Mike Francesa plans to leave WFAN after his contract expires at the end of 2017, he said in a podcast he recorded Tuesday with Fox’s Katie Nolan. It is to be posted in full Thursday, but an excerpt was released Tuesday night.
“At the end of ’17, there will be no more FAN, that I promise,” Francesa told Nolan.
Francesa has made it clear recently that he is looking to leave WFAN, and he had sought to get out of his deal early before telling Newsday in December that he had decided to end that effort and instead play out his contract with WFAN’s parent company, CBS Radio.
While he has hinted strongly in the past that he would not re-sign beyond that, he had not previously said so as emphatically as he did in the interview with Nolan of the Fox show “Garbage Time.”
“I’m not saying I’m leaving the business,” he said. “I’m leaving Monday to Friday, 5 1⁄2 hours, FAN,” Francesa, 61, said. “I am bringing the curtain down on that part of the show. . . . I am not saying I’m not going to work again. I’m not saying I’m not going to do anything ever again. What I’m saying is that part of my life is ending at the end of ’17.”