Controversial podcaster Joe Rogan has declined an offer of $100 million to move his show The Joe Rogan Experience from Spotify to Rumble, stating that “Spotify has hung in with me, inexplicably, let’s see what happens.”
Rogan, also a stand-up comedian and fight commentator with the UFC, made the declaration during a Q&A session after a live comedy show in Austin, Texas. As might be expected given the recent furor surrounding Rogan, his stand-up routine is reported to have focused almost exclusively on the controversy.
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The Joe Rogan Experience launched in December 2009 and generally features Rogan in conversation with a guest; discussions often cover a wide variety of subjects. The host considers himself a strong advocate for freedom of speech and has provided a platform for many controversial figures promoting fringe ideologies.
Rogan gradually built up a sizeable following, ultimately signing a $100 million dollar exclusivity deal with Spotify in 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the following months, the podcast attracted more and more controversy due to Rogan and his guests making unfounded claims about the virus and the vaccine, often suggesting alternative, unproven treatments. Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images