After a report from Andrew Marchand last Thursday that WFAN’s midday co-host Joe Benigno could return as soon as this week, Bob Raissman of the Daily News stated that return will be Monday. Benigno has not been heard on his midday show in nearly two months after being named in a sexual harassment case by a former WFAN sales executive.
“Joe Benigno will be back on WFAN Monday at 10 A.M. Don’t know how Entercom suits (they own FAN) will position his return or if the lawsuit filed by a former employee, who charged [Benigno] with sexual harassment, has been settled,” Raissman tweeted over the weekend.
With the New York Jets, who Benigno lives and dies with, kicking off their season Monday night and a new ratings book beginning on Thursday, the timing for Joe’s return to WFAN makes sense. But don’t mistake Benigno being back on-air for meaning the sexual harassment lawsuit is settled.
According to Marchand, some within Entercom believe keeping Benigno on mute could appear as if the company is admitting guilt, although they continue to deny allegations and avoid a settlement.
Joe will most certainly be unable to talk about the pending legal matter, which puts pressure on the show’s producer when call-screening. With the NFL season underway and the New York Jets unveiling their brand new rookie quarterback, the immediate focus for callers should be sports and not the lawsuit.
Benigno’s co-host, Evan Roberts continued to host the midday show by himself during Joe’s absence. Both Benigno and Roberts signed three-year contract extensions to remain with WFAN in the midday timeslot late last year. Entercom has yet to make an announcement regarding Benigno’s return.