So Long and Thanks for All the Pineapple Soda

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Everyone has things that they are passionate about. It could be anything from family to work to hobbies. When I sit back and think about my passions a few things come to mind: work, sports, television, my dogs, my health and of course; movies. I think it’s safe to say that everyone who contributes to Film Junk, who visits the website, who listens to the podcast has a passion for movies. Jay has worked very hard for his passion for movies and has made it into the business. Not only that, he’s pretty damn talented. Frank loves everything there is to love about movies. From his excellent and well-organized blu-ray collection to his mounted movie posters. Sean, even with fatherhood upon him, still finds time to not only do his 9-5 job, but to run this excellent website. I have always had a passion for movies as well and it has taken me to TIFF for 16 consecutive years. As always though, when you get older and busier, things can get in the way of your passions. Time becomes an enemy and as I like to say poetically, shit happens. Including my commute to work, my job demands 10+ hours a day. I’ve had to make lifestyle choices over the last year to improve my health which require me to be and ready to go at 5am. Add in my desire to care for and see my dogs whenever I get to have custody, it leaves me little time to indulge in my passions.

Over the last year, I don’t think it would be a surprise to anyone to know that my performance on the podcast was not what it used to be. I speak up less in reviews, I hardly ever watch anything else and my participation in the other segments has been, shall we say, sparse. It’s not fair to Sean, Jay and Frank. It’s not fair to you, the unbelievably loyal listeners and it isn’t fair to myself. Being up so early, I have often found it difficult to remain at full attention during the podcast and if you were in the shoes of one of the other guys on the podcast and you looked across the table after spending a few minutes talking about how much you loved a movie only to see your friend barely keeping his eyes open you’d be pretty annoyed. You might even feel disrepected. It is because of my less than stellar performance and lacklustre participation over the last year that Sean, Jay and Frank had to make the difficult decision in asking me to step down from the podcast.

Before anyone sends in an e-mail or comment saying negative towards their decision, take a moment and really read what I just wrote. Can any of you blame them? I can’t. Work takes up a lot of my time. Getting myself healthy takes a massive commitment. I haven’t even talked about the last two months on the show. I went through a very difficult break-up and it was brutally hard on me and I couldn’t keep it together. I showed up to the Die Hard premium intoxicated. Although, the guys were sympathetic to my situation, it was pretty goddamn irresponsible and disrespectful to the hard work that they put in.

Basically, this is my apology to you, the listener, and it’s my public apology to Sean, Jay and Frank for letting them down. I hope they will accept it and we can continue to remain friends. Sean has left the door open for me to return from time to time after I’ve taken an extended period away from the show, which is way more than I deserve. These guys don’t owe me anything and they gave me plenty of chances to shape up and I couldn’t do it.

As you’re all aware, the Film Junk podcast doesn’t hold anything back. It’s always been full disclosure because there’s a connection to the listeners and vice versa that is unlike any other podcast. There was no way I was going to disappear without letting you know what went down. It’s what you deserve. Always has been. Always will be. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to appear on this show and talk movies with my friends for the last number of years. I’ve appreciated being welcome to Sean and Frank’s homes week after week. I’ve appreciated meeting many of you over the years at the theatre, at TIFF and wherever else you creeps show up. I’m kidding. It’s been a hell of a run and I wanted to thank Sean, Jay and Frank for their patience over the years. I hope they were never truly disappointed with what I brought to the show.

Who knows what the future holds, but for now I say thank you and bid you all adieu.

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  • Xidor

    You are right. Six years of listening only rates a few days of comments.

  • curtis

    way to go fox/mulder, another greg hater. we are sticking up for the guy

  • Bryan

    @297 Curtis – you need to shut up now. Everyone here loves Greg, no one has said differently. AND we also love Sean and the rest. Leave it alone, you sound like a child…

  • Arnold Schizopolis

    I’m sooo glad I bought the Die Hard premium podcast!! I gotta listen to it again coz I didn’t notice Greg’s intoxication.

    Goodspeed the Gas Man! Looking forward to the welcome back podcast. So in the meantime, does this mean more Reed??

  • Garry

    thanks Greg. I’ve listened to Filmjunk for 5+ years and have appreciated all your contributions.

    best wishes on everything.

    Garry

  • Jason

    Greg,

    Thanks for the great memories, it feels like we are all signing your farewell card. Even though your recent input was limited, what you said was GOLD and I always chuckled with your witty remarks and of late the rating of the food sent through. Overall, best of luck and keep us in the loop with ‘what’s doing’.

