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” …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..

“Dear friends,
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

 Dave and Simi in Vegas !

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  1. Its so nice to read something from you Dave and Simi, please come back!!! We miss you. mornings have not been the same. And Thanks Laila, for posting this. We come back everyday to read your stuff. Our kids and I like your personal grooming and hygiene post, its possibly the funniest thing I’ve read in ages!

    Thanks again Dave!! Come back soon!!

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  2. Bravo!! Oh, Dave, U have no idea how great it is to read this!! Oh, I just laughed at the thought of you two looking at each other in your bathing suits! HAhahahahha !
    Vegas? U and Simi? There must be a story or two there, so come back and share!!! I bet Laila would let U do a post , wouldnt U Laila??!! (HINT HINT HINT)

    We all miss U both so much. Honestly, mornings suck!! U made us smile every day before work, and we havent found anything comparable. Now we are all ho-hum as we head out the door. Nothing to talk about. Blah.
    Come back soon. We love you!!! Thanks for keeping us posted Laila, we are fans of yours now too!!! Ahhhhh, what a nice surprise!

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  3. Well Done! Dave, Simi,

    I am thankful to have read this today, as I am now ensured of a smile that has not appeared before noon since your abrupt departure. Although , if anything good has come from this, it was the discovery of your fantastic blog Laila. (I hope you are over your illness) Not all us “cronies”- ahem- like Global or that air filled gas bag Till on CKNW. Some of us older folk like to hear the cuttng edge humour of you Dave. I’m a retired executive, but I’m hardly ready for Metamucil media yet! I look forward to finding you sometimes soon, hopefully in the mornings again!

    Bill.

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  4. Oh!!

    I am SOOO HAPPY to read this today!!! My husband will be too, when he comes home from work. You guys were IT in our house for years, and now you are gone we actually have to talk to each other in the morning. HA ha. JK, I like talking to my husband ,really I do! we do miss you both though. WE couldnt keep watching after you left, but we did try . It just isnt funny anymore, its actually kinda painful !!!! Kyle reminds me of some guy who lives in his moms basement with a computer in the dark..
    I like the idea of Dave writing something though, that would be good, because ever since you guys have been gone, we come here instead every morning. ( I hope you are better too Laila , we missed your usual posts last week, i hope you can do some this week. You always have something new or funny, or something I didnt know about. We love it, but I think my husbands getting a crush on you. JK again. Its all good)

    Somebody give us Dave and Simi back!!!! Miss you Dave!

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  5. Ohmygod. I did my new morning routine of checking Laila\’s site (Good morning Blondie ; P )and then I saw this post. God, im like a crack addict , I want moreMORE MORE Dave and Simi. And HELLO… Simi looks so hot in that pic!! Wow. Huh. I have to think about her in a whole new way now. Wow.

    Ok Dave, you\’re hot too! But not in the same way, know what I mean? Cant wait for your return,but for sure can you please do something here, or on your own blog unti lyou do? Anything , just throw us a bone so we can all go back to being happy silly people.
    Michale -l\’homme de francais.

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  6. The feelings are mutual. We feel your absence sorely and cannot wait for your return, and I hope it is together.We are in a rural area and Global really has little relevance here,so BT was our way to start the day. We miss you both, Simi and Dave. Come back soon.
    Thank you for letting us share our thoughts with everyone.
    Nancy(and Jim)

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  7. Man, You made getting up at 4 am bearable too. The guys in my shop all watched you guys on the little tv up on the shelf while we worked on machining parts. Have the time we coldnt even hear you over the oise, but we watched anyways.Dave, you cut me up, youre so funny when you get Simi going. Vegas must have been a blast. So cool that you guys hang out! Hears hoping you get back on tv sooner than later.
    Peter.

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  8. We, the entire staff at the Vancouver dental office, are around one computer,all 14 of us, and we all want to say thanks Dave and Simi, for letting us know how you are. WE LOVE YOU!! Come back soon, just NOT at CityTV. We all think you are too good for them. Our day is so nice today,we are all smiling, and we posted a note on the counter for our clients who often watched you while reclining in the chairs during treatment. Thanks Thanks Thanks Laila. We enjoy reading your daily posts and rants too now.

    Bye!! Come back soon Dave /Simi!!!!

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  9. Dave & Simi,

    Happy to hear you are well and moving forward. I suppose in your line of work this happens and it is great to hear you have been able to take things in stride.

    I moved here from Alberta last year and really began to enjoy BT every morning because of the fun and interesting friendship/dynamic you two share on screen and off.

    We are looking forward to a new collaboration between the two of you and given the experience and talent you both bring to the table I am sure you will land somewhere soon. Hopefully a new show that is produced and hosted by the two of you is in the works.

