Joe Rogan is one of the biggest names in the podcast industry. His podcast, ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ has seen guests from all walks of life make their way into the show. Rogan’s personality is the catalyst for making the show what it is today. However, his choice of guests is something that has often raised many eyebrows.
Earlier this year, Rogan moved his podcast over to Spotify in a licensing deal. The agreement was reportedly worth around $100 million. As of now, the latest episodes of the podcast are available both on Spotify and on YouTube. However, beginning from next year the podcast will become exclusive on Spotify.
Several fans didn’t support Rogan’s move to Spotify, accusing himself of selling the whole thing. However, Rogan has repeatedly said that the deal is only a licensing one and Spotify will not intervene with the content that he produces. Regardless, right from the onset, the podcast had its share of criticism.
At first, there were certain old episodes missing when the entire content appeared for the first time on Spotify. Later on, there were reports that Spotify employees were threatening to go on strike if Rogan’s podcast wasn’t edited or looked over.
Most recently, the longtime UFC commentator has been on the receiving end of criticism for calling over Alex Jones and Tom Dillon on his podcast.
While a large segment of people has criticized Joe for bringing in Alex Jones, there are also people who haven’t reacted that strongly to the issue. They have hailed this as an example of freedom of free speech.
Spotify is yet to make an official statement on the issue. However, as per BuzzFeed News, in an internal email sent to employees, a top official wrote that they are not going to ban specific individuals from being guests on other people’s shows.
“Spotify has always been a place for creative expressions,” Horacio Gutierrez, the company’s chief legal officer and head of global affairs, wrote to team managers. “It’s important to have diverse voices and points of view on our platform.”
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