The hosts of raunchy hit podcast “Call Her Daddy” claim they’re being heinously oppressed by sports media behemoth Barstool Sports, which launched the show. But Barstool has defended itself to Page Six telling us it made them into “superstars” using its “million-dollar marketing machine.”
Alexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn — who launched the show in 2018 — have stopped recording the weekly podcast and launched the #FreeTheFathers hashtag, suggesting they’re being imprisoned or even enslaved by the company. But someone leaked their contracts to us — and industry insiders who reviewed them tell us that the deal is actually pretty sweet for a new podcast with unproven hosts.
The contract says they’re each making $75,000 annually as a base salary — going up to $100,000 after three years — with an additional $2,500 an episode for every 10% of listeners that they can pull in above their average. The deal adds up to a steady six-figure take-home, insiders estimate.
But we’re told that the real money for the pair is in TV and book spinoff deals — which they can’t cash in on because Barstool owns the show’s intellectual property, such as its name, logo and concept. “If I was their agent, I’d tell them that now is the time to get out of their deal or renegotiate it,” said one, “They’re huge right now — you don’t want to wait until after your moment has passed.”
A Barstool rep tells Page Six that, “In the case of ‘Call Her Daddy,’ we took a risk on unproven talent and put the full resources of Barstool Sports and our million-dollar marketing machine behind them to make them huge.” The rep told us that they’ve been given “significant raises.” “The goal with all of our talent here, including Alex and Sofia, is that at the end of their contract, their personal brands are worth far more than when they started.”
They added, “We take risks on talent and try to make them superstars. We believe it is a win-win for everybody.”
Cooper didn’t get back to us, and we couldn’t reach Franklyn for comment.
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