    Best Wishes!!

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  10. Hi Dave and Simi!

    I have been struggling to watch BT for the last week and had no idea what had happened! (Thanks Laila for informing us fans.) I will truly miss you both and will look foreward to sharing some laughs soon.

    Shame on you City TV.

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  11. I had not a clue that you were leaving.. I thought they must be sick. I waited nothing. Where are they I asked my son.. He said I don’t know they be gone a week now..Something real bad must have happened I said.. They wouldn’t have left without saying goodbye.. call the cops .. Missing persons anything but find them my morning is just not the same without coffee and my family,, I can’t go on I said .. My son say relax Mom I’ll find them..They killed them my son says wiped them out.. who I screamed you know those people.. who I yelled the powers who be he said sadly..oh how can I go on cries me..its ok mom they will be back.

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  12. Dave & Simi, Getting up in the morning is always a great surpise I never know what Dave is going to come out with. Sometimes I need a Dictionary with my eggs to figure out what Dave new word of the day is.. I find it stimulates my brain and I always get a good chuckle out of it. I miss Simi’s laugh and banter between her and Dave.. She doesn’t let him get away with anything.. They have great chemistry..You are truly loved and missed in Oliver BC ..know we will see you soon. Someone out there in TV land is sure to snatch you both up . A great team .. Lewis & Martin /Abbot and Costello/ Simi & Dave

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  13. Simi, Dave, I turned on BT this morning and was very sad to things so different. Where was my favorite duo?? With a quick stroke of my keys I have learn the sad news. I want you both to know that you were wonderful and made my mat-leave in 2006 even more enjoyable. Dealing with a newborn was difficult but you two always kept me laughing. I enjoyed your chemistry even though you are so different you two are “two peas in a pod”. I hope your friendship stays strong and I hope by some miracle you come back to us as a pair on tv… I will be looking out for you!

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  14. Hi Dave and Simi!
    We moved here from Maryland in June 2007 and have been hooked on you guys ever since. Sooooooo much better than American morning TV – they have no sense of humor down there! You two made this last year of transition a little more bearable – like two new friends waking us up each morning. Take care and hope to see you both on the tube soon!

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  15. Now I know…but it took 6 weeks and numerous emails to city t.v. (without any responses) and phone calls which always had a busy tone, to find out the truth. I miss you guys. I liked Simi right off the bat, but it took me a while to warm up to Dave ( in Dave’s words they were an odd match) but a match made in heaven as I soon learned. There is NO OTHER breakfast show out there to watch in the mornings and I find myself changing the channel to some BIG American morning shows now. Simi, you are a hometown girl in her late 30’s. So this next generation could connect very easily with you, and Dave well you learned some new tricks from young Simi but you brought your wisdom to the table too. We loved watching you two bicker about things and I enjoyed your different points of view, they both made sense. I wish the two of you luck and I hope to see you both together again in the very near future. Lots of Love from Cloverdale by way of East Vancouver.

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  16. I am glad to finally find out what has happened to Simi & Dave. I have missed their sense of humor in the mornings, when I would put BT on after taking the kids to school. I still watch BT, but it is definitely not the same with Dawn & Kyle. I know it must be extremely hard for them to try and fill the vacated seats of Simi & Dave. I truly hope we will be lucky enough to share our mornings again with this dynamic duo. We all miss them alot. Tasha too!

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  17. I thought dave & simi are on holidays. I’ve been wondering every morning now that I know i don’t watch BT anymore it’s boooooooring!!! Dave and Simi you’re the best.

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  18. we miss you guys every morning.
    i haven’t seen tasha either – is she gone too?

    I like mark and dawn – but I think the chemistry is off without the two of you….

    et

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  19. I had just found out, this morning that Simi and Dave were in fact let go by Breakfeast Television.

    My wife and I, thought they were maybe on a vacation?

    Ugg, the only reason to watch that show, WAS Dave and Simi (or Simi and Dave).

    I sure whole someone in charge, will use their head for something other then holding their ears apart, and re-hire them, immediately.

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  20. What a wonderful surprise to hear from Dave (and Simi). As I read, I could hear his voice and it was music. Thanks for posting it Laila. I’m glad they got away for a while.

    Dave, Simi … wherever you find yourselves, we’ll be there for you as we were in the past. You have found a place in our hearts, you’re a part of the family … a piece of the fabric that is our home. Thank you for the years you’ve given us, we look forward to more! Please keep us up to date on how you’re doing.

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  21. I like most people thought Dave and Simi were on holiday. What a huge mistake they’ve made! I don’t watch BT anymore and I anticipate I am one of many who have tuned them out! I work from home and my mornings were better because of Dave and Simi. What an absolutely fantastic way to hear the news!!! You will go on to bigger and better things and I can’t wait to see you again in my living room!! You are truly missed and City/Rogers………perhaps the person who initiated this fine mess should be “let go”!!

