First Mark, now Brian leaving KLOS airwaves

mark-and-brian-logo.jpgBrian Phelps, half of the long-running "Mark and Brian" morning duo, won't be continuing in the morning slot on KLOS without the newly retired Mark Thompson. Phelps had been negotiating with the station to stay on, apparently with actress/comedian Jill Whelan as his partner. A deal could not be struck and Phelps announced on the air this morning that this was his last day, the Daily News reports.

"I will not be continuing with KLOS," Phelps said. "I have a big fun playground - a podcast playground - that I want to go play on for a while."

The forthcoming podcast will be with actress/comedian Jill Whelan.

"I said that if I was going to do this there's only one person I would want to work with and that's Jill Whelan," Phelps said. "We're comedy soul mates."

No launch date has been given for the podcast, but Phelps said on-air that he plans to take some time off to "recharge."

KLOS has posted Phelps' annoumcement.

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