, it will only be temporary. We’ll keep you in our prayers.

  1080. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 5:16 pm

    Leo,

    You have been an inspiration for THOUSANDS of people!!! You should be very proud of yourself, and i am so glad that you KNOW that you have touched many lives!! I am going to find a mass movement on the internet that will ensure that comcast signs you back on for EVERY PENNY you are worth, because without you leo, TechTV simply will NEVER be the same. They had better not make money a huge issue here, because you are Mr. TechTV, and I cannot see myself watching nearly as much without you there. If I cannot find such an internet movement, I will create one. Thousands of people will write to comcast, letting them know our position on them hiring Leo Laporte. I’m sure they know what you are worth, and I’ll bet the appreciate it!!!! They are not buying TechTV for nothing! They will realize that without you, the ratings will never be the same! We’ll band together and show you how much your 10 years with us has meant! We wont let the happiness end! We’ll show you how much you are appreciated, because WE appreciate you…. and comcast knows it… without US…. where will they be? Best of luck to you Leo, You’ve meant Alot to all of us… and Thank you for your 10 years of dedicated service. Because of you, whenever my personal confuser gets me down… i don’t whine, moan or yell…. I CALL FOR HELP!!!!!

    Sincerely,

    Alex Morrow

    Biggest Leo Fan!!!!

  1081. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 6:35 pm

    This is a sad time for all the watchers of TechTv. Leo I hope that you will show up on

    another Tech network sometime soon(hopefully my digital cable provider will pick up the

    channel). As for now I can’t wait for the next edition of Leo Laporte’s Tech Almanac.

  1082. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 6:58 pm

    When making something useful, for example – concrete, a catalyst is used. TechTV has lost its catalyst – Leo.

  1083. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 7:03 pm

    What a damned shame to see the life being sucked out of Tech Tv

    Leo, you had me at hello

    now I wait to hear you again

    please Tech Tv get your Shiznit together and get Leo THe Door back on

    my tv!

    Kevin

  1084. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 7:33 pm

    all I can say is wow! this really sucks. when TSS was changed from the 1.5hr show lengths I could handle that (it is my favourite show on techTV), but now with no Leo… I don’t know what to do. The ‘Dynamic Duo’ of Leo and Pat is no more, as is my faith in TechTV.

    Best of luck to you Leo, we’ll all miss you.

  1085. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 7:56 pm

    I was hoping that was a late April Fool’s joke. I was such a fan back in ZDTV days that when Kate left Leo on TSS, I teared up a bit. I still watched the show, but it kinda went from a must-see every day during the live show, to bottom of my Tivo’s Season Pass list that would catch it when nothing else was on since I enjoyed the tech news and product info segments. Well now that they screwed over Leo, forget that even. The only good thing left on TechTV is that goof-ily hottie, Chris Leary.

    Any chance of a ‘Kate and Leo’ return on the new channel? Now that just brings a smile to my face thinking about it:)

  1086. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 8:12 pm

    Hey Leo-

    I just caught your shows over the past year, since I increased my cable channel service, and thought the leaving of Chris (Pirillo) was bad enough, but now this! You know, I am old enough to understand some of the things you were talking about regarding computers in the late 70’s and 80’s, yet young enough to grow up with the web generation (which makes me 30ish)…I am now discovering why you have a “cult of Leoville” – you were actually quite a fascinating person to watch, and I model my computer consultancy style after yours (casual, and nice). I always mentioned to my wife that I could host Call For Help or The Screen Savers just like you, and now that you are gone, those that are left behind have some big shoes to fill! I actually wanted to see you on TSS on my way down to Cali (from Canada) but now the oppoertunity may be lost…

    I just look at all the feedback from this thread and cannot help but feel envy for you man – you are an inspiration. Now if all us folks write Comcast/G4 or whoever and tell them to bring you back, perhaps that would be the penultimate comeback for you!

    Good luck in whatever you do. You have fans that support you (myself included)

    Edward A.

    Toronto, Ontario Canada

  1087. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 8:13 pm

    The Screen Savers is the flagship show for TechTV, and you were the biggest asset to the show. I was disappointed when you said you had done your last show as a host, but was confident we’d still see a lot of you. TechTV’s new owners would be fools not to beg your return. I didn’t see any way that you’d ever leave TechTV against your own will, and doubt there is any way it could have happened but for what happened. Pat and Kevin are very capable, but The Screen Savers won’t be the same without you, and TechTV can’t survive without TSS.

