ESPN said today it is canceling one of the sports network’s newest shows Barstool Van Talk after one episode. The show was based on the Barstool Sports podcast Pardon My Take hosted by Dan “Big Cat” Katz and PFT Commenter and produced by Henry Lockwood. The cancellation comes shortly after ESPN host Sam Ponder posted screenshots from a post on the Barstool blog that contained misogynistic and offensive comments.
ESPN president John Skipper made the announcement on Twitter, saying that the show’s cancellation was “effective immediately.”
He adds, “While we had approval of the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content.” Skipper went on to say he appreciated the efforts of Big Cat and PFT Commenter.
Although Skipper didn’t directly mention Ponder’s posts, the cancellation may have been in a response to them. Earlier last week, Ponder tweeted the aforementioned screenshots of Barstool blog posts from 2014 that called her “a chick that has a job where the #1 requirement is you make men hard” and told her to “go f*** yourself.”
She later clarified that the post was not written by Big Cat, but by the president of Barstool. She said that Big Cat “continuously laughed along.”
Katz, Commenter, and Lockwood made a joint statement via the official Pardon My Take Twitter account saying that they are “disappointed” that Barstool Van Talk has been canceled and they had a great time working on it.