Goodbye Larry Kudlow Report

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In a surreal and deja vu-ish turn of events, three days ago we reported that in parallel with the ongoing collapse in CNBC viewership, the ratings of some of its shows namely Jim Cramer's Mad Money and Larry Kudlow's Report had just hit all time lows.

This was met with an immediate response by Larry Kudlow himself who, alongside Groundhog Phil-fodder Joe LaVorgna, decided to take Zero Hedge to task for reporting that part-time jobs are not really full-time jobs and invited us over to their show to explain how dare we point out the weakness in the manipulated BLS datadump. We were kind enough to remind Mr. Kudlow that the last time someone from CNBC "invited" us over, i.e., Dennis "Digital Dickweed" Kneale, their show was promptly cancelled. To wit: "While we appreciate the offer, the last thing we intend to do is suffer Mr. Kudlow the same fate as that experienced by his predecessor Dennis Kneale who also invited Zero Hedge on his laughable excuse for a show in 2009, only to be sacked a few months later." Make it two for two as irony strikes again.

The NY Post reports that Kudlow's show is over.

CNBC is close to bagging former CBS News anchor Harry Smith for a new talk show, which is almost certain to replace “The Kudlow Report” at 7 p.m., The Post has learned.


Smith is already signed to NBCUniversal.


“If we could figure out a way to utilize his skills to serve our very affluent and highly educated audience I’m sure we’d be interested,” said a CNBC spokesman.


“The Kudlow Report” is off roughly 60 percent in its key 25- to 54-year-old target audience.

Next up: we expect an "invite" from Jim Cramer.

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Thu, 07/11/2013 - 07:47 | 3740784 lordbyroniv
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Larry is a hypocrite statist piece of garbage,




The galling part was his continual attempt to brand himself as some sort of steward of free market capitalism.


....what a pos!!!

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 07:48 | 3740795 jbvtme
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i think i'll go brush my teeth

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:00 | 3740837 ndotken
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If CNBC keeps firing people, pretty soon they won't have anyone left that I can bet against in the market.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:10 | 3740878 Skin666
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Pray for Tom Stolper to remain with the squid...

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:12 | 3740891 Pinto Currency
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Larry needs to rebrand himself and say that central planning, secret presidential kill lists and tapping everyone's phone and internet is the best model for prosperity.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:13 | 3740892 francis_sawyer
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Kneale down before ZHod!

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:40 | 3740971 derek_vineyard
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all that matters is QE.....why watch any talking head?

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:51 | 3741001 I am more equal...
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Wasn't Larry one of the Three Stooges? 

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:03 | 3741040 xtop23
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Dear God,

Please have ZH receive an invite to appear on Hardball with Chris Matthews.



Pretty much anyone capable of generating a brain wave


Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:55 | 3741158 RockyRacoon
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It is a conundrum.  The Matthews hour is frustrating and very often difficult to watch, but I do it from time to time anyway.  Why would I?  For the same reason I catch Kudlow's show.  It is informative to see which way their respective winds are blowing.  Chris talks about guns and knows nothing about them.  At least that limey weirdo Piers Morgan went out and shot some really cool firearms.  He didn't change his stance on gun ownership but he seemed to have tempered his "gun nut" talk.  I think Morgan found out how much fun it can be, and he saw that it's an actual sport.

Now, back to Kudlow.  He is a one-trick pony:  Everything is supply side economics to him and that makes him a dinosaur.  I was watching a couple of days ago when, at about half-time, Kudlow went into commercial -- and didn't come back.  They had a guest host sitting in.  Larry has not been back since.  That sounds more like a health problem than anything else.  I've Googled in several ways to try to find out any gossip about why he disappeared but came up dry.  Kinda weird.  I'd expect some news soon. 

Yes, I do watch some of the more hated personalities and programs simply as contrary indicators or to see which way the political/economic/talking-head sentiments are leaning.   It's as much necessary as following the dreaded Fed pronouncements.  It's just financially healthy to do so.  Just because one watches Hannity doesn't mean that one subscribes to his insanity.  Same for Limbaugh.  He boils me faster and better than most of them, but since so many half-wits follow him, it's a good idea to keep up with the rabble.  Most of those will be after my stash when TSHTF.  I need to know how much lead to put aside.

EDIT: Just found Larry's last tweet. On the 9th he says feeling fine, back on air tomorrow.  Oops.  He wasn't back on air.  I don't tweet but found this site:


Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:57 | 3741219 AlamoJack
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Since the day that Hannity and OReally dissed Ron Paul, I will never grace their ratings with one minute of my TV time - which these days is ONLY MOVIES - and I used to be a fairly regular attendant.  I do rarely watch the leftist news shows just to see what their temperment is and where their galactic attitudes are traveling--Maybe once a month.  Back in 2005/6 everyone murmered the words "conspricy theories/theorist-bla bla blah"  Well, it ain't no theory anymore Gladys.

