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The Sports Pope himself, Mike Francesa, is leaving WFAN’s afternoon drive in December, again, according to Newsday’s Neil Best.

Mike Francesa is leaving WFAN’s afternoon drive, again.

According to Newsday’s Neil Best, Francesa will be leaving the post he’s held down for three decades (save for a brief retirement) in December.

“Mike Francesa: ‘I am leaving afternoon drive this December. Details to come.’ Francesa is expected to have a role with http://Radio.com in the years to come and might also have a role on WFAN itself, to a limited degree. More to come on this story in the hours and days ahead.”

Francesa, 65, made it clear that he’s not leaving Entercom, the parent company that owns WFAN. Of course, this will be the second time he’s leaving afternoon drive as of late. Late year, Francesa went through a long retirement tour that saw his last show take place in December 2017. Just four months later, April 2018, he returned with much controversy.

His return forced the new afternoon drive show, CMB (Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray, Bart Scott), to be cut to just two hours, from 1 to 3 p.m. ET. Earlier this year, Carlin left the station, the very same man who used to produce Francesa’s WFAN show yet now holds hard feelings against his former colleague.

It’ll be interesting to see how WFAN handles the schedule moving forward, assuming this news is true and assuming Francesa does follow through with the news.

After all, we’ve witnessed this story before. When it comes to Mike Francesa, never assume anything.

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