This whole thing is really heart breaking. When the news first broke, you hoped that it was Don’s decision. It would have been hard to see him go, but at least you’d know it was on his terms and he was moving on to something better. But it turns out that this was NESN’s decision. According to a Boston Globe article, Joseph Marr, the vice president of programming and production and executive producer, never really liked Don, and that probably played a big part in his departure. After last nights game, Don wasn’t able to speak about it, but his long time partner had some words for reporters. Here’s the full quote from ESPN:
“For the last 15 years it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Don,” an emotional Remy told a small group of reporters immediately after the broadcast. “I can remember him sitting in the booth when the job became available. He was asking me if there was any chance he could probably get it. I said a few things to a few people and he did get it. He’s been an outstanding partner for 15 years and I’m truly going to miss him — on a work-related side, and I’m going to miss him on a personal side because he’s also become a very, very close friend of mine.
I know that he’s going to land on his feet and he’s going to be in great shape. I’m sure they’re going to be lining up for his services, I really mean that. He’s terrific at what he does. He’s been absolutely fabulous to work with. I love him. He’s going to do just fine. I’m not worried about that part of it.”
With tears in his eyes, Remy responded to questions about if this firing had hit close to home:
“Sure it is. I’ve gone through a lot of people. You get close to people. You just feel for them.
It’s been awfully difficult on him, it really has. It’s been difficult on everybody. You get used to somebody, you’re friends, you work together for such a long time, you have such a good time doing your job, [and] it’s over.
I’ve been very fortunate because I’ve worked with a lot of good people, and he’s right at the top of the list. So that’s all I got.”
Don declined to comment saying, “I’m sorry, I got nothing”.
So sad to see him go this way. He deserves a lot better than what NESN gave him.