Alex Cooper to host ‘Call Her Daddy’ podcast without Sofia Franklyn amid drama

She’s a single father now.

“Call Her Daddy” co-host Alexandra Cooper took to YouTube late Friday night, announcing that she signed a solo deal with Barstool Sports to resume her smutty podcast and to tell her side of the split from her partner Sofia Franklyn.

Cooper, 26, said Franklyn, 28, allowed her beau HBO Sports executive Peter Nelson and his “posse” of agents and lawyers to interfere in their business and come between the one-time best friends.

The pair, who were originally squaring off with Barstool before turning on each other, haven’t recorded a podcast since early April.

“I am so f–king excited to get the show back on the air and continue to talk about the blow jobs and sh–ty one night stands,” Cooper said in her YouTube diatribe.

“The excitement I have, I wish Sofia had that day on [Barstool founder] Dave’s [Portnoy] rooftop,” she said of the now infamous meeting where Portnoy offered Cooper and Franklyn a sweetheart deal that would guarantee them a $500K base, plus incentives, and give them the “Call Her Daddy” intellectual property (IP).

“I’ll see you f–kers on Wednesday,” she said at the end of her clip.

In the 30 minute video, Cooper said the in-fighting started as they began renegotiating the second year of their three-year contract with Barstool Sports. During the first year with the sports media behemoth, Cooper made $506,000 and Franklyn received $461,000, according to Portnoy.

But the blonde said Nelson kept chirping that they made well below the industry standard. (Franklyn and Nelson have not responded to The Post’s requests for comment.) Cooper also alleges that the 38-year-old Nelson then took the lead, drafting a list of demands the women sought from Barstool, which included a guarantee of $1 million each, a bigger piece of their merchandise revenue and giving them the intellectual property rights.

“Dave Portnoy told us to go f–k ourselves in every single hole possible. It was awful . . . the document essentially pissed Dave off so much.”

According to Cooper, that’s where the talks stopped and when Nelson started shopping them around to other media companies.

The co-hosts then met Portnoy on his roof-deck saying they both went in with different goals. To Franklyn it was a courtesy meeting to let Portnoy know they were leaving while Cooper said she went in with an open mind. That’s when Portnoy extended the deal, which he said would have netted them millions.

“He offered what I consider the world,” Cooper said. But she claims her co-host felt differently. At the meeting, “I can tell Sofia is not matching my level of excitement. I wanted to shake Dave’s hand right on the rooftop,” said Cooper, who added that they walked home in silence, and they didn’t respond to Portnoy for a few days.

In that time, which Cooper calls, “the ghost period,” she said she was attempting to appease Franklyn’s ever changing demands. During a painful two hour phone call, their divergent paths became clear.

“Alex, I hate this deal. What it comes down to is: you don’t want to leave, and I don’t want to stay,” Cooper recalled Franklyn saying. “Sofia said, ‘the IP is the most important thing, but it’s not as important to me as it is to you. You think the IP is the end-all-be-all but I feel differently about that’ . . . We agreed that we valued the brand in a very different way.”

That’s when Cooper believes Franklyn wanted to sabotage everything. She suddenly had more representatives including Ben Davis, a hot shot agent at William Morris Endeavor, and other attorneys who kept moving the goal posts further away from Portnoy’s original offer.

“These people are never going to be f–king happy. This is all about money,” said Cooper, adding that no one on Franklyn’s side seemed to care about one another other than greenbacks.

According to Cooper, Franklyn kept saying that Barstool was “desperate” to get them back and kept asking for more.

That’s when Cooper called Portnoy, got her own representation that “Peter Nelson did not pick for me” and started hashing out a deal to return.

She also seemed to respond to Franklyn’s allegation that Cooper stabbed her in the back. Cooper admitted to landing a raise independently of Franklyn in the first year because she simply did more work including editing the podcast and handling the marketing and social media.

“I chose not to share this raise with Sofia. I chose to do that because Sofia made me feel uncomfortable that I did more work,” said Cooper.

This announcement caps off the salacious saga which Portney said, “In my 17 years of doing this, I have never dealt with anyone as unprofessional and disloyal and greedy as [the two women].”

On Instagram, Portnoy confirmed Cooper’s news, saying he doesn’t hate Sofia but couldn’t resist one last dig at Nelson.

“It’s all now back to Alex Cooper and Peter Nelson go f–k yourself, you f–k.”

