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On late Thursday, the TV schedule for my Bell Fibe cable service still said that TSN’s flagship highlights show SC, starring Jay and Dan, would air at midnight as usual.But when Thursday turned into Friday, neither Jay Onrait nor Dan were seated O’Toole in his chair, trying to make his buddy – and the audience – laugh at his stupidity while they chatted about sports

Instead, the network was embedded in an edition of SportsCentre By The Numbers hosted by Sarah Davis and Mark Roe, who dutifully (if understandably) ignored the greatest Canadian sports history of the day

Hours earlier, TSN had Mr O’Toole relaxed with no warning and shocked sports fans across the country The move came amid hundreds of layoffs made this week by Bell Media, the division of telecommunications giant BCE Inc. where cuts also hit CTV and several local radio stations earlier this month, some of Bell Media’s senior executives were laid off after the addition of a new president from the company’s telecommunications side

The news about Mr O’Toole came out in a way that seemed particularly uncomfortable for a corporate giant in the communications business. On Thursday afternoon, internet pundits noticed that the show’s Twitter account had disappeared and the followers had been directed to an account with just Mr. Onrain’s likeness, @JayOnSC They started speculating

Then, late afternoon, Mr. O’Toole officially shared the news with his followers on Twitter with a touch of self-derision, “Had I known last night was my last show, I would have tried a little harder,” joked he “Ahhhh, who am I kidding? I probably wouldn’t have done it It was a wild ride If you have our show you laughed with us Thank you! Peace and love and let’s have a drink together as soon as Covid is over ”

In response to a request from The Globe and Mail, a BCE spokesperson has designated the move as a cost-cutting measure

“We have made some changes at TSN to streamline the organization. The changes have affected some on-air personalities who are leaving with our sincere thanks for their contributions to the network and the sports community,” Marc Choma wrote in an E -Mail statement (Other on-air employees who left the network were the regulars of the SportsCentre, Natasha Staniszewski and Brent Wallace, as well as the soccer reporter Kristian Jack)

Mr Choma added, “The media industry at all levels is changing rapidly and Bell Media is adapting to stay one step ahead of the change. We are focused on investing in content creation and new media platforms while investing in a difficult one Market to work much more efficiently ”


Earlier in the day, BCE reported results for the end of fiscal 2020 that showed the company had received a hit from COVID-19 but apparently had gained a foothold even though Bell Media’s sales were down 145 percent versus 5 percent It was an upswing last year As the company noted in a press release, COVID-19 continues to be not bad news for TSN as “Savings from production delays, shortened sports seasons and possible cancellations of the … pandemic are still expected”

The network may not be the ATM it used to be, but it still appears to be a dependable profit center for Bell Media

In 2019, the last year for which data is available through the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission, TSN hit a record high of more than $ 500 million and pre-tax profit was $ 843 million for a margin While the number of subscribers accessing the service via traditional cable services fell by more than 4 percent, a decrease that has likely accelerated since the numbers were submitted to the CRTC, the direct-to-consumer However, streaming service TSN Direct has grown in recent years – though the company does not disclose those numbers

Dan O’Toole and Jay Onrait will attend on Dec. part of a NASCAR event 5, 2014 in Las Vegas

Whoever replaces Mr. O’Toole, the show won’t be the same.The two Midnight Brothers had a natural chemistry that was evident from the moment TSN put them together on the SportsCentre desk in 2003, What in a Toronto Life -Profile has been labeled ‘Sport with a Side of Schtick’ “Mr Onrait was the madman who was exposed to surreal flights of humor; Mr O’Toole played the (suitable, looser) straight man who kept his friend down

They rode the indulgent chum routine to ever greater heights for a decade until US. Executives referred the couple to Los Angeles in 2013 to anchor a similar show on the fledgling Fox Sports 1, which was looking for something cheaper and more disrespectful than ESPN’s highlights show they came home four years later

If some fans think the duo haven’t had the same snapshot lately, you can attribute it to a number of factors: age, changing demographics and viewing patterns, sheer exhaustion However, the partnership deserves it, to be put to sleep?

Mr O’Toole wasn’t the only one who was obviously unprepared.After someone at TSN migrated the show’s Twitter followers from @JayAndDan to @JayOnSC, the original account was abandoned so anyone could take command of Sure Enough, an obvious fan snapped it himself, posting a series of tweets asking for Mr. O’Tooles return

Social media was the place where hundreds of fans expressed their disappointment with Mr. O’Toole’s forced exit Here they had already commissioned Bell to carry out the mass layoffs – immediately after the annual Let’s Talk Day, the high-profile campaign to raise awareness of mental health problems

Last summer as Mr O’Toole wasn’t on the show himself for suggesting a mental health break Temporary co-moderators stepped forward to meet Mr. Onrait They were a game but it wasn’t the same Every good pairing depends on chemistry, and that can’t be faked The great pairs just click: Bogart and Bacall, Rogers and Astaire, Brady and Gronkowski

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Jay and Dan canceled

World News – CA – TSN flagship show SC with Jay and Dan canceled as Bell Media cuts costs

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