The widespread Reply All podcast has been placed on hiatus and is cancelling two remaining episodes of a sequence that explored allegations of structural racism and a problematic work tradition at meals journal Bon Appétit.
The purpose? Former workers at Gimlet Media, the podcast’s writer, charged that two people behind Reply All had exhibited behaviour just like what they have been investigating at Bon Appétit.
Alex Goldman, one of many hosts of Reply All, stated in an audio assertion Thursday that “we should never have published this series as reported.” He apologized to present and former colleagues, listeners and sources for the sequence on Bon Appétit, known as “The Test Kitchen.”
“Former colleagues of ours at Gimlet publicly described multiple instances of troubling behaviour from Sruthi and P.J.,” Goldman stated, referring to senior reporter Sruthi Pinnamaneni, who narrated “The Test Kitchen,” and co-host P.J. Vogt. Both have left the podcast, he stated.
Spotify, which acquired Gimlet in 2019, stated Pinnamaneni and Vogt are nonetheless at Gimlet. Neither Pinnamaneni nor Vogt responded to messages in search of remark.
The editor of Bon Appétit, Adam Rapoport, resigned final yr after an previous picture 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 widespread YouTube movies, seized the second to press for adjustments on the publication.
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Those occasions passed off in mid-2020 throughout a reckoning in media and other industries that emerged following the demise of George Floyd and protests towards police brutality towards Black people.
The Reply All sequence on Bon Appétit 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 “Test Kitchen” got here out, Eric Eddings, a former Gimlet worker, tweeted that Vogt and Pinnamaneni had “contributed to a near identical toxic dynamic at Gimlet.”
Last week I acquired an e mail from Sruthi about Reply All’s Test Kitchen sequence. I had been avoiding listening however as soon as I did I felt gaslit. The fact is RA and particularly PJ and Sruthi contributed to a close to similar poisonous dynamic at Gimlet. This will be an extended thread, apologies.
He stated that Pinnamaneni tried to rally others towards a 2019 unionization drive, while Vogt despatched harassing messages to organizers and denigrated colleagues.
In the second episode of the podcast, Pinnamaneni confessed to regrets about her personal previous behaviour and the way she reacted to the union drive.
“To the extent I talked about it, I talked about the way that their fight was stepping on my toes,” she stated on the podcast. “It took eight months of reporting on Bon Appétit for me to see how wrong I was about all that, and if I’m honest, I’m still processing the anger that I feel toward myself.”
She and Vogt apologized on social media final week for his or her behaviour throughout the unionization push at Gimlet.
Reply All is one among Gimlet’s largest reveals. Spotify began as a music streaming service however lately has made an enormous push into podcasting. It has an unique deal with Joe Rogan, one of the crucial widespread podcasters, and introduced this week that it had signed up former U.S. President Barack Obama and rocker Bruce Springsteen for an eight-episode podcast sequence.
“These accounts prompted a reckoning on our team about the work culture at Reply All and left us asking whether we could continue airing this story without interrogating ourselves and what has unfolded at Gimlet,” Goldman stated Thursday.
Staffers need to inform what occurred and the podcast is paused as they attempt to perceive what went flawed, he stated. “We want to tell you as best as we can what happened,” he stated. “You’ll hear more from us soon.”