Barstool Sports Chief Tells 20-Year-Old Female Staffer She Will Look Too ‘Gross’ for On-Camera Work in 5 Years

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy had an uncomfortable moment on his SiriusXM radio show Wednesday after telling a 20-year-old female employee that she would be too “gross” to appear on air in five years and that people would vomit at the sight of her.

“She’s not going to be able to put her face in front of a camera in five years because people will throw up,” Portnoy said of Ria Ciuffo. “There is no apology coming for that.”

An outraged Ciuffo demanded one anyway.

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“I work on camera and you’re saying in five years I won’t even be able to have a job. I want to be working here in five years. I want to be on camera. I want to stay here,” she said. “That is horrible. That is really horrible.”

Portnoy then suggested she might have to consider working behind the camera.

Show co-hosts Kevin Clancy and Liz Gonzales were on Ciuffo’s side, meekly urging Portnoy to retreat from the statement.

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The Barstool founder dug in, however, saying that it was just a joke and one that he would make to any male. He added that he wouldn’t allow women any special exemption from his particular brand of humor.

“It’s obviously a f–ing joke,” he insisted. “Honestly if you’re going to cry, walk your f–ing ass out the door. That’s how we built this company. So people want girls and guys treated the same? They are.”

Portnoy has increasingly become a lightning rod for his provocative brand of bro-centric content. Just last week, he offered a defense of Corey Lewandowski’s infamous “womp womp” moment on Fox News on the grounds that it was humorous.

“It’s laugh-out-loud funny when he does it,” said Portnoy. “To use the womp womp womp right there. That’s an all-time womp womp womp.”

The news was first reported by Deadspin.

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Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy is popping champagne — literally — over John Skipper’s resignation from ESPN.

And yes, he knows about the outgoing ESPN president’s “substance addiction” explanation. It doesn’t appear that he’s buying it.

“It is a huge victory for us, I love watching my enemies go down,” said a giddy Portnoy. “They say it’s substance abuse, that stinks for him, but it’s probably a cop-out.”

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Portnoy goes on to call Skipper “That ‘Roger Rabbit’ bad-guy looking motherf—er,” in the below “Emergency Press Conference.”

The ex-ESPN boss became the Boston loudmouth’s “enemy” after canceling Barstool’s “Van Talk” TV show after just one episode in October.

“ESPN needed us more than we need them,” Portnoy said in the aftermath. “Everybody is saying, ‘ESPN is not cool, no one is paying attention to ESPN, they’re all paying attention to the Barstools of the world.’ Why? Because we’re authentic.”

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“This is exactly why Barstool Sports has to exist,” Portnoy added. “We’re one of the few places — maybe the only place — on the Internet where we don’t let agendas dictate what we do.”

There was no love lost on Monday, either. Portnoy called Skipper a “clown,” and proclaimed “everyone knows I like dancing on graves, that’s my thing.” He did find a second to wish Skipper well, though — and set sarcasm alarms off across the country in the process — saying “get the help you need, John, get the help you need. Dead serious.”

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Watch the video here:

Emergency Press Conference – I think I murdered John Skipper pic.twitter.com/KhzMfiZW2T

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) December 18, 2017

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More Layoffs to Shake Up ESPN by End of This Year

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More layoffs are set to hit ESPN soon, TheWrap has confirmed. This, even after a spring bloodbath that saw 100 on-air personalities losing their posts in a single day.

The Sporting News first reported a new upcoming round of cuts, with well-sourced writer Michael McCarthy placing the number at between 40-60 and timing in late November or early December. One person with knowledge of the ongoing restructuring told TheWrap that another round was looming, though the headcount is not set in stone.

Our insider said that this round is all about efficiency and cutting down on duplication. After all, the media landscape is nothing like it used to be, and few places are feeling the effects as much as the Disney-owned sports giant.

ESPN declined comment on this story when reached by TheWrap.

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ESPN is certainly not alone in the notion that the media behemoths from decades’ past must become leaner — or at least reallocate resources. For example, ESPN’s new ACC Network will be hiring as its parent company is pink-slipping — so it’s not going to be a total headcount loss overall.

Still, it’s been a rough couple of years for the “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” and cord-cutting has disproportionately impacted the priciest non-premium cable channel. That subscriber loss has been hard to absorb, particularly with the pricey talent contracts and sports rights ESPN had compiled over the years.

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And then there is the public perception problem. ESPN has had more than its share of PR issues to deal with lately.

On Monday, the channel canceled “Barstool Van Talk” after just one episode after ESPN personality Sam Ponder resurfaced sexist remarks Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy made about her back in 2014. And then there is the Jemele Hill issue — the channel’s “SC6” host can’t stop getting herself into hot water through Twitter.

Hill is nowhere near the first personality to get herself suspended for public comments that go against the Disney brand. Nor is her offense the worst of the bunch: Ryen Russillo was arrested late this summer for entering a stranger’s bedroom naked.

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There are more examples of misbehavior inside the Mouse House’s sports-media halls, but there is no need to kick a company when it’s down.

To the contrary, it is important to point out here that for all ESPN’s lost talent and subscribers, the Bristol, Connecticut-headquartered company is still No. 1 in the business — and by a lot. And its problems are certainly not unique to ESPN — they’re just so much more pronounced at the top of the heap.

