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Letter to Dave -from a fan

I would like to welcome you to the un-offical Dave Gerry /Simi Sara fan club, as well as the official protest site !  Just kidding, but it sure feels like it! Ok, I really didnt count on this happening when I wrote the post below this morning, which really started as just a rant.

https://lailayuile.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/calling-dave-gerry/

 I really, really wish I could publish all of the comments and letters left here today, but I’m at my maximum allowable space. I’m sure Dave and Simi would be touched, as many of you are telling me that you feel like they were family. I have to agree. It kind of feels like a bad divorce though, dont you agree? And we are the kids in the middle…..

A reader emailed me with a letter for Dave. Here it is, Dave, if you are out there reading.

”     Dear Dave  –   My stomach dropped when I read the Vancouver Sun today.  I was really shocked.  I am at a loss for words.  Been watching and enjoying you & Simi for the past 2 years.  Lynn Collier and Steve Darling are like watching paint dry.  As far as I’m concerned they fired the wrong people.  If they are so concerned about the news, they should have fired the news director or whatever the title is.
I wondered why you and Simi weren’t there this morning and no one saying anything.  It must have been very uncomfortable for those who carried the show, which was b-o-r-i-n-g.  I didn’t find out until my lunch break at work when I always read the 1st 2 sections of the Sun.
All the best in your endeavours.  Hope to see you on the air again.
Sincerely,  Gail Ball ”

 sent Thursday August 14, 2008 at 7:44 pm

****Letter from dave and simi on the home page!! https://lailayuile.wordpress.com/2008/09/21/845/

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  1. I too will NOT BE WATCHING BT again due to their treatment of Dave and Simi. Is this the British Columbia way of employers, one day you are at work and then you are not POOF YOUR OUT. Unexcusable treatment of people.

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  2. Man, what a bomb! I have been thinking for the past week that perhaps Dave and Simi had drawn vacations at the same time….man….what a bomb to find out what really happened today. I’m disgusted. Without them, the show is useless to me…they are the reason I watched. I do like the other hosts, don’t get me wrong…Dawn, Kyle, Tasha and Marc are enjoyable…but….the old lineup is the best they’ve had. I used to watch when Beverly and Shawn were on, and the switch in 05 was the best move ever. This station has gone downhill since it was bought out by the other company a year or so back….there is NOTHING on this station anymore, and BT was the only thing I watched on it all day until 5 when Ellen Degeneres comes on. Now, I have only Ellen…the station is cutting off their own feet with this move! I’m appalled!

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  3. I just found out today abouy Simi and Dave. I am so pissed. I shared my early mornings with two incredibly talented broadcasters. I will now share my time watching anything but BT. I will extend my boycott to all programs on channel 13. I wish there was a way to say Thank You and goodbbe .

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  4. I too have wondered what happened to Simi and Dave and am saddened to find out that they have been fired.
    Why would someone take away something that made so many people happy? I too am a faithful morning watcher and through some difficult times they have cheered me and made me laugh. I too will no longer support BT or anything else on chanel 13.

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  5. OK – for what it is worth, here is my rant. What the heck is BT thinking????!!! Where are my buddies Simi and Dave? Do the people that make these decisions not know a good thing when they have it? I am appalled. I am angry. Most of all I want Dave and Simi back. Now! Dave and Simi, if you are listening you are sadly missed. I miss hearing Simi’s contagious laugh and Dave’s brilliant smile. Their friendly banter. Simi you have been a role model for me. Dave you are a cantankerous old fud at times, but that makes you so sweet. Withdrawal has set in. Channel 13 – you blew it – big time.

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  6. I stumbled onto BT about three years ago and have not turned it off since …until today. WE LOVE DAVE – he is my husband, my husband is Dave. We get him and love him …and Simi too.

    We had a bad feeling about their absences so this morning we went on line to discover the sad news. We watched BT for the last time this morning!

    P.S. We wouldn’t have been able to take Kyle for much longer …he sucks!

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  7. I can’t believe they got rid of two such talented people. I also cannot believe that global had higher ratings. If they do it is not because of Lynne and Steve as they are pretty boring to watch.

    Simi and Dave were the life of BT and put a smile on my face every morning.

    The only reason people tuned in to Global more was because of their news. So who ever was in charge of the news part of BT should have been let go.

    I certainly will not watch BT again.

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  8. I am in shock! I switched to BT just to watch Simi & Dave. I looked forward to 6:12 just to see what they would do that day. I hope somebody gives them a talk show so they can do what they want. The two of them were magic together! I no longer watch BT. What the heck were they thinking?! WE LOVE YOU DAVE & SIMI.