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  22. I’ve been out of the BT loop for a while, so I too thought that Simi and Dave were on holiday. But from what I’ve read so far, I gather that the eggheads at the top decided to take the show in a new direction in order to compete with Global’s news and to improve ratings.
    However, after watching the “new” BT twice, I see the show hasn’t changed it’s format, it’s simply lost the pizzaz that Simi and Dave brought to it.
    If the execs at Global have any sense, they will hire Simi and Dave in another tine-slot to steal even more viewers from CityTV.
    I was so gratified to see how many others have sworn off CityTV because of this pigheaded decision.

    Simi and Dave, if you read this…. I am truly saddened by the treatment you’ve been subjected to and I sincerely hope that your release from CityTV will be a catapult to a better show with a different nework that appreciates the symmetry that you bring to the small screen and has captivated a loyal following. I wish you all the best and hope to enjoy your comradarie sometime soon.

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  23. Wow, I am SO HAPPY to have just read this. In fact, it made me cry. I am happy that they got the opportunity to go on a trip with their spouses and that they look so brilliant in their picture. Dave and Simi, I wish you and your families nothing but the best — happiness, success, and a long career together. Thank you for writing, Dave! We love you so stinkin much.

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  24. Dave and Simi,

    You were the best co hosts on North American TV today. I have never laughed so much in the morning. I hope it doesn’t take City TV long to figure out that you two were the best part of BT. I will not watch City TV or BT again unless you are returned (if you were willing). I truly hope that someone out there recognizes your genius together and finds an on air venue for you, hopefully together. I will then be watching and telling all my friends, for sure.

    Best Wishes to you both!

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  25. Again, I woke up this morning and once again no Dave and Simi. I went looking on the internet to find out what has happened to them both.
    I can’t tell you how dissapointed we all are that they won’t be back. The format that they have now is o.k but absolutely no different than everyone elses I specifically watched the show for Dave and Simi.. They are the greatest team that I have seen in a long time, and some lunkhead saw fit to let them go…They were so much fun to watch and they really started my day..Sorry breakfast t.v., but I won’t be back either, I can watch the daily downers of news anywhere. With all that’s happening in the world today,those two took that away for a while. How dumb of these people to take them off the air. Dave and Simi hurry up and get back on t.v. where people appreciate you, and we can smile again…best of luck to you both.

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  26. So glad to hear from you Dave and Simi. Even way out here in Thunder Bay Ontario, we are missing you greatly, and we’re wondering how we’ll ever find you when we’re half a country away! We loved your show. It was funny, smart, and well, just great! We no longer tune into BT.

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  27. Dear Dave & Simi

    You both made getting up in morning much easier, always bringing a smile to our faces. You both are really missed. I hope to see you guys on t.v. soon.
    Take care & thank-you!!

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  28. I used to watch Canada AM…BORING!!!
    Then I tuned in to BT for some REAL conversation and lively dialogue. What a refreshing change!!!
    No more Simi and Dave on BT??? Can’t be true!!
    Well, I won’t be tuning in to BT anymore and I can’t imagine City Cooks without Simi!!!!

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  29. Once again the higher up mucky mucks don’t consider the outcomes of their narrow minded opinions. This firing was a mistake of colossal proportion. Dave and Simi were an awesome team that brought joy and laughter to the breakfast hour. My husband and I miss them and wish that they would come back. So please, Mucky Mucks, swallow your pride, admit a wrong doing and bring back our favorite team! Are you completely unaware of this duo’s popularity?! And where is the fabulous Tasha? What is BT thinking???!!!!!
    Sincerely, Iris Quinn and Fred Henderson

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  30. Like everyone else my morning is still discombobulated – I have no sense of direction and feel lost. Dave and Simi I was just thrilled to see your note today and Laila thank you so much for keeping us posted. Your blog has been a great source of comfort just to know I am not the only person suffering in the mornings. Whoever said CITYTV doesn’t deserve these two talents was absolutely correct – I just hope some media soul reads this and the light goes on about the gems that exist here right in Vancouver.

    Its painful to watch the team on CITY these days so I rarely turn over there but the snore fest on Global is painful too. So I read the newspaper to catch up with the world — just miss the smiles and laughs – what great way to start a day.

