It was business as usual for Boomer Esiason as he took solo hosting duties for his show with Craig Carton, occasionally only letting out a few jabs against his co-anchor for calling in sick that morning. The real reason proved to be shocking.
Even with Carton’s absence on the program, everything appeared normal on the program- until the show’s homestretch when Esiason dropped the bombshell of a revelation why Carton could not make it that day on their show. No, he’s not sick. No, he wasn’t just feeling lazy or tried and decided to skip the program. He wasn’t there because he could not. Esiason announced that he was arrested.
Craig Carton was arrested by the FBI on charges he ripped off investors for millions in a concert-ticket scheme.
Esiason said: “By the way, just a little bit of an announcement. There’s nothing else I can say. I thought he called in sick this morning. Unfortunately, he was arrested this morning. We here at the station, they’re aware of it as well. They’re cooperating with authorities. I’m taken aback and surprised by it just like I’m sure everyone is.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">VIDEO: Moments ago, Boomer Esiason informs listeners that his parter, Craig Carton, was arrested this morning. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WFAN?src=hash">#WFAN</a> <a href="https://t.co/Cw7MwKdBa3">pic.twitter.com/Cw7MwKdBa3</a></p>— Jason Klein (@ByJasonKlein) <a href="https://twitter.com/ByJasonKlein/status/905421955230298112">September 6, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Esiason hastened to add that he does not have further information on the arrest. He also said he has nothing more to say. He said that for sure, there will be more news about it from somewhere, but that he’s sure it won’t be coming from him. The host said “it’s not easy” for him.
The pair’s show airs from 6 to 10 a.m., and the news on Carton started breaking after 7.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint stating that Carton “falsely claimed to investors that he- sometimes on his own and sometimes through his business partner Joseph Meli- had access to millions of dollars’ worth of concert tickets at face value.”
“Boomer and Carton” has been a radio tandem since 2007, the shock jock and former NFL quarterback partnering as an odd couple- with the team-up working well to think they’ve lasted for close to a decade. It’s uncertain now how the show will proceed with the arrest of Carton, and if a temporary or permanent co-host will be tapped in his absence.