Mike’s off in December: Francesa leaving again at WFAN’s afternoon drive

Actor Mike Francesa attends the "Uncut Gems" premiere during the 57th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Mike Francesa is leaving WFAN’s afternoon drive again after a rocky return to radio.

The longtime radio host announced Tuesday he would be leaving his regular slot on WFAN in December and moving over to Radio.com—both companies are owned by Intercom. Francesa, 65, cited his personal life as the impetus for the departure.

“This allows me to be freed up to basically travel if I want,” he said on the air, “or not be here in the wintertime; or be involved with my kids, who are all going to be in high school as of next year, which is very important for me.”

Francesa said he still plans to do daily content for Radio.com and to be involved at WFAN in some way, though details are still unclear.

“I will not be leaving the Entercom family, or leaving WFAN,” he said. “Exactly what I’ll be doing for WFAN, I don’t know yet. Let them say that when it happens, once we get there.”

Francesca’s departure comes as he struggles in the ratings behind his rival at ESPN Radio, Michael Kay, according to the first month of the fall ratings book from Nielsen.

Francesa first retired from WFAN in 2017, but returned four months after his last show with a failed bid to launch a “Mike’s On” app.

Vincent Barone