That would be Mike Arrington, who plays startup kingmaker at TechCrunch. His recent no-shows: Arrington's Crunchies awards, Arrington's TechCrunch 50 prize ceremony and now a panel discussion that Arrington thought would turn against him.
VentureBeat's Paul Boutin wonders what the deal is with "Mike No-Show Arrington... punting" on events. Isn't it obvious? Arrington knows he's the "top draw;" how better to prove it to the rest of the world than by strategically withholding himself now and again? That's just Diva 101, right there. And TechCrunch's feudy publisher is nothing if not a diva.