    You’ll be greatly missed!

  1088. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 8:26 pm

    Jez, first Calvin and Hobbes, now Leo. Hope to see you soon.

    Wayne

  1089. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 9:29 pm

    Leo sue Vulcan for all their worth!!!

  1090. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 9:33 pm

    I did not realize you were gone until yesterday.I was driving from Show Low AZ to Barstow(Wher eI heard you) and was listening to KFI and you had your interview with Steve Gibson. GREAT CONTENT!! I can’t get you out here(Show Low Arizona). Can I call my radio station to recommend a feed from your radio show? Well all the best to you Leo. Sure will miss the freindly face and insight on technology.

    Zane Watts

    (Geek at large in Navajo County, Arizona)

  1091. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 10:15 pm

    Dear Mr. LaPorte – I am 62 and have been involved with computers since I bought a used Radio Shack TRS-80 in 1982. However,I am still learning with each new technological innovation. I saw you on a DISH Network chat show once as I was clicking around and wondered what Tech TV was about after listening to you. I checked into it a couple of times but didn’t stay long enough to get in a full show. I wasn’t until late 2003, that I discovered you on The Screen Savers and then Call For Help. Ever since, the PVR has been programmed to record both programs daily.

    Your knowledgeable and easy going style, which makes it easy for folks to understand, won both myself and my non-techie wife over. Even she came in and sat down and watched the Screen Savers show each night. She marveled over the knowledge that you were able to impart.

    With your unexpected departure, we thought you were on vacation or with another commitment. Needless to say, I was stunned to see the new intro to the programs and immediately knew something must have happened. I emailed the show and asked what happened to you a couple of times but never received a reply. As a result of your departure, our TV viewing has changed.

    As far as this household is concerned, you are sorely missed and will continue to be until you return to TV. I hope that is in the near future and that we will be able to view your program once again. Thanks for the short but enlightened 6 months. Richard Hutchinson

  1092. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 10:32 pm

    Dear Leo,

    I will truly miss you,I started watching you when Kate was your sidekick.

    Thanks to you I built my first computer back in ’98, and it actually booted up, then I looked at the ‘Windows’ screen and said “now what”. I had to set my VCR to record shows when I was at work, no Tivo at the time. I really hope to see you on the small screen again, until then I will watch Techtv

    sparingly.(sniff).

    A Devoted Fan,

    Joe

  1093. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 10:45 pm

    Leo, No wonder they wouldn’t say what happened to you. It stinks. You are already greatly missed.

    I shed silicon tears not seeing you and not hearing that wit. They are the ones that lost. They were so quick to get the new intro going. I hope you radio show goes nation wide. If we raise enough hell for them to ask you back would you go back? Couldn’t blame you if you didn’t.

    I will be watching and listening for you. You are the one that keept me watching(and Sara Lane).

    Hang in there Leo,

    Seeya soon,

    Mark Terry

    Worthington, Ohio

  1094. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 10:52 pm

    Leo,

    I have been watching TSS twice a day for years, once before work and once at lunch (I’d come home and make a sandwich so I could see it again). Well, I still watch it once a day, but my motivation of seeing a repeat viewing has disappeared.

    You made the show so entertaining that I could sit and watch it over and over. I know my wife will be happy to not have to hear me provide alternate audio commentary to the episodes (“Hey babe watch this part, Leo does something funny”) but I for one am sad.

    I can’t wait for the new owners of Tech TV to hire you back and have a 24 hour Leo-a-thon to welcome you back. I’m sure it’ll have the highest ratings ever! Good luck to you and yours.

  1095. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 11:19 pm

    I refuse to watch another Screensaver show without Leo. I go back to when he was with Kate. I am appalled. That network has lost so many good people. It is not the same. Leo is incredibly talented and he will show up somewhere. He is a pro. Good luck my friend. See you soon.

    fox

  1096. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 11:22 pm

    I am devasted. Leo, you are my hero and the major reason that I’ve watched TechTV. I have fond regards for Kevin and Yoshi, but you were the spark that kept Patrick smiling and me along with it. Is there anything that we can do – mass email the network? do a buyout? ???

