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

 nypost.com  05/23/2020 11:30:53   Kirsten Fleming

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 warned her “Daddy gang” at the end of the 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 “way 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 essentially told us to go F ourselves in every single hole possible. It was awful … that document essentially pissed Dave off so much.”

According to Cooper, that’s when all negotiations stopped but they continued to do the podcast as Nelson started shopping them around to other media companies.

After receiving other offers, the co-hosts met Portnoy on his roof-deck  but Cooper said 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 offers us what I saw as the world,” Cooper said, comparing it to brand ownership deals scored by Howard Stern and David Letterman. But she claims her co-host felt differently. After the meeting, “I can tell Sofia is not matching my level of excitement,” said Cooper, who added that they walked home in awkward 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 on May 6, 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, Alex. I get 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 and “force me into starting a new show.” 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, and 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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