    Dave and Simi or Sime and Dave you are missed and adored!!!
    Joanne

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  31. Dear Simi & Dave:

    I was so disgusted when I found out what happened to the two of you. When I was working I would get up at 6:00 just so I could sit and watch you and have my coffee before going off to my unpleasant job. You always started my day off with a laugh & put a little bounce in my step. I am not off work, suffering from severe depression. You were my reason for getting up in the morning. I no longer watch BT. It’s just not the same. While Kyle & Dawn do a great job, they are not Dave & Simi – not even close, not worth dragging myself out of bed for.
    It seems to me that you had a huge audience from all over the world. What a loss for all of us. Do the powers that be actually think this new show will be able to compete with Global? I wonder if they have figured out yet that they made a huge mistake.
    Again, I really like all the people on BT and I think it is a great show, but it is just not something to get up for anymore. It’s bad enough that you two are gone, but now even Tasha isn’t there. I’m glad winter is coming because I can turn up the heat on my bed and just cozy down in the morning. No more laughs to look forward to. Whaa!
    Miss you both very much and I wish you all the best in wherever life takes you from here.
    From a previous BT viewer,
    Sharon

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  32. Oh my God, Dave, it’s like getting back in touch with long, lost relatives. That’s how my sister and I feel about you and Simi. You shared breakfast with us every week day. We are just devastated that we can no longer see your smiling faces and laugh at your delicious humour. Are the people at City TV nuts? I long for your return to the airwaves, be it TV or radio. Just to hear your dulcet tones again…

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  33. Just found out what happened and I’m soooooooo
    ticked off!!!
    What are you thinking City TV?
    Sure is a wrong move, and I hope all who
    feel this way just flip the channel to another
    station like I have.
    Hope to see you soon Simi and Dave on another
    station.
    The best to both of you.
    Dot Cleaveley
    Campbell River

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  34. If laughter is the best medicine, my medicine has been taken away, and I am sick to my stomach. I was never a loyal City TV viewer or a loyal BTV viewer; I was a loyal Simi and Dave or Dave and Simi viewer. The chemistry of the whole show is gone. I really like Dawn and Mark so I feel sorry for them having to fill in for Dave and Simi’s greatness. I can’t watch because it is too painful to see them try so hard every morning, and fail. Now I don’t tune into that channel at all. Wherever Dave and Simi end up (hopefully as a duo again), if it is on TV I will tune in to watch it!

    Mike W (Dave and Simi Fan)
    Victoria BC

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  35. OHMIGAWD – TALK ABOUT CUTTING OFF YOUR OWN NOSE TO SPITE YOUR FACE!! City-TV has ONE (Pardon me – 2 , including CityCooks) good shows and they blow apart the best thing broadcast from Vancouver!! No doubt a decision made in Toronto!! I spend 50% of my time in Grande Prairie, Alberta and people up there ONLY watch City-TV from Vancouver because Dave and Simi are fabulous. The other BT shows from other cities are so LAME!! All I heard at the local Tim Hortons each morning was “What the $#^ happened to Dave and Simi”..Persona Cable there carried Dave and Simi from 7 to 10 and when I was there every two months for past two years, I felt connected to home in Surrey. VINNY!!! Please contact me. We gotta brainstorm!!

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  36. By the way, I was flipping through channels this morning, lamenting … Did anyone else see the ‘new guy’ on BT? He royally sucked. He was HORRIBLE! There was no chemistry between the hosts, and it just made me feel awkward. Way to go, Rogers.

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  37. Just checked in to see if Dave & Simi have resurfaced somewhere.
    Thanks for the email Dave; much appreciated.
    I, like others miss you still.
    Checked BT this morning and wondered if they are all on speed!!! Out of control!!! Won’t check again, no one can replace you two.
    Glad to hear you are looking for another venue, Dave. We all wait with anticipation! Your the man!!

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  38. Glad to see you guys are still out there.
    And that we have a place to vent and grieve.
    BT is boring now, or it was,… the one time I attempted to watch it! You guys were the reason to watch!

    We miss you terribly, please come back soon.
    Perhaps we could have a “Dave Gerry Specials” marathon to tide us over??? C’mon Simi, you must have some good home videos or something… 🙂

    Love you lots!

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  39. So now where did Kyle go? Does anyone know?? This new guy SUCKS even more than Kyle does. I hate that they don’t keep the viewers up to date on all the changes. What is going on now?

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  40. No one seemed very fond of Kyle in his new role, so I doubt it is much of a loss- he was very awkward and bumpy, and I think no amount of time would have settled that. No one seemed to relate to him – I’ve heard quite abit about this new guy although I honeslty dont even care enough to check.

    I think it would be safe to say that BT will be going through a myriad of changes in the months to come as management tries to find some hosts that click, which personally, I don’t see happening.

    Thats why some stations don’t mess with what they have unless they know they have a winner that can top it. I liked Dawn in her old role, but to me, she has never come across as “personable” enough to be able to carry it as a host- at least not in this venue. People related and loved Dave and Simi due in part to their life experiences.
    I’ve watched Dawn on her Realty show as well and even there, while she is very professional, she also appears quite stiff,almost clinical, rather than genuin and sincere. Contrived is the word, I think.

