Since Artie's been gone there seems to be less, not more of Fred. There seems to be less sound drops and virtually no discussion from him longer than a sentence or a courtesy laugh at one of Howie's lame comments. I think the last insight into his life was a H100 news report that he lost his temper in a parking lot. I get no bits (would require someone to work past 10AM), no Win Fred's Money (would require sponsor money since Howie has none to spare) but I don't get his diminished contributions, even the sound drops are repetitive now when they used to be so varied and creative. The only thing I can think of is that with the increase in commercials, product placements etc., he's too busy with that to follow the show as closely as he used to.