Reply All, a well-liked Gimlet Media podcast, has long been a favorite among listeners. Recent reports, however, claim that the podcast has been suspended. As a result, its investigation into claims of racism at the food publication Bon Appetit has been put on hold indefinitely.
The move was conducted in response to complaints from former Gunlet employees who claimed that one of the hosts and a reporter were responsible for the show’s poisonous workplace environment.
The “Reply All” Debate
What Took Place on Reply All?
A two-minute message titled “A Message from the Staff of Reply All” was posted on the Reply All feed on Thursday, February 25. The senior reporter Sruthi Pinnamaneni and the co-host P.J. Vogt chose to leave the program after last week, former coworkers accused them of cultivating a poisonous work environment, the co-host Alex Goldman informed listeners.
The statement shows that the claims against the two former employees of Reply All focused on protesting against a union initiative to promote workplace diversity. According to reports, the two hosts decided against promoting equality at work.
More details regarding the incident were revealed in the statement, including the fact that PJ Vogt and Sruthi Pinnamaneni’s former coworkers had complained about the hosts’ unsettling behavior.
These allegations apparently caused Gimlet media to reflect on the working environment at Reply All. The statement also says that the media house’s executives had to consider if they wanted to keep showing their program without making significant adjustments to their workplace culture.
The NYT reports that former Gimlet staffers described Mr. Vogt and Ms. Pinnamaneni’s participation in the Test Kitchen series as disingenuous in many interviews conducted last week.
According to the report, former Gimlet employee and co-host of the podcast The Nod Eric Eddings expressed his disbelief that Ms. Pinnamaneni was narrating a series about racism and bad workplace culture.
She and Mr. Vogt were in charge of creating a “near-identical” atmosphere at Gimlet, so it was ironic.
Sruthi Pinnamaneni and PJ Vogt apologized in front of the people. Pinnamaneni has claimed on Twitter that her actions regarding the diversity and union organization efforts at Gimlet were unwise, hurtful, and dumb.
She said, “I should have used my authority to promote and advance the people of color who had less power at Gimlet because I had not paid much attention to them.” The podcaster then made a formal apology.
PJ Vogt, who recently apologized to the public on Twitter, said he didn’t try to thwart Gimlet’s unionization efforts and is happy they were successful. “At times I was a baby and a jerk about it in many ways,” the host added. He also said that looking back on his actions, he thought them to be pretty embarrassing.