    It just won’t be the same…

  1097. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 11:49 pm

    I’ve seen you since “The Site” on MSNBC. The main thing I enjoyed was your enthusiasm for tech. I have thought for awhile that the network needed more young blood to attract more of the young future generation. In that way I’m actually glad to see you go and make room for the young people to take over. I’ve seen my kids show more interest in TSS & call for help since you’ve left. Plus, I’d rather watch the beautiful women of the network more including Cat, Sarah, Jessica, Morgan (even though Jess and Morgan moved to different shows). Even if you come back to tech-tv you’ll be leaving again at some point. Who wants to watch a 70 year old guy talk tech. Stay away and let the kidz make tech fun. Now they just need to get rid of the uninformative shows including robot wars and anime unleashed. Let the cartoon network do anime.

  1098. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 11:53 pm

    Let mew put this in plain language…..What the F..k were they thinking when they backed Leo into a corner? I say let’s get a movement going to get him back or we boycott TechTV!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1099. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 11:55 pm

    Leo is the best thing that ever, ever!, happened to TechTv. I am very upset with TechTV, and simple text can not express my feelings. When Leo left The Screen Savers, I was devastated, Pat was the rock their, and Leo was the heart, but I was reassured by his Call for Help. Now TechTV has cast off one of its Kings! What in the world! Leo Laporte is like the Mr Rogers (and I mean than in the best of ways I swear) of Tech. He’s the best man out there, and there will never be another like him. He is the reason I now know how to master my computer, and noone can solve problems like Leo. This is a crucible that TechTV put itself in. Let’s only hope that they can get through it.

    I’ll close with this; Leo Laporte was the one reason I watched TechTV, and now the channel is like a ship without its captain, I only hope that they see the error in their ways and put a good and honorable man back where he belongs!

  1100. Anonymous on April 12th, 2004 11:57 pm

    Leo watching Call for Help and ScreenSavers now reminds me of the time the nfl players went on strike. It looks similar but with the replacements its just not the same game.Those two shows were the only TV I watched every day. Im still watching for now but I’m waiting for them to put the wiley old quaterback in to save the game. At first I was worried that comcast would take TechTV off DirectTV. Now it may not matter. I hope that the new owners realize why Tech had the viewers they did. Good Luck Leo

  1101. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 12:10 am

    Wow No Leo on Techtv. I wa a fan of the show when the channel use to be known as ZDTV and Kate was Leo’s co host. It was because of Kate and Leo’s efforts that I started to build computers. I built my computer the same time that Kate did hers and I took Leo’s advice to heart. Once you start building one your will never go back to a store bought one. I also built my mom a cool pc too which now after three years of hard labor is getting a major over hall. I am now getting my English degree from Nova because I love books like Leo and I am also getting my minor degree in Information technology. In which I plan to teach little kids on the proper way to use a computer. Its been a sad year for techtv views and I hope to see Leo’s face again sooooooon. I miss him going on Regis and Kelly, and the view when tech week was in town in NYC. I hope that Leo comes back to the shows, It will be boring without him.

    Love Ya Leo

    Monique

    Miramar, Fl

  1102. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 12:16 am

    Leo,

    I watched TechTV because of you. I am a 53 year old that enjoys learning about computers and you were my daily fix. I stopped watching C4H when you left that show and started watching nothing but TSS. Thank God you went back to C4H because I could not watch TSS anymore after you left. You made Patrick bearable. I left town for a few days and just found out you left TechTV. I just caught C4H and I will never watch that show again, because I felt the same about Cat as I do Patrick. Love Roger but he ain’t you.

    I wanted to swicth from Comcast to WOW to save a few dollars but did not because I could not get your shows on WOW. Looks like I will be switching after all and save a few bucks. Best of luck. I will be going to Leoville to find out if you have started on a different network.

    Can’t disagree more with the posting from PC.

    Ron

  1103. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 12:18 am

    Hey Leo, as a broadcaster who has gone through many ownership and format changes and a fan of the Screen Savers I will miss you. The show will not be the same. Hopefully the new owners will see the light and get you back were you belong! A Fan and fellow geek!~

  1104. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 12:59 am

    I’ve watched Leo since it was Leo & Kate. I still miss Kate, but enjoyed TSS with Patrick. Now TTV has just lost its best host. The “kidz” are fine, but Leo is(was) the heart of that network and I won’t be watching any more TTV shows. TSS was really the only show I watched there anyway. BTW — the gaming show, the robot show, and the anime junk are the main reason I stopped leaving my TV on TTV most of the day. Also, I like(d) Martin Sargent, but his Unscrewed show is just utter trash!

