On Tuesday, after the CBC announced it had cut ties with Evan Solomon, one of its star hosts, members of the Canadian media flocked to Twitter to react.
The CBC's announcement about Solomon, who hosted "Power and Politics" and "The House," came shortly after the Toronto Star published an article about the large commissions he received from art deals that he helped broker.
Journalists reacted swiftly on Twitter, some with anger, some with sadness and many with shock. But while everyone was talking about the Canadian Evan Solomon, the American one was trying to figure out what was going on.
The Canadian version of me got fired from his job as a TV anchor for selling art, and I don't understand anything. https://t.co/XqIDtAXeaE— Evan Solomon (@evansolomon) June 9, 2015
"The Canadian version of me got fired from his job as a TV anchor for selling art, and I don't understand anything," wrote Evan Solomon, a 30-year-old software engineer and co-founder of a tech startup in San Francisco. Solomon registered the @evansolomon Twitter handle in 2007. Canadian Solomon's is @evansolomoncbc.
As news of the CBC host's departure spread, the American Solomon's Twitter handle started trending in Canada and he became an accidental celebrity.
Day in the life of an accidental Canadian celebrity https://t.co/YnNTMB4JoM— Evan Solomon (@evansolomon) June 10, 2015
If any Canadian journalists want a statement about @evansolomoncbc getting fired, I recommend dm'ing me w/o realizing you have the wrong guy— Evan Solomon (@evansolomon) June 10, 2015
But while the American Solomon got a taste of Canadian-Twitter-fame on Tuesday, he's been mistaken online for the former CBC employee for a few years. It "really blew up" in 2011 during the federal election, he said in an email to The Huffington Post Canada.
"On a normal day I get a couple of mentions about Canadian political stuff," he said. "I usually ignore it but once in a while I'll reply to a batch of them to let them know they have the wrong guy."
Solomon says most of the tweets he has mistakenly received had to do with the CBC's Solomon "not being hard enough on whomever is on his show."
After Tuesday's news, some users tweeted at the U.S. Solomon to tell him he was cool. Some even asked if he was willing to replace the former CBC host.
@evansolomon you're way cooler then our Canadian version.— Pez03 (@Pezdomain) June 10, 2015
@evansolomon u look cooler u cud take over eh— Ian Phillips (@cactusjoe333) June 10, 2015
.@evansolomon How quickly can you learn Canadian politics? Want to host a show?— Hooberbloob (@Hooberbloob) June 10, 2015
"I would absolutely host one episode," he told HuffPost, "but I imagine Canadians would quickly get bored of me having literally no idea what I was talking about."
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