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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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Barstool Sports Star Big Cat Launches Coffee Business

Barstool conducted a recent fan survey, and 80% of respondents said they drink coffee on a daily basis. Katz and the folks at Barstool listened, and so Stella Blue was born.

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A new direct-to-consumer product from the minds at Barstool Sports has hit store shelves – coffee. Stella Blue Coffee is a new brand launched by Pardon My Take co-host and Barstool Sports star Dan “Big Cat” Katz.

The name was inspired by Big Cat’s love of coffee and his love for his recue dog Stella.

Barstool conducted a recent fan survey, and 80% of respondents said they drink coffee on a daily basis. Katz and the folks at Barstool listened, and so Stella Blue was born.

The coffee will feature three different blends. Positive Vibes is the light roast, Big Cat Blend is the medium roast and Electric Avenue Dark Roast. The coffee is available in 12-ounce whole bean bags, 12-ounce ground bags and pods for Keurig lovers.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the coffee will go to PAWS Chicago, the largest no-kill humane organization in Dan’s hometown.

Stella Blue is the latest Barstool-backed and created DTC product to hit store shelves. The company has a record of previous success launching other products including flavored vodka, beer and hard seltzers.

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Barstool Sports Raising Money In Memory of Murdered Virginia Football Players

Barstool created a design featuring the phrase C’ville Strong above the cross swords used in Virginia’s athletic logo. The design also features the initials and numbers for the three murdered players.

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has announced a fundraising campaign for the three Virginia football players murdered earlier this week.

In a tweet, Portnoy said 100% of proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to support the families of Lavel “Tyler” Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry, who were all killed in an on-campus shooting earlier this week.

Two of the three football players killed were Barstool Athletes, a name, image, and likeness program started by the online outlet.

Barstool created a design featuring the phrase C’ville Strong above the cross swords used in Virginia’s athletic logo. The design also features the initials and numbers for the three murdered players.

Merchandise can be purchased here.

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Grant Wahl Details Run-In With Qatari Security At World Cup

“Picture is not allowed, sir,” the guard purportedly told Wahl. When he asked for clarification, the guard told him “Kindly delete it, sir”.

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CBS Sports soccer analyst Grant Wahl has detailed an issue he had with security as the 2022 World Cup prepares to take place in Qatar.

In an article posted on his Substack, Wahl claimed he took a picture of a sign in the media center that said “Now is All”. He shared after he took the photo, a security guard immediately walked over.

“Picture is not allowed, sir,” the guard purportedly told Wahl. When he asked for clarification, the guard told him “Kindly delete it, sir”.

The 2022 World Cup being held in Qatar has been viewed as controversial for a multitude of reasons, mostly centered around the country’s poor record on human rights. Other media members have shared their experiences with Qatari security, as a confrontation with a Danish television crew went viral earlier this week.

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