    Leo: wherever you go, we will follow! ;-)

  1105. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 1:36 am

    I have watched TechTV formerly ZDTV since the first day you DirecTV carried your channel. Over the years it has always been a treat to tune in on a daily basis to watch The Screen Savers and often Call For Help. Thank-you Leo for spending all of the time that you have putting these shows together. In a world full of so many self interested people, you have given life to the joy of sharing.

    Best Regards,

    Jeremy

  1106. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 1:36 am

    I have watched TechTV formerly ZDTV since the first day DirecTV carried your channel. Over the years it has always been a treat to tune in on a daily basis to watch The Screen Savers and often Call For Help. Thank-you Leo for spending all of the time that you have putting these shows together. In a world full of so many self interested people, you have given life to the joy of sharing.

    Best Regards,

    Jeremy

  1107. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 1:49 am

    Leo, from all the geeks in Hillsdale MI, we will miss you. I have been watching TechTV for a couple of years now, and have enjoyed your hosting the most, it just won’t be the same without you. Thank you for your work there and good luck on future adventures. I’m kinda bummed I didn’t get to see you live :-)

  1108. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 2:01 am

    Leo you are the best and I hope to see you again on TV. I’m a busy man and at times I miss TSS for awhile(thank God for re-runs and re-plays). I tuned in today to see what’s going on and you were not there, which was fine because I’m use to you doing things that would pull you way from the show. Then I find out you are no longer a part of Tech TV. It came as a shock, but I understand the reasons. I want you to know I’ll misssssss you very much. I never got to call in, but I had enjoyed your advise. I feel like I had just lost a friend I knew for ever. I have a little 2 year old who use to love to see you on TV. You and her favorite cartoon would make her stop what she was doing and watch until you were off. I’ll be a fan forever.

    Phillip

  1109. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 2:21 am

    ya no leo

    i wish him the best waht every he does

    but cat and rogers or grest host and love to see them

    Chouestme

  1110. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 2:21 am

    ya no leo

    i wish him the best waht every he does

    but cat and rogers or grest host and love to see them

    Chouestme

  1111. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 2:29 am

    I am very sad that I won’t be seeing you on TSS. I feel like I lost a father…you are the few person, I think the only one that I can feel the sincerity and dedication on what you are doing. You shared a part of you…I can feel the sadness each time a show ends..but damn this time it’s truly the end. I can’t express the gratitude and how much you’ll be miss.

    I understand your decision, but I hope to see you soon…as they say, see you when I see you.

  1112. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 3:37 am

    Leo = Tech TV

    Tech TV – Leo = No viewers

    POWERED BY THE TRUTH

  1113. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 3:39 am

    Leo = Tech TV

    Tech TV – Leo = No viewers

    POWERED BY THE TRUTH

  1114. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 3:40 am

    Leo = Tech TV

    Tech TV – Leo = No viewers

    POWERED BY THE TRUTH

  1115. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 3:43 am

    I have come to realy enjoy watching and learning from all the folks at TTV, but Leo especially. Your wonderful, genuine, attitude mixed with incredible knowledge has made daily television more than background noise. I hope I get to learn from you again in the future. Untill then and just in case I thank you.

    Chris

  1116. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 3:43 am

    I have come to realy enjoy watching and learning from all the folks at TTV, but Leo especially. Your wonderful, genuine, attitude mixed with incredible knowledge has made daily television more than background noise. I hope I get to learn from you again in the future. Untill then and just in case I thank you.

    Chris

  1117. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 3:43 am

    A Quick comment about Leo.. my hero. As a former broadcaster, (having owned and operated a small network of radio stations), I can’t see TechTV holding together much longer without the broadcast “professionalism” that uncle Leo brought to the task. Okay, so Leo put on a little extra weight (brother ain’t we all). So he has became a Mac fanatic (a little balance is occasionaly in order, I guess). The truth is Leo’s happy go lucky and evident “behind the mike” broadcast professionalism kept the show(s) moving and kept the nerds from looking completely foolish as they suffled their feet and kept looking down at the floor. I would love to have a dollar for every interview I saw Leo “pull out of the fire” as he would interview a well meaning and intelligent engineer or scientist that “just couldn’t put his thoughts into words”. Leo was yeast for unleavened bread.

    As a former broadcaster one thing has always puzzled me. What were/are the demographics that TechTV was/is trying to reach? If it is the 12-18 year old male then no Leo figure will ever be needed. All of the players are there. If, on the other hand, they need a bridge to the older viewer then I would think that TechTV has made a fatal mistake. Someone needs to be able to identify with and relate to the rest of the world. Leo did this and more.