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  9. Today I figured it out, it’s not a vacation, and lovely Tasha no longer with the show either.
    I don’t know how the remaining hosts can keep a brave face. They are trying their best but they have very big shoes to fill.
    Rogers should realize that there are different types of viewers and if they used the same format as Global they would only get a portion of that audience. They had established a very loyal group who watched Dave and Simi. In that group are the creatives, the humanists, the community minded. It would have been smarter to have nurtured the show rather than to cut it’s heart out.
    I hope we will see Simi and Dave in some other incarnation, I will be looking, hoping that they will turn up on Global or CBC. These two sparkling personalities won’t fade into obscurity.

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  10. ” They had established a very loyal group who watched Dave and Simi. In that group are the creatives, the humanists, the community minded. It would have been smarter to have nurtured the show rather than to cut it’s heart out.”

    Kath, that is perhaps the most beautifully said piece of why Dave and Simi are so loved by their fans.

    I was thinking about this last night in the shower( one of my best thinking spots) and I would like to add to what you have shared : Dave, in his bio from City TV, was described as the ‘resident square peg in a round hole’. He was true in his passion and personality, and didnt try to adopt any other persona to impress or gather fans. He made us feel ok for being perhaps a little odd, or different , and unique. You either love him or not. What you see is what you get.

    Simi, well, I think she appealed to us all in an ” every woman” kind of way. Shes the mom, the wife, the realistic viewpoint to balance the dreams of Dave. She is also a what you see is what you get kind of gal, and I think I can speak for all women when I say she made us feel good about who we are and what we look like. She didnt represent the unattainable media representation of the perfect barbie woman, she represented real women everywhere. We have lines and bumps and wrinkles and thats ok. Sometimes we stuff fast food in our face if theres no time to make a proper meal.

    Together, it is a truly special and one of a kind chemistry that comes from mutual respect, friendship and history – and that is no combination that Rogers/City can just replace through a want ad.

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  11. I just heard the news after returning to Vancouver from a sojourn in Calgary. I am disgusted and appalled. I have vowed to never again watch any City TV programming in any province I may reside and am going to convince my friends and family to do the same. If they thought they had a lack of market share, let them know how it really feels to lose out. Dave, Simi and Tasha fans unite – spread the word and let City TV know how you feel. Pull your support and please, please, please, send them an e-mail or two. Remember the squeaky wheel gets the oil……

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  12. I just found out that Dave and Simi are no longer on BT what a shame. They were the reason I turned TV on in the morning. They were funny and the chemistry was fantastic. My husband and I both said it was like watching a married couple interact. They were a bright start to any day and put you in a good happy carefree mood for at least a few hours each day. Bring them BACK A big mistake for City TV for breaking up the group Dawn Mark Dave and Simi I will not watch BT again. I don’t know who the people are that watched Global in the morning but what a boring boring show

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  13. My whole morning routine is now off. It was the same everyday- have coffee with my boyfriend and watch the morning news. We would laugh, sometimes email comments back to Dave and the somewhat “outlandish” topics would create some great conversations for us early risers. I am so sad that Dave & Simi are gone. I hope that BT notices a huge dive in the ratings – what a stupid idea.

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  14. I will not be watching BT again, no offense to Tasha, Mark, Dawn and Kyle but it will never be the same as Dave and Simi. I am shocked and dissapointed, I don’t even live in B.C. I live in Bellingham, WA. and every morning I would watch news from another country because I loved Dave and Simi so much. What a dissappointment!

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  15. I was thinking that Dave and Simi were both on holiday at the same time and finally realized that wasn’t the case.
    I watchED BT because I enjoyed Dave and Simi
    So now that I know that they have gone I’m not watching any longer.

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  16. Boo hoo, I am soooooo sad. I just found out Dave and Simi were fired…..I called the station and the woman who answered lied, said she didn’t know.
    What kind of crap is that? They fire they ONLY two people I watch the show for, except Tasha too.
    Everyday I watched that show. I loved them. They made the show. I have sent off to emails, one to PAULSON who obviously knows nothing. I am now switching to their rival, GLOBAL, because like others say it is not the same and Dawn and Kyle are down right boringgggggggggggggggg.
    Simi and Dave, we love you!!!!!!!
    WE WANT YOU BACK!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. I kept watching and waiting for Dave & Simi to return and I finally decided something was up so I emailed the station to ask. When I was told that their contracts had not been renewed I felt as though someone had knocked the wind out of me. I am angry. The chemistry between the two of them was fantastic and like many of the previous comments they are definately the reason I turned on the television in the morning. I miss them a lot and can’t wait to see them again as I know they are on to bigger and much better things. Whoever makes the decisions at City TV is a fool and no longer has me as a viewer.
    Dave & Simi, I miss you and wish you well.

