‘BodyBreak”s Hal Johnson: Racist Encounters Lead To Iconic Series’ Creation

Article Link: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/bodybreak-hal-johnson-racism_ca_5ee90491c5b6f5de3031c1ac

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

To this day, the words, “Stay fit and have fun!” accompanied by a catchy tune can induce instant Canadian nostalgia for those who watched BodyBreak, the beloved ’90s fitness PSAs starring national treasures Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod. While the show’s signature light-hearted approach to healthy living scored big with viewers, Johnson recently opened up on the couple’s YouTube channel about its more sombre origins: it turns out combating racism was the fitness show’s main goal when the couple created it in 1988. Before the decade that gave us his iconic show (as well as Dunkaroos and Degrassi reruns), Johnson scored a dream job, as a sports reporter at TSN. However, he was fired hours after getting the good news.