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by George Malik on 03/23/13 at 04:57 PM ET
This morning, MLive's Ansar Khan broke the news that Fox Sports Detroit fired Red Wings color commentator Larry Murphy before the Wings-Flames game, and this afternoon, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke to Murphy about his firing...
"I certainly wasn't expecting it; I was surprised," said Murphy, who had been with the network since 2002-03. "I was shocked. I didn't know anything was up. I certainly didn't see it coming."
Murphy was told of the decision by Greg Hammaren, senior vice-president/general manager of FSD. An e-mail to Hammaren wasn't immediately returned.
"They said that ratings were down and they looking to make changes," said Murphy, who turned to broadcasting after a Hall of Fame, 21-year career in the NHL, ending with the Red Wings.
And the #bringbackMurph movement on Twitter and Facebook:
He isn't sure what his next step is but said he has been "overwhelmed" by the support he has received on social media.
"I don't want to leave Detroit, I really enjoy living here," said Murphy, who also did work for the NHL Network for three seasons before ending that relationship two years ago to concentrate solely with Fox Sports Detroit. "It's an emotional time right now, so I'm just going to take a couple of weeks and decide from there. I don't want to make a decision like that right now. This is just real disappointing and out of the blue."
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