Published: Tue, October 24, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

ESPN cancels 'Barstool Van Talk' after one episode amid controversy

ESPN cancels 'Barstool Van Talk' after one episode amid controversy

"Barstool Van Talk" debuted Tuesday night at 1 a.m. on ESPN2, but after its premiere, ESPN's President John Skipper announced the show wouldn't see a second episode.

Dan "Big Cat" Katz and PFT Commenter are cohosts of "Pardon My Take", which has quickly become one of the most popular podcasts in the country.

The show, however, wasn't without controversy.

Sam Ponder, an ESPN host, pointed to offensive remarks about her that Barstool made in a 2014 blog post.

The Disney-owned sports programmer unveiled a deal with Barstool Sports, the digital-media firm majority-owned by the Chernin Group, to create "Barstool Van Talk" earlier this month.

"They delivered the show they promised", Skipper said. "We're not saying you can grope somebody, we're not saying you can sexually harass somebody, we're saying we're gonna make jokes and you gotta be cool with it", he said.

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Most notably, Samantha Ponder, the host of Sunday Morning Countdown, took to Twitter last week with her frustrations about the Barstool/ESPN relationship.

The hosts of the "Barstool Van Talk" took to Twitter Monday to respond to ESPN's decision, saying that they were "very disappointed" to hear of the cancellation, but thanked their fans and colleagues for support. In times like these, we remember what a great philosopher once said: Success isn't owned, it's leased.

"The pressure, basically that they got internally, primarily the Sam Ponder tweet, was too much for them to overcome", Portnoy said. Thank you to all the Award Winning Listeners/Waters for supporting us, and thank you to all the great people who worked alongside us at ESPN and Embassy Row.

"Although we are heartbroken, Pardon My Take will continue to get bigger and stronger every single day".

Barstool, according to The Boston Globe, got its start by Dave Portnoy before selling 51 percent of the company in 2016.

"Effective immediately, I am cancelling Barstool Van Talk". "For 15 years people who follow this company know we just talk, shoot the shit, try to be amusing, don't let PC America get the best of us and will continue to do that". "And like anything we do with Barstool, the vocal minority stamps their feet and goes loud, loud, loud".

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