During a nearly half-hour opening on the topic, Esiason and morning co-host Gregg Giannotti said they understood the move from a business perspective but were concerned over the impact on Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, who will have diminished roles.
Francesa told Newsday on Tuesday he was returning in part because of an alleged effort by unnamed people at the station to keep him from coming back.
Esiason revealed additional details about the Francesa story, saying that he is planning an app that will include clips from the “Mike and the Mad Dog” days, that Francesa might be back on the air by Tuesday and that Entercom executives instructed Carlin, Gray and Scott to take the high road on the air, which they did.
Esiason ranked Tuesday’s bombshell below the day in September when his co-host, Craig Carton was arrested for securities and wire fraud, but it was up there.
That was a reference to the agency CAA and to executives at Entercom, a company headquartered near Philadelphia that bought Wfan recently.
Esiason and Giannotti did acknowledge that Francesa’s presence will make the WFAN lineup stronger.
When Esiason said, “I would think that the first thing he should do is go up to the three of them and apologize,” longtime engineer Eddie Scozzare chimed in with, “And then I will go sprinkle salt where hell froze over.”
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