    I really can’t bear to watch. I listen to radio while working in the early morning.A reader summed it up by saying its like watching a car crash at slow speed….lol.

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  41. The replacement hosts seem to yell in desperation at the camera….I really cannot fathom how they replaced the irreplacable with the weather girl and an “on the street” news bit guy? Doesn’t make sense.

    Dave and Simi made dull Vancouver bright. Funny, sharp and obviously, two people who cared about and loved their job. I miss them in the mornings and hope they are doing well.

    Dave, thanks for updating your fans!

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  42. Getting up for work is such a drag…Dave & Simi helped in their ability to make me laugh before heading off for the day. I can’t stand Vancouver morning t.v. anymore….ugggh….

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  43. I went away on vacation and came back to find Simi and Dave not hosting Breakfast Television. I thought they might be on holidays but now found out that they were actually fired. I no longer watch Breakfast Television. I loved your show, your camaraderie and the content of the show. Hope to see you in some other show as you rock.

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  44. HEY D&S-S&D
    TTTTHHHHHAAAAYYY DAVE&SIMI YOU FOLKS REALLY DO HAVE THOUSANDS&THOUSANDSOF PEOPLE WHO REALLY MISS YOUR MORNING CHARM. AFTER YOUR LITTLE BREAK ARE YOU GOING TO START A PROJECT? YOUR FOLLOWERS WILL FOLLOW. HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL
    HAVE D&S WILL TRAVEL.I LIVE IN WHITEROCK (DAVES) FAVORITE PLACE TO DRIVE (HAHAHAHA) DAVE ANY PROJECTS COMING UP? I WANT TO WORK FOR YOU.
    WILLING TO GO THE EXTRA GOLDEN HOUR FOR YA.
    HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU YOUR EXLANCLY.
    jjjfreed@shaw.ca

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  45. Simi & Dave you are missed. Mornings are not the same anymore. The thing I loved was that I could keep up with what was going on in the world and have some good laughs too. If it’s true that laughter is the best medicine then the two of you healed many of us. Thank you for that.

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  46. Dave and Simi and Simi and Dave,
    So lovely to see your smiling faces on this blog this morning (though through my tears – those rat bastards at City TV should get piles and boils at the same time ) . Silly, isn’t it, to get so attached to the two of you, but it made the early mornings easier to deal with as I went through the morning routines. I’d hear my fella laughing and he’d have to repeat what I’d just missed cause the hair dryer had drowned you out. “What did he say?” he would ask cause he’d been in the bathroom, and I would have to repeat the bon mot through the giggles.
    Dave- don’t make Angie crazy while you’re home between gigs. Remember – she washes your underwear. Simi-keep jumping out of planes (metaphorically if not literally). Miss you both and hoping we see you soon.

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  47. Thank You Dave and Simi For Your years of making the mornings a time for laughter and information! Very sorry to see you be let go in such ungreatful way. We will miss you both, I will be waiting for you to both resurface! ( and thank you Lailayuile for being able to post everyones well wishes to a gone but never forgotten wonderful team!! ) Cheers !! Ross and Family

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  48. We miss you so so so very much Dave and Simi…We don’t watch BT anymore.Sorry Dawn and Kyle the truth is you suck,sorry !! Poor Mark is caught in the middle…Tasha you were a little ray of sunchine in the morning,you’re the BEST…Dave and Simi as soon as you are back on tv we’ll be loyal viewers once again…

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  49. Hey Kathy, No worries, people are still just finding out, believe it or not. They were fired( contracts not renewed) as City wants to go in another direction. I like to say that would be down……Read the links here on the site- click on my feed to find them, there are several.

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  50. I wondered after the 3rd week of no Simi and Dave….
    I thought they both walked in a contract dispute and would be back at any time.. but to no avail. Now I find out they were “canned”.
    Sorry BT you lost another household.

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  51. Well although I am a little late in actually finding out what happened to Simi and Dave, I am rather surprised and saddened by the news. All this time I thought they were on vacation but after about the third week I kind of clued in….well needless to say everone on here is dissapointed and the memories of Simi and Dave are endless. My Mom came to visit from NY and she was up one morning and she was laughing so hard watching Dave and Simi, That was the day I began every morning with Breakfast TV–Dave and Simi– thank you so much for the humor and one of a kind attitude, it really did make every morning more enjoyable! I will really miss it all! Good luck in the future!

