On the first broadcast of Canadian Hockey Night without Don Ferry for his part, host Ron McLean addressed viewers for nearly five minutes, saying, "We all hurt."
"I've broken up a hundred times this week, if not more," he said. "We are all disappointed."
McLean said he had spent time "thinking".
"I sat there all week thinking, listening and listening to you – I mean you viewer," he said.
Before the hockey game began, McLean told viewers that he planned to address the resignation of his 85-year-old former partner during the first transitional period.
MacLean opened the show on Saturday, saying it had "obviously mixed emotions" before the show, calling it "the end of an era".
The first interview featured shots of the 2019 Hall of Fame hockey set for a Monday induction ceremony.
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On Friday, Sportnet announced that it is considering new directions for the long-term segment.
“We are taking the time to explore new formats for the first transitional period, "Sportnet Communications Director Andrew Garras told the Canadian press.
Chera was fired Monday after his segment on the coaching corner on November 9, which appeared to say that newcomers to Canada were not wearing poppies, saying they did not support veterans.
"You people, you want our way of life, you want our milk and honey, you can at least pay a few dollars for poppy or something like that," Frey told the television segment.
"These guys paid for the lifestyle you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the highest price."
Sportnet said that "gave divisions of remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for. "
'He's Buried Me': Don Ferry says he is disappointed with co-host Ron McLean
In an interview earlier this week, Jerry did not apologize for his comments, but said he would. they chose different words if he could do it again.
MacLean issued apology the day after Jerry's comments, saying he wished to handle it differently.
Earlier on Saturday, Freer referred to the events of the past week, thanking his supporters.
“Again, I would like to thank everyone who emailed me, dropped by the house last week. It will take a couple of weeks for me to return personally to everyone, so I'm back again, thank you all now, "he tweeted.
– With files from Megan Cole, Canadian Press
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