Burma Shave

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:01 | 3741229 RockyRacoon
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It was excruciating to watch the very guys who should have been praising Dr. Paul just trash him so badly.  It was a sad time for any conservative who is worth his salt.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:12 | 3741267 Beam Me Up Scotty
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I'd like to see that bald headed Fed knob polisher turd Steve Liesman get flushed right behind Cramer.  Either that or they need to hire someone to give him the Benny Hill Slap on his bald head every time he talks.  Inject some Bristish comedy onto the show.  Maybe Santelli could slap his head.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:32 | 3741369 FL_Conservative
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" serve our very affluent and highly educated audience...."


If CNBS had such a "highly educated audience", they wouldn't be watching CNBS, they'd be here.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 11:03 | 3741535 Flakmeister
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Now that is funny...

Based on the number of bigots, homophobes, jew haters, conspiracy theory whackadoos and AGW deniers that call this place home it would appear "highly educated" is not all it is cracked up to be...

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 11:30 | 3741651 Panafrican Funk...
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Being skeptical of presented information (AGW/conspiracy) and capable of unrestrained thought (reasoned cultural pattern analysis resulting in uncomfortable conclusions for absolutist cultural relativists) are signs of intelligence.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 11:50 | 3741708 Flakmeister
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Skepticism is fine, Dunning-Kruger is a completely different matter...

PS I forgot the HAARPists....

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 14:00 | 3742138 PiratePiggy
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Agreed. There is some good news, in case you missed it:


Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:08 | 3741252 dunce
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Kudlow is not evil but he is not much help in analyzing the market or government policy effects. I heard that he is a former alcoholic, i hope he has not fallen off the wagon. This administration is driving many to drink.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:50 | 3741441 RockyRacoon
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Being a Friend of Bill's myself, I can tell you that it's not uncommon for the seemingly recovered to do just that -- at the most inopportune moment!  His history tells us that coke was his drug of choice, but the essential elements are all the same.  What drug one chooses is but a symptom anyhow.   Kudlow's access to information is probably astounding, so he could have come onto some devastating statistic(s) which fouled his Program.  This could be the equivalent of the brokers jumping out of windows during the Depression.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 11:37 | 3741675 Panafrican Funk...
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Yeah, Kudlow was kind of a flagship guy for CNBC, hopefully it was just a contract dispute or simply a move by the network to replace him with somebody they felt could get better ratings.  They seem to be rapidly moving towards more T&A oriented programming than anything with substance (even if the substance is wrong, it's still useful as you mentioned earlier).  If it really is a drug thing, I hope for his and his family's sake that he gets help.  I have noticed that insiders are starting to bug out to flyover country.  

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:56 | 3741216 Race Car Driver
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You call God in to participate in your farce? You still watch TeeVee and pray to God to interject on your brainwashed behalf? 

There is no amazement or wonder as to how our culture and society has fallen apart.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:16 | 3741284 xtop23
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Dear God,

Please assist Race Car Driver in lightening the Hell up.





Thu, 07/11/2013 - 11:54 | 3741722 AllThatGlitters
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As if driving in circles with a bunch of other grown men is evidence of enlightened, educated, cultural superiority.  

Sort of tired of the "Kill your TeeVee" crowd's smug, arrogant assumption that they are somehow better. And I don't even watch TV!

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:06 | 3741048 draug
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I'm not from the US. I woudn't even know who Kudlow is if it wasn't for seeing him in some random Peter Schiff youtube video.

I don't think anyone should put too much thought into who some 3rd rate network decides to hire or fire.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:10 | 3741259 NoDebt
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That "third rate" network used to have pretty good viewership and was regarded as THE channel for financial and investment types to watch.  They used to advertise they were #1 in high net worth viewers.  I used to have it on all the time in my office many moons ago, too.

ZH and the Tylers have the right to take a victory lap on this one. 

That channel blows because it isn't doing any journalism.  It isn't asking real questions.  It's just a mouthpiece for the banks, sell-side financial companies, government officials, etc.  They start every sentence "with the economy in recovery....."  It's horsehit right from their starting premise.  Recovery?  For whom?  Did they ever ask "who says this is a recovery?"  Nope.  Just another media echo-chamber channel.


Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:55 | 3741488 KnightTakesKing
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Imagine if ZeroHedge had a cable channel? That would be f'in awesome! It would wake up a lot of people I think...

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 16:32 | 3742737 geotrader
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Agreed, but not too many 'analysts' would be coming on to answer questions.  Also I'm very sure these analysts are paying CNBS to tout their wind and point of views.  

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:26 | 3741325 StychoKiller
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All I can think right now is: "Daayyammmn!"

