Things got awkward in the WFAN studios Tuesday morning between their morning hosts, former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti.
Two people called «Boomer and Gio» on Tuesday and made misogynistic comments toward Giannotti, calling him «Mary» and saying he was «acting like a girl.» At first, she started off with some laughs and was considered the «Moment of the Day» for the show.
However, a third call, Bill in Connecticut, pushed Giannotti over the edge. Bill referenced a time when Giannotti «stopped the show,» but Giannotti said it was because he was having a «legitimate anxiety attack,» later claiming that he had gone to therapy and was on two medications.
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Bill then responded that Gianotti is «soft» and that he «just has to take it», prompting a powerful tirade from Giannotti.
For the next three minutes, Giannotti talked about how «people killed themselves because they were told to absorb their mental illness.» He also pointed out that people from war veterans to professional athletes like Kevin Love also have anxiety.
«Are they soft? Or are you a d—?» Giannotti said.
Giannotti also mocked Bill, stating that he was «old school» and saying that he was instead «an idiot who hasn’t developed».
Giannotti slammed his fist down on his desk and admitted that he had to turn off the microphone because he was going to swear again. Esiason, whose microphone was also off, then turned to his co-host, Jerry Recco, to ask if he had «read» and then left the studio.
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Recco said Giannotti’s tirade was «well done» but Esiason’s departure clearly upset him.
«Well, he can’t handle it either. Frankly, he doesn’t understand mental health to save his life,» Giannotti said. «That’s a big problem. That’s a big problem.»
After a commercial break, the two chatted about the New York Giants quarterback situation side by side.
The two have been morning radio partners since 2018. Esiason previously worked with Craig Carton on the morning show for 10 years until the latter was arrested and jailed for a year.
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Carton now works the afternoon tour with Evan Roberts on WFAN, and both shows consistently rank at the top of the ratings in New York.
Boomer and Gio will return to the air at 6 am Wednesday.