    Cheers Mate

    Jay from Sydney

  • Steve From Bristol

    Very late to this, but I just wanted to wish Greg all the best for the future.

    Been listening to Film Junk for years and, like many others have said, I always enjoyed the different perspective you brought to the show as well as your very funny work stories. Also, you hate magic. Magic is terrible.

    Sad to see (or hear) you go, Greg.

  • Andrew

    Goodbye Greg, it’s been a good 3 years listening to you. It’s going to be tough to listen to it but I’ll stick with everyone because you guys are really part of my life at this point. Good luck with everything and I hope you get on the show sometime.

  • anton

    wow, cant believe i missed this post. Greg, biggest respect and the best of luck to you! I’ve always noticed when u were missing the episode and it always felt lesser of film junk. I guess we have to get used to it now. But what has to be done has to be done:) I appreciate greatly the hundreds of hours of entertainment and insight you’ve shared.

  • Jeremy B

    Wow…I’m so sorry to hear of Greg’s departure. I did notice how Greg mentioned being single and I knew he was in a relationship. I’m sure that really took a toll. I will miss his banter with the other co hosts and his “everyday” mans point of view. Good Luck and God Bless!!

  • Lori C

    I’m going to admit – I got a little teary reading your post, Greg. Hope you take care of yourself.

  • rot

    Damn. Wish you all the best Greg, don’t be a stranger to the site.

  • Antho42

    Wow. How did I miss this post? Thanks for everything, Greg.

  • Chris Morgan

    Dude, Film Junk is not gonna be the same.

    Greg, as many above have said, although we’ve never met, almost certainly never will and probably wouldn’t know each other in the street, I feel like I’ve lost a friend. One that’s ALWAYS been there, without question. That’s what Film Junk is to me: a source of great fun, in jokes and superb friends that love movies just as much as me and never not want to talk about them.

    One of my favourite moments from FJ history is you telling us the story of how Susan left Canada to go to England, only to come back. I was genuinely shocked and heartbroken for you when you casually mentioned you were single. It was a true, wait, what! moment.

    My own love life has been in a state of complete and utter cluster-fuck chaos for the last 4 months. In fact mere minutes before I came to check the blog and spotted “Greg’s Departure” in the show notes for Beyond the Pines, I pretty much witnessed the nail in the coffin of my own turmoil-struck relationship. I don’t mean to make this about me, but finding out that one of my always dependable, always there Film Junk rocks was departing the show was a serious blow that has rapidly turned my day from a good one into an absolute write-off cluster-fuck.

    Many times Sean baffles me with his opinion, Frank infuriates me and hits the nail on the head in equal measure for me, and Jay virtually speaks my mind at times, you have always been the Junkie that spoke good, clean bullshit-free sense and your taste in film is remarkably close to my own. I love all of you for different reasons, but I will miss the blunt, direct intolerance of the Gas Man.

    I’m gutted.

    I wish all the best in your endeavors and I hope to Christ you make a return to Film Junk when and if your schedule allows it. You don’t owe anyone an apology. God bless, don’t be a stranger.

    Chris

  • Alex D

    Love you Greg. Get better. Excited about BallJunk. And please, for the love of God, be a more regular guest to FilmJunk than Reed Farrington (or whatever he calls himself).

  • devolutionary

    Take care Greg. May you pop back in sporadically as a contributer whenever the time calls for it (TIFF?). Hope you can take a step back and put forth all your energy and efforts into your own personal life again. All the best to you and may Film Junk continue strong through the year.

  • Alejandro

    It’s sad to see you go Greg. You’ve been a large part of the podcast that I love to listen to every week. Ever since the first you came, you brought something that made the show more unique than what it was before. All the laughter, the chemistry, and the “realness” made each week a bit more happier than before. It feels like a friend has moved out of the country. I just hope that you do good in your prospects in life and, fingers crossed, be able to get back to the podcast. See you later pal.

  • Greg,

    I’m sorry you’ll be away from the podcast. I hope whatever you do in life brings you happiness and good health.

    Everyone in the Film Junk crew brought an interesting voice (literally and figuratively) to the show. I enjoyed your takes from a slightly grumpier, older perspective – at least, that’s what I was projecting onto your voice.

    It’s a poor analogy and someone may have already beat me to it – but the four of you (Sean, Jay, Frank and you) reminded me of Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Individually, each was talented; the trio of Crosby Stills and Nash was great, but Crosby Stills Nash AND Young was another level of awesome.

    This will remain my favorite movie podcast, but your voice will be missed.

    Best of luck in whatever you do. Kind regards from Houston, Texas.

