Barstool Sports’ podcast Call Her Daddy will move forward with one of its two hosts after Alexandra Cooper announced in a YouTube video over the holiday weekend that she had inked a deal with the company to host the show without co-host Sofia Franklyn. Cooper said she will release an episode on Wednesday, which would be the first since early April, when the two women stopped recording shows as they attempted to renegotiate their deal with Barstool Sports after just one year into their three-year deal.
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy went public last week with the deal he offered Cooper and Franklyn to keep the show in production and its advertising dollars flowing at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt the company’s billings. That deal included $500,000 per year in pay plus bonuses, a 7.5% cut of all the merchandise sales, and their three-year contract would be cut to just 18 months. Portnoy said he also agreed to give up the intellectual property on the show. “It was a no-brainer deal,” Portnoy said on an episode posted on the Call Her Daddy show feed last week. “I just wanted to get this f-ing thing going so we could pay the bills,” he said.
The offer, however, only further drove Cooper and Franklyn apart. In her YouTube video, Cooper blamed Franklyn’s boyfriend, former HBO Sports executive Peter Nelson, and his team of agents and lawyers for their split.
“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,” said Cooper. “And I am so f-ing excited to get the show back on the air.”