“But the 85-year-old had an edge to him, a side deemed xenophobic. And he crossed a line Saturday, and lost his pulpit from which he preached his brand of Canadian nationalism.

Sportsnet pulled the plug on Coach’s Corner  a staple of the first intermission Hockey Night in Canada — following a backlash to Cherry’s inflammatory comments he made Saturday.

He said, in what could now be known as his “you people” rant, that he was seeing fewer people wearing poppies to honour fallen Canadian soldiers, singling out those he believes are immigrants in Toronto and Mississauga.

“Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night’s broadcast, it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down,” Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley said in a statement Monday afternoon.

“During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for.”

Cherry said he could still be on Coach’s Corner, but refused to apologize.”