The co-host of popular podcast ‘Call Her Daddy’ has broken her silence on the controversy surrounding the show as she blasts her former partner as greedy.
Alexandra Cooper, 25, returned to present the show for the first time solo on Wednesday after a furious controversy erupted with her former co-host Sofia Franklyn, 27, and the podcast’s owners Barstool Sports.
Cooper claimed that she carried out most of the work involved in the podcast and that she was growing increasingly frustrated with Franklyn’s push for more money.
In an episode entitled ‘The Funeral’, Cooper broke down the events leading to the end of their friendship, claiming that Franklyn’s boyfriend, HBO Sports executive Peter Nelson, was exploiting the podcast for his own gain.
The friendship turned so sour that Cooper revealed ‘the last back-and-forth, big communication I had with Sofia was f – – king awful.
‘She said some things to me that I can’t imagine ever saying to a friend.’
Alexandra Cooper, pictured left, broke her silence Wednesday about her former Call Her Daddy co-host Sofia Franklyn as she returned to host the show solo for the first time
Cooper has blasted Franklyn’s boyfriend, HBO Sports executive Peter Nelson, for exploiting the podcast for his own gain and said that he was ‘controlling’ of her former friend
Franklyn and Cooper started the podcast, in which they discuss sex and dating, in 2018. It was quickly acquired by Barstool Sports and became an immediate success.
Tensions had become unbearable in recent weeks, however, as Cooper believed her friend was no longer as interested as they attempted to rework their contract with Barstool.
Cooper said that she has now signed a new deal but Franklyn has not.
She claimed that she was doing most of the work in the podcast but that Franklyn kept demanding more money.
‘I think this where Barstool and I are pretty frustrated,’ she began.
‘Sofia did not take the deal and when it got held up and there were no more points coming from her side, we had to move forward without her. That’s all it is. Everyone realized she’s never gonna be happy. There were more and more points and then eventually, she stopped sending points and then she never sent her points. She said she wanted it. She never signed it.
‘You know, you have a 50-50 deal in front of you in a partnership that’s not 50-50—genuinely, I’m like, “How do you not take that?” Like, I literally started to feel crazy…So, I think that’s important to emphasize and I want to make it very clear that it seemed to me in my opinion—Sofia’s 50-50 was about money. Not labor.’
‘Sofia’s asks were all more, more, more and I was doing the work, work, work,’ she added.
‘If somebody was supposed to be pressing for money, if somebody was going to do the brigade and push for more money, I think it should be me, the one who does more of the work.’
Alex Cooper, pictured, revealed she has now signed a new deal with Barstool Sports and is continuing the podcast without her former co-host Sofia Franklyn following a feud
Franklyn, right, and Cooper, pictured left, started the podcast, in which they discuss sex and dating, in 2018. It was quickly acquired by Barstool Sports and became an immediate success
Her harshest comments were for Nelson, however, who she called one of these ‘men with these big-ass names … trying to come in and finesse their way into Call Her F – – king Daddy.
‘Go f–k yourself,’ she said.
She added that Franklyn and Nelson had recruited the help of Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun to get involved in the rift, having him call Barstool about the deal.
‘My co-host is trying to have men come in and play penis games over a show that they do not know jack f – – king s – – t about. They care about the money,’ she said.
‘You’re trying to involve yourself in drama that you don’t know about.
‘Sofia and Peter Nelson had Scooter Braun call on behalf of them and say “we’re willing to take just 50 percent”.
‘I would love to ask Scooter Braun, Peter Nelson what do you know about Call Her Daddy? Name me some terms, what is the show about, what is the daddy gang, tell me?’ Cooper continued.
‘They know this thing makes an awful lot of money.
‘Why don’t you start by giving Taylor Swift her music back?’ Cooper clapped back at Braun.
‘I want to be very clear to every single man in the industry that wants to try and come and take a piece of the Daddy Gang again, if you’re calling on behalf of Peter Nelson and Sofia Franklin, suck my f–king d–k.
‘We are not for sale, you can’t just call and say “yeah, we’re ready to take 50 percent of the Daddy Gang”. We don’t want you, it’s sad but it’s just reaffirming to me that I made the right decision.’
Sofia Franklyn, pictured, had spoken out last week and said that Cooper was treating her like an ’employee’. She has not signed a new deal to return as host to the popular podcast
Franklyn is dating HBO Sports executive Peter Nelson who former co-host Alex Cooper has blasted for trying to influence the negotiations and for being ‘extremely controlling’
Cooper issued an apology to the listeners of the show for the sudden nature with which the rift emerged but explained that it had being ongoing behind the scenes for some time, despite the united front they presented.
The show had disappeared after its last episode on April 8 with no explanation.
Cooper also said that she had shown concern about Nelson’s control over his relationship with Franklyn.
