I sort of wonder if they ever seriously considered doing it without him or if this was the plan all along. Helm can be a transitive verb, but I do not like helmer as a noun. Even after I stopped, looked it up, and found reference to helmer as an informal noun meaning film director, it rubs me entirely the wrong way. I'm not saying it's wrong, but I definitely don't like it. Guys, I might be old now.