ESPN Cancels 'Barstool Van Talk' After One Week

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ESPN president John Skipper

"While we had approval over the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content," said network president John Skipper.

ESPN president John Skipper on Monday announced he was canceling Barstool Van Talk after only one episode. 

"While we had approval over the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content," he said. 

The show from Barstool Sports premiered Oct. 17 at 1 a.m. on ESPN2 and featured Barstool’s Dan “Big Cat” Katz and PFT Commenter. "They delivered the show they promised," Skipper said in his statement. 

ESPN reporter Sam Ponder was among those who expressed displeasure with her network's partnership with Barstool due to sexist remarks made in the past. 

"I was wrong in thinking @BarstoolBigCat wrote that article & called me a slut repeatedly. He just continuously laughed along. It was the PRESIDENT of @barstoolsports who said these things. Happy to clarify," she wrote on Twitter. "I can simultaneously admit my own flaws & failings & say yes, I am disappointed that we are promoting a company name that still maintains support for horrific personal attacks against multiple women within ESPN." 

In a video statement posted to the main Barstool Sports account, president David Portnoy said there was a "minor uprising" at ESPN, but "95 percent" of the people at the network like Barstool.

"ESPN needed us more than we need them," Portnoy said. "They're a Walt Disney company. They have to cater to all the complaints and what the few say." 

Barstool Sports said in a statement posted on its Pardon My Take Twitter account that it was disappointed with the news. 

"We had a great time working on the show and were extremely excited about the future," the statement said. "Although we are heartbroken, Pardon My Take will continue to get bigger and strong every single day." 

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