  • Jesus’s Helper

    Wow, Greg it’s been a long strange trip, has it not? We are witnesses to the end of an era at FilmJunk, sad to see ya go man!

    I can’t help but quote one my favorite Grateful Dead songs.

    “And now he’s gone
    Now he’s gone, Lord he’s gone
    He’s gone
    Like a steam locomotive rolling down the track
    He’s gone, gone, and nothing’s gonna bring him back
    He’s gone”

  • Nate

    Hey Greg,

    Sad to hear that you’re leaving. Thank you for all the great podcasts, I really enjoyed listening to your stories and reviews over the years. It was always special when I got to hear you answer my junk mail questions too. I always think of you when I open dvd wrappings now – using a KEY instead of a lighter. What was I thinking…

    Take care,

    -Nate (Hong Kong)

  • Ricky

    This is great news! should have happened long ago, didn’t even notice he was missing last week.

  • Xidor

    What about the Rosanne Podcast that Jay and Greg were going to do?

  • Moonman

    Caught completely by surprise by this.

    Greg,

    Your perspective and humour have always been an asset to the podcast and I’m bummed that I won’t get that weekly. You got to do what you need to do to look after yourself and to put yourself into a place that is healthy and makes you happy.

    Hope to hear from you again soon.

  • Jeff

    Hi Greg,

    Thanks so much for all the time you put into the podcast over the years. I really appreciate it.

    I’ll miss hearing you on the podcast, but I hope that you can more thoroughly enjoy your other interests and pursuits now that you don’t have the podcast to prepare for.

    Best Wishes,
    Jeff

  • KK

    I am a massive fan of the podcast but had not been catching up with the main website.

    As I always one week behind my podcast listening, I thought Greg’s absence in the “Evil Dead” episode was a one off and the lads had overlooked that.

    As I skimp through the show notes for the latest episode, my worst fear was realized.

    I love Greg’s wit and fast response and even at his most off-day, he was as much an essence to the show as Jay & Sean and now Frank.

    Time is really a luxury we could not spare, so I understand the need for more time for your personal and professional life.

    I truly looking forward to the return of the prodigal son in the future.

    But at the meantime you will be sorely missed and the show without you Greg would never be the same.

    With that said I will continue my unwavering support to the best movie podcast out there.

    Cheers,
    KK from Singapore

  • Eric in Tn

    I hate to see you leave as a host of the show, but you have to do what’s best for your home life first. It won’t be the same without you. Please make at least one wrestling-like guest appearance on a show and enter halfway through And hit Reed with a folding chair. You will be missed. Thanks for all the laughs

  • curtis

    It’s a podcast…just a podcast. May perhaps the showrunners are taking themselves a little too seriously.

  • As someone who has listened to this podcast now for well over 5 years, I am obviously shocked and a little saddened by this news. This podcast has been the ONLY one I consistently come back to week after week, never missing an episode. When I think of how many 2+ hour episodes I’ve listened to, it’s scary. It really is. These guys feel like family at this point. Reed even leaves Happy Birthday messages to me on Facebook which I’m oddly very proud of. I look forward every week to hearing these familiar voices banter back and forth. Even if I don’t always pay attention, it’s comforting while I work to hear Jay, Sean, Greg and Frank (and sometimes Reed) going on for hours. It’s simply become part of my routine. Greg leaving the show is a huge blow but I believe both him and the other guys when they say it’s necessary. I know what it’s like to try and keep something that pays little if nothing going based solely on your passion and sometimes it just reaches an unavoidable end. That’s life. If you’re a serious FilmJunk fan, like myself, then you should be thankful and just accept the decision and continue to support them. Greg, you seem like a great person and I wish you all the luck in the world, buddy. You’ve offered countless hours of entertainment for me and I look forward to hearing more from you should you ever decide to get back behind the mic.

  • Marty

    There was nothing shocking about Greg’s departure. I mentioned his lack of participation/enthusiasm in the comments section a year and a half ago.
    This shouldn’t come as a shock to anybody.

    A few points:

    1. To anyone saying showing up drunk to record a podcast sounds like “fun”…grow up.

    2. I hope Greg regains the passion he had for Film Junk in the past for future projects.

    3. He wasn’t edged out by the KOC. Frank’s enthusiasm is the brightest beacon on the show lately. I would even make an argument for Frank having “saved” the show.

    4. His segments weren’t “cut”. He himself said he didn’t have time for reviews and film-related editorial comment.

  • CELEBRATE

    YAY, SO GLAD GREG AND HIS GIRL GOT BACK TOGETHER, MAKES ME WARM INSIDE.

