Philbin tried to deliver the news in the gentlest way possible, telling Johnson it was best for all involved that they "kinda part ways." How's that for an awkward breakup?
And it got worse. Johnson sat in silence as his now-former coach eventually resorted to sputtering out sentence fragments -- "I'm certain you can overcome this thing ... is there anything ... more ... I mean ...?" -- before finally letting the poor guy off the hook by thanking him for the opportunity.
Obviously, it was a tough situation for both men. Lucky for us, HBO's cameras were there to capture every squirm-worthy moment for our viewing pleasure.