ESPN Cancels New Barstool Sports Show After One Episode


ESPN has ended its new partnership with Barstool Sports after the website's first episode of its new show, "Barstool Van Talk."

The program, an offshoot of Barstool Sports' popular podcast "Pardon My Take," was only able to air once last week before ESPN president John Skipper announced the show was canceled on Monday, the New York Post reported.

"Effective immediately, I am cancelling ‘Barstool Van Talk,'" Skipper said in a statement. "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."

Dan "Big Cat" Katz and PFT Commenter co-hosted the now-canceled show.

ESPN's partnership with Barstool Sports quickly became contentious, in part because of the controversial website's past comments about Samantha Ponder, host of ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown." A 2014 Barstool Sports blog post criticized and demeaned Ponder and told her to "go fuck yourself."

Ponder on Monday sent out a tweet welcoming the new show's hosts to the "ESPN family," attaching screenshots of the blog post. She also castigated Barstool Sports after audio from 2014 surfaced of Katz laughing as the website's president, David Portnoy, called her a "slut" and other insults.

"Pardon My Take" issued a statement on Twitter after the cancellation, describing the news as disappointing.

"We had a great time working on the show and were extremely excited about the future," the statement read. "Thank you to all the Award Winning Listeners/Watchers 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."

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