Rogers couldn’t have picked a worse day to announce Jennifer Valentyne has left Breakfast Television Toronto. While many fans assumed it was an April Fool’s Day prank done in poor taste, the reality is Valentyne is gone. TV, Eh? received the following statement on Friday:
“I can confirm that Jennifer Valentyne is no longer with Breakfast Television. This move is a result of a larger BT strategy in which the Live Eyes in each market have been eliminated and replaced to give viewers more of what they want with local news and information. As a result of the position being eliminated, we explored other on-air TV opportunities for Jennifer within the organization, but were unable to find a position which she considered comparable. We truly value the contribution Jennifer made to BT over the years and we wish her all the best as she moves on to her next venture.”
Earlier in the day, BT Toronto co-hosts Kevin Frankish and Dina Pugliese took to Twitter to share the sad news.
Early Friday evening, Valentyne took to Facebook to leave a message for fans:
“I am sorry to say that the news is true. I’m sad that Breakfast Television’s decision to go in a different direction has meant that I will no longer be on the show. I want to thank you so much for your outpouring of love and support. I have read the comments on the BT Facebook page and I’m overwhelmed with emotion. You never really know how people feel about you. I know now and it’s giving me comfort and strength. I am very fortunate to have been part of your lives for 23 years. I don’t know what the future holds but I will keep you posted. I love you all.
Valentyne began her career in 1987 when she began working at Citytv as an intern. Upon graduating from Centennial College’s Broadcasting program she worked as a graphics operator at MuchMusic, then as an on-air promotions creator for MuchMusic and Citytv before joining Breakfast Television.
The news comes just days after Jody Vance exited Breakfast Television Vancouver.