AJ Benza out as HSP co-host
There was a thread here a few days about about which poker show was everyone's favorite. HSP was, by far, the most popular among those who responded.
Well, in case you missed it, the Game Show Network (GSN) has ousted AJ Benza as the co-host and he'll be replaced with a woman. Gabe and AJ were, in my opinion, the best co-hosts on any poker shows. While Gabe will stay, AJ's out.
Here's a copy of the info as it appeared on Poker News
. Also attached is a link to the story, in case you want to go to any of the links embedded in the original story.
From Poker News:
On the Outs
We told you about AJ Benza's
fears of being replaced on High Stakes Poker a few weeks ago
. After a meeting with some suits at GSN, Benza took to his blog to confirm his fears. He has been replaced by an unnamed female co-host.
Benza tired to appeal to the suits by taking the family/father approach.
"I said...."Let's talk man-to-man and father-to-father." They said,"Absolutely." I unashamedly told those two guys that if I don't get my gig back....."your basically putting a man and his family on the street. Is that what you want on your conscience?" I offered a pay cut for Chrissakes. Shit, the economy is in the tank, so I'm willing to take less to do the same job."
Benza also says that if she doesn't work out, he could be back for HSP Season 7 in a strange situation that we will call "sloppy thirds." Filming for HSP Season 6 begins in November and is slated to premiere in 2010.
AJ's blog (http://benzaneat.blogspot.com/2009/10/flop-turn-and-river-of-shit.html) has the whole story.
I don't know about you, but I don't understand why in the heck would GSN mess with a winning formula? If you are upset by AJ's ouster, here's a link to the GSN site where you can express your displeasure.