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    Not sure how many Adam Carolla fans there are on this forum but 2015 brings with it one of the more horrendous firings I've seen. And done in a pretty classless way if this article is to be believed.


    I am as confused as the fans are,” Rosen, who was canned via email, tells TheWrap
    Adam Carolla‘s “News Girl” Alison Rosen was fired by the prolific podcaster roughly a week before the news made headlines Monday, and the host of “Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend” told TheWrap exclusively that she is as puzzled as most.

    “I am as confused as the fans are,” Rosen told TheWrap via a Monday night telephone interview, her only conversation on the matter with the media. “I think there’s this sense that there’s all this stuff happening behind the scenes, but I wasn’t privy to it.”
    She continued, “For whatever reason, he made this decision and decided it would be in the best interest in the show — and I have to respect that.”

    But fan-favorite Rosen found out the news in a very unceremonious — if not frigid — manner: She and her husband Daniel were in New York for the holidays when she received an email from Adam firing her.

    “I don’t actually know who wrote it. It was punctuated and it had whole sentences, so perhaps he had some help writing it,” she joked. For those not in on the quip, the multiple New York Times Best Selling-author Carolla often acknowledges how poor of a typist he is — he doesn’t even hunt and peck out his own books, he dictates them verbally to a writing partner.
    “I literally had to sit down, which I don’t think has ever happened to me — where I’m standing, reading something and I literally had to sit down and let everything sink in — it was surreal,” Rosen explained of the moment. “I was really surprised. I just didn’t see it coming.”


    The natural question to ask is if the parting of ways was monetarily motivated, which Rosen and her agent both denied.

    Representatives for Carolla have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for an interview.
    “No. That’s the weird thing. I’ve read that stuff too,” she said about a possible money conversation. “There wasn’t contract negotiations. I didn’t ask for more money — there was nothing like that.”

    Digging a little deeper for a reason, TheWrap asked Rosen a few questions posted to us in the comments section of yesterday’s story. We posed whether the employment termination could have had anything to do with recent difficulties Rosen has endured in her personal life: The too-young passing of her beloved dog Oliver, or her much-discussed difficulties to conceive. Some readers questioned whether Rosen had expressed hesitation over the travel required for road shows, a big part of the podcast’s promotion. Rosen denied either playing a role.

    Here’s her best guess: “I think he wants it to be more like a morning radio show.”
    “I wish he had talked to me,” Rosen added, suggesting that if Carolla’s chemistry explanation was truly an issue, perhaps adjustments could have been made. But that conversation never happened, she maintained.

    “I don’t understand,” she continued. “I sat next to him for four years, we traveled together. I felt so comfortable and that we really hit a good stride … I really tried — I really felt like I was in his corner and tried to make the show better.”

    Perhaps Carolla wanted more of her on the microphone, or perhaps less of her, she wondered aloud during our lengthy conversation. While hired to do the news, Rosen says she was often introduced by show producers as “Adam’s co-host,” and listeners know that her and fellow show personality “Bald” Bryan Bishop can be counted on to insert witty opinions throughout the podcast.

    Carolla explained the decision Monday briefly during his first 2015 podcast: “Alison Rosen is not gonna be part of this program in 2015. Why? Nothing personal. I like Alison Rosen. I think Alison Rosen is very talented and very funny. I think she’s a great writer and I think she’s a great comedic voice, but I don’t think she’s a great sidekick. I think she’s a good sidekick, but I don’t think that’s her calling.”

    “I sat next to her for a number of years, and I tried it out, and it just wasn’t a fit, as far as sidekick,” he continued. “It’s not a personal thing, it’s not a creative thing, and it’s not even an ability thing — I just feel like she wasn’t sidekick material, which is probably a good thing.”

    That’s all that fans have gotten, thus far. So Rosen is baffled, but still grateful for the time she spent with the platform.

    “I’m really thankful for those four years, I’m really proud of those four years. Whenever people get let go and they say things like, ‘I’m really excited about what the future holds,’ I’m always suspicious of that. But I really am excited about this next chapter, like, legitimately. So, I’m not happy about the way it went down, but … I’m really in a good place.”

    “I’m going to be OK, I’ll say that. Obviously no one enjoys losing a source of income. My podcast thankfully is successful. Having all this extra time to put into it — which I am really happy about — I feel optimistic about the future of it.”

    At the time of this writing, Rosen’s podcast was sitting at No. 11 on iTunes Top Podcast list — “The Adam Carolla Show” was at No. 32. Going forward, “ARIYNBF” will no longer have an affiliation with Carolla Digital, but she has some options for distribution, Rosen said. And she’ll stay in touch with the old gang — possibly sans Adam — who has been supportive and puzzled since the news broke.

    “Everyone has reached out and said really nice things,” Rosen told us. “I think everyone has been like, ‘What?!?'”

    Thursday will be Rosen’s first new podcast since she broke the news Sunday night at 9 p.m. — when her Monday show regularly uploads — with the normal Carolla Digital gang staying aboard, along with Rosen’s friend Jenna. The main difference will be that the show will now tape at Rosen’s home instead of Carolla’s state-of-the-art studio. Oh, and it might be awkward — but those are our words, not Rosen’s.

    Finally, we asked Rosen about her current “ACS” replacement, KSLX’s Gina Grad, who is doing a sort-of temporary audition in the role. All Rosen wanted to say about Grad, who she’s met before, is “I wish her the best.”

