I know I said it yesterday, but I don’t think I can stress it enough. I do think this is the most important podcast I’ve done to date. Jenn Sterger is an actress/host/animal activist/stand up comedian, who recently was in the news for a piece written by the Boston Globe on sexual harassment happening at ESPN. We get into that during the second half of the podcast, and I’ve included the link to the story below for your reference. However, the main thing you might know Jenn for, was the incident back in 2010 regarding Brett Favre when Deadspin.com released pictures, videos, and voicemails of Brett reaching out to Jenn two years earlier when both were in the NY Jets organization. It’s still a crazy ass story to this day, I included links of the coverage it was getting back then again for your reference, but the effect it had on Jenn and her career back then, and even still today, is haunting. Whatever you think you know about the story, I urge you to listen to Jenn tell it in its entirety for the first time ever here today. You won’t be disappointed. I guarantee there are some of you that already have an impression of Jenn without really knowing her, so I suggest you listen to her story today. It’s really fascinating. Having known Jenn for a little over a year now and I feel like this podcast could’ve gone on for probably 4 hours if we wanted to. There’s stuff she and I have talked about that we never even got around to in this podcast because the other stuff I felt was so good. But you’ll see how these incidents have affected her in her personal life and her career. As always, if you want to respond to the interview, please include Jenn’s Twitter handle (@jennifersterger) in your replies. All I ask is you listen before you begin to judge. Hope you enjoy it.
You can listen to today’s podcast on a number of platforms, but you can also tune in by clicking the player below:
(SPOILERS) Jenn joins me to talk about that fateful day in 2005 at an FSU/Miami game where her life changed, the opportunities that came from it (9:21), getting jobs because of the way she looked (12:57), getting hired by the Jets in 2008 (15:33), when she was first told she needed to get a breast reduction to make it in the industry – and she agreed (19:16), everything before and after the Deadspin story breaking in 2010 (24:00), the recent Boston Globe story in December of 2017 about sexual harassment at ESPN and Jenn’s role in it (52:42), incidents she experienced as a female reporter in the business (1:13:21), her recent marriage (1:22:47), being an animal activist (1:26:58), what she’s doing now in her writing and stand up career (1:30:38), and her thoughts on the Paige Spirinac/Britt McHenry Twitter beef from a couple days ago (1:40:19).
As I posted yesterday, here is her full interview on GMA that aired after the Deadspin story broke. It’s not letting me embed it, so click on those two links to watch the two parts to the interview:
This was the video from the 2005 FSU/Miami game that made her famous:
Then 3 months ago in December, the Boston Globe piece that ran on sexual harassment happening at ESPN where Jenn told yet another story that happened to her back in 2006. It stemmed from this tweet she sent out a couple months earlier:
Since we are being honest, I will say this: I HATE how Barstool Sports treats women. But the other side is JUST as bad. pic.twitter.com/i8kSoyA98A
— Jenn Sterger (@jennifersterger) October 24, 2017
And here’s her engagement video we reference in the podcast:
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