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Alex Cooper Stays, Sofia Franklyn Exits As Call Her Daddy Returns To Barstool

“Cooper uploaded a 30-minute video to YouTube announcing she agreed to a new deal with Barstool which will see her host Call Her Daddy as a solo effort.”

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If you were unaware of Barstool’s Call Her Daddy podcast one month ago, you’ve likely heard about it now. In recent weeks, drama circled the podcast’s hosts Alex Cooper and Sofia Franklyn as they attempted to negotiate new contracts one year into their tenure with Barstool. 

As Franklyn’s boyfriend, HBO Sports Executive Vice President Peter Nelson reportedly intervened, the contract demands became outrageous and paused the podcast in early April. Now Cooper is ready to resume the show, returning to Barstool without her co-host Sofia Franklyn. Cooper uploaded a 30-minute video to YouTube announcing she agreed to a new deal with Barstool which will see her host Call Her Daddy as a solo effort.  

“At the end of the day, what it comes down to, is that I am very aware that this brand, the Daddy Gang, is bigger than Sofia and me. Much bigger. And I am so f - - king excited to get the show back on the air and continue to talk about sex…and blowjobs…and talk about shitty one-night stands…and get into it. And I think that it f – – king sucks because the excitement I have, I wish Sofia had had that day on Dave’s rooftop,” Cooper said. 

According to Kirsten Fleming of The New York Post, “that day on Dave’s rooftop” refers to a meeting Cooper and Franklyn had with Portnoy, where he offered them a guaranteed $500k  salary base, plus incentives as well as handing them the Call Her Daddy intellectual property rights. 

According to Cooper, their initial deal with Barstool agreed to pay the duo $75,000 in year one, $85,000 in the second year and $100,000 for the third. After quickly outperforming their contract, Cooper and Franklyn received raises three months into the deal. 

Last week, Portnoy released a Call Her Daddy episode of his own, to explain the podcast drama and stated Cooper made $506k and Franklyn earned $461k in their first year after renegotiations. Yet Franklyn’s HBO exec boyfriend allegedly continued to increase the hosts’ list of demands.

After their meeting on Dave’s rooftop, Cooper said it became clear the hosts wanted different things, believing Franklyn ultimately wanted them to ditch Barstool and start a new show. Franklyn, meanwhile, posted an Instagram video stating she feels “betrayed” by Cooper, believing her co-host went behind her back in an attempt to take control of the show. “I am willing to do Call Her Daddy. I really am. I just can’t do it under the circumstances that she wants,” Franklyn said

While Cooper is back with Barstool and says she’ll have a new episode out Wednesday, May 27, the drama surrounding this podcast likely isn’t over. Monday morning, after Cooper agreed to return, Portnoy said Barstool CEO Erika Nardini received a call from media proprietor Scooter Braun on behalf of Franklyn’s boyfriend and HBO exec Peter Nelson. According to Portnoy, the call was an attempt at getting Franklyn 50% of Call Her Daddy back.

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Draymond Green, JJ Redick Sell Out Live Podcast Show

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness.

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The two new and most visible faces of the new media influx have teamed up for a live show that will take place in New York City. Draymond Green and JJ Redick are bringing their respective podcasts to the stage for a live experience.

On Monday (June 27), Draymond Green’s The Draymond Green Show and JJ Redick’s The Old Man and the Three will seek to entertain an already sold out audience at The City Winery in New York City.

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness. JJ Redick has earned universal praise for how he has handled his career post-retirement from the NBA, including appear often opposite Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take as well as the network’s myriad of other programming.

Draymond Green has been very public with his podcast that has very publicly recorded episodes minutes after Warriors games. He has recently invoked his mantra that he isn’t a part of the media (despite signing a contract with Turner Sports and Colin Cowherd’s The Volume). Instead he insists he is a part of the aforementioned new media.

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Scott Van Pelt Not Hurt By Draymond Green’s “New Media” Comment

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

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We have heard an awful lot in the fast month about “new media” with a large section of that discussion coming in regards to athletes in or formerly in the NBA. One such interaction was between a member of that new media and Scott Van Pelt.

After Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a victorious Draymond Green was interviewed on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt. In the interview, Van Pelt asked Green about dealing with the outside “noise” around the Finals. After Green gave a to-be-expected type answer, Van Pelt followed-up with the initial comment that start a wave.

Van Pelt: You’re part of the media now and you get to control the conversation from your perspective and I know you’ll-

Green: New media.

He then corrected Van Pelt’s assertion that Green had stated Stephen A. Smith was new media by saying:

Green: And by the way go watch The Draymond Green Show. I said Stephen A. sometimes acts like the new media. Sometimes he doesn’t. That’s on you, but nonetheless, don’t just lump me in with media, baby. It’s the new media.

Scott Van Pelt appeared on the SI Media Podcast and was asked about this exchange.

“I didn’t get that,” Van Pelt said of Green’s resistance in being associated with the word “media.”

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

Van Pelt went on about Green’s categorizing of Smith and other media as a separate column of media.

“I guess what Draymond actually said was sometimes he’s new media. I don’t give a shit who’s what…I think now as it relates to media, there’s no new and old because people that are in the old media are doing the new media and people that are in new media are cutting through in ways that people in old media didn’t think they ever would many years ago. I guess all I’m saying is whatever Stephen A. is, he exists in both lanes and Draymond, clearly his content cuts through on his podcast or with me.

I wasn’t hurt by it. I didn’t take it like he was mad at me. I was just correcting the semantics. It didn’t trouble me. Whatever. However Draymond frames what Stephen A. Smith is or what any of us are, it doesn’t feel important. I think it’s important he has that place where he wants to do his thing. And I think people are interested in hearing from the guy that was just out there not long after saying what he has to say.”

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Big Cat Asks For Listeners’ Help Booking Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take

“On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.”

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Barstool’s Big Cat has been trying to book NBA star Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take for five years, but the former MVP just won’t say yes.

On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.

“We want Kevin Durant on this show, and he has just alpha-ed me so hard at this point,” Big Cat said. “I need people to start replying to his tweets saying just go on Pardon My Take.”

It’s not like KD has given Big Cat the cold shoulder. Big Cat said Durant has responded to his DMs on Twitter before, even wishing him Happy Thanksgiving one year. But so far all attempts to get Durant on PMT have been futile.

“Maybe if we start getting some rings, then he’ll be like, ‘Yeah they’re an elite team, and I want to join up with them. And maybe I can help them win something,'” PFT Commenter said, referencing the fact that PMT is yet to be recognized with any podcasting awards.

Durant did more or less tell the podcast on Twitter he wasn’t interested on Wednesday.

Durant’s response probably still won’t deter Big Cat from trying to get Durant on the show, but at least they know where KD stands.

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