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In the viewing room at 30 Rock, only a couple of pregame features make the various on-air personalities (e.g., Dan Patrick, Rodney Harrison, Tony Dungy), producers, veteran reporters (i.e., Peter King), and Internet hacks (i.e., me) stop and pay attention.

One of those moments comes when Frank Caliendo does his thing on FOX.

Unfortunately, Caliendo won’t be doing his thing on FOX any more.

The comedian has announced on his Twitter and Facebook pages that he won’t return in 2012.

I will not be back this coming season,” Caliendo said via Facebook.  “It was great to be part of the team with Terry and the guys for the last 9 years, but it’s time to move on.  I have a couple of upcoming ventures that look like they may be pretty cool. . . . And as soon as I can tell you more about them — I definitely will.”

Though Caliendo’s range of characters is fairly narrow and in some respects outdated (e.g., George Bush), he’s hilarious.

It’s unknown whether FOX will try to replace him.  It won’t be easy.

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43 Responses to “Caliendo out at FOX”
  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows says: Aug 2, 2012 7:20 PM

    Hilarious? Please…

  2. nolahxc says: Aug 2, 2012 7:21 PM


  3. lmoneyfresh says: Aug 2, 2012 7:22 PM

    Please tell me you’re kidding. This guy is god awful. His Madden impression was cool at first, but the guy’s schtick got old fast. If you ask me, this came about 4 years too late.

  4. jlb10 says: Aug 2, 2012 7:23 PM

    i was tired of this shtick after the first season. no loss here

  5. hawkforlife says: Aug 2, 2012 7:24 PM

    Keep him, Long and Glazer. Dump the others immediately. Maybe I could watch it again.

  6. gamedate15 says: Aug 2, 2012 7:24 PM

    Frank caliendo sucks!

  7. mistersmith22 says: Aug 2, 2012 8:29 PM

    Now they can get rid of that stupid dancing robot.

  8. cnbweb says: Aug 2, 2012 8:36 PM

    Bring back Kimmel.

  9. readysethike says: Aug 2, 2012 8:51 PM

    call Kevin hart

  10. jimw81 says: Aug 2, 2012 9:00 PM

    Frank caliendo schtick worn out 5 yrs ago. Kimmel was unreplaceable before he went to abc.

  11. tdrundmc says: Aug 2, 2012 9:02 PM

    Bring back Kimmel.

    Kimmel is awful

  12. woodyg says: Aug 2, 2012 9:06 PM

    When you have Bradshaw, why would you need Caliendo ???

  13. fballguy says: Aug 2, 2012 9:07 PM

    I vote for Eric the Actor.

  14. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 2, 2012 9:12 PM

    Well, we can’t see him on TV every Sunday for four months out of the year….

    But we can still see him every Tuesday at the Ha Ha Hole in Munckton Indiana.

  15. drewsylvania says: Aug 2, 2012 9:13 PM

    Let Fox die.

  16. swagjag says: Aug 2, 2012 9:18 PM

    To call Caliendo “hilarious” is an insult to people all around the world who are actually hilarious. My uncle who made me pull his finger was George Carlin compared to Caliendo. 9 years and he never made me even smile once. Caliendo was the benefactor of a REALLY good agent. Caliendo was ten times less relevant than Hank’s “Are you ready for some football?” intros. Dude was awful.

  17. ninerfan49 says: Aug 2, 2012 9:21 PM

    Now get rid of Tony Siragusa and we will be off to a good start!

  18. mancave001 says: Aug 2, 2012 9:24 PM

    Madden impression is the best I’ve seen.

  19. scoops1 says: Aug 2, 2012 9:29 PM

    The Fox pre-game show maybe one of the worst pre-games ever….

    all these guys do is sit around and joke and laugh. Strahan had no right being on that show…he is terrible. The for pre-game show was better when Ronnie Lott was on it.

  20. jsally430 says: Aug 2, 2012 9:29 PM

    I was so sick of the terry bradshaw jokes I refused to watch it. heheje bradshaws bald no $%&%! he’s been bald since I was 6-7

  21. juststeel says: Aug 2, 2012 9:32 PM

    Should get rid of Terry, as bad as it gets

  22. oldschoolomen says: Aug 2, 2012 9:39 PM

    Frank Caliendo was funny once upon a time. I mean, he was funny once and it was a long time ago.

