“When he got Barstool Van Talk cancelled why did he then invite me to sit next to him at a fight at MSG as his guest and pretend that I didn’t know he was responsible? Did he think I was stupid or that I’d just forget or is he just that two faced?”
After the mistake was noticed, Portnoy corrected himself with the following tweets:
“Quick correction. I got the wrong Khan. Tony we like. Nick is the guy who is full of shit. Carry on. Again my fault. Nick Khan is a snake.”
AEW’s owner accepted the apology by writing: “2 more different people we could not be. Here’s to not being two-faced + here’s to a big week of @AEWonTV, the #AEWDynamite 3 year anniversary Wednesday on TBS, our first XL 2 hour,15 minute episode ever! + Friday the first ever live 2 hour #AEWRampage/#BattleOfTheBelts on TNT!”
ESPN canceled Barstool Van Talk after just one episode that aired at 1 am ET on ESPN 2 in October 2017. This show was adapted from the Pardon My Take podcast hosted by “Big Cat” Dan Katz and PFT Commenter.
Despite its time slot, the show drew in respectable ratings with 88,000 viewers.
It was reported that then-CAA talent agent Nick Khan sent an email to ESPN President John Skipper and Connor Schell, executive vice president of content, including screenshots from a 2014 Barstool blog that maligned one of his clients, Samantha Ponder, in sexist and anti-religious terms.
Days before the premiere of the first show, then-ESPN NFL reporter Sam Ponder expressed disappointment with the decision and cited Barstool’s past history of misogyny.
Khan’s message noted that with ESPN moving forward with Barstool, its executives should reach out to his client, who took over “one of the network’s highest-profile on-air positions as host of “NFL Countdown.”