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  52. I miss simi and dave, it is what i loved to watch first thing in the morning with my coffee, I thought they were all three on a well deserved long holiday, I miss all three, they are why i watch. I have been waiting for them to come back. I am sad, you were all good together, and made the news interesting, and entertaining, which is often not part of the news. Makes it easier to swallow, i am choking right now.
    Maybe breakfast tv will wake up, and find that their viewers loved their hosts. If the show is not successful maybe its not the hosts.

    Thanks Simi and Dave and Tasha, for the great memories, and hope to see you create your own show in the future. I’ll watch.

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  53. The loud unprofessional abnoxtious, mindless laughing blond & her co-host on breakfast t.v this morning shooting marshmellows at each other was the worst I have ever seen. With the exception of the other day when one of the employee’s had her Birthday and got a muffin shoved in her face while cringing under her desk. I felt sorry for her that she has to work with a bunch of people that appear to have just left Kindergarden. It is beond me why a tv sudio would consider them for the postions that they hold.
    We used to watch Dave and simi, and found them
    to be very professional and very likeable.
    Dawm laughs far too loud and drives me round the
    bend. My Husbund and I will no longer be watching
    Breakfast Television…..because of Dawn & Kyle.

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  54. I have been waiting… and waiting…. and waiting for Dave and Simi to return – I have a 2 yr old son on irratic morning schedules, and by some twist of fate, managed to make me watch morning cartoons for a week and a half strait. I finally got him to buzz off and let me watch my BT, only to discover no Dave and Simi… and then the waiting began… It’s been forever now, and I finally Googled Dave and Simi, only to discover this horrendous news! I can’t believe anyone would think it’s a good idea to cast away the two greatest personalities Vancouver has seen in a long time. I miss you guys so much! I like Dawn and Kyle, but the only reason I’ve been tuning in for the last two months was in hoping I’d turn on the tv in the morning and see Dave and Simi’s faces looking back at me, ranting and raving about some tidbit that seemed completley irrelevent or a little taboo to be discussing on public television (I’m thinking of you Dave lol)!

    I miss my normal BT so much – props to Dawn and Kyle for keeping it up, but I just can’t do without my Dave and Simi… my mornings just aren’t the same anymore (sniff sniff) 😛

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  55. I think Dave and Simi were the best moring team on tv ever. I was so proud to have that level of funny come from Canada. I laughed every morning with you guys. I wish there was a way I could tell you more directly. You two, together, ruled. Better than any other morning team USA or Can. I wrote to the station to explain that I’m not watching the show any more because you guys are gone. I hope you find another similar show that I can watch!

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  56. I have been away for a while and was surprised (sadly) to see that Dave and Semi are no longer making me smile first thing in the morning. And, City Cooks is not worth watching any longer.

    What a bad decision management made.

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  57. BT has just not been the same since Dave & Simi left.
    I have tried to tolerate Kyle (he’s alright) and Dawn (yeesh, is she obnoxious!).
    But, I gave up after the horrendous birthday “attack” on that poor young woman. What a travesty!
    The problem is, Global’s morning news is also awful!
    Maybe Global will finally give the boot to Steve Darling and the red-head (what’s her name?) and bring Dave and Simi in to the rescue!
    In the meantime, it’s NewsNet for me!

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  58. Yes, I have to agree that the NEW BT is akin to the old movie, Animal House. I tuned in once this week, and saw some very juvenile behavior from Dawn and Kyle, and overall it seems they are trying to appeal to the frat house crowd – except, they are all too old.

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  59. We too used to watch BT every morning. We don’t get up as early now as there are no entertaining morning news shows any longer. We will not watch BT any more as it is forced and painful to watch. Global, as many have mentioned, is BORING and we don’t care if we can see traffic from a helicopter. Dave and Simi, Simi and Dave please start your own morning show we are all suffering…..

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  60. like everyone,we thought Dave & Simi were on holidays..e-mailed the station to ask when they would be back..no reply..my husband googled Dave..won’t
    be watching btv anymore..
    bon

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  61. I still miss Simi and Dave. I wish you both the best and the only saving grace is that you can know that the upper management are kicking themselves in the ass right now because I am sure that the 2 people that are left watching the show miss Dave and Simi too! Good luck to you both!