    T. Kent Atkins

  1118. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 3:48 am

    Leo, I am gonna miss ya man. Do you plan on doing any other TV shows?

  1119. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 3:51 am

    From all the viewers in Canada.Just when we were becoming computer geeks our professor has left the building.

    Tech TV will not be the same and I would be interested to see the viewer ratings now.Leo you are one of a select group that can inspire people.Hope to see you real soon.

  1120. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 4:14 am

    This sucks

  1121. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 4:17 am

    Wow, I thought he was on a vacation, Then I saw the new intro and became suspect.

    The show just isn’t the same without Leo. He was probably the funniest person on the show as well as having the experience that the new kids lack.

    Kevin is not host material and Pat doesn’t seem as interesting without Leo. It’s all turning into some High School nightmare… Getting rid of Leo and you might as well end the show. I hope he returns in something TV wise so I can set my Tivo again!

    TechTV should not make such mistakes… they are losing the people that made the channel what it is. I could go on, but it’s been said already..TechTV reconsider… Leo get back on TV!

  1122. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 5:05 am

    All of the above. Long time viewer. The others are OK but no sizzle.

    I have been going the TSS and Call for Help shows. After a few minutes with no Leo….just changed the channel.

    Don’t know what Leo’s Magic is, but it is a big loss to the viewers.

  1123. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 5:06 am

    THIS IS A SAD DAY FOR ME.LEO IS TECH TV.

    YOU REALLY EXPLAIN THE COMPLICATED AND MAKE IT EASY TO UNDERSTAND.

    IT IS SAD,SAD,SAD.

  1124. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 5:37 am

    They’re obviously smoking crack.

  1125. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 5:44 am

    Leo,

    Words can’t describe how much you will be missed in my house. Its more than you will ever know. I give you and John C. Dvorak alot of credit for helping in teaching Tyler to talk. He was 3 months from Kindergarden and couldn’t talk more than 2 word sentences. Tyler has ADD and his poor mind was was thinking so far ahead he couldn’t get the words out. But watching You and the rest of the Tech Tv staff he would mimic what you said on the air. He is now a 4th grade honor student. He still talks about the trips we have made to S.F. to see you at the Screen Savers studio. We hope that things will work out that we get to see you on the air again REAL soon. Until then we’ll catch you on the radio!!!!

    Best Wishes

    The Allen’s

    Mike Terri Tyler Josh and Brandon

  1126. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 5:58 am

    We love you Leo! I will always cherish all the shows I watched you on. You are definitely one of my all time fav! See you next time in whatever you do. :)

  1127. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 6:03 am

    THANKS-for all the memories and for all the FREE advise to everyone, it HELPed me LEARN more about computers than i would ever have. IT HELPED BRING this Farmboy out of the dark ages and into the light. GOOD LUCK AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU BACK SOME DAY, (THE WAY YOU WANT IT)

  1128. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 6:47 am

    My life is a lie. :(

  1129. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 8:09 am

    Leo-

    My husband and I very recently got Tech TV for the first time, and we latched on quickly to TSS. May I say that we are both really gonna miss you. We love the tech stuff, but Leo you had a way of making it come alive for the novices in us. It was your personality and sincerity that kept us watching. You know your stuff, and you know people!! What an incredible loss for Tech TV. I’m sure they will see their mistake in the ratings as we will no longer be watching. Patrick needed you to compliment his very “techy” verbage; and now, Kevin…..Oh my God….I’ll never learn anything now!!! Please, please come back….

    Your new but forever loyal fan,

    Annie Brooks

  1130. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 10:33 am

    Hey Leo,

    I listen to your Radio show…and watched you on TSS and Call For Help. I was shocked to find you gone from TechTV…I went on vacation at the end of March and came back in the beginning of April to find you gone. At first I thought it was some sort of April Fool’s joke…much to my dismay, it wasn’t…

    If G4 and Comcast know anything about good business, they won’t go a second without you…Good Luck :)

  1131. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 10:34 am

    Hey Leo,

    I listen to your Radio show…and watched you on TSS and Call For Help. I was shocked to find you gone from TechTV…I went on vacation at the end of March and came back in the beginning of April to find you gone. At first I thought it was some sort of April Fool’s joke…much to my dismay, it wasn’t…

    If G4 and Comcast know anything about good business, they won’t go a second without you…Good Luck :)

  1132. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 12:18 pm

    Leo — You are the one who got me hooked on Tech TV.

