Joe Rogan Makes Final Decision On $100 Million ‘Rumble’ Deal

It appears that Joe Rogan is staying put at Spotify after the Big Tech giant demanded he put disclaimers on his videos, and other censorship measures, after a series of left-wing outcries.

Joe Rogan told an audience this week that he would not be accepting video-streaming service Rumble’s $100 million offer to move his popular show over from Spotify.

[source: The Daily Wire]

During the Q&A portion of his stand up comedy act, Rogan was asked whether he would consider a $100 million offer made by Rumble to move his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, off of Spotify and on to the anti-censorship platform exclusively.

“No, Spotify has hung in with me, inexplicably, let’s see what happens,” Rogan said.

On Monday, YouTube competitor Rumble released a statement in support of Joe Rogan, appearing to offer the podcast host $100 million for a four-year deal.

As Variety explained, “Rogan has faced a storm of criticism and a backlash from Spotify users and artists in recent weeks, traveling along two different vectors: His repeated use of the N-word in past episodes of his podcast, and accusations that Rogan’s show has served as a platform for COVID misinformation.”

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek released a statement on Sunday, announcing that the streaming service would stand by the podcast host.

“While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more. And I want to make one point very clear – I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer, Ek said.

Ek then explained in a note to staff that it was Rogan’s decision to remove dozens of episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” from Spotify.

Erasing a few contentious episodes of a podcast is a small price to pay for a hundred million dollars in return, but it appears that Spotify is doing only the bare minimum to protect Rogan’s right to free speech.

Such is the case in liberal America: the government doesn’t even have to make laws anymore — corporations arm-in-arm with bloated federal agencies will do the dirty work for them.

Author: Nolan Sheridan