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Southampton ace Alex McCarthy happy to return after mother-in-law’s coronavirus scare – The Sun

ALEX McCARTHY understands how silently coronavirus can infiltrate a family — having seen it in his own household.

The Southampton keeper’s mother-in-law lives with him, his wife, Rachel, two-year-old daughter Baylie and one-year-old son, Lake, at their Guildford home.

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Helen, 61, developed all the standard symptoms for Covid-19 during the first week of lockdown, including losing her senses of smell and taste.

She was laid low for a fortnight, with her relatives leaving meals outside her door to adhere to self-isolation guidelines and is thankfully fine now.

But the family had no idea how she contracted the virus, underlining why some players are reluctant to rush back to playing for fear of putting their loved ones at risk.

McCarthy, who has one cap for England, said: “We’re pretty sure she had it, though she wasn’t tested.

“She was in bed for two weeks and I had never seen her spend a day in bed before then.

“She had a really high temperature and couldn’t get it down. She was constantly coughing.

“My other half was making her food whenever she wanted it. We were leaving it outside her door. It was weird. The kids wanted to see her but couldn’t so it was hard for them. Thankfully she’s over it.

No one wants their dad to have anaccident but it meant he could be a lot more involved in me growing up. He enabled me to get where I am now. His accident put things into perspective."

“We have no idea where she got it. The club doc said maybe it was the kids but they didn’t have any symptoms. It was a strange one.”

None of the rest of the family displayed symptoms so McCarthy has been training in his back garden as best he can.

He has also been having online group sessions and chats with Saints’ other stoppers and goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes.

And he has had Baylie eagerly putting him through his paces by pressing the button on the high-tech ball-launcher the club sent him to practise shot-stopping.

Speaking to SunSport via Zoom, McCarthy added: “Our individual programmes have been really effective but, being a goalkeeper, you want that contact with the ball.

“I would say her serving is a little bit more consistent than Sparkesy’s! Baylie’s loved every minute of it. She wants to do it every day and would stay out there all day flinging balls at me if she could.”

The pandemic is causing everyone to be more anxious over health and what the future may hold.

McCarthy is obviously concerned but has a useful habit of being able to remain calm and keep things in perspective.

That trait was developed at the age of seven, when his father, Martin, suffered a terrible accident.

Martin was working as an engineer in Luxembourg when he was knocked off his bicycle by a drunk driver.

He broke his back, almost died of hypothermia and had to learn to walk again.

Martin recovered but had to change career to be closer to home — which meant he played a much more active role in his son’s path to professional football.

The Chelsea fan, who used to show his son videos of the late Peter Bonetti, would ferry McCarthy across the country for training sessions — not just for football, but cricket and golf, too.


Martin also encouraged McCarthy to take up some business interests on the side to have something to fall back on.

McCarthy has heeded his old man’s advice and is involved in an insurance company and a jeweller’s for bespoke rings and watches.

Seeing how his own businesses have been affected by coronavirus helped him sympathise with Southampton’s current financial challenges.

McCarthy was one of the senior pros who was influential in the Saints squad accepting a three-month deferral for ten per cent of their wages.

The ex-Crystal Palace keeper, 30, said: “No one wants their dad to have an accident but it meant he changed his line of work and he could be a lot more involved in me growing up.

“He enabled me to get where I am now. His accident put things into perspective.

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“I’m a footballer and I want to be playing football but there are more important things in life. Health and safety come first.”

That mantra sums up how McCarthy feels about Project Restart.

As soon as the medical experts give the green light, he is ready to play and maintains the season needs to be finished.

Playing behind closed doors will be a novel experience for the former Reading ace, who has some advice for his fellow goalkeepers — usually the loudest players on the pitch.

McCarthy, cryptically nicknamed ‘Bobby’ in the Saints dressing room, said: “Being behind closed doors, you’ll be hearing the goalkeepers a lot. We’ll have to mind our language!

“We’ve all played in reserve games but I’ve never played in a game behind closed doors.

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“It would definitely be strange. You’re used to going into stadiums and hearing the atmosphere. It will be different — but if it means we can get back playing, that will be positive.”

A return to action is something McCarthy cannot wait to see in his other passion of Formula One either.

He is mates with former McLaren racing director Eric Bouiller, who has previously invited him to both the Monaco and Montreal grands prix.