    Our family watched you every day on TSS and CFH. The network needs your talent.

    You are missed already. I truly hope you are back on the the air soon.

    Comcast has got to be smart enough to bring you back. Otherwise I will say adios to Tech TV.

    Good Luck

  1133. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 12:18 pm

    Dear Leo,

    I am 46 years old and have watched you on Tech TV for years.

    I have enjoyed meeting you a few times at CES in Las Vegas.

    I was deeply saddened to see that you are gone from TSS and C4H.

    Since your departure, I HAVE CANCELLED MY SEASON PASS ON MY TIVO. The shows are but an empty shell without your wit and knowledge.

    I hope the producers at Tech TV realize that the highest income demographic group that watched Tech TV were your fans, who will no longer watch. When the advertisers on the show realize this, I predict an exodus of revenue sources for Tech TV. That should get their attention.

    Please save my email to announce when you will be back on the tube. I will not watch Tech TV any more, unless you return.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Silverman

    Rockville, MD

  1134. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 12:25 pm

    Dear Leo, You’re the reason I’m sitting next to a computer I built myself. I used to come home from teaching in anticipation of seeing you on tss. No one will be able to interview like you; your interest in all subjects was apparent and you always asked the questions I would have. Remember Larry Niven? I could sense how excited you were to meet him. Boy, will miss you….

  1135. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 1:12 pm

    Leo,

    I think this decision is sort of like when Apple made that “round” mouse! ;(

    I hope that the new owners will see the error and correct it. Whatever you do, make sure you get yourself shown on TV up here in Toronto, Canada!

    Best Wishes Eh!

  1136. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 2:21 pm

    It’s truly sad when corporate executives fail to understand the power that Leo’s personality adds to “The Screen Savers” as well as “Call For Help”. We can only hope that Leo will be invited back as a Host of both of these fine shows. The quality of both shows and their ability to deliver an excitable level of enthusiasm from Leo’s personality and his wonderful interaction with the Co-Hosts, has declined considerably in Leo’s absence.

    My wife who isn’t really technology oriented even misses watching Leo on The Screen Savers. Her comments to me were, “The show really isn’t the same, and it’s no where as enjoyable without Leo being there.”

    I will personally be in contact G4 and Vulcan Ventures via snail mail and e-mail (if possible) to voice my opinions. Hopefully if enough of us do this we can “Get our Leo Back!”

    Thank you for all the great years of spectacular entertainment Leo! I have watched you almost daily since ZDTV was first on Direct TV. We all hope to see you again soon! I know personally my life has changed due to this.

    Your fellow Alpha-Geek,

    Nitro

  1137. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 2:32 pm

    Well, it’s finally happened, Vulcan has taken away from us “old folks”, our last connection to the technical world. Patrick Norton, with his dry humor, with his new sidekick Kevin, doesn’t quite do the trick. Although they are both knowledgable, they just don’t connect with the older audience like Leo does, and Call for Help…..forget it. Rog good in small doses, has the personality of a rug as far as hosting a show. Leo…..We are going to miss you ,and your strange sense of humor (I mean that in a good way, really). I hope Comcast has some sense and offers you a quick return to the TV airwaves.I have watched you since your days on PBS and look forward to seeing you back on national TV in the very near future.

  1138. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 2:47 pm

    Leo,

    Having a new baby in the house has kept me sleep-deprived and unable to watch my favorite TV shows. So the other day, during a 2AM feeding, I fire up the Tivo to watch a Screen Savers episode only to find no trace of Leo. Wha??

    I am stunned and disappointed that you are not going to be on what had been my favorite TV show. Your knowledge, wit, humor and good-natured attitude will be sorely missed.

    It’s interesting that my feeling watching the Screen Savers was exactly that stated in the comments of “Nitro” on this webpage: The show really isn’t the same and, no, it just isn’t as enjoyable without you.

    While I am writing this note, I have to say I am sorry that I missed when you had participated in Steve Dahl’s radio show (WCKG) here in Chicago. Please do so again!

    Good luck,

    Tom

  1139. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 2:52 pm

    No tv station can survive with out a great host like Leo!

