Barstool Van Talk cancelled by ESPN after one episode

Barstool Van Talk

Barstool Van Talk

President John Skipper took personal responsibility for the controversial new show.

Well today ESPN chose to terminate their relationship with the show. In a statement, Skipper said he "erred in thinking we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content".

The show was "Barstool Van Talk", hosted by Dan Katz (aka Big Cat) and the pseudonymous PFT Commenter. Since Portnoy sold 51 percent of the company to the Chernin Group in January 2016, the site has become more mainstream, expanding its reach and become even more successful, most notably with the Pardon My Take podcast, which is frequently at the top of the iTunes most-downloaded rankings.

ESPN launched the series with Barstool Sports' biggest personalities on ESPN2 in an attempt to attract the blog's followers.

The show was met with controversy from the very beginning.

Ponder, host of "Sunday NFL Countdown", tweeted a picture on Monday of a Barstool blog post from 2014, specifically targeting the type of language that was used to criticize her.

At the same time, the first episode featured an interview with "SportsCenter" host Scott Van Pelt, who has been a frequent guest on the podcast since its launch. Apart from this decision, we appreciate the efforts of Big Cat and PFT Commenter. "In time likes these, we remember what a great philosopher once said: Success isn't owned, it's leased. We just talk, shoot the s-t, try to be amusing, don't let PC America get the best of us, and we'll continue to do that", Portnoy said at the podium in front of a backdrop littered with the Barstool logo.

According to Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch and Chris Chavez, Skipper received a number of emails last week from ESPN employees who were upset at the partnership with Barstool.

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"The pressure, basically that they got internally, primarily the Sam Ponder tweet, was too much for them to overcome", Portnoy said.

"You want to see why everyone says Barstool is gonna be the next ESPN?" Because I actually get why ESPN canceled the show. "The executives there were put in a box".

Katz responded to Ponder saying, "Hey Sam, thanks for the welcome".

She also recalled an alleged uncomfortable encounter in Bristol, Connecticut, in 2008 with one of the males who was at the strip club with her. We attacked her, and she waited three years to drop revenge on our head the night before.

When Sterger was informed her vehicle for the trip home had been canceled, she was invited to hitch a ride with the employee, who then discussed the "numerous girls" he was hooking up with, implying that "he was helping their careers". "We didn't change. We've been the same people for 15 years", Portnoy said.

Sterger, who allegedly received raunchy photographs from Brett Favre almost 10 years ago, spoke out against ESPN following the cancellation of Barstool's late-night TV show.

In any event, ESPN's attempt to use Barstool's talent while separating itself from the property clearly failed.

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