P.J. Vogt, a host of the popular podcast “Reply All,” took a leave of absence on Wednesday after complaints from former colleagues that he and a senior reporter contributed to a toxic work environment and rallied against union efforts to diversify staff.
Mr. Vogt and the senior reporter, Sruthi Pinnamaneni, each apologized on Wednesday in statements on Twitter. Ms. Pinnamaneni also stepped back from her work on the podcast, according to an email late Wednesday to the staff of Gimlet Media, which produces “Reply All,” from the company’s managing director.
The accusations came after the podcast released its second episode in a series about accounts of discrimination at the food magazine Bon Appétit’s popular video series. Since George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police officers last year, newsrooms and media organizations around the United States, including The New York Times, have faced renewed criticism about addressing inequalities within their ranks.
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