Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Chris "Mad Dog" Russo seems to be extremely shocked about the Newsday report that came out over the weekend. He said so when reached for comment then and he's saying so after interviewing with the paper today....
Russo never specifically denied that he or Francesa would leave, but he reiterated that both hosts currently are under contract and said he was shocked to be asked about the possible end of the show.
"This idea that somehow our program that we've had fun having done it for 19, 20 years, is on the verge of being dismantled caught me totally by surprise," Russo said.
Later, he suggested Newsday was taking "a big leap" with its report and wondered where it had come from.
"Contracts, contracts, contracts," he said. "You abide by contracts. Mine's got a long, long way to go, not to mention that quote unquote non-compete clause following it. You're never going to get rid of me here."
That's all well and good but I don't think anyone is worried about Russo leaving. When reached for a comment along the same lines, Francesa has denied to provide one and his contract length isn't widely known. I'd love to hear his side of things before we go saying that the Newsday piece was just rumor mongering.
Russo: It caught me totally by surprise" (Newsday)
Mad Dog Addresses Newsday Breakup Rumors (HHR)
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