Alexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn have become feminist icons in our society today, normalizing the concept of women’s “locker-room” talk and openly discussing sexual experiences with their past and present partners. In the Call Her Daddy world, the women are the ones who wear the pants in the relationship. Cooper and Franklyn teach their viewers that men are not to be trusted at any costs, hence their iconic tagline “cheat or be cheated on.”
Although the so-called “raunchy” podcast has caused controversy around the nation, it has undoubtedly become one of the most successful podcasts in Barstool Sports history. Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports, has said that “Call Her Daddy” was an “instant success” and ultimately went beyond Cooper’s or Franklyn’s wildest dreams. All across the nation, “Call Her Daddy” soon became a standout brand, with trendy merchandise and a large social media following.
Recently, the “Call Her Daddy” success has been tarnished by two things: lack of communication and men. Between the social media feuds and cryptic merchandise to “Free The Fathers,” “Call Her Daddy” has taken an unfortunate turn that has left a single father to begin the new era of the podcast. To clear up the confusion, VALLEY has provided you with a timeline regarding the “Call Her Daddy” journey.
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October 3, 2018
Following a new partnership with Barstool Sports, the first official “Call Her Daddy” episode, “SEXT ME SO I KNOW IT’S REAL” is released. Hosts Alexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn’s detail their relationships and sex lives—all while living in the Big Apple.
October 2018 to April 2020
In the span of two years of “Call Her Daddy,” Cooper and Franklyn are at the top of the podcast charts. Along with their success, they built up a large social media presence and a loyal group of fans, who are referred to as the Daddy Gang. Spicing up their shows, Cooper and Franklyn invite guests like Dave Portnoy and Milf Hunter to share their experiences with relationships and sex. And people love it!
April 21, 2020
Cooper and Franklyn have not released a new episode within a week and the Daddy Gang is questioning the silence behind the fathers. All over Twitter, loyal fans share their concerns about Cooper and Franklyn’s abnormal absence from the podcast.
Finally, Cooper and Franklyn break their silence by posting on the @CallHerDaddy Instagram and Twitter. The duo claims that they will always be completely honest with the Daddy Gang, however, they legally cannot discuss their problems with the public at this time.
Using the hashtag #FreeTheFathers, the Daddy Gang is eager to help their favorite podcast return soon.
April 26, 2020
Due to an immense support from the Daddy Gang, “Call Her Daddy” releases merchandise with the hashtag #FreeTheFathers.
May 16, 2020
With the Daddy Gang still pondering the problems behind the podcast, the New York Post drops an article detailing the dispute over the “Call Her Daddy” duo.
Sit tight—it’s about to get real messy.
In terms of their partnership with Barstool Sports, Cooper and Franklyn supposedly wanted to leave Barstool Sports before their contract period was over.
As well as their tricky contract negotiations with Barstool Sports, the New York Post adds that Cooper and Franklyn’s relationship has been in jeopardy due to Franklyn’s boyfriend Peter Nelson. However, Nelson is no stranger to the “Call Her Daddy” podcast. In the podcast, he has been referred to as “Suitman,” with Sofia detailing her relationship with him to the Daddy Gang.
May 17, 2020
And finally… the silence around the “Call Her Daddy” podcast is shattered by Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. On the new “Call Her Daddy” episode “Daddy Speaks,” Portnoy unveils the truth to the Daddy Gang about problems behind the scene. Portnoy backs up the claim from the New York Post that Franklyn’s boyfriend, Peter Nelson, has been trying to sell the podcast to other networks.
In summary, Cooper and Franklyn wanted contract changes and their IP (intellectual property) from Barstool—after their contract ended. Since “Call Her Daddy” was so successful, Portnoy agreed to their terms to keep the podcast around.
Sounds perfect, right? Wrong. While Cooper was completely sold on staying with Barstool Sports, Franklyn didn’t want to continue the partnership— leading to the big business dispute.
May 19, 2020
As the internet erupts over Portnoy’s video, the hashtag #cancelsuitman spreads to various social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok. The Daddy Gang expresses their hate for Peter Nelson, explaining that he ruined the “Call Her Daddy” podcast.
In typical Barstool Sports fashion, they release #cancelsuitman merchandise.
Later that day, Franklyn releases a video on Twitter and Instagram explaining her side of the dispute. She claims that Cooper ultimately went behind her back for undisclosed reasons. However, Franklyn still wants to do “Call Her Daddy”—just not under the conditions that Cooper wants.
I found out that Alex had gone behind my back and done something and I found out that it wasn’t the first time, and that’s why we’re here. I trusted Alex, I feel betrayed, but ultimately she was my best friend and that doesn’t change overnight. I’m willing to do Call Her Daddy, I really am. I can’t do it under the circumstances that she wants.
May 22, 2020
Cooper releases a YouTube video explaining the “Call Her Daddy” dispute from her point of view. Basically, Cooper backs up everything that Portnoy mentions in the “Daddy Speaks” episode, explaining that Franklyn’s requests for contract changes were simply too much for Barstool Sports to offer.
Cooper adds that Franklyn never helped to edit, manage social media accounts or advertise new episodes to the Daddy Gang. Cooper explains that:
I wanted “Call Her Daddy” to remain a duo. I wanted Sofia to stay at Barstool with me and I wanted to do “Call Her Daddy” with Sofia so badly. 50/50 — [I] wasn’t going to ask for more money with the editing… I wanted to shake Dave’s hand right on the rooftop.
As a result of this, Cooper surprises the Daddy Gang and says that she will continue “Call Her Daddy” without co-host Franklyn.
May 26, 2020
Alas, Cooper releases “The Funeral” episode mourning the loss of her other half. In this episode, Cooper goes more into depth about her emotions after losing her best friend and co-host over a business dispute. Proposing a new era of “Call Her Daddy,” Cooper plans on recording more episodes about emotional struggles everyone experiences in their lives, like losing a best friend.
At the end, Cooper shocks viewers by proposing guests to come on the show—offering the Daddy Gang the opportunity to join Cooper for an episode. In this new era, loyal fans can write their stories into the show to be chosen to star as a guest on “Call Her Daddy” with Cooper. Talk about a new era!
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