  • Reznik

    Thank you Greg for hundreds of hours of entertainment. I wish you all the best.

  • Neil

    First time commentor, five years a listener. The news of Greg leaving is a real shame. He was like the older brother, in that, sometimes saying less can be just as effective as saying lots. Like others, FJ has become a big part in my life, running to de-stress from the kids and nagging wife, the podcasts have been a source of relief and great fun. loosing Greg is a massive loss, not in terms of his feedback but the family dynamics of the team. Now this may sound weird, what with the show being a film podcast, but rightly or wrongly the show has become more than just a podcast, it’s become a weekly update of the lives featuring Sean, Greg, Jay and Frank…and for me that’s what makes the show the best around (worldwide.) In fairness people can moan that Greg going was wrong, but we are only privy to 3hrs a week with you guys, we’re as in reality, you as friends see more and know more than we ever will, so your decision will be correct but that’s not to say Greg going from a podcast friend (so to speak) has really shook me up and whilst I know the podcast will continue to be great, there is no doubt that Greg not being there enjoying his freebies, talking sport, work, dog’s and being very honest about his personal life (which a lot a people appreciate and can relate too) will be a massive loss. As other have quoted here is one to finish with “The king is dead, long live the King.” – All the best to FJ and especially Greg for 5yrs of total enjoyment. Missed and never to be forgotten.

  • Mavi

    Pfft… This was a shock hearing in this weeks podcast… Thanks for the many hrs of entertainment… Have you teamed up with Adam Quigley???

  • randy

    i liked it

  • stephen sarro

    I must say, after reading Greg’s post, and maybe 2 or 3 of the comments (there is no way i can read them all…a fitting tribute to Gregs fanbase?!) I must say, I am really bummed that Greg won’t be on the show. He brought a element to the show that nobody else has, which made it that much more broad and listenable. I cannot say that the decision was wrong, or without much careful and graceful behind the scenes care… and nobody knows what stands behind the curtain… but as a listener, i must say i never noticed a lack luster performance from Greg because i feel like 4 people in a lengthy show, there are a lot of personalities, and its good that nobody shouts over another. I always took Greg’s comments (or lack thereof) as just respecting the conversation, and just waiting his turn. Granted… he confirmed that it was a different reason, but I never even thought about it until the announcement was made, and even thinking back, its not something that ever struck me as an issue. All this to say, I cannot help but wonder if Greg’s departure could have been avoided or been treated so “officially” could we not have just been told “Greg will be a more casual presence”? given that it isn’t as severe from the listener side of the fence.

    Only you guys can know for sure, but this email is just one more check on the list of people who really dug Greg’s part on the show.

    Greg, thanks for the entertainment, you will be missed more than you could have ever predicted :)

    take care guys, here’s to the future……………

  • Simon

    Going to miss Greg’s contributions immensely.He was always the more casual commentator compared to Jay,Sean and Frank,but to be honest i never ever felt that diluted the show in anyway,it seemed like the natural order of all things Film Junk.Farewell Greg and thanks for the laughs..

  • Alex Young

    I have to say, the whole premise of a bunch a guys having a laugh and joking around has been tarnished – and then some – by this ‘firing’ of Greg.

    I completely understand and deeply respect the effort – from Jay and Sean especially – that goes into keeping the website alive and podcast as entertaining as possible, but those opening 12 minutes of the latest podcast had a somewhat sinister tone to it.

    You have to commend the professionalism of the remaining FJ guys, but a part of you does think: “Chill out. It’s just a podcast.”

    That’s probably more than a tad naive though.

  • henry

    “film junk” has just become “film nerds”

  • Xidor

    @ Alex Young
    I agree. Jay used to say that the podcast was about friends getting together, catching up with each other about the previous week, and then talking about movies. They stopped the chit chat at the start of the show a while back and now head straight into the review.

    I listened to some older podcasts and on episode 229, you can tell a difference between then and now. Greg sang on a piece that Jay filmed. They seemed more relaxed and maybe enjoyed the show more.

    Everyone is getting older and people change, so I understand the desire to change the podcast. I’m not saying the change is good or bad. The podcast now is a great source of film reviews, but it doesn’t have that candid banter between each other that many of us enjoyed.

    Garth Algar said it best, “I fear change.” and “Its Wayne’s basement, but it isn’t.” I’m hoping for the best, but when I’m looking through my list of podcasts and looking for something that entertains me, I will probably look elsewhere, but when I’m looking for a good film review, I will tune into Film Junk. It used to appeal to both interests. Unfortunately, when I look through the show notes and don’t see a film that I’m interested in, I will probably now pass.

