Let it never be said that Global News reporters renege on their bets.
And while Montreal’s exit from the NHL playoffs Thursday night was a bitter pill to swallow for many fans, for Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell it was just the latest turn in an escalating series of on-air bets with Global Toronto sports reporter Rob Leth.
It started back during the Montreal/Boston series, when Leth (a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan) challenged Farnell (a staunch Montreal Canadiens supporter) to a bet on the air.
WATCH: Toronto fan Rob Leth throws down the gauntlet to Montreal supporter Anthony Farnell with an on-air bet.
The terms were simple: if Boston prevailed in Game 7 of their series, Farnell would do his weather forecast in a Bruins jersey. But if the Habs prevailed over their arch-rivals, Leth would be forced to do his sports segment in the hated bleu blanc et rouge.
Well as we all know, the Habitants pulled it out against the Bruins in that game 7. And thus, Leth was forced to answer the bell and host his sports segment attired in the jersey of a hated rival.
WATCH: Anthony Farnell wins round one, forces Rob Leth to do his Toronto sports segment in a Canadiens jersey.
But it didn’t stop there.
For the Rangers/Canadiens Eastern Conference Final, Leth upped the stakes with Farnell, promising that if the Canadiens advanced yet again, he would do his sports segment in full Habs hockey gear – gloves, sweater, helmet, the works.
If the Rangers won the series, Farnell would do his weather segment in the nude.
WATCH: Rob Leth ups the ante in another on-air bet with Anthony Farnell.
Luckily for our viewers, Anthony had a bit of a problem with the terms of that bet. So too, we imagine, would the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
So instead, they agreed on the original terms: loser has to wear the full gear and apparel of the winning team.
Thursday night in Madison Square Garden, the Montreal Canadiens’ playoff run came to an end with a 1-0 loss to the Rangers – just in time for the 11 o’clock news.
So, ever the man of his word, Anthony Farnell donned the sweater and equipment of a New York Ranger, and took his medicine on live TV for all the world to see.
WATCH: The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat – Anthony Farnell dons full Rangers gear after Habs eliminated.
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