Goodbye Larry Kudlow Report

Tyler Durden's picture

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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lordbyroniv's picture

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!!!

jbvtme's picture

i think i'll go brush my teeth

ndotken's picture

If CNBC keeps firing people, pretty soon they won't have anyone left that I can bet against in the market.

Skin666's picture

Pray for Tom Stolper to remain with the squid...

Pinto Currency's picture


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.

derek_vineyard's picture

all that matters is QE.....why watch any talking head?

I am more equal than others's picture

Wasn't Larry one of the Three Stooges? 

xtop23's picture

Dear God,

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



Pretty much anyone capable of generating a brain wave


RockyRacoon's picture

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:


AlamoJack's picture

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

RockyRacoon's picture

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.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

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.

FL_Conservative's picture

" 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.

Flakmeister's picture

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...

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

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.

Flakmeister's picture

Skepticism is fine, Dunning-Kruger is a completely different matter...

PS I forgot the HAARPists....

PiratePiggy's picture

Agreed. There is some good news, in case you missed it:


dunce's picture

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.

RockyRacoon's picture

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.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

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.  

Race Car Driver's picture

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.

xtop23's picture

Dear God,

Please assist Race Car Driver in lightening the Hell up.





AllThatGlitters's picture

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!

draug's picture

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.

NoDebt's picture

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.


KnightTakesKing's picture

Imagine if ZeroHedge had a cable channel? That would be f'in awesome! It would wake up a lot of people I think...

geotrader's picture

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.  

StychoKiller's picture

All I can think right now is: "Daayyammmn!"

Doubleguns's picture

Green shoots and more. Might be worth watching CNBC now....what am I saying. Now I am getting to giddy. 

aint no fortunate son's picture

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?

tango's picture

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.  

tango's picture

LOL Today's sermon special:  We should just fucking get along!

aint no fortunate son's picture

commentator? he's a sock puppet, a shill, a bought and paid for whore - what don't you get about that?

tango's picture

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. 

iDealMeat's picture

They ARE getting along...  Fighting (w/ words) is relaxing and stress releaveing. It's how we hug around here.

Tipo anónimo's picture

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.

lunaticfringe's picture

Dear Tango,

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

tango's picture

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. 

Lewshine's picture


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??

tango's picture

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.  

Kinskian's picture

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.

sphindog's picture

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.

unununium's picture

#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!

tango's picture

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.

sphindog's picture

Just another in my long list of recent puts are telling the story!

tango's picture

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.