Dave Portnoy the founder of Barstool Sports has reported that an HBO reporter followed him around the office and accompanied him to a pizza review as HBO is working on a Barstool Sports, Real Sports special edition.
And according to Portnoy everything was going well till everything turned when he and Barstool CEO Erika Nardini went in for interviews and it turned into a several-hour grilling session.
He adds that he went into it thinking the piece would be positive, but that his interview was “not positive … this is going to be a debacle.” He went on to say that his spot was done without make-up, and that they seemed to want him sweating and looking like Richard Nixon.
Ria. If you’ve followed Barstool you’ll remember when Dave told Ria, 21 years old, that in a couple of years she will be “to ugly”” to be on camera. Well guess who HBO wanted to interview? Ria. We will have to wait and see what they asked her, but it’s got to be about Dave.
@BarstoolRia im just a fan but i hope you didnt trash Dave and Barstool in your HBO piece!— ZIGY (@WildThoughtzzz) June 9, 2019
If you’d like to listen to Dave’s thoughts about all of this on Barstool Radio, click here.
If you’re unfamiliar with HBO’s Real Sports, its format is similar to 60 Minutes.
Each show spotlights three features, each of which are usually a shade under 20 minutes with a minute or so of in studio banter about the piece before introducing the next one.
BREAKING NEWS: Per Dave — The HBO Real Sports piece “is a full blown hit piece. I’d be STUNNED if it wasn’t a hit piece.” They were super nice and when Dave and Erika went in for the interviews, it was “3 hours of hammering.” No make up. “They wanted me to look like Nixon.”— Deke Zucker (@Barstool_Quotes) June 6, 2019