Still, don’t get too close to anyone, newbie Katie Nolan — it’s unclear who will still be your colleague come Christmas.

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Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy isn’t surprised that ESPN canceled late-night talk show “Barstool Van Talk” after just one episode. He’s also not exactly losing sleep over it.

“ESPN needed us more than we need them,” Portnoy said Monday night during an “emergency press conference” livestreamed on Periscope. “Everybody is saying, ‘ESPN is not cool, no one is paying attention to ESPN, they’re all paying attention to the Barstools of the world.’ Why? Because we’re authentic.”

“This is exactly why Barstool Sports has to exist,” Portnoy told his loyal audience. “We’re one of the few places — maybe the only place — on the Internet where we don’t let agendas dictate what we do.”

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Portnoy still didn’t apologize for remarks he made three years ago about ESPN “Morning Countdown” host Sam Ponder that were widely viewed as sexist and that may have prompted the show’s cancellation, directly or indirectly. The man nicknamed “El Presidente” does wish he worded that self-described “rant” a bit differently.

“She got accomplished what she wanted to get accomplished,” Portnoy said of Ponder, later referring to it as “a grudge move” on her part.

Portnoy, who tipped his cap to Ponder for resurfacing the remarks one day before “Van Talk” debuted, asserted that “95 percent” of ESPNers actually like Barstool.

He called out Sarah Spain specifically as another employee of the Disney-owned network who most certainly does not — though Portnoy said that her beef stems from the fact that the “Around the Horn” regular just wants her own series.

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“I actually get why ESPN canceled the show,” he added on the social pressures levied against their short-lived allegiance.

“Anyone who thinks that ESPN executives wanted to cancel this show are nuts,” Portnoy said of the Big Cat vehicle, which literally takes place inside of a vehicle. “They’re a Walt Disney company. They gotta cater to what all the complaints and the few say. We do not. We will not. This is not our first controversy.”

“People who have been with us forever know we’re not sexist, we’re not chauvinistic, we’re not anything,” he concluded. “We make fun of everybody.”

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Sam Ponder isn’t exactly rolling out the welcome wagon to her new colleagues from Barstool Sports.

ESPN’s “Morning Countdown” host Ponder lashed out at Barstool on Monday, as ESPN2 prepared to launch its late-night offering “Barstool Van Talk.”

In a tweet published Monday, Ponder issued a sarcasm-laced welcome to “Barstool Van Talk” personalities Dan “Big Cat” Katz.

“Welcome to the ESPN family @BarstoolBigCat (& welcome to all ur minions who will respond to this so kindly),” Ponder tweeted, along with a screen shot of comments she appeared to attribute to Katz.

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“Seriously you sound like a KO Barstool freak, not a chick that has a job where the #1 requirement is you make men hard. So give it a rest with your righteous indignation. Your entire career and livelihood is based on appealing to guys like me and blogs like ours,” the screen shot read. “Bottomline is guys thinking chicks are hot is natural. It’s Darwinism. It’s never gonna change. But that doesn’t mean we don’t respect women and think it’s okay to hit a woman. I have no idea what’s so confusing about that. Go f–k yourself.”

Katz replied with a clarification that the comments were not his, adding that he has defended Ponder.

“Hey Sam, thanks for the welcome. I just want to clear one thing up, I didn’t write this blog post (you make it seem like I did) and the rundown you reference I actually defended you,” Katz wrote.

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After which, Ponder pivoted to take aim at Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy.

“I was wrong in thinking @BarstoolBigCat wrote that article & called me a slut repeatedly. He just continuously laughed along,” Ponder tweeted Tuesday. “It was the PRESIDENT of @barstoolsports who said these things. Happy to clarify.”

On Wednesday, Portnoy continued to reflect on the topic, posting a series of tweets that read in part, “I am disappointed that we are promoting a company name that still maintains support for horrific personal attacks against multiple women within ESPN.”

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“I am speaking up not to say ‘I am perfect, be like me’ but rather ‘where do we draw a line, what are our standards?’” Ponder added. “I don’t meet my own standards sometimes. This does not mean we throw the standard away. This means we get better. We speak up. We listen. We get better.”

Welcome to the ESPN family @BarstoolBigCat (& welcome to all ur minions who will respond to this so kindly) pic.twitter.com/AzgfdDx2FK

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 16, 2017

Hey Sam, thanks for the welcome. I just want to clear one thing up, I didn’t write this blog post (you make it seem like I did) and the rundown you reference I actually defended you.

– Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) October 17, 2017

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.

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 17, 2017

1/4 Let me save some researchers time????: I have been immature at times. I’ve been unkind. A gossip. Insecure. Prideful. Selfish. Legalistic. Self-righteous. & on & on. This is my story. My testimony. I’m not who I was. I didn’t have to stay that way.

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 18, 2017

2/4 The sins & immaturity of my past do not mean I can never speak up for what is right & good. & I have no problem taking the heat that inevitably comes. “You hypocrite!” Yes, yes I have been one. Many times, actually. This is my story. A mess of a human, saved by grace.

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 18, 2017

3/4 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.

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 18, 2017

4/4 I am speaking up not to say “I am perfect, be like me” but rather “where do we draw a line, what are our standards?” I don’t meet my own standards sometimes. This does not mean we throw the standard away. This means we get better. We speak up. We listen. We get better.

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 18, 2017

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