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  18. OK, I’ll admit it. I’ve been living under a rock since August 9th and have only just crawled out.
    Actually, I was in the Okanagan for an extended vacation and returned last week.
    I’ve been a loyal CityTV-BTV viewer for years and as is my habit, I turned on the TV to find Simi and Dave not where they’re supposed to be.
    This morning, after a week of waiting for them to return, I did a search and found your site. Thank you for keeping us updated and for offering a forum to discuss the insanity.
    I’ve emailed “them” at CityTV … not that they’ll listen. I’ve read other news websites and see that CityTV’s BTV was being compared with Global. (????) They aren’t the same type of shows. Simi and Dave (or Dave and Simi) have been consistently voted the “BEST morning entertainment show” … key word being entertainment. While Global has been voted best morning news show. I agree with many of your readers — if there was a problem with the news portion then fire the news director.
    If you find Dave and Simi, I’m sure you’ll let us know. You have a new reader. ;o)
    In the meantime, I’ll look for them under my rock and avoid all things CityTV

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  19. I am just starting school at BCIT this Tuesday for Broadcast Journalism, and am quite upset to hear this news, as Simi was one of the reasons I wanted this to be my career. I loved her carefree personality, and thought of her as an idol. It doesn’t make me feel good knowing that such a talented person can get treated that way – what will happen to me? I wish them both all the best, and hope BT is kicking themselves in the pants for this!

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  20. Welcome to reality in the business Brianna. Ratings and the related revenue they bring are THE only thing that matters, not viewers and not the talent. You are as only as good as your last story or your last show- an everyday could be your last. Sad truth.

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  21. 3 weeks and I’m still upset about the loss of the Simi and Dave show – or as Dave would prefer – the Dave and Simi show. They set the bar high in this format – superior to most offerings in this country and south of the border (I always thought they should have gone national), but as with so many things, the lowest common denominator prevails and IMO, it’s pretty damn low. Apparently the morons entrusted with the power to make this decision thought that perhaps Dave was too cerebral for morning TV, or maybe they didn’t get his temporal or literary references. And Simi was the perfect foil for his curmudgeon persona.They were a great pair, and any network will be lucky to get them as a pair. Their replacements are pablum bland and intellectual midgets in comparison. What a shame. Thanks for the laughs Dave and Simi. Hope to see you soon.

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  22. As long time fans of Dave and Simi we are not only saddened and angered by their dismissal but shocked by the way they were unceremoniously dumped after so many years at the station. We will no longer be watching BT or City TV for that matter. If the feedback we have been reading is any indication, the show has probably lost thousands of viewers. We wish you all the best Dave and Simi and hope that another local station will be astute enough to bring the two of you back on the air SOON! We miss you!

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  23. We came back from vacation wondering where Dave & Simi & Tasha are, only to find out that D&S were axed and T left… 😦 CityTV & Rogers are now officially boycotted from our household, we will no longer watch BT (sorry Dawn, Mark, Thor).
    We miss Dave & Simi’s banter, they were what made the show and we loved every minute. I really hope they get another show together and crush CityTV/Rogers like a grape! 🙂

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  24. I still feel like I’ve lost a couple of friends : (
    Dave and Simi are the best ,and will be dearly missed.
    I, along with friends and family have also stopped watching BT.
    If Dave and or Simi read these….
    Thank you both for making it a lil easier (in this world as it is) to share a laugh. Like the rest of your fans, I hope to see you both on air again soon.
    Wishing you all the best in everything you do,
    Deb

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  25. with regards to popular opinion,is it not possible that dave and/or simi left on their own terms? the news/entertainment industry is no different than many other businesses..ultimately staff/hosts need to be satisfied with what they are doing and respect their employers.lets hope that simi and dave are true to themselves and reach greater rewards.they deserve it…..

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  26. I just found out the horrible news!!! I thought they were both on vacation until I googled it last night!! OMG!!! the show now BLOWS and will NOT be watching this poor excuse for a television show. I knew something was going on when Tasha left. BAD MOVE ROGERS!!!! YOU FIRED THE WRONG PEOPLE!!!

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  27. Taking a chance, I turned on City Cooks to see if Simi was still there, only to find TASHA CHU hosting it!!!!! did she take Simi’s position????… … …

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  28. I agree with everyones comments. What a shame. I emailed the station a few days after the firing, they emailed me back saying they were taking the show in another direction? The direction they’ve taken it is downhill. I’ve tried watching the temporary version of BT and I must say its still better than Globals, of course that’s not saying much! I did see Tasha at the PNE the weekend after she left. She looked great and had a big smile on her face as she held hands with her special guy. Good luck Tasha, I’m really going to miss your smile.
    I’m confident Dave and Simi will show up somewhere soon.
    The mornings are just not the same without them.