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  62. For years, I watched Global Morning News. I got fed up with watching the traffic by helicopter (What good is it knowing how bad the traffic is when you are watching television? The people on the highway do not get to see how bad the traffic is until they get stuck in it!). Also, I am sick of Chris Carter who can’t predict the stock market any better than a weather person. It is just a ploy to get people to invest in those stocks that are crashing. Hey Chris! Did you say it is a good time to buy an RRSP again?
    Anyway, I slowly started to watch CityTV with Dave and Simi. It took a while to get used to their sense of humour. After all, I was used to watching Global, which was as interesting as watching paint dry.
    After several months of watching Dave and Simi, I was hooked. And one day last week, it dawned on me that Dave and Simi had not been on BT for a while. Like most viewers, I thought that Dave and Simi were on holidays. But even holidays come to an end and I finally emailed City TV to ask where they were. Like others, I was told that Dave and Simi were no longer with City TV and that they were going in a “new direction”. As I now know, the direction was “backwards” and I have gone in a different direction which is back to watching paint dry on Global.
    Losing Dave and Simi is like Coca Cola dropping Coke Classic for the new Coke. BIG MISTAKE!!! Except, after the uproar, the original Coke was brought back. Another example is the boneheads in CBC allowing the “Hockey Night in Canada” theme to be sold to another station. DUH-H-H!!!
    There seems to be a common thread with management. Many did not get there because of any skill. I will leave it to your imagination how they got up the ladder.
    All my anger and bitterness aside, Dave and Simi would brighten even the gloomiest and rainiest days to the point in which the sun was shining within ourselves as they were our morning sunlight! Now the sun is gone and the rain has returned. I cannot believe that this could have happened!
    There has to be recourse for this. I told City TV that I would no longer watch City TV. But I am going farther by boycotting anything by Rogers including radio stations and I will not renew my cellphone contract when it comes due. Boy, there isn’t much left, is there?
    Nevertheless, I believe the viewers were wronged almost as much as Dave and Simi.
    Like the “Hockey Night in Canada” theme; I hope another station is smart enough to hire these two gems together again. Dave and Simi are like peas and carrots. They are great together and should not be separated.

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  63. When I heard about the firing I was sooo mad. I emailed the show. I told them how much I enjoyed the show & how well the two of them worked together. I did get an email back but was not satisfied with their response. A few weeks latter, I emailed them again to say how awful the show is now & to please bring Dave & Simi back. I have received no reply. I can not stand the new show & there is no good replacement for these two people. I hope someone in this town sees how funny these two talented people are. Global should hire them & get rid of Steve Darling & Lynn Coulier!

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  64. This has been THE single biggest google search term ( dave and Simi) since the inception of my blog – bigger than Barack Obamas win, bigger than anything.
    Here we are, 4 months after the fact, and there are still hundreds of daily hits from people literally mourning the loss of that unique combination of Dave and Simi.

    There have been thousands and thousand of hits on these posts, hundreds of letters personally emailed to myself through the contact page, and many comments on all of this.

    It speaks volumes to the depth of the love within their fans, and it also speaks to the quality of the current programming offered locally. Quite simply, there is no comparable broadcast morning team out there . None. I believe this loss really demonstrated how out of touch management often is with the audience. Profit is alwayst he bottom line – people don’t really matter in the end. CityTV obviously feels the product they currently offer was the better alternative to Dave and Simi, and time will be the only indicator if this pans out for them.

    Personally, in the times I’ve flipped over to see if there is a new host, I’ve only ever seen frat house antics and staff who are embaressing themselves.

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  65. Thought I should add my name to the list of people that are not watching BT anymore.

    I’ve been reading your more recent posts, and you have a very nice writing style. Great stuff! Although I was brought here thinking of Dave & Simi, I may stay a while and read on.

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  66. Thanks for the opportunity to extend my thanks Laila . If Dave checks in again I’d like to thank him more than I could ever express for giving my wife so many laughs as she went thru chemo , radiation etc all of last year . She ultimately lost her battle , but there were so many mornings she had a smile on her beautiful face because of you and Simi . Life was so difficult for me thru the summer I barely watched BT . After running away for a few weeks , I found you were no longer getting up early to cheer me up . I just wanted you to know , that for some people you were more than just a goofy guy in the morning . You helped out when life was very tough . Thanks again . I’ll be watching CBC now I guess , starting December .

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  67. None needed and I know Dave will see your comment.Its sentiments like yours that make it all worthwhile.

    I feel for the loss of your wife Doug, and I hope Dave’s post brings a smile to your face.
    If not, the picture should!!
    All my best,
    Laila : )

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  68. Hi there,

    Read Dave’s blog this morn and can’t wait to have my husband read it ,kindred spirits” – it was hilarious Dave!!
    Looking forward to seeing you on CBC. We no longer go to CityTV for anything

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  69. Whatever was management at City TV thinking? Recently ‘retired’, my wife and I were hooked to a morning routine that included Breakfast Television. Every show was totally entertaining from beginning to end. What a delightful way to start the day with Simi and Dave. We persevered for a few weeks with Dawn and Kyle, but it just isn’t the same, and lacks the warmth, humour, and richness of Simi and Dave’s shows.
    For now, the TV is off, but we are hopeful that City TV will realize their HUGE mistake, and do what needs to be done.

