If you haven’t heard of the spicy Barstool Sports podcast Call Her Daddy, their messy, headline-making drama is worth a tune-in. Co-hosted by NYC twenty-somethings Alexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn, Call Her Daddy is known for its relatable and raunchy dating advice.

The podcast gained notoriety back in 2018 when it was acquired by Barstool Sports and grew a super dedicated fanbase. Need proof? Right now, Cooper has 1 million Instagram followers. Franklyn has 811,000.

But the hosts haven’t posted a new episode since April and recently, there’s been some public drama between them and Barstool. So… what’s the deal? Ahead, a timeline of WTF is going on with Call Her Daddy.

April 8, 2020

The weekly podcast drops an episode with the ominous title, “Kesha… The End.” Left with that mysterious clue, fans begin to speculate about the fate of the Fathers (that’s what Cooper and Franklyn’s fans call them) and accuse Barstool Sports of silencing the women.

As observant fans point out, Cooper and Franklyn had been leaving cryptic hints for months with titles like “It’s Over” and “Prisoners of Azkaban,” and the Daddy Gang was quick to hop on the defensive.

There’s no way Barstool wasn’t aware of the #callherdaddy hosts’ satisfaction. They posted cryptic messages like these for months. And there’s no way a company that claims 35% of their business is podcasts and this being the top podcast wasn’t checking in on them pic.twitter.com/oTaLuvIXaq

April 21, 2020

After a week with no new episode, Franklyn and Cooper post a statement on the @CallHerDaddy Instagram account. It says, “We are always 100% transparent with the Daddy Gang but legally we can’t speak out yet. What we will say is… We will never fucking leave you Daddy Gang. The minute we can speak we will #FREETHEFATHERS”

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#FREETHEFATHERS @alexandracooper @sofiafranklyn

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Bolstered by the overwhelming support from their followers, Call Her Daddy released #FREETHEFATHERS merch and encouraged fans to “join the fucking movement.”

2020 is CANCELLED if they don’t come back #FREETHEFATHERS https://t.co/WLd4XTMvw5

May 16, 2020

May 17, 2020

After almost a month of silence from all parties, Barstool Sports founder and president Dave Portnoy drops a tell-all podcast on the Call Her Daddy feed, saying he’d “never dealt with anyone as unprofessional and disloyal and greedy as [the two women].”

He also says the company was losing around $100,000 for each missed episode and that Barstool Sports had offered them $500,000 a year plus bonuses to return.

The daddies are crazy… $500k a year to talk about sex once a week and that’s not good enough for you? Imagine having it THAT easy.. feel betrayed as a fan tbh #callherdaddy #CHD #freethefathers

In the episode, Portnoy backs up the claims made in the New York Post article, alleging that Cooper and Franklyn were fighting, thanks to Franklyn’s boyfriend Peter Nelson, an HBO Sports executive. Portnoy calls this dude “Suitman.” Here’s Portnoy’s side of the story:

May 19, 2020

Fans begin to lash out against Nelson on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for his alleged role in ending Call Her Daddy. Barstool Sports then decides to release merch with the phrase “cancel suitman.”

Tell me someone who moves faster than @stoolpresidente & @barstoolsports #vivalastool #fyp #learnontiktok #callherdaddy #drama

Franklyn posts on Instagram Stories to respond to online criticism and accuses Cooper of double-crossing her. She says:

Full story on IG. Link in bio. pic.twitter.com/YG6mGK1Uey

Portnoy then hops on the @CallHerDaddy Instagram feed to address Franklyn’s videos and says he’d be willing to give Franklyn her own podcast, separate from the Call Her Daddy brand.

My Take On Sofia’s Comments Since Somebody Has To React To It. @stoolpresidente

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May 20, 2020

On IGTV, Portnoy announces that Barstool Sports isn’t “looking for Call Her Daddy replacements,” but that they’re always searching for fresh female talent.

If you want to work here send a demo to [email protected]

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Okay that’s all for now but obvs this isn’t over yet. We’ll keep updating this for all you *takes deep breath* daddy gang members out there.


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