The Washington Times - March 11, 2009, 09:34AM

The long-time bartender of the Boston saloon that inspired the hit NBC sitcom “Cheers” has been laid off, the Boston Globe is reporting.

Eddie Doyle, who served drinks at the Bull and Finch for 35 years, has become Boston’s most famous bartender because of his pub’s association with “Cheers.” He has used his fame to raise more than $1 million for charity.

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“I’m a casualty of the economic situation that we’re in,” he says.

The Bull and Finch is under new management and is getting a new name: Frasier.

The bar’s management prefers to cite Doyle’s being laid off as “going on an indefinite hiatus — with an option to renew.”