WFAN's Mike Francesa, Gregg 'Gio' Giannotti Wage Radio War

There's a major beef growing between two radio personalities at WFAN, one of New York's top sports stations.

Legendary host Mike Francesa critiqued "Boomer & Gio" during Wednesday's broadcast of his "Mike's On" program, saying the show "stinks," among several other complaints.

Rising star Gregg "Gio" Giannotti, co-host of "Boomer & Gio," responded on Thursday morning, calling Francessa a miserable, insecure narcissist in a three-minute rant after a caller referenced his colleague's comments, as first reported by Newsday.

“He’s an insecure bully who thinks those things are going to affect me, affect us, and it just doesn’t,” Giannotti said. "I never want to be the person who has had all the success that he’s had, all the money that he’s made, and be as miserable as he is and insecure and narcissistic and miserable, and that’s what he is. “I can laugh at this stuff, [co-host Boomer Esiason] can laugh at this stuff, Joe [Benigno] and Evan [Roberts] can laugh at this stuff, [Chris] Carlin laughs at this stuff, CMB, everybody laughs. But with him: Can’t laugh. Can’t do it.

“And it comes from that place, that place, that narcissism that’s driven by all his insecurities. It [stinks] that that’s the way it is, and I wish we could all be one happy family and just be able to laugh, but not everybody can be us, right, Boomer?”

Giannotti's rant came less than 24 hours after Francesa made it clear that he wasn't a fan of his radio program in his most recent critique of fellow WFAN colleagues. The veteran broadcaster questioned Giannotti's talent, said he was tired of his impersonations and suggested that the morning host was "short on ability."

“Giannotti, stop with the impersonations of me. I mean, enough already. Get some new material, please,” Francesa said. “No wonder your show stinks. Jeez. Giannotti, I mean, he is short on ability, I’m sorry. I’m sick of the impersonations. I listened to them this morning, they stink.”

Francesa also called Giannotti and Carlin "morons" while implying that an alteration between the two hosts took place outside the WFAN studios, which a source confirmed never happened to The Post on Wednesday. Giannotti addressed the rumored incident in his rant as well.

“Carlin approached me in the street, and he was angry about that [parody] song I wrote for James Dolan, about no one listening to ‘CMB,’ and we talked it out and hugged at the end, and it turned into ‘those two morons rolling around in the street in a UFC fight, two morons out there punching each other,’” Giannotti said.

Giannotti, who claimed he wasn't upset with Francesa's comments, finished his tirade with a monologue immitating the afternoon host's voice:

“Not everybody can have new material like me who’s been doing the same show for 30 years now, and listen, the guy is limited. He’s not talented. I’ll tell you, listen, I’ll show you talent. Talent is doing what I do, OK?

“Talent is doing what I do, where I open up the show, I make generic comments for five, six minutes, roughly, I take a break and I go out in the newsroom and eat some M&Ms. And I come back and I take calls for hours and hours and hours and then occasionally I put on a paid guest that I talk over the entire time.

“You couldn’t do what I do. You couldn’t do that. You couldn’t come on the air and be like, ‘Well, the leaves are coming and it’s November, folks,’ and we’re back and then take a thousand generic phone calls and talk down to them and be condescending. That, right there, is talent. Seriously, because I’ll show how to do a show.

“What you do is stay at home and you sit there and take call after call after call and then occasionally have a woman in to talk about her book about Babe Ruth, that’s what you do. That’s how you do a show. You want to do an entertaining show, you do that. Take it from me because I know how to do.”

Esiason, Giannotti's co-host on "Boomer & Gio," acknowledged the jabs at Francesa during an appearance on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast last month, but noted that he didn't have any animosity toward his WFAN colleague.

"I don't hate him," Esiason said when asked of Francesa. "I think he's actually good for the station and I think he's great for us in the morning because we make fun of everybody. We make fun of ourselves, we make fun of Joe and Evan, we've made fun of 'CMB,' we make fun of Steve Somers. If you work here we make fun of you and we make fun of our ownselves, especially when you listen to Eddie Scozzare with all the drops that he drops into our show and he tries to make us look ridiculous. So everybody is fair game to the people who work here on the air and off the air."

"He should [reciprocate]," Esiason added. "I mean sometimes he does. Sometimes he'll say we're jealous or mindless or whatever."

In October, Francesa sided with Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan's decision to ban WFAN host Maggie Gray from events at the arena, which includes covering New York Knicks and Rangers games, as well as interviewing players after she called Dolan a "vile piece of trash."

Gray's program, "CMB," initially took over Francesa's afternoon slot when the host retired last December before he returned to WFAN and reclaiming his time slot in April.

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