  1140. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 2:57 pm

    what a daggone shame! now what am i gonna do now that the man is no longer.? hells, bells, shells i think i’ll go out and get stinkfaced drunk, form a picket line in front of (heck tv) NO LEO…NO PEACE ATTICA!!! ATTICA!!!…NO LEO –NO MORA WATCHA D TEEA VEEA

  1141. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 2:58 pm

    I can’t believe it! I had been away on vacation for a few weeks and when I got back I turned on “The Screen Savers” only to find that there was no more Leo. Leo, I’m only 17 years old, and you’ve taught me almost everything I know about computers. I am extremely saddened to see you go. I can honestly say that “Call for Help” and “The Screen Savers” are not the same without you. While I won’t stop watching completely, the show just isn’t as good without you. I can only hope that Comcast can realize how much you’re needed on TechTV.

    Thank You for All Your Years of Excellent Service,

    Aaron

  1142. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 3:00 pm

    what a daggone shame! now what am i gonna do now that the man is no longer.? hells, bells, shells i think i’ll go out and get stinkfaced drunk, form a picket line in front of (heck tv) NO LEO…NO PEACE ATTICA!!! ATTICA!!!…NO LEO –NO MORA WATCHA D TEEA VEEA

  1143. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 3:32 pm

    Although I never met Leo, he came into my house every day for the past 6 years, he was treated like a member of the family by myself, and my kids. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Leo please let us know how your career is going, and get back to doing what you do best, helping people ON THE AIR!

    All our kindest thoughts and love.

    The Strehle Family

  1144. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 3:38 pm

    Dang. I had been catching up with the shows on Tivo. As much as I think Patrick and Kevin are highly knowledgeable and entertaining, Kevin forgot to mention that he was on for the travelling Leo Laporte. Hmmmmm. Couldn’t find anything on the screensavers website. Google brought me here. I’ll tell you, as hard working and good as the remaining staff members are, the show is going to suffer mightily without Leo. Leo, your years of experience and historic knowledge of computing can’t be replaced. I’ll still watch, but not every night. How many others are like me?

  1145. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 4:15 pm

    Leo,

    We will all miss you. You brought not only sunshine (always smiling and happy) into a show that could go the way of the Dodo, but also expertise. Talking about (as you call it the “confuser”) is not easy to us newbies. Nothing against Kevin Rose, but only you and Patrick can be a team on the ScreenSavers. Hope to see you again sooooonnnn!!!!!!!

    Keep on talking, writing and evangelizing computers. Especially the Macintosh.

    Good luck to you and your family.

    Harry

  1146. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 4:43 pm

    Relativity new to TEC TV. Will miss it like Leo. The Kids that are on now are cool but there kids. Tec-TV needs Leo to give us a balance between cool, knowledge and experience. I have unsubscribed to all Tec TVs e-mail notifications; remove TEC TV from my favorites list on both my computer and TV. I have added Leo’s Web site in it place. I will add a blank station on my TV’s Favorites list to remind me wile surfing what I am missing.

  1147. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 4:44 pm

    hi leo you are the coolest person in the whole world, i hope you get your job back. ttv hasent been the same without you. youve taught me so much and i want to thank you youve helped me build my computer. and you taught us in a fun way ,and i thank you, and any company who holds such a great person like you hostage over something as small as stocks is just stupid. i hope you get your job back but if not maybe when they merge with g4 youll get a job

    best of luck in the years to come

    David cooper

  1148. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 4:46 pm

    Relativity new to TEC TV. Will miss it like Leo. The Kids that are on now are cool but there kids. Tec-TV needs Leo to give us a balance between cool, knowledge and experience. I have unsubscribed to all Tec TVs e-mail notifications; remove TEC TV from my favorites list on both my computer and TV. I have added Leo’s Web site in it place. I will add a blank station on my TV’s Favorites list to remind me wile surfing what I am missing.

  1149. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 4:51 pm

    It won’t be the same without you Leo. It just won’t be the same…..

  1150. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 5:05 pm

    Leo

    I just found out today that Leo was not on vacation or something and that he wont be back- I am devastated! Leo added a laymans balance to these shows Kevin is way to hacker and the Notorious ROG is just not a leading man – I really hope to see you soon on Tech TV or some other channel – where ever you land count me as a loyal viewer.

    Roger

  1151. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 5:08 pm

    Not dissing on Pat or Kevin, but since you left the Screensavers, the show loss something. I think it was your witty personality, I hope the people that are buying Techtv realize what they lost and bring you back. Luckliy I am able to download the radio shows to still get my fill of Laporteisms. I hope they bring you back.

