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Toronto sports fans fuming after TSN fires Dan O'Toole from Jay and Dan

It looks like TSN's popular show SC with Jay and Dan is just SC with Jay now.

Dan O'Toole, a.k.a. Toolsie, one half of the Canadian sports show hosted with Jay Onrait, has been fired as part of mass layoffs by Bell Media

Amidst cuts that affected 210 employees in Toronto, O'Toole (whose handle has officially changed to @notontvotoole), tweeted Thursday: "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." 

No official announcement has been made by TSN regarding O'Toole's departure from the show, but the show will be continuing with Onrait.

Though O'Toole's Instagram handle remains @tsnotoole, his IG bio now says: "Used to host a tv show in Canada. Now I don't. Are you hiring?"

The news has hit many sports fans hard. Some fans are wondering why O'Toole, with decades of contributions to sports broadcast, was given such short notice about his firing, or why he's being fired at all.

Among hundreds of layoffs, Toolsie joins high-profile SportsCentre anchor Natasha Staniszewski and soccer analyst Kristian Jack to leave the company. 

Onrait and O'Toole have been sports personalities, largely inseperable, since pairing up as SportsCentre hosts in 2003. 

The two left Canada for co-anchoring stints at Fox Sports Live before returning to TSN to host SC with Jay and Dan in 2017. The pair also run the Jay & Dan Podcast, one of Canada's most popular sports podcasts.

Without Toolsie, there's no reason to watch TSN at all, say some fans.

On top of Bell Media's recent job cuts, the company has also come under fire in recent months, along with other media internet service providers, for its lack of affordable internet access

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