Welcome to “The Morning Show with Boomer.”
The ex-Jets quarterback opened his re-branded WFAN radio show – in a studio completely scrubbed clean of any presence of Craig Carton – by dealing with the news that his long-time partner had resigned amid Ponzi scheme charges.
“I think it’s a good move for Craig,” Esiason said of the announcement that came Wednesday night, “and I think for he and his family he has to focus supremely on that. That’s the one thing he has to take care of and that’s the one thing we want him to do, we want him and his family to get through this. He’s going to have to put all his energy in that.”
Carton, who had sat side-by-side with the former football star for 10 years on the popular “Boomer & Carton” morning show, was arrested and charged last week with running a ticket-sale Ponzi scheme.
“Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build,” Carton said in a statement. “With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted.”
In his statement, Carton called the WFAN gig his “dream job” and said he had “nothing but love and respect for (Esiason).”
Esiason called it “a sad day,” but admitted “by resigning (Carton) takes a lot of pressure off all of us here at WFAN.”
After saying that he would not be surprised to “someday, somewhere, somehow” find Carton back behind a microphone, Esiason said “we have to move forward.”
“The Boomer and Carton chapter is now closed here,” he said.
Esiason said WFAN exec Mark Chernoff broke the news to him Wednesday night.
CBS Radio – which owns WFAN – said in the statement accepting Carton’s resignation that a search for his replacement would begin immediately.
The studio – seen in the CBS Sports Network’s simulcast – even got a quick overnight makeover.
“They came in here and scrubbed this studio,” Esiason told his audience about his new-look digs. “Anything that Craig was part of in studio unfortunately has been taken down … they almost took everything down of me, by the way.”
There was one light-hearted moment when a new jingle for the show was played … “Boomer and Boomer!” A few chuckles could be heard, but not from Esiason.
“It’s the end of Boomer and Carton,” Esiason added, “and for 10 years I sat next to somebody who I think, and I still believe this, is one of the great radio personalities that we’ll have ever seen.”
He ended the opening segment by saying, “I wish Craig and his family nothing but the best.”
In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, federal authorities allege that the sports radio host tried to raise millions of dollars in 2016 to pay gambling debts to casinos and others.
Carton, 48, remains free on $ 500,000 bail.