ESPN Cancels 'Barstool Van Talk' After One Episode

Barstool Van Talk

ESPN walked into another PR quagmire on Monday, announcing it was canceling the show Barstool Van Talk after just one week.

ESPN president John Skipper said as much in his statement announcing the show's cancelation.

"Barstool Van Talk" was a late night show adapted from the popular podcast Pardon My Take, which has stayed atop the sports podcast rankings since its debut in February 2016.

Last week, ESPN host Samantha Ponder sent a tweet drawing attention to abuse she had received from Barstool's founder, Dave Portnoy. "While we had approval on the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content".

James Miller, author of "Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN", believes it was that internal criticism more than anything that led to "Barstool Van Talk" being canceled, tweeting, "Criticism from outside was matched by criticism from inside @espn & Skipper placed great deal of import on the later (sic)". Apart from this decision, we appreciate the efforts of Big Cat and PFT Commenter.

Sterger also said ESPNW columnist Sarah Spain attacked her during the Favre investigation, though Spain apologized and said she could not recall doing that.

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As for the people most directly affected by the cancelation, the show's hosts took the news in stride, with the promise to continue working on the podcast end of things.

While some ESPN personalities have had a friendly relationship with Barstool, among them Scott Van Pelt and Rachel Nichols, multiple sources said that Ponder was not alone among ESPN talent in expressing extreme disappointment in the arrangement to management.

She wrote a friend later told her the man only interviewed her to show his coworkers that she was "just as f-k able in person as I was in pictures". "Please subscribe to Pardon My Take, unsubscribe and re-subscribe, and leave a 5-Star review to help us take some of the sting off of this".

The single episode of Barstool Van Talk averaged 88,000 viewers. Katz and and PFTC signed off on their message with a faux-philosophical take: "Success isn't owned, it's leased". But I don't take back the rift. In keeping with the frat-boy ethos that informs Barstool, Portnoy informs an absent Ponder that her on-air position calls for her to "sex it up and be slutty and not be some prude fucking jerk who everybody hates". This is exactly why Barstool Sports has to exist.

ESPN won't be going out of business any time soon, but if its president can't stop stepping into metaphorical dog poop, this is only going to get worse as time goes on.

"[The ESPN employee] brought up numerous girls he said he was hooking up with that worked there at the time".

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