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  70. Hi there,

    I am from Vancouver but live overseas and I always looked forward to seeing Semi and Dave in the am it made me look at the day in a better light with a laugh. I miss you guys. Take care.

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  71. I just now went on line to find out where you both went,I had hoped like others that you had gone on holidays.I miss the humor and warmth of the two of you every morning. One of my farvorite stories was of the boat trip to Desolation sound and I’m “sore” going to miss you both

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  72. Laila you’re a gem! Thank you for sharing this to us.

    Dave and Simi,

    Thank you for making our lives bearable in the morning…mine most especially. Watching you both makes my morning sickness disappear…you both were so energetic….so ALIVE…literally…when you guys disappeared without a trace…made me ask myself Why?…is it just their vacation? then I realized it was for real…..you were replaced…BT, it was a big mistake! Congratulations to you Dave and for you Simi, we will miss your lovely face…
    Again Thank you for giving us your time…
    Wish you both all the best and God Bless.

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  73. Here we are in blah January and still missing Dave and Simi. You both provided the kind of humour that helped send me on my way through the grey morning to the inevitable job. Still miss you both and hope that when you decide to return to television, you will post the info here for us so we can be sure to find you again.

    It is amazing how many lives you have touched and I know continue to do so.

    After receiving my ‘personal’ email from CityTV explaining their decision (really??) and how in trying to take some of Global’s viewer share…blah, blah….I decided to switch to Global just to make a point. Not a big fan of Global, but heh, if it helps to prove the point then why not??

    I have since shared my sentiments with friends in the office who are all fans of Dave and Simi and equally upset about what has come to pass and guess what? We now have an ever increasing number of Global viewers!

    Dave and Simi, I know you will be excellent wherever you go. We miss you and look forward to your return!

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  74. Now that I’m retired and have a few extra minutes to call my own, I decided to find out if others shared my disappointment (understatement) about the loss of our beloved Dave and Simi on BT.

    Yes, I know, it is January 2009, and life goes on, but it sure lacks the laughs, the entertainment, the sense of community that came with reviewing the dynamic duos daily dose of daring dialogue with friends.

    I finally e-mailed CityTV this morning about their poor decision. I’m sure it makes no difference, but they need to know there are still strong reactions to the new direction for BT.

    Dave and Simi, thanks for the memories! Hope you both surface somewhere soon. I feel bad for any new host on BT. No one can replace the Dave and Simi team. Oh, and Tasha too.

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  75. Dave and Simi, a huge thank you for all those mornings with the two of you, it started my days off in the right mood, and truly got me through.
    I always recall one of those mornings, where (I’m not sure what Dave said) but what ever it was, Simi threw her hands up and walked away, I still smile about that. I’d just returned from the kitchen so missed his comment.

    It’s just NOT the same on BT any more without your humour, but life goes on.

    Just not in the same way, now I find myself flipping from channel to channel, I think in a way searching for something to get me smiling.

    I have to admit, the reason I switched over to BT was Tasha Chiu, (I’m that shallow) but became very fond of the two of you, so I’ll add my best wishes and hope you’ll all resurface again one day.

    Take care & all the best.

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  76. I miss Simi & Dave so much. The buffoons they hired to replace them are painful to watch. I still watch the show upon waking up until the moment something good comes on HGTV. Mark’s newscasting is still steady at least.

    I never could stand Dawn, mostly because she’s very very fake and has gotten even worse with this “newscaster power trip.”

    But mostly, it’s just painful to watch.

    I really really miss just relaxing with Dave & Simi and just not worrying whatsoever…

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  77. I STILL MISS THEM SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing on t.v. in the morning is even close. And when I try to watch BT I just cringe at how bad it is now. I mean, I’m sure that they are nice people and all but as for t.v. charisma it’s a big zero. Another station needs to hire them immediately or they should do a Regis and Kelly type show.

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  78. another month and it will be a year since they’ve left our mornings….and City TV still sucks!!!!!!

    maybe its time to review their plan of going another direction and rehire dave simi simi dave back…..

    Wake Up City TV you’ve been asleep for long enough!!!

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  79. It has now been a year and still no sign of Dave & SImi anywhere!! What have they been doing ? The show is just crap and I know myself and everyone else that I have talked to haven’t even watched B/T once since those dueshbags in power let the best morning show duo go 😦

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  80. hopefully if yu have the time shift channel with Shaw from Global Toronto you can catch Dave every morning for three hours. he’s baaaaaack!!!!!!

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  81. Thanks Bob, Dave actually emailed me before he left, hes been on the air back there for some time now, and there is a post here somewhere about that!! I don’t get to tune in, and a darn shame because he used to be a part of my mornings here years ago. Now I get stuck watching weathergirls in shorts and schlempy boots : (

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