‘We solved a lot of things for people just by making a phone call’
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Famous TV icon and consumer advocate Peter Silverman has died at the age of 90.
“He believed in Tikkun Olam, the Jewish philosophy that you were put on Earth to repair Earth and help others,” said his wife, Chess. CityNews.
Silverman was best known as the host of Silverman helps, which aired on Citytv from 1989 to 2008.
The segment saw Silverman, who began his career at Global before joining Citytv in 1981, taking on a variety of bad business owners on behalf of aggrieved clients. In one segment, he went viral after fighting with an optician accused of selling counterfeit glasses.
“Oh sorry. Did I hit you? Did I hit you? Adam Plimmer yelled at Silverman in 2007. “Out of here.”
Silverman never backed down and said, “I’m a tough person to hurt.”
In another episode, he warned an overzealous criminal who tried to mistreat him to say, “Look at him, buddy!” The line became one of his most popular phrases.
“U.S resolved many things for people just by making a phone call,Silverman told the Sun in 2008.
When Silverman helps was canceled just a year before its 20th anniversary, Silverman told the Sun Joe Warmington “hurt.”
“In my mind, I was hoping to get a one-year extension from Rogers so I could do it for 20 years, ”said the two-time Gemini nominee and 2005 winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcasting Excellence. “But even if it were to end on August 31, that would have been fine with me too. But being called and withdrawing our segment from that second was not nice.“
In 2009, when Silverman received the province’s highest honor, the Order of Ontario, he said: “I am deeply honored and moved.. “
After losing his job at Citytv, Silverman went on to host a radio show on CFRB.
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