If you’re a fan of the Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson podcast, you may have noticed a recent change. Co-host Eben Britton hasn’t been alongside Tyson as his co-host. Britton, a former NFL offensive lineman, recently posted a video explaining the situation and saying, “you should never work for free.”
Mike Tyson’s podcast began two years ago
Back in January of 2019, Mike Tyson and Eben Britton helped create the wildly popular Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson podcast. Britton did most of the on-camera dirty work, asking some of the tough questions. Tyson would chime in on occasion, but he was the drawing power. You never knew what Mike Tyson was going to say.
During a live chat, Britton and Tyson were asked what the purpose of the podcast was. “This podcast is just for awareness,” Tyson said. “It’s all about awareness. No one’s trying to show that we’re smarter than anyone else. We’re just trying to learn together.”
Britton also gave his thoughts. “It’s definitely for awareness, to wake people up,” he said. “It’s to show you that there’s others out there who may have been through some really difficult times. And when you’re able to just take one more step and get back up on the horse, and continue on that journey…”
Britton made the podcast go
While people tuned in to see Mike Tyson, the show wouldn’t have garnered the success it had without Eben Britton. While there have been many interesting guests on the show, Tyson was always the one people wanted to see. People love Tyson and are always waiting for the next off-the-wall story he’s about to tell.
Britton was the laid-back host with that soothing, calming voice. Britton is very knowledgeable and has a media background. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in creative writing.
Britton’s maternal grandfather is author Richard Gehman and his maternal grandmother is Estelle Parsons, an actress who won an Academy Award in 1967 for Best Supporting Actress in Bonnie and Clyde. His mother Abbie is a journalist. Britton played six seasons in the NFL, suiting up for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears.
Britton tries to answer questions about his role with the podcast
If you’re a fan of the Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson podcast, you’ve noticed the absence of co-host Eben Britton in recent clips. Britton said he had seen some of the comments asking about his absence, and he tried to address the issue in a video that’s been posted on YouTube. Britton said he absolutely loves Tyson, but it seems the “business is getting in the way.”
“The truth of the matter is things are changing,” Britton said. “There’s a new production crew involved with Hotboxin’. I have offered olive branch after olive branch to make this thing work to figure out how I can come back. Honestly, I was one of the key creators of Hotboxin’ and I want to see it through. I want to see it succeed. At the end of the day – I want to say this without burning any bridges – the business is getting in the way and it has nothing to do with Mike.”
It sounds like the issue is about money. “For better or worse,” he continued, “I have mouths to feed. I need to make money and support myself and my family.” Britton said it’s not out of the question that he’d return, but the process has been very difficult. “You should never do anything for free in life. You should never work for free.”