1. Once the live rounds start and Howard no longer needs to let shitty acts through to be used as filler in the later rounds, Howard will shed the nice and start being angry & mean. Only it wont have the desired effect, he'll just look like a grumpy old rich guy. 2. Small bump on live shows only to continue its death spiral 3. 112 will announce that, throu cunning use of math, the ratings, although far below anything the shows ever seen, are actually up from last year sufficiently to warrant his bonus. 4. Curtain closed on howies career, fade to black, nobody notices, Howards emory is one of the guy you really didn't invite to the party, but was the last guy to leave and tried to take home all the left over favors and food on the way out.