Boomer Esiason walks out of radio show after co-host rips caller who mocked his mental health
Things got tricky in the WFAN studios on Tuesday morning between the hosts of the morning drive, former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti.
Two callers called “Boomer and Gio” on Tuesday and made misogynistic remarks about Giannotti, calling him “Mary” and saying he was “acting like a girl.” In the beginning, it started with some laughter and was considered the show’s “time of the day.”
However, a third caller, Bill in Connecticut, persuaded Giannotti. Bill referred to a time when Giannotti “quit the show”, but Giannotti said it was because he was having a “legitimate anxiety attack”, later stating that he had been in therapy and was on two medications.
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Bill then replied that Gianotti is “soft” and should “just suck it up”, leading to a powerful rant from Giannotti.
For the next three-plus minutes, Giannotti ranted about how “people have committed suicide because they’ve been told to suck up their mental illness.” He also noted that people from war veterans to professional athletes like Kevin Love also have anxiety.
“Are they soft? Or are you a d—?” said Giannotti.
Giannotti also made fun of Bill, claiming he was “old school” and saying he was instead “an idiot who hasn’t developed.”
Giannotti slammed a fist on his desk and admitted that he had to turn off his microphone because he started swearing again. Esiason, whose microphone was also off, then turned to his co-host, Jerry Recco, to ask him if he had “read” and then walked out of the studio.
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Recco said Giannotti’s tirade was “well done” but that Esiason’s departure clearly upset him.
“Well, he can’t handle it either. Frankly, he doesn’t understand that mental health can save his life,” Giannotti said. “That’s a big problem. It’s a big problem.”
After a commercial break, the two talked side-by-side about the New York Giants’ quarterback situation.
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 served a year in prison.
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Carton now works the afternoon drive with Evan Roberts on WFAN, and both shows consistently top the ratings in New York.
Boomer and Gio will be back on the air Wednesday at 6 p.m.