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  29. Melissa, I heard Dawn Chubai is hosting City Cooks for now, whether or not that is a long term plan, I do not know.

    Nice to have you Glen, as Corby said, misery loves company!

    So what IS everyone doing in the morning now? I’m listening to Till’s morning show for the most part.

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  30. Are you kidding??!!!!! Why Why Why? Big mistake BT Big Mistake. Im not watching you ANYMORE. I was so sad when Bevery and Shaun left, but was rleieved with the professionalism and fabulous humour that Dave and Simi provided every morning. I hope that some other channel picks them up so I can watch them again. I miss them so much.

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  31. Hi Simi and Dave,

    I have to tell you how much I was looking forward every morning to watch your show and then suddenly you were gone.
    Now, there is no way I will watch the Breakfast Television.

    I am very sad and I hope in the very near future (preferably tomorrow) you will back as new host of some new show. Can not wait.
    Sincerely,

    Dorota

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  32. I feel a bit silly having continued to watch BT over the last few weeks thinking Dave and Simi had gone on vacation, only just to find out they’ve been fired?! Quite simply, I cannot understand this decision. They were the only intelligent pair to watch in the morning. Wherever they re-surface, I’ll be there to watch. Shame on you BT-you have lost another viewer.

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  33. I, like the rest of you am saddened by the loss of Dave, Simi and Tasha from the BT morning gang. Yes, it is a huge loss.
    Little things really remind me of how good we (the viewers) had it with those wonderful people on the show. Every morning I have coffee in bed from 6:10 am until 7:00 am, now I have to flick around the stations and I never used to.
    When I see Kyle talking and there is a view of a couple of cruise ships in the background, I think of what Dave would always say about them, in great detail.
    Simi, Dave & Tasha had such a glow about them on the show, they were into it and seemed to love their jobs.
    I was lucky enough to take part in the City TV open house this year & toured the studio. I even had my picture taken with Dave & Simi. I’ll be missing them all, until they re-appear better than ever.
    They say that change is good, I know that they will turn this lemon into lemonade.
    Thank you.

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  34. Hi Dave and Simi,

    So sad not to see you two in BT everyday. When I learned through IE that you two are fired, I feel like to go to BT and tell whoever fired you guys to get some medical attention.

    I can imagine rating of BT going to hell. I have boycott BT (Channel 13) and switching different news channel in the hope to see Simi and Dave.

    I’m sure other news channel are smart to get you guys to their news channel.

    My best wishes are with both of you and Tasha (who also left BT).

    I sincerely hope to see you all again on air soon.

    (:-
    Ballu and Sharanjit

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  35. I came back from holidays thinking Dave and Simi are on holidays. Well. this morning I finally decided to look into the net to see if there is a return date or what the heck was happening to these three people I was missing every morning….
    well, now I am in shock. I will have to find the article in the Vancouver Sun…. I live in Victoria and was gone overseas while this happened. I just changed the channel after I found out . No more BT for me. Dave and Simi made it fun, interesting . News with an intellect, honest and witty twist. I am so sad and am missing them terribly. They have been in my live for years where ever I went. Had to watch BT….well, no more. Best wishes and maybe somebody will offer you something great, maybe your own show…..

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  36. I miss Dave and Simi and I agree with a lot of post, this show isn’t the same anymore. There’s no more laugh and smart jokes. How wonderful those two were. And also Tasha, she was awesome.
    Miss you all! No more BT.

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  37. I tried to watch the show this morning. Sorry but I switched chanels and watched an american morning show instead.I can appreciate that the Mark, Dawn and the others are trying hard but the chemistry that Dave and Simi brought to the show is difficult to replicate and terribly missed. I wonder what the ratings are since the “smart” people at city tv decided to axe the best morning show team on television.
    Does anyone know what Dave and Simi are up to now? Maybe we will get lucky and see them together again on another morning show for another station.

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  38. My husband and I live in London Ont, after 11 years of life in Vancouver. We watch Bt to keep connected with the city and we truly love both personalities and the brilliant dynamic that WAS BT in Vancouver. We have been faithfull viewers of Dave and Simi and are devestated after emailig the station to find out where the heck they have gone!!!
    We will not support Bt and are switching to global as our protest. We would love to see the pair in the future, we miss them! (They were, in our opinion, the best across the country). I really am amazed that they were fired, it just doesnt make sence. They were so perfect for the show, I was even converting people in Ontario to watch them. And Tasha too!!
    best of luck to them,
    love and peace,
    Helen and Steve

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