Cris Carter, former Ohio State star, out as analyst at Fox Sports

Cris Carter

Cris Carter

Cris Carter is now officially out at FOX Sports, that is according to a statement released from the network on Thursday morning.

Carter had been a panelist on FS1's "First Things First", a morning debate show that he co-hosted with Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe.

Former Vikings receiver and Hall of Famer Cris Carter is no longer employed by Fox Sports, though the reason is both unclear and described by at least one report as "serious".

The issue came to a head last week, and it's possible that the last straw for Carter came from the decision to tap Reggie Bush to fill in for Terry Bradshaw last Thursday night. "There is no further comment at this time", the statement read. He's reportedly grown unhappy with his lack of a role in the network's National Football League coverage.

However, Front Office Sports reports that the trouble between Carter and network executives started after a "blow-up" between the two.

Rather than include Carter, who is based in New York, in its pregame coverage from New York, Fox flies out Los Angeles-based Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez and rolls out the red carpet for former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Prior to joining Fox Sports, Carter appeared on HBO Sports' Inside the NFL and ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown.

It'll also be interesting to see what comes out in terms of what led to the split between him and FOX Sports.

These broadcasts are hosted in Manhattan which is exactly where First Things First films their show.