NEW YORK (WFAN) — Former Jets and Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason is no stranger to appearing on television and radio. Just ask Craig Carton, Esiason’s morning show co-host on WFAN.

Now, the 50-year-old can add “Live! with Kelly” to his impressive resume.

A bevy of guests have co-hosted alongside Kelly Ripa since Regis Philbin, 80, retired in November. Esiason was the latest to share the stage Wednesday morning.

The 1988 NFL MVP was faced with a difficult decision on the eve of his appearance: to wear a tie or not wear a tie?

Listen: Kelly Ripa with Boomer & Carton

“I want you to think of our studio as your second home, so you wear what makes you feel good,” Ripa told Boomer & Carton Tuesday morning. “We are having the best time, I’m telling you.”

On today’s “LIVE! with Kelly,” host Kelly Ripa (right) and guest co-host BOOMER ESIASON get advice for making healthier dinner choices from Dr. Marina Jampolis. (Disney-ABC Domestic TV/David Steele)

The search for Philbin’s replacement has taken the “Live!” crew high and low, from comedian Jerry Seinfeld to celebrity chef Paula Deen. Ripa said Esiason will get serious consideration, but the former quarterback insisted “it’s a one-and-done for me.”

“We’re not playing around here,” Ripa said. “We are going to be examining and studying Boomer like we’re drafting him.”

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino joined Boomer and Kelly to discuss the newest season of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” Jane Krakowski of “30 Rock” also appeared.

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (David Steele/Disney-ABC Domestic TV)


Esiason can be heard weekdays from 6-10 a.m. ET on WFAN’s Boomer & Carton morning show. He’s also a regular guest on WEEI radio in Boston.

His television credits include “The NFL Today” on CBS and MSG’s Boomer & Carton simulcast.

Does the “Live! with Kelly” show need a permanent co-host? Sound off below…

Comments (12)
  1. micdenton says:

    Boomer was awful. Rude, condescending, arrogant. He made Jane Krakowski uncomfortable even. Especially asking her if she breastfeeds. Just about everything that came out of his mouth was disgusting.

  2. L.S. says:

    I thought I liked Esiason until I watched him co- host. Disrespectful, and over-bearing.

  3. john says:

    Boomer doesnt mention the NEW YORK GIANTS!

  4. Con Suma Reprtz says:

    When you sit in a chair your supposed unbutton your suit jacket. He was fussing with it all show and the suit was being stretched to its max, I thought the button was going to pop.

  5. Vicki Worsham says:

    I love Kelly even without Regis. That being said, I hope they can match her up with someone equally as outgoing as she is but please don’t let it be Boomer!! He is rude and very obnoxious, I could hardly even watch because he kept trying to take over the show. He’s the worst!!

  6. Linda Kay says:

    I’m not sure it’s possible for any woman around Boomer’s age who had even a hint of a pulse back when this ad to forget when Boomer stretched out in his comfy tighty-whities. I am just a little younger that Boomer and the earth’s orbit would stop every time that commercial came on and my “God Was Good When He Put Boomer in Those Undies” look came across my face. I still can’t watch Boomer on TV without envisioning him leaning back on his chair with those perfectly fitting underwear. Thanks for the memories, Boomer!!

  7. Maxine Rice says:

    Boomer is trying to take over the show – Kelly doesn’t need that . She is great but has not been supported with good co-hosts . She and George Hamilton had good chemistry on the show – how about bringing him back ? Kelly does a wonderful job making the best out of a bad situation but please don’t challenge her with the likes of Boomer .
    A faithful viewer for 25 years .

  8. Sharon says:

    Boomer is the worst guest host to date. He is conceded , loud and over bearing. First time I have turned the show off ever.

  9. jcuz says:

    Things must be really bad………..boomer? QVC has Invivinle Glass for $24.96. Won’t be long now. bye bye,

  10. Kathleen Sullivan says:

    I thought Carl Edwards was a great co host today. Any chance of him being in the running?

  11. T.J. says:

    Haters gonna hate…. Craig keep up the good work

  12. Don says:

    Well, the ratings are not very good since Regis has left, so you would think she needs a headliner as a co-host. Boomer will do well tomorrow, he can adapt and be mature and professional. I do think that irregardless of the shows ratings, that Boomer’s credibility is in question being paired with the loud mouth no talent he is paired with. Talk about a wannabe, who will never be. He should do the Tebow every night thanking Boomer for letting him ride his coattails.

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