Sports fans are unhappy with Bell Media.
The Canadian media conglomerate let go more than 200 employees this past week, including sportscaster Dan O’Toole, co-host of the popular TSN highlights show SportsCentre with Jay and Dan.
Had I known last night was my final show, I would have tried a little harder. Ahhhh, who am I kidding. I probably wouldn't have. It was a wild ride. If you got our show, then you laughed along with us. Thank you! Peace and love and let's raise a glass together once Covid is over.
— Dan O'Toole (@notontvotoole) February 4, 2021
O’Toole and longtime running mate Jay Onrait returned to Canada and TSN in 2017, after four years with Fox Sports 1 in the United States.
“We have made some changes at TSN as we streamline the organization,” a Bell Media spokesperson told Daily Hive. “The changes have affected some on-air personalities, who depart with our sincere thanks for their contributions to the network and the sports community.”
These layoffs have left sports fans very unhappy, and they took to social media to express their frustration.
Hey @BellMediaPR "Ya blew it"
— Sunny Aujla (@sunnyaujla83) February 5, 2021
— Jesse Hume (@jesse_hume) February 4, 2021
— Lee Haeusler (@leehaushaeusler) February 5, 2021
It’s refreshing to know TV execs North of the Border make colossally bad decisions that viewers hate as often as the ones down here.
— Not the USA Hockey GM (@MockUSAHockeyGM) February 5, 2021
Dan O’Toole, Natasha Staniszewski and Brent Wallace let go by TSN as part of Bell Media layoffs…
Breaking up Jay & Dan is a huge mistake…
Can’t say I’m happy with any of these cuts…@HabsUnfiltered
— Matt Smith (@Snakebite350) February 5, 2021
Jay and Dan was always my fav show. 😢 https://t.co/OdTEFxJdTY
— Peter Bojarinov (@russian98) February 5, 2021
— Andrew S. Rupp (@AndrewSRupp) February 4, 2021
I’ll sure miss #JayAndDan. Perhaps my favourite thing that has ever happened to me is when Jay read a tweet I had just tweeted live on the show while I was watching. There’s no other show where this kind of magic could happen. Thank you to @notontvotoole for many years of laughs. pic.twitter.com/Lfqc8V1jh5
— Donovan Woods (@DonovanWoods) February 5, 2021
Bell laying off Dan O'Toole without notice and without giving Jay and Dan a proper finale breaks my heart
— nick price (@nickprice91) February 5, 2021
Cutting Dan O'Toole is bullshiiiiiiiit
— Mike (@HabsLaughs) February 4, 2021
Dan O’Toole being let go from TSN is an absolute garbage decision on Bell Media’s take. If Videotron wasn’t the [email protected] major cable network in Quebec, I’d be changing to elsewhere. Dan and Jay revolutionized sports highlights. What a shame…
— Jordan Marques (@JMarquesTSD) February 5, 2021
Just heard Dan O’Toole, Toolsey is gone from @TSN_Sports. What a damn shame.
— #MrFretz (@Fretzlemania) February 4, 2021
WTF – Dan O'Toole gone, Brent Wallace gone, Natasha Staniszewski apparently also gone but don't know that for sure yet – what the hell's going on at TSN? Or perhaps more specifically, what the hell is Bell doing to TSN?
— Daryl Brewer (@BrewGuy) February 4, 2021
Why would TSN get rid of Dan O'Toole and Natasha Staniszewski? Do they hate talent?
— Oilers John 🇨🇦 ✈️ (@OilersJohn) February 4, 2021
With all of the problems in Canada, Jay and Dan weren't one of them. https://t.co/qaeLQLLCMf
— Gord Kiteley (@therealgordk) February 4, 2021
Jay and Dan are no more, and in a few months Tim and Sid will be no more. I suggest a new power duo of Tim and Jay!!! https://t.co/bXi3vFVR6i
— Matt McQueen (@mattmcqueen) February 4, 2021