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Jay Onrait on Anchorboy and the slapstick sportscast

Jay Onrait admires one of Jian's Persian rugs. (John Rieti/CBC)

Jay Onrait admires one of Jian's Persian rugs. (John Rieti/CBC)

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Jay Onrait speaks to Piya Chattopadhyay about his book Anchorboy and how he went from being a pharmacy student in Athabasca, Alberta to bringing a hilarious new style to the sportscast.

Onrait says he never set out to change sportscasting. The sight gags and one-liners that he and Dan O'Toole brought to SportsCentre came from working late nights without bosses in the room, which raised the question: "How much can I get away with?"

He tells Piya about being "a natural ham" and dressing in unitards. Though he's no stranger to critics, he shrugs them off and reveals the most gratifying reaction he gets is when a woman tells him, "I really hate sports, but I don't mind you guys."

Onrait also discusses his move to Fox Sports Live in LA and the inspiration he gets from his new co-worker Regis Philbin. "He's 85 years old and he's still working every day."

Behind-the-scenes bonus!

Okay -- Onrait really, really liked the Persian rugs in Studio Q. We thought we'd show you just how much. Follow his antics on Twitter @JayOnrait.

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