  • Spooksta

    I have to say I’m shocked. I’ve been away for a few weeks and only now catching up.
    Never noticed Greg’s poor performance myself. But saying that I love the show and respect the decisions you make including this one. I wish Greg all the best and look forward to his spot visits in the future.
    The show must go on.

    PS

    Please make sure Reed is there when reviewing Star Trek Into Darkness!

  • Elproducto

    As a long time listener (since around episode 20) I too am sad to see Greg go. However I think the boys made the right decision. For those doubters, listen to the Spring Breakers review.
    Don’t criticize what must have been a very hard decision. How many podcasts do you know, that have 400+ 2-3 hour episodes. Not many I wager. These guys are dedicated.

    Good luck Greg, hope to hear you in the future.

  • Chris in Marietta

    Greg~I love your contribution to the show. I sympathize about making hard decisions and putting yourself first sometimes. Take care of you. Myself and many listeners will be waiting and excited when you’re ready :)

  • Tarn

    Bye Greg. Funnily enough I said to my lady the other day something was up and now I know. I look forward to Balljunk and hope you come back as often as you can. For my part your views on films were very close to mine and so I hope come back at least for the the sports films. Bye mate Rudy Rudy Rudy!

  • william c

    can you guys at least use him as a laugh track for when you guys say or do something funny. because man am i gonna miss his laugh!!! if he only contributed his laugh to the rest of the shows that would be enough for me!!! and to Greg:
    Greg you do not owe anyone anything! and man did you go out with Class!! I hope one day if anything like this happens to me in such a public forum. I would be so gracious and humble. and as far as your dogs are concerned! I totally understand. heck I can fly for free with a major airline anywhere in the world and I don’t because I hate leaving my Dog in a kennel!! makes me sad that I’m having such a fun time and my dog is in some kennel sleeping by herself…

  • Mrespony

    Happy trails Greg, it’s been a blast hearing your laugh and your tales of working retail in a what sounded like an unsavory part of the city. You were one of the three reasons I came back to the show after hearing it the first time and eventually became a listener. You will be missed and I wish you all the best.

    Chris

  • Greg, wow, what can I say. You have long been my favorite member of the Film Junk team and at first after hearing of your departure I was ready to stop listening. After reading your post, I fully understand. Work, break ups, health, life, can all can get in the way. Your personal well being is the most important thing, so I hope things settle for you and you keep striving to get healthy/healthier! Will definitely fkn miss you dude, but I’m sure the gents will hold the fort strong in your absence…

    That said I’m disappointed I’ll never hear Reed get punched in the larynx on the Podcast.

    All the best from the UK.

  • Frank Wells

    Late to the party here as I was a week or s behind on my listening. Best wishes to you Greg; you have always been a significant and funny voice on the show so sorry things didn’t work out. I’m thrilled you will remain part of the Junk universe and I admire your taking responsibility for this, as well as your effort to keep your life in balance. Thanks for many, many hours of enjoyment and looking forward to more. Frank in Long Beach, CA.

  • Napalm

    Wow what a shocker man! :(

    I dont get how having Greg brings down the performance of the show. As a listener I don’t agree with that at all. I know Greg isn’t as into movies as the rest of the three but having him there just completes the FJ team! Without him it feels empty.

    Sean, Jay and Frank can have all the movie discussion and Greg can drop in in between the convo. Donno how that would bring the performance down.

    Anyway, its really really sad to see one of the core members calling it quits. It will take time for me as a listener to adjust to the new dynamics. Now after knowing that Greg is gone for good.. it gives birth to a hollowness when listening to the show… hard to explain. :/

  • CDW

    Greg, Take care of your health it’s sometimes all we have. After years of listening, your voice & opinions will be sorely missed.
    Sean, Jay & Frank… life Happens… things get shitty, I’ve never noticed any podcast with poor preformance problems. Hopefully you will never need time to get your shit together…
    Any how, I usually agree with Greg & Frank… Sean & Jay you sometimes just have the ability to make me think I’m being lectured by the Peanuts Cartoon Teacher… Hopefully I’ll be able to stick it out with you Frank… for Gods sake… how many shitty Reid monologues of geekery have we needed to wade through…

    Still love you guys & looking forward to your awesome work!!!

  • CharbelB

    This is a real bummer. Greg it is really upsetting to see you go I’ll remember you as one of the funniest guys I have come across (on a podcast that is). Hope everything in life works out for you man and we get to hear you on FJ in the near to far future.

    But as they say “the show must go on” and I like many others am looking forward to many more hours of entertainment with Sean, Jay and Frank.