Adam Carolla, the host of iTunes 33rd most popular audio podcast, The Adam Carolla Show, spent some time on a recent podcast episode explaining why he fired former “news girl” Alison Rosen. The episode was posted on January 12, 2015, and it is entitled ACS: Anthony Cumia.
Here are the reasons Adam Carolla gave for firing Alison Rosen:
- Adam didn’t think Alison had read any of his books.
- Adam didn’t think Alison had watched his Spike TV show, Catch a Contractor.
- Alison never promoted Mangria, a bottled beverage made from wine, vodka, and something else, that Adam “invented” and sells online.
- Alison didn’t say anything when Adam unveiled the cover of one of his books, live on the podcast.
- Alison never invited Adam to anything social outside of the podcast.
- Alison didn’t say goodbye to Adam when leaving the recent The Adam Carolla Show Christmas party.
- Alison wouldn’t agree to give her Amazon affiliate earnings to the legal defense fund to fight the patent troll who was suing Adam and some other high-profile podcasters.
- Mike Lynch, a writer for the podcast who lives in Massachusetts, told Adam that he would send news stories to Alison for the show, but she would not use them.
- Adam told Alison and Bryan Bishop, the show’s sound effect operator, that he may be tired at an upcoming live event, so they should have some prepared things to talk about. Minutes before going on stage, both Alison and Bryan told Adam that didn’t have anything prepared.
- Alison would never improvise on the show, forcing Bryan to roleplay the girl parts.
- After noticing that Alison’s podcast was featured on iTunes, Adam wanted to place a Carolla Digital logo on the show’s banner image. Alison would only agree to do this if it was so small, it was nearly invisible.
- Adam dreaded talking about his participation in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca race because both Alison and Bryan sounded disinterested and bored.
I don’t think anyone ever questioned why Adam fired her. Firing an employee is a normal function of running a business, whether it’s a pet store or a podcast. If he wanted to fire her, then that’s his prerogative. What people are questioning was how he fired Alison Rosen. He fired her in an email over the Christmas break.
The entire segment was uncomfortable to listen to. I thought Adam sounded immature and petty, but that’s who he is. This episode only serves to solidify the reputation he has and proves his reputation completely deserved.