    Based on fan response, Grad — as well as Carolla, both who were widely attacked on social media yesterday by those on Team Rosen — will need the well-wishes in the hot seat. Right now, Rosen certainly has the fan support, so don’t be surprised if threatened boycotts turn into real podcast protests. Should that happen, and should those one day reopen the door for a Rosen return to “The Adam Carolla Show,” the writer and TV contributor promised us that she’d “Never say never” to the possibility.
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    how can you sit beside someone for years and suddenly decide they are not "sidekick" material? Doesn't sound like Carolla, but it looks like a case of professional jealousy. I think Carolla has been passed over for some really interesting late night spots and probably feels at this point in his career that he is getting to be used goods.

    and who ever thought that podcasts could become a way to make money?

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    how can you sit beside someone for years and suddenly decide they are not "sidekick" material? Doesn't sound like Carolla, but it looks like a case of professional jealousy. I think Carolla has been passed over for some really interesting late night spots and probably feels at this point in his career that he is getting to be used goods.

    and who ever thought that podcasts could become a way to make money?

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    I think I can see his reasons...

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    I've always thought he was a pug faced douche. It wouldn't shock me if it turns out to be true.
    Michael Caine on Jaws: The Revenge:

    "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built and it is terrific."

    Samuel Johnson 1775 : “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”

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    I'm a big fan and pretty much listen to his podcast every day but this decision and the way it was just dropped as if it was nothing really ticked me off. Haven't listened to the last couple shows and the only reason I'm thinking of listening tomorrow is that apparently the topic of Alison will be discussed in greater detail. This has been a terrible PR move, he's getting destroyed by his listeners on social media and Alison's podcast went to #1 on Itunes. Podcasting depends 100% on your audience directly supporting you and this has pissed off a nice chunk of his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    Podcasting depends 100% on your audience directly supporting you and this has pissed off a nice chunk of his.
    I have no concept of what kind of business those things do. I figured it was pretty bad since it is free.

    Does a podcast like his generate significant money?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arson View Post
    I have no concept of what kind of business those things do. I figured it was pretty bad since it is free.

    Does a podcast like his generate significant money?
    it's become big business. He was actually sued for 3 million dollars by a patent troll saying they own the rights to podcasts. They make money off advertising but more than that it's basically a commercial for his live shows, books, etc.

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    Maybe he fucked her and his wife found out.

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    Just glad nobody's going around interviewing people I've fired in the past. Last thing I need!
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    I listen pretty regularly, although Adam can be a little douchey at times. And i've often thought while listening that the 2 sidekicks are a little lame, step on each other or don't add much. But a bit of a shocker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    Not sure how many Adam Carolla fans there are on this forum but 2015 brings with it one of the more horrendous firings I've seen. And done in a pretty classless way if this article is to be believed.



    http://www.thewrap.com/adam-carollas...-talked-to-me/
    As I am sure you remember, I listen to this show too, and I was actually surprised this has been such a big deal.

    What's funny is that his stated reasons for letting her go are not bad. He says he thinks she's great, she's funny, she's a great writer, but that she's not a "great" sidekick, only a "good" one. He went on to say that that was probably a good thing. What I got from that was that he thought she was good enough to be her own host, even if that was not why he let her go.

    The weird part is that it is after four years, it was done during a holiday break, and it wasn't done in person. That is unlike Adam, especially for the reason he is giving.

    For those that don't know, Alison Rosen is pretty hilarious, smart, quick-witted, seems very nice, if not a bit neurotic, but this firing was out of left field. He was once sued by his former best friend, so it's possible Adam can be a cold as mother fucker. On the other hand, his people are extremely loyal. That said, lots of "his people" are involved in Alison's podcast and apparently will continue to be part of it.

    What I can say about Adam is that he tends to have reasons for things and he doesn't just do things willy nilly. Listeners know that sometimes he listens to his "spidey sense," but often times that is spot on. Reasonable listeners also know that he can also be a huge dick when he wants to be.

    One thing that is interesting is that Adam's wife got involved on Twitter and said that things were not as they seemed, Adam did what he had to do, and that he was taking the high road.

    The new episode with David Wild is out, and it is the one where apparently there is more detail, so I will listen.

    As for Alison, she was once a regular on Red Eye on Fox News. Had this been done earlier, she might have gotten the permanent guest gig instead of the other girl that got it when Bill Schulz left the show. I like Adam a lot, I lean towards him having good reason for this (though maybe he didn't) and I like Alison a lot. I hope she is successful in whatever she does.
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    I have no information on the subject and I don't listen to the podcast, but just reading the two statements from the two it's easy to tell that they are leaving some key details out.
    CNN may think my opinion matters, but you shouldn't.

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    I worked in sports radio for 14 years. I'd conservatively estimate the number of people I've seen fired just before Christmas in the high 20s. Just a brutal environment. That said... it's his show, he can fire whoever he wants. Is there an explanation she would have completely accepted and been fine with at this point? Sometimes you don't get a farewell show, a party, or an explanation. From the sounds of it, she'll be fine and may land a higher profile gig than the one she had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs Meanie View Post
    I worked in sports radio for 14 years. I'd conservatively estimate the number of people I've seen fired just before Christmas in the high 20s. Just a brutal environment. That said... it's his show, he can fire whoever he wants. Is there an explanation she would have completely accepted and been fine with at this point? Sometimes you don't get a farewell show, a party, or an explanation. From the sounds of it, she'll be fine and may land a higher profile gig than the one she had.
    she's handled it well (publically at least). It's Adam's own fan base that is pissed. Everyone appreciates it's his show and can do what he want but podcasts have committed fanbases and canning someone and not giving them the time to say goodbye (especially your co-host who's been on the show for 4 years) is just horrible form.

 

 

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