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Apr 04, 2003, 3:00am

Pirillo Gagged
Pirillo - Off the Air

My buddy Pirillo got shitcanned yesterday from his job at TechTV as the host for Call for Help. Chris ain't saying much, but a little investigation around the Net turns up the truth about what happened.

Several things bother me about this. First of all, TechTV is definitely no longer worth my optional subscription through Shaw Digital, so I cancelled it today.

Second, it's the two faced crap that bothers me - Leo Laporte, a host of TechTV's The Screen Savers, is a guy I kinda like as TV personality, but on his personal website he's written something about it, and it reeks of two-faced crap in the extreme:

"Chris is moving to greener pastures (I'm sure he'll have more to say about it on his blog) and TechTV has invited me to return as host of Call for Help starting tomorrow. We'll miss Chris a lot."

The problem, Leo, is this: an internal memo has surfaced about the real reasons behind the shitcanning. And that's what it was. Chris was fired because of yet another round of cutbacks and layoffs on TechTV. Leo just doesn't have the kohonas to say the truth, and Chris has to keep mum (he certainly didn't tell me any of the true story) probably for legal reasons - reasons that Leo doesn't have.

What Greg Brannon from TechTV doesn't realise is this - degrading and minimizing the shows on TechTV won't make the channel healthy - it's driving even more subscribers away. Less subscribers = less advertisers. Right now, they have probably 3 hours of original programming a day, and then they have a lot of crappy bargain basement "tech themed" shows, and repeats of the original shows half a dozen times a day. It's no longer television worth watching, and in my case, paying for.

I'm not too worried about Chris. I could tell from the ICQ convos last evening he's smarting from this and putting on a bravado face, but in a week or so, he'll pick up and will, despite what Leo said, find greener pastures and new challenges.

But TechTV? TechTV isn't long for this earth.

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