  23. terryleather says: Aug 2, 2012 9:58 PM

    I’ve seen war wounds that were funnier than Frank Caliendo.

    We watch the pre-game shows for football information and stories, not some hack comedians.

    Fox still has the best show, even better now with Caliendo gone. CBS is just a bore. They need to replace everyone there. ESPN has 47 too many people on their show. NBC is good, but need to drop that pee wee league junk.

  24. chilomane says: Aug 2, 2012 10:17 PM

    Fox is unwatchable and has been as long as I can remember too much going on.

  25. staffordsyear says: Aug 2, 2012 10:21 PM

    I personally look forward to the fox pregame show every sunday morning,i think they got a good mix of people on it compared to the squares that are on cbs…this guy quitting was a good thing though.

  26. thekingdp says: Aug 2, 2012 10:26 PM

    ninerfan49 says:
    Aug 2, 2012 9:21 PM
    Now get rid of Tony Siragusa and we will be off to a good start!



  27. ballersgonnaball says: Aug 2, 2012 10:33 PM

    Caliendo blows. I can’t believe he lasted 9 years.

  28. pantherpro says: Aug 2, 2012 10:37 PM

    The guy is a lame tool. He is no Chris Farley fo sure! I want football not some spaz wanna be comedian.

  29. armyofbastards says: Aug 2, 2012 10:51 PM

    Don’t have to change the channel any longer during their broadcast. Good riddance. Hasn’t been remotely funny in years

  30. bosco1864 says: Aug 2, 2012 11:01 PM

    Haters gonna hate… Your talent is criticizing people that ate 100x more talented than you… Losers, all of you.

  31. sliceanddic3 says: Aug 2, 2012 11:15 PM

    Well, most the time he wasn’t that funny.. But I still found his bits and picks entertaining nonetheless.

  32. ermur22 says: Aug 2, 2012 11:22 PM

    I never understood Fox’s hard on for this guy….he is sooo NOT funny, his skits are horrendous! Thank god he won’t be back!!

  33. wxmanjoe says: Aug 2, 2012 11:23 PM

    Now they can hire someone who is actually funny…

  34. picho190 says: Aug 2, 2012 11:55 PM

    Maybe they can get Jimmy “the Greek” back or Rush Limbaugh.

  35. queenlivekillers says: Aug 3, 2012 12:17 AM

    I agree with the earlier post: When you have Bradshaw, who needs Caliendo?

    It’s funny, for years Bradshaw tried to get away from the “hick from Louisiana” perception. Now he’s a cartoon character.

    I never watch the Fox pregame show. I respect Howie Long and, to a degree, Jimmy Johnson but Bradshaw acts like the class clown, cutting up and snickering while Long and Johnson actually discuss the games.

    All of the pregame shows have their issues, but I will stick with CBS. Less bloated, more news and not yet a cast of thousands.

  36. patsfiend says: Aug 3, 2012 12:33 AM

    It pained me every time they put him on. It looked like it took everything Howie had in him not to punch him or the TV he was on, too.

    Not Frank’s fault, but who thought it would be a good idea to have comedians on these broadcasts?

  37. mputelli55 says: Aug 3, 2012 12:55 AM

    Yeah? Well he signing 1,000,000 dollar contract none of you are so….

  38. therealhardt says: Aug 3, 2012 12:58 AM

    frank sucked….kimmel was a good change up to the usual analysis, but frank was a one trick pony and I’d rather have no comedian than a crappy comedian…

  39. gloryfromheaven says: Aug 3, 2012 1:02 AM

    this guy does amazing voices, but coming up with jokes along with his voices, not so good…

  40. fwbrodie says: Aug 3, 2012 1:29 AM

    Frank Caliendo is the least funny human. Great fire.

  41. neovenator250 says: Aug 3, 2012 1:34 AM

    Yeah, this guy was nowhere near funny. His George Bush and John Madden impressions made me chuckle the first time I saw them, but thats it.

  42. irishgary says: Aug 3, 2012 7:20 AM

    thank god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The guy is not funny

  43. wicky888 says: Aug 3, 2012 10:45 AM

    I’d rather watch the clock countdown on NFL Redzone

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