  1152. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 5:18 pm

    yup,have to add a litle here,hope there will be some slot on the air I will be able to watch you,I have learned much from you.you remind me of myself,only a litle a litle younger,am still watching the shows but they are lacking,good luck leo bob andres

  1153. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 5:25 pm

    It was bad enough when you left The Screen Savers. Now I only watch it once instead of three times a day. It won’t be long before Kevin starts costing the show money via lawsuits with his open mouth-closed brain concept. I’ve all but completely stopped watching Call For Help. I may tune in to catch Cat, but as soon as Mr Yawn starts stuttering and stammering, I switch to Judge Joe Brown. I just bought a new computer in January, so I was psyched to find Tech TV. I learned so much in the three short months that I’ve watched you and the gang, but it’s too boring now to bother. Well, I guess I can always use the message boards to learn new stuff now, but as far as the TV goes… They lost another viewer. Thanks for everything Leo!!!

  1154. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 5:54 pm

    Leo, you will be greatly missed and I hope the new owners have the common sense to bring you back on the air at TSS and CFH where you belong

  1155. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 6:50 pm

    As a new viewer of Tech-Tv, I didn’t get it until last August 19, I found a show and a person I liked in The Screensavers and Leo. Now I will have to do without one of them, and the way it has been going, both of them. Leo brought an old school sense to a tragically new school industry. It just is’nt the same without him, no offense to Pat and Kevin, but damn, I’m going to miss you Leo. Shalom

  1156. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 7:06 pm

    What WERE they thinking?!!? Leo gone?!? They just as well may have decided that TECHTV is gone!!!! This takes all the fun out of my 7 pm slot weeknights – I can’t imagine TSS or Call without our Silver Fox of Tech!!! I have to agree heartly with James the Gentile’s post. The show just will never be the same without Leo; much as we love Pat and the others….

  1157. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 7:25 pm

    Been gone, just heard the news. :(

    Thanks, Leo, for all your work – but don’t get too comfortable. We doubt if you’re done yet :)

  1158. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 7:46 pm

    Leo, I am very sad that you will no longer be on Call for Help or Screen Savers. You brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to both of the shows and you will be missed…it’s really not the same without you!

    I wish you well in your future endeavors and I hope you will find a new show in the future.

    Good luck!!

  1159. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 7:49 pm

    Hey Leo, welcome to the club, I became a victim of work force reduction about a year ago. I looked forward to watching you on Screensavers every week day to keep up to speed with my computer talents. Sorry but Kevin does not have the personality to replace you. I am about your age. It was great to hear you talk about the old days. Took me back. And your interviews were so well researched. Take care buddy. See you soon on G4.

  1160. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 7:53 pm

    What is going on ??? tech tv needs leo, i miss one of the greatest,funiest guy on tv.Yeah im french Canadian,and i watch screen savers,call for help,but with leo away its not the same.Good Luck Leo see you soon on tv.

  1161. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 8:05 pm

    Sorry to hear about your leaving Leo. My dad was addicted to Tech TV. He died in January and one of the last shows I remember watching with him was about BLOGS. I started a blog for my dad.

    regards,

    janice

  1162. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 8:11 pm

    what kind of dumb ass management got rid of leo? how, how could such evil do such a horrable thing to the viewers of tech tv. Bastards! Sry for cussin, but its just complete bull. Corporate scum, in my book, there in the same book as nazi’s and the imperial empire! How could i possably watch tech tv now? there’s no father figure for the show. Now its a buch of tech savy kids. (not that i got a problem with that, being that i myself am only 20)

    I am really anoyed at this, and even though i was’nt the number 1 watcher of screen savers and call for help, i always loved it when leo was there, he’s the older friend who shows you all the cool tricks!

    Leo, fight this tooth and claw. Dont give up. We, the fans are with you!

  1163. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 8:16 pm

    Sorry to hear about your leaving Leo. My dad was addicted to Tech TV. He died in January and one of the last shows I remember watching with him was about BLOGS. I started a blog for my dad.

    regards,

    janice

  1164. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 8:33 pm

    Floored me to find out Leo is done with Tech TV what more can I say, other than I am done with Tech TV as well!!!!!!!!

  1165. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 8:41 pm

    Just found out Leo is gone from Tech TV. What can I say, Leo Laptop LaPorte was Tech Tv. Leo Gone, I’m gone. E-Mail when he is back and I will watch again. Cancelling all my news letters now.

  1166. Anonymous on April 13th, 2004 9:02 pm