” …the show was just a window to a friendship that began more than 10 years before….” Dave Gerry
Some things just go together.
Peas and carrots. Peanut butter and jam. Gin and tonic.
Dave and Simi.
Approximately 6 weeks ago,some upper-echelon management types at City TV made the decision to remove the two hosts( along with several fantastic behind the scenes staff) from our local Breakfast Television morning show in an effort to take it in a ” new direction”.
(That direction would appear to be down, but I digress.)
Following the first, rather excruciating morning without the company of their jovial and sparring married-like banter as a part of my morning work routine, I blogged about the extent of my dismal frustration and anger to simply vent my emotions. What a wonderful and heartfelt surprise to find that I was but one in a sea of thousands of fans who felt the same way.
In the ensuing weeks,comments, emails and personal contacts continued to roll in, and two points began to emerge. One: that this corporate decision had a profound impact on the lives and routines of fans worldwide, and Two: that Dave and Simi had achieved both greatness and a sense of fond camaraderie in the hearts and minds of the viewers who had invited them into their homes for the past three years. In essence, they had achieved an extended family type of relationship with their viewers, that some broadcasters never develop.
For the young and old, familes and executives alike, that blog became a form of ‘group therapy’, as one reader commented. Misery truly does love company ! I think I speak for everyone when I say that it has been quite amazing to read everyones best wishes,memories (and rants), and the common thread in every post remains to be how thankful we are for the gift of laughter Dave and Simi gave us every morning – and it truly is a gift.
And so,my friends,go grab a coffee and have a seat. You have not been the only ones following along and reading. As I said in the blog that started it all : “Sometimes only a little bit of Dave will do ya.” And here it is..
Well, I thought I’d wait a goodly amount of time to let the smoke clear and the blood fully drain from the wounds.
Both Simi and I want to tell you how much we truly appreciated your loyalty to the show. And let’s not forget Laila, who has given you a forum for your frustrations.
If it wasn’t abundantly apparent ,we had a blast each and every morning over the past three years.
Such laughs, many of which you never had a chance to see because they happened during commercial breaks.
That was another act altogether!
Simi and I went into that show together and, as fate would have it, we exited on the same day.
For us, that was really the only way it was going to work.
But understand that the show was just a window to a friendship that had begun more than ten years before and will hopefully continue for the rest of our lives.
I don’t know why we became such good friends because, on the surface, we were not the likeliest of on-air duos.
But things happen, don’t they? People gel. Personalities merge.
Some people just ‘click’.
We still see each other alot.
Hell, she was just over here for breakfast yesterday!
And we both just returned from a quick trip to LasVegas with our long-suffering spouses, Angie and Loyola, in tow.
While there we even broke our iron-clad ‘bathing suit rule’, which precluded either from seeing the other in any form of swimwear.
There was a little post-traumatic stress, but otherwise, we seemed to have survived it!
So, you see, the show goes on.
There’s just nobody broadcasting it at the moment.
Are we looking for opportunities to team together again? You bet.
But Vancouver is a pretty small pond and we have to be realistic.
So watch for us either singly or together. We’ll be out there.
And thanks for those three years because, honestly, some people never even get that.
Somehow you made getting up at four o’clock every morning worthwhile
Dave & Simi…or if you prefer…Simi & Dave “
September 20th, 2008