‘Reply All’ podcast paused amid costs of poisonous conduct
The favored “Reply All” podcast has been placed on hiatus and is canceling two remaining episodes of a collection that explored allegations of structural racism and a problematic work tradition at meals journal Bon Appetit.
The rationale? Former workers at Gimlet Media, the podcast’s writer, charged that two folks behind “Reply All” had exhibited conduct just like what they had been investigating at Bon Appetit.
Alex Goldman, one of many hosts of “Reply All,” mentioned in an audio assertion Thursday that “we must always by no means have printed this collection as reported.” He apologized to present and former colleagues, listeners and sources for the collection on Bon Appetit, known as “The Take a look at Kitchen.”
“Former colleagues of ours at Gimlet publicly described a number of situations of troubling conduct from Sruthi and P.J.,” Goldman mentioned, referring to senior reporter Sruthi Pinnamaneni, who narrated “The Take a look at Kitchen,” and co-host P.J. Vogt. Each have left the podcast, he mentioned.
Spotify, which acquired Gimlet in 2019, mentioned Pinnamaneni and Vogt are nonetheless at Gimlet. Neither Pinnamaneni nor Vogt responded to messages looking for remark.
The editor of Bon Appetit, Adam Rapoport, resigned final yr after an previous photograph of him and his spouse wearing stereotypical Puerto Rican costumes surfaced on social media. Upset workers, particularly those that had been engaged on racial inequities on the meals journal and its fashionable YouTube movies, seized the second to press for modifications on the publication.
These occasions happened in mid-2020 throughout a reckoning in media and different industries that emerged following the dying of George Floyd and protests towards police brutality towards Black folks.
The “Reply All” collection on Bon Appetit was reported over eight months. Two of 4 episodes have aired, telling the tales of present and former Black, Latino, Indian-American and Asian-American staffers on the journal.
After the second episode of “Take a look at Kitchen” got here out, Eric Eddings, a former Gimlet worker, tweeted that Vogt and Pinnamaneni had “contributed to a close to an identical poisonous dynamic at Gimlet.”
He mentioned that Pinnamaneni tried to rally others towards a 2019 unionization drive, whereas Vogt despatched harassing messages to organizers and denigrated colleagues.
Within the second episode of the podcast, Pinnamaneni confessed to regrets about her personal previous conduct and the way she reacted to the union drive.
“To the extent I talked about it, I talked about the way in which that their combat was stepping on my toes,” she mentioned on the podcast. “It took eight months of reporting on Bon Appetit for me to see how improper I used to be about all that, and if I’m sincere, I’m nonetheless processing the anger that I really feel towards myself.”
She and Vogt apologized on social media final week for his or her conduct throughout the unionization push at Gimlet.
“Reply All” is one in all Gimlet’s largest reveals. Spotify began as a music streaming service however lately has made a giant push into podcasting. It has an unique cope with Joe Rogan, one of the crucial fashionable podcasters, and introduced this week that it had signed up former President Barack Obama and rocker Bruce Springsteen for an eight-episode podcast collection.
“These accounts prompted a looking on our staff in regards to the work tradition at ‘Reply All’ and left us asking whether or not we may proceed airing this story with out interrogating ourselves and what has unfolded at Gimlet,” Goldman mentioned Thursday.
Staffers wish to inform what occurred and the podcast is paused as they attempt to perceive what went improper, he mentioned. “We wish to inform you as finest as we will what occurred,” he mentioned. “You’ll hear extra from us quickly.”