‘TV Diner’ hosts thank fans

A day after NBC announced it’s dropping “TV Diner,” the show’s hosts issued a statement thanking viewers. “We are humbled by the outpouring of support from our fans and the restaurant community,” Jenny Johnson and Billy Costa wrote in an e-mail. “We look forward to new exciting opportunities in the near future.” NBC Owned Television Stations, the corporate entity that owns NECN, announced Thursday it is discontinuing the restaurant review show after 11 years and refocusing the station on breaking news. In recent weeks, more than a half-dozen station employees have lost their jobs amid the shakeup. Unsolicited, a publicist at Regan Communications sent us testimonials from several Boston boldfacers praising the show, including Mayor Tom Menino, Bob Lutz, the president of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, and Legal Sea Foods CEO Roger Berkowitz.

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