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“Answer Everyone” podcast stopped amid allegations of toxic behavior

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The popular “Answer All” window has been shut down, canceling the remaining two episodes of the series, which examined allegations of structural racism and problematic work culture in the Bon Appetit food magazine.

Reason? Former employees of Podcast publisher Gimlet Media have accused the two men behind “Answer Everyone” of behaving like they were investigating in Bon Appetit.

“We should never have published this series as reported,” said Alex Goldman, one of the hosts of the “Answer All” program, in an audio statement on Thursday. He apologized to current և former partners, listeners և sources for Bon Appetit’s TV series called “The Test Kitchen”.

“Our former Gimlet colleagues have publicly described many instances of Sruthi և PJ’s disturbing behavior,” Goldman said, referring to senior journalist Sruthi Pinnamaneni, who told The Test Kitchen և co-author PJ Vogt. h: He said they both left the podcast.

Spotify, which acquired Gimlet in 2019, said that Pinnamaneni և Vogt are still in Gimlet. Neither Pinnamaneni nor Vogt responded to comments seeking comment.

Bon Appetit editor Adam Rapoport resigned last year after an old photo of him wearing a Puerto Rican costume appeared on social media. Outraged employees, especially those working on racial inequalities in the food magazine and its popular YouTube videos, took the opportunity to make changes to the publication.

These events took place in mid-2020 during the media and other industry counts, which emerged from the death of George Orch Floyd and protests against police brutality against the people of the SS.

Bon Appetit’s “Answer All” series aired for eight months. Two of the four episodes aired, telling the stories of the magazine’s current, former CC, Latin American, Indian-American and Asian-American employees.

After the screening of the second series of “Test Kitchen”, Eric Eddings, a former employee of Gimlet, wrote on Twitter that Vogt և Pinnamaneni “contributed to the almost identical toxic dynamics of Gimlet.”

He said Pinnamaneni was trying to rally others against union membership in 2019, while Vogt was sending harassing messages to organizers and humiliating partners.

In the second episode of the podcast, Pinnamaneni confessed that he regretted his past behavior and how he reacted to the union.

“As much as I talked about it, I talked about the horse, how their fight is on my toes,” he said in a podcast. “It took me eight months to see how wrong I was with Bon Appetit, and to be honest, I still cultivate the anger I feel about myself.”

Last week, he and Vogt apologized to social media for their behavior during Gimlet’s union push.

“Answer All” is one of Gimlet’s biggest shows. Spotify started out as a music streaming service, but has made a huge contribution to podcasting in recent years. It’s an exclusive deal with popular ogan Rogan, one of the most popular podcasters, announcing this week that he has signed up with former President Barack Obama’s rocker Bruce Springsteen for an eight-episode podcast series.

“These accounts made our team count on the ‘Answer for All’ work culture. They asked us if we could continue broadcasting this story without questioning what happened at Gimlet,” Goldman said on Thursday.

He said staff wanted to tell what had happened, and the podcast paused as they tried to figure out what was wrong. “We want to tell you what happened as well as possible,” he said. “You will hear more from us soon.”

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