ONLY CLAP: As predicted, David Gerrold's script and performance for the Hugo Awards event were atrocious. At one point during the ceremony the presenters gleefully joked about this being the Hugo's year of the asterisk. Toni Weisskopf, the publisher of Baen Books, was one of the victims slated to be designated an unperson later in the evening, and she reportedly walked out of the auditorium at that point in the travesty.
To clarify, I did not walk out of the ceremony, but of the reception before it in honor of the nominees, at which they were presented, gratis, an asterisk wooden coaster. At that point I didn't feel I could continue to be part of the proceedings.