Adam Carolla decided it's time to fight back against the perception he unfairly fired Alison Rosen from his signature podcast.
Carolla unloaded on his former co-host Sunday, pushing aside what started as an amicable separation following Rosen’s departure from the show.
“I didn’t want to get into the gory details,” Carolla said at the top of his latest podcast. “Everyone wants to take the high road.”
The time for that, apparently, passed as fans criticized him for firing Rosen and treating her removal in a superficial manner.
Carolla said he envisioned his relationship with Rosen blossoming into the bond shared by Howard Stern and his radio sidekick, Robin Quivers. What Carolla experienced over the past few years, he complained, didn’t mirror that in the slightest.
There’s No ‘I’ in Team
He portrayed Rosen as a reluctant member of the team who did all she could to distance herself from the brand and, perhaps, his right-of-center politics. The podcaster relayed a series of slights, both small and large, which he said made it clear the two should go their separate ways.
Rosen seemed disinterested in his outside projects, refused to allow the Carolla Digital logo on her podcast’s banner and couldn’t feign interest when the host discussed his passion for racing. She repeatedly refused to add content after he gently implored her to contribute more to the show, praising the quality of her writing. Rosen also came up small during Carolla’s fight against a patent troll, even though other podcasters quickly rallied to his side.
“A couple of incidents … don’t make her a bad person, but it makes her a person I don’t want to co-host a show with,” he said.
Politics in Play
Carolla dismissed any personal grievances with Rosen. His previous co-host, Teresa Strasser, likely shared Rosen’s left-of-center worldview but it never hurt the performance, Carolla said.
“Teresa Strasser and I politically didn’t have much common ground. It didn’t stop us from being friends or putting out a good product together,” he said.
Carolla said Rosen feared losing guests from her podcast due to his conservative-leaning views, and yet he never complained when she repeatedly borrowed guests from his show on her program.
The podcaster spoke for more than 45 minutes on the subject, making a substantive case why he decided she wasn’t a good fit for the show.
Rosen appeared to address Carolla’s arguments on social media today with the following Tweet:
Hate wading into this but so much misinformation being tweeted at me. Will set record straight on my show.
— AlisonRosen (@AlisonRosen) January 12, 2015
Update: Rosen offered a short blog post on her firing, one that doesn’t delve into Carolla’s arguments for her removal.