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:13 | 3740885 Pinto Currency
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Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:04 | 3740859 Doubleguns
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Green shoots and more. Might be worth watching CNBC now....what am I saying. Now I am getting to giddy. 

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:09 | 3740877 aint no fortuna...
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adios larry you fawning, preening, insignificant chunk of human excrement - now when do kermit and crammer get the ax, or for that matter that entire sanctimonious excuse for a "news" organization?

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:29 | 3740934 tango
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He's just a commentator for Christ sake.  What is wrong with people here that they act like psychopaths at people they don't even know or watch?  Seriously, this level of sustained anger at everyone and everything is dangerous for the health.  Get some help or get laid or a drink - whichever is most convenient - and don't take things so seriously.  

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:34 | 3740947 Pinto Currency
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Get thee to a pulpit.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:03 | 3741038 tango
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LOL Today's sermon special:  We should just fucking get along!

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:17 | 3741084 aint no fortuna...
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commentator? he's a sock puppet, a shill, a bought and paid for whore - what don't you get about that?

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:12 | 3741262 tango
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Yeah, I know.  He gets up every morning, consults with the Mother Ship on what he can do to destroy the US economy (unlike Ben or Barry who are uber trying) .  Then he consults his handlers to see what agenda to deceive the American people with today.  I guess, unlike the other CNBC entertainers (unless they too are part of this dastardly plot) he's expected to SPEAK THE TRUTH.  LOL  Jesus christ, he's just an old-school yapper from the days before you said you hated someone you didn't know. 

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:39 | 3741400 iDealMeat
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They ARE getting along...  Fighting (w/ words) is relaxing and stress releaveing. It's how we hug around here.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:12 | 3741269 Almost Solvent
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And now out of a job on teevee.


Thu, 07/11/2013 - 11:57 | 3741728 Tipo anónimo
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Hie thee to a pulpit, me thinks. The anger is in fact properly directed at one of the mouthpieces of the FED.  Ever talk to common people, the man on the street, and have him spout some crap off the tele?  Religion is not the opiate of the masses, television programming is.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:38 | 3740957 lunaticfringe
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Dear Tango,

I appreciate your concern for my emotional and mental health; however it is really none of your business. Now go fuck yourself.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:47 | 3740991 tango
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Your name says it best and in true ZH fashion, the post was not "all about you" but your fellow screamers.  You were simply along for the ride.  Take care. 

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 08:49 | 3740998 Lewshine
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People like Larry Kudlow patronize the government and media lies, which breeds contempt among the rational,  fairminded and informed who don't appreciate the evil that is birthed from such deceit. Now really, who is the true psychopath??

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:02 | 3741034 tango
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Lewshine, this may come as a shock but not everyone who disagrees with the ZH agenda is a traitor or psychopath.   Kudlow is mainly an entertainer who had an aging audience  (much like the Tylers) and while one can irrationaly hate such folks, I'd rather reserve my disdain for self-proclaimed statists and central planners.  Face it, 95% of Americans never heard of Kudlow who is "old school" - still living as if folks who disagreed could actually converse in a civil manner  He doens't have to worry about that around here.  

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:09 | 3741055 Kinskian
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I agree. The times I've watched Kudlow, he's always treated his guests with respect and given time to opposing views. And as a Jewish convert to Catholicism and recovered addict, Kudlow shows a capacity for self-criticism and a desire for redemption that is missing in most all of his DC and NYC associates. Kudlow isn't the problem, and his show will probably be replaced by something worse from a ZH perspective.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:28 | 3741134 sphindog
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I watch Kudlow and I don't mind him. In my opinion, his show is very enjoyable. I mainly look for which direction his guests are headed, and go contrarian. I agree he is an entertainer. He shouldn't even be mentioned together with Kneale. Kudlow is lightyears beyond Dennis the Pennis for likeability, respect, knowledge, track record. I think he's a good guy. Sorry...let the jabs begin.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:59 | 3741223 unununium
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#1 post said it all. Larry "free-market" Kudlow was at the head of the line begging for the TARP bailout and criticizing the government for not intervening fast enough!

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:14 | 3741279 tango
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You have failed the mob psychology test and will therefore be remanded for treatment in the Ideological Purity Center!  I suggest you get with the program and stop this silliness about disagreement and civil discussion.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:36 | 3741389 sphindog
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Just another in my long list of recent puts are telling the story!

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:18 | 3741298 tango
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Kinskian, I dare say most of the down arrows never read the post - just the first sentence,  Of course it will be replaced by something worse because inevitable, no matter who hosts the show - Rand Paul, tyler(s), Ron Paul, Adam Smith - they will say something that someone doesn't agree with and thus be marched to the gallows.   What's so ironic is that if the Founding Fathers acted like these ZH posters, we would never have had a country. 

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