Joe Rogan hit the headlines last week for his mega-money deal with Spotify. As a result of this deal, Rogan’s ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ will be exclusive to the streaming platform. The monetary windfall still hasn’t sunk in for the veteran UFC commentator. However, despite this, he assures fans that his podcast will not change.
In a chat with Bari Weiss of The New York Times, Rogan said, “Weirdly richer. Like it doesn’t register. Seems fake.”
He didn’t elaborate on the richer as it did not feel right given the present scenario where over 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment.
“It feels gross. Especially right now, when people can’t work.”
Rogan’s episodes have a following, as he can and is open to expressing himself freely. He has aired over 1450 episodes on YouTube. However, he opines that YouTube can pull down anything from their site. This is because as a private company, they aren’t legally bound by the first amendment.
“When you have something that can’t get canceled, you can be free,” said Rogan who cited a video by two doctors in Bakersfield getting taken down as an example to drive his point.
The former Fear Factor host continued, “What Twitter is and what YouTube is are way bigger than a social media company. There is a real good argument that they should be public utilities. What has made society better today than it was hundreds of years ago is not just our prosperity. It’s the evolution of ideas. Anything they want to limit discussion is dangerous to the evolution of ideas.”
It remains to be seen how fans react when they realize that they will not be able to catch their podcast on YouTube and Apple Podcasts anymore. However, there is a possibility of clips being shared to YouTube.
Furthermore, Rogan vows that his style of content will not change one bit, despite the windfall. He maintains that he is not selling out.
“Why would I sell out now? You sell out to get what you want.”
What is your take on Joe Rogan’s move to Spotify? Will he be able to keep his promise of churning out the same content that gave him a huge fan following?
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