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This weekend, The Put up claimed that the struggle involving Barstool Sports activities and the co-hosts of its raunchy “Call Her Daddy” podcast had become 1 involving the females them selves.
On Sunday night, Barstool founder Dave Portnoy took over the “Call Her Daddy” podcast and dropped a blockbuster episode wherever he confirmed The Post’s reporting — laying bare the guts of the disagreement and revealing how he advised co-host Alexandra Cooper by way of textual content concept: “In my 17 a long time of carrying out this, I have never dealt with anybody as unprofessional and disloyal and greedy as [the two females].”
Cooper and co-host Sofia Franklyn haven’t recorded an episode because April. It’s because been revealed the two were being attempting to break their Barstool agreement to choose on television and e-book discounts possibly well worth hundreds of thousands.
The Barstool honcho recapped his whole marriage with the duo, expressing he identified them by way of Cooper’s Instagram and made available the females a a few-year offer. Initially, the two did not want to give up their brand’s mental residence, which includes the “Call Her Daddy” identify. When they discovered there was no offer with out Barstool owning the brand name, the females relented and signed the agreement, which paid out them all-around $70,000 on a yearly basis each and every, in addition bonuses.
The podcast was an “instant success” and more substantial than Portnoy’s “wildest goals,” and he gave them a elevate 6 months into it. Soon after the to start with year, Cooper, who edits the demonstrate, pulled in $506,000 and Franklyn acquired $461,000, he reported.
“They went from unidentified talent to each and every earning close to fifty percent a million pounds a year,” Portnoy reported, claiming that the females leaked to the press they were being underpaid.
A couple of months ago, when the duo preferred to renegotiate their contracts, their lawyer despatched Barstool a list of demands — which includes $one million certain, for each and every of them, in accordance to Portnoy. They no extended preferred to be Barstool workers and they preferred fifty percent of all income gained from the brand name, which includes products and ads. And they preferred to individual the brand name.
“What did we get in return? Very little,” reported Portnoy, who minimize off negotiations. “That is when they started … purchasing ‘Call Her Daddy’ all-around, searching to go someplace else [and] break their agreement with us.”
He included: “Barstool’s stance was, if you fellas choose ‘Call Her Daddy’ and go someplace else, we’re going to sue the f - - k out of you. Like, you’re less than a a few-year agreement.”
As an alternative, Cooper and Franklyn stopped operating entirely. Portnoy reported the firm has been dropping $100,000 for each missed episode. He made available them a offer that would guarantee $five hundred,000 each and every, in addition bonuses. It would also knock 6 months off the women’s agreement and allow them wander absent at the close with their mental residence. He believed that the offer, which paid out them both equally equally, would net hundreds of thousands.
“It was a no-brainer offer,” reported Portnoy. He did not listen to from the co-hosts or their lawyers for days, when Cooper arrived at out and reported she preferred to accept the offer — but that Franklyn would never agree for the reason that she was allegedly staying influenced by her boyfriend, HBO Sports activities executive Peter Nelson.
“I was starting to listen to whispers, and [Cooper] confirmed it, and this is a big aspect of the story: [Franklyn’s] new boyfriend … Peter Nelson, HBO executive, almost certainly greenlit a strike piece on me not far too very long ago, [came] into the combine … He was the 1 who brought in all these lawyers … he was overtly purchasing ‘Call Her Daddy,’ ” claimed Portnoy, referring to a 2019 episode of HBO’s “Real Sports activities.” That “hit piece” provided allegations by females who claimed they had been harassed on the web — and that it was inspired by Barstool — following voicing criticism of the brand name.
A source close to Franklyn formerly advised The Put up that she was inclined to agree to Portnoy’s offer: “Sofia agreed to the monetary phrases of Barstool’s provide but hasn’t read back again from them. She wishes to continue on the podcast with her close friend fifty/fifty.”
Portnoy also claimed that Nelson was “acting almost as a manager” for the two females and assisted them get an provide from podcast network Wondery. “They were being going to phone the podcast ‘The Fathers.’ ”
He included that Cooper preferred to return to the fold and negotiated a offer that would give her 75 percent of the brand name, leaving a quarter for Barstool — and chopping out Franklyn entirely.
Portnoy claimed he made available Franklyn her individual demonstrate, but she declined. Cooper could still return to choose over the original demonstrate, but, he reported, a ton is continue to up in the air.
“A aspect of me is like, ‘You know what? No total of income is well worth this. Let’s just get rid of them, keep the [mental residence] and begin this over once again ourselves.’ ”
Cooper, Franklyn and Nelson did not react to The Post’s requests for comment. Portnoy reported only: “There’s almost nothing more to include. [My podcast episode] spoke for itself.”