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Mike Francesa announces Wednesday absence, then reverses decision

Mike Francesa is shown in his home in

Mike Francesa is shown in his home in Manhasset on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Chris Ware

Mike Francesa worked his WFAN afternoon shift at 2 p.m. Wednesday, one hour later than usual, after initially announcing through his producer, Brian Monzo, he was taking the day off.

The peculiar development came the day after Francesa said on the air that CBS Radio had threatened him with a lawsuit if he continued to complain on the air about his Fox simulcast situation, something CBS denied.

Monzo wrote in a series of tweets on Francesa's behalf, "Something has come up and I need to take the day off. Since my absences during the fall/spring are extremely rare I felt I needed to state that it has nothing to do with yesterday's issue.

"The only conversation I had with management was to tell [program director] Mark Chernoff the news. I will be there as always at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow [Friday]. PS The NFL is still lost."

Shortly thereafter Monzo tweeted, "Change of plans . . . Francesa will be on the air at 2:05p ET."

When Francesa went on the air he said, "I thought for a while I was going to have to miss the day, but I think that was going to cause some people a lot of distress if that was the case. There seemed to be a little bit of an uproar about that. But I'm here where I always am during these months and that is with you from 1 to 6:30, but today I got here a little late.

"I knew I was going to. Like I said, I thought I was going to be out longer. I thought I might miss the day because I had some stuff I had to take care of, and it was not in any way related, I promise you, to yesterday in any way, had nothing to do with it. But I cannot stop your imaginations from running amok, those of you who have such imaginations."

Later Francesa reiterated his stance on what was in the letter CBS sent him, regardless of the company"s denial.

"You know what, I don't expect any more noise out of that because if they do I can read from it and we can decide together," he said. "Maybe we'll have a fireside chat later."

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