ESPN has canceled Barstool Van Talk after one episode on its Tuesday night spot at 1 a.m. ET on ESPN2, the network announced.
Barstool Van Talk was a late night show adapted from the popular podcast Pardon My Take, which has stayed atop the sports podcast rankings since its debut in February 2016.
ESPN President John Skipper issued the following statement: “Effective immediately, I am canceling Barstool Van Talk. While we had approval on the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content. Apart from this decision, we appreciate the efforts of Big Cat and PFT Commenter. They delivered the show they promised.”
Pardon My Take issued the following statement on Twitter: “We are very disappointed to hear that Barstool Van Talk has been canceled by ESPN. We had a great time working on the show and were extremely excited about the future. Thank you to all the Award Winning Listeners/Waters for supporting us, and thank you to all the great people who worked alongside us at ESPN and Embassy Row. Although we are heartbroken, Pardon My Take will continue to get bigger and stronger every single day.”
The debut episode averaged 88,000 viewers. Men in the 18 to 49 age demographic accounted for 53,000 viewers. The lead-in for the show drew 61,000 viewers. The lead-out was 39,000 viewers. Barstool Van Talk helped improve on both.
The debut episode included an interview with SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt, who is a recurring guest on PMT.
In the days leading up to the show’s debut, NFL reporter Sam Ponder expressed her “disappointment” in ESPN’s decision to bring on Barstool personalities onto the network.