After just one episode aired, ESPN made the decision Monday to cancel Barstool Van Talk. The show was on ESPN2 in the 1 a.m. Eastern time slot and had its debut episode on the network October 17.
ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement that “effective immediately,” the show was canceled.
“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 said in the statement.
Barstool Van Talk was hosted by Barstool personalities Dan “Big Cat” Katz and PFT Commentor, who have a popular podcast called Pardon My Take. It was a satirical show which contained jokes about sports and interviews inside the duo’s staple vehicle, “Vanny Woodhead.” The first episode featured ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt, and the second was set to feature Dan Patrick.
Barstool has largely received criticism for being misogynistic and offensive. Big Cat and PFT released a statement following the news of the cancellation, saying they were “very disappointed” to hear the news.
“We had a great time working on the show and were extremely excited about the future,” the statement said.