|Craig Carton Out as WFAN/New York Morning Co-Host
|RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 13, 2017 |10:51pm CT||
After a tean year run, Craig Carton resigns as morning co-host of "Boomer and Carton" on Sports WFAN New York. Carton's exit follows his arrest last week on charges that he was behind a $5.6 million Ponzi scheme to repay his own gambling debts. In a statement released through a publicist, Carton said, "Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build."
The statement continued, "With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted. I am sad to see this chapter of my life close but know that it will allow me to focus on my family, my well-being and clearing my name, while giving the show the best opportunity to succeed without further disruption.
"I've always felt a personal connection to our listeners and want to thank them for making me a part of their daily routine. I hope they can respect the fact that as much as I want to talk about the allegations against me I can't at this time. There will come a time when I will be able to speak directly about the case and I hope our listeners will be there."
In a statement, CBS Radio said, "WFAN has accepted Craig Carton's resignation. We appreciate all of his contributions over the last decade and wish him and his family well during this next phase. We are especially grateful to our dedicated employees, sponsors and listeners for their continued support of The Fan. The search for a replacement co-host for the morning show will begin immediately."
Carton, who had been suspended from the station since the day he was arrested, faces charges of conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud for allegedly taking money from investors for a sham ticket-reselling operation. Carton and co-defendant Michael Wright face up to 45 years in prison if convicted. Carton was released on $500,000 bail.
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