‘From what I witnessed, from day one, the relationship was extremely controlling, and Sofia had expressed serious concern about it being a controlling relationship,’ she said.
‘And I watched Sofia slowly isolate herself with him.
‘I felt like it was me and Peter Nelson and it felt like my friend was checked out,’ Cooper said on the podcast.
‘Ever since he got involved, it sucked because our relationship, socially, we didn’t really hang out and I had to go and find more friends.
‘Socially, I didn’t have my friend anymore.’
Before the negotiations, the pair reportedly each make a base salary of $75,000, plus bonuses.
But the women are also said to have wanted to leave the company as there were other opportunities, like book and TV deals, that they couldn’t pursue because Barstool owns their brand.
Cooper on Wednesday’s episode said that Nelson wanted to get involved, as he had ideas to leave HBO and establish his own podcast company.
‘He would always mention to us, “You’re going to need a business manager.” As months went on, [it was like,] “Oh, wonderful, we’re just f – – ked.” It was just so obvious that he was there … not just out of the goodness of his princess’ heart,’ she said.
Drama: Fans of the Barstool Sports’ ‘Call Her Daddy’ were initially left puzzled when a feud erupted between the show’s two hosts Alex Cooper, left, and Sofia Franklyn, right
Hiatus: The women abruptly stopped posting new weekly episodes of their popular podcast in April but Cooper, pictured right, has now returned to host the show without Franklyn, left
Cooper added he just wanted a ‘piece of the pie’.
‘I’d have more respect if he could just say it. “Love of my life I’m going to get you the best deal?” No, you’re going to get yourself the best deal.”
The host added that things got worse as Nelson and Franklyn’s relationship developed, detailing a trip to L.A. where Franklyn wanted to spend time with him instead of taking part in the work trip.
Cooper claimed that Nelson threatened Franklyn, saying that she’d regret it if she failed to meet him while they were in L.A.
‘Sofia wanted to go see Peter … I wanted to go party … but I also knew, like, we needed to be a united front. People saw us as the ‘Call Her Daddy’ girls, so if I … show up alone, it’s not the way we wanted to present ourselves in the industry.’
As well as being co-hosts, the pair were also roommates and Cooper revealed that she will be moving out of their shared apartment in July.
‘Actually, our lease is up at the end of July, so we were gonna have to move out soon anyways,’ she pointed out. ‘And so, I am going to move out and I’m going to move into a new place and I’m gonna live alone. I’m not sure what Sofia is doing.’
Despite the rift, Cooper continued to defend Franklyn and said that she should not be receiving any abuse online.
‘Guys, Daddy Gang, please listen. That is not okay, at all. Ever. I don’t support cancel culture, none of us should. We don’t need to agree with Sofia and her decisions, but we absolutely don’t need to be bullying her. There’s no excuse for that. Point blank, I’m f–king done.’
Subscribers of the podcast, which is one of the most popular ones on Apple, were alerted to the feud earlier this month after it stopped posting new episodes in April.
Since then, news about feuds between the women and Barstool founder Dave Portnoy, 43, emerged.
Portnoy shed more light on the problem by releasing his own episode of the ‘Call her Daddy’ podcast on May 17 in which he explained the contract negotiations.
He said that that a few months earlier, Franklyn and Cooper tried to renegotiate their contracts, demanding $1 million each — but, he added, there was no upside for Barstool, which already has them locked into a three-year contract.
‘Barstool’s stance was, if you guys take Call Her Daddy and go somewhere else, we’re going to sue the f*** out of you. Like, you’re under a three-year contract,’ he said.
He said he did offer them a better deal, though: $500,000 each, with bonuses, and six months taken off their contract.
Barstool founder Dave Portnoy, 43, has also accused Franklyn’s boyfriend Peter Nelson of stirring up trouble in an episode of Call Her Daddy he released to explain the situation
Portnoy also accused Nelson of stirring up trouble.
‘He was the one who brought in all these lawyers… he was openly shopping ‘Call Her Daddy,” he said.
‘A part of me is like, you know what? No amount of money is worth this. Let’s just get rid of them, keep the [intellectual property], and start this over again ourselves.’
Franklyn also chimed in on the feud herself last week, sharing a message on her Instagram Stories in which she said Cooper was treating her like an ’employee.’
‘I found out that Alex had gone behind my back and done something. And I found out it wasn’t the first time. And that’s why we’re here. I trusted Alex. I feel betrayed,’ she said.
‘I am willing to do ‘Call Her Daddy.’ I really am. I just can’t do it under the circumstances that she wants… she is demanding that she controls the show.
‘We are partners. We have always been that way. We’ve always been 50/50, and so it’s put me in an extremely tough position. So here we are.’
Source: dailymail US