McCarthy has enjoyed Formula E’s virtual races during lockdown but insists it is no substitute for the real thing.

He added: “The virtual races have been interesting, with Ben Stokes doing it with a few of the other drivers.

“It’s nice to watch while all this is going on but it doesn’t compare to the real thing in front of thousands of people. There’s always that little bit more of a buzz and thrill about it. You can’t beat that.”

The same can be said for football.

But with this virus such a stealthy assailant — as McCarthy’s mother-in-law knows only too well — the best we can hope for are crowdless matches when it is safe enough to show them.

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Alex Scott column: ‘We didn’t see Phil Neville’s philosophy adapt’

Alex Scott made 140 appearances for England during a 15-year career in which she won nine league trophies and seven FA Cup titles with Arsenal. She was also part of the England squad who won bronze at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She played at three World Cups and four European Championships.

When Phil Neville took over as England manager the next step was to beat the best teams in the world and continue to do it on a consistent basis. He was in that mindset too.

But I struggle to look back and see what our standout performances were under him. At the World Cup last summer, there was the quarter-final win against Norway when everyone thought we were kicking into gear, but from there it just never really happened.

We have been waiting to see where this team is going and ultimately we have struggled. There were more questions after every game than answers.

England are not even competing with the best teams in the world now and that’s worrying for me.

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Former managers Hope Powell and Mark Sampson put us in a position to compete with the best but Neville’s record against those top sides has been very bad.

We have played nine teams ranked in the top five in the world and only won one.

I had that saying as a player that you “always leave the shirt in a better place than when you found it”. We all gave him time to do that. But we didn’t see his philosophy adapt.

‘Stubbornness to change hasn’t helped’

Powell pushed this team through World Cup qualifiers to tournaments, silver medals and finals. Then you had Sampson, who came in and elevated us to another level.

The Lionesses got recognition and we went to a World Cup and won bronze in 2015. We wanted to go on.

But we’re looking at a team at the moment which has struggled to find its best form and an identity under Neville.

He had an idea about the philosophy he wanted to play with, playing out from the back, but it’s not worked. You can see that by the stats and the number of goals we have conceded.

The stubbornness not to change that approach hasn’t helped but his intentions were always there to try and improve the women’s game.

When Neville first came in, one of the successful things he did was to get the Football Association to address issues around the treatment of the women’s team. Why are they travelling in a certain way when England’s men’s youth teams travel in better conditions? He was shining the spotlight on those improvements that needed to be made on the inside. It was great having all the media attention which helped grow the visibility of the game.

But when you look at the development of women’s football in this country, the momentum and the excitement has always come off the back of the Lionesses doing well in world tournaments.

We are trying to inspire the next generation coming through and they want to see winners.

Yes England won the SheBelieves Cup in 2019 but is that a competition to be shouting about in terms of an achievement? I don’t think so. They are not medals that I would get out and show people. It’s the medals you win at major tournaments that you are remembered for.

Ultimately, it comes down to what he did on the pitch and that wasn’t good enough.

Who I think could replace Neville

It’s a strange decision not to part ways with Neville immediately. You have a manager who you know isn’t going to lead you into a tournament and is effectively just in charge for friendlies. Does that come down to contracts and money?

You need a manager who comes in now, watches WSL games and starts to build instead of waiting 14 months. That’s lost time in my opinion.

We want England to be in the best position to go into the European Championship in 2022 and win it on home soil. It is a great opportunity for a new manager to come in and build.

But if you go back to the initial interview process with Neville, we have the same problems now. It’s the same names in the hat – Chelsea boss Emma Hayes and former Manchester City manager Nick Cushing – they were in the running before but they stepped out of the process for reasons which haven’t been discussed.

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So who are we looking at? The pool isn’t any bigger.

Manchester United boss Casey Stoney has a bit of club experience under her belt now when she didn’t before but is she ready to step away from what she is trying to build at her club? It will be a longer contract if the FA is appointing someone for back-to-back tournaments so that might help her decision.

I do think the FA has the capability to attract former USA and two-time World Cup-winning manager Jill Ellis when you look at the investment, which will only continue to grow. That is my disappointment with Neville – everything you need to make this team successful is there.

But is the FA looking at a manager who specialises in developing younger players or are you going to bring someone in with a proven track record? Because that’s what you want.

Alex Scott was speaking to BBC Sport’s Emma Sanders.

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