Four months after Mike Boudet relinquished hosting duties of the true-crime podcast Sword and Scale — after controversial comments he made about International Women’s Day cost the podcast advertisers and the loss of its hosting company – he’ll return to the show in July. The independent production company Incongruity says it has been “inundated” with tweets, emails, and voicemails from fans asking for Boudet's return.
Boudet stepped away from the show he wrote in a now-deleted post on Instagram, “I don’t understand dumb c---s. Maybe I should take one apart to see how it works.” Boudet, who has faced controversy in the past over comments that were found offensive, faced a social media backlash. Advertisers also fled from the show and the podcast network Wondery parted ways with Incongruity.
During the past several months Sword and Scale has been hosted by WebSleuths.com creator Tricia Griffith. When Boudet takes over again, the podcasts she hosted will be re-released, this time with Boudet narrating the episodes. Incongruity said the new show would be available on all popular podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher and TuneIn.
“I'm excited to be back on Sword and Scale. It's what I love to do, and what I know how to do best,” Boudet said. "Although, I don't think I'll be back on social media anytime soon."
The first episode with Boudet hosting is set to be released July 4.
Sword and Scale, which debuted in 2013, uses an immersive storytelling style that puts the listener in the middle of a real-life true crime tragedy using 911 calls, police interrogations, and courtroom audio. That no-holds-barred approach has helped make it one of the top-ranked shows on Apple Podcasts.