Thanks to somersky for the inside interview with the HTV insider for uncovering and explaining a lot of stuff. The most relevant of which is the decree that came down from Turk and which explains why most of the changes happened. Put very simply it was this: "HOWARD is the star of the show" I think it's clear now what that meant: He was the star to the exclusion of everyone else who might have successfully entertained the audience or enriched the staff -- no back office, no WUS, no block party, no extensive plugs at the end of the show, no anything that wasn't pure Howard. Some of the things he would make a bit out of (anger over length of plugs) other things he had no excuse for -- they would just vanish in the night. So there you have it. All you Turk defenders now know the reason the show changed.