Don't get me wrong, I love Ricky Gervais. And I love the Ricky Gervais Show, the half hour podcast featuring the exploits of Karl Pilkington, Steven Merchant and Ricky G. But $2.00 an episode? That seems patently ridiculous.
I'm not one of those people who gets outraged at, like, their favorite TV show getting cancelled-- and I certainly wish that the numbskulls in charge of "Free Fiona" had spent their time lobbying Congress for something they believed in rather than sending foam green apples to SONY... but... $2.00 an episode for 30 minutes of three people talking shit? That's really ridiculous.
The Ricky Gervais show in its free form (with extremely obnoxious and profoundly unfunny commercials for the comedy line up on Channel 4 Fridays) reached somewhere around 300,000 people by the end of its run, if I remember correctly. At $0.10 an episode (for example) that would have been $30,000 an episode, which doesn't sound like much for roughly an hour's work, you could do worse than making $30,000 on something you used to do for fun. (Oh, and, at even underestimating at 200,000 hits an episode, that's still $24,000 in three months).
Of course, $.10 is probably a little cheap. At $0.50 (which I think people would pay) you make (again, at 200,000 hits) 100,000 an episode, or $1.2 million for three months of weekly episodes.
On iTUNES, you can get an episode of a TV show that's an hour long for the same price you pay for half an hour of The Ricky Gervais Show. This seems crazy. Am I missing something here?