Joe Rogan claims Spotify subscribers are out of controversy

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Looks like no press is bad press for Joe Rogan. In February, TIME estimated that 11 million people watched the podcast per episode. And in Friday’s episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, the podcaster claimed that all the recent controversies have actually boosted his followers on Spotify. “It’s interesting, my subscriptions have increased massively – that’s what’s crazy,” he said. “At the height of it all, I gained two million subscribers.” Rogan has been criticized for his past use of the n-word, as well as concerns that his podcast has been a vehicle for misinformation about COVID-19. Spotify eventually removed dozens of past episodes of Rogan and added a warning to those that mentioned COVID-19.

Although Spotify does not publicly share subscriber numbers for The Joe Rogan Experiencea source reportedly pushed back against Rogan’s claims about the The Hollywood Reporter. According to the source, Rogan’s viewership didn’t grow due to any particular event and kept growing. But in any case, it seems that none of the repressions led to a drop in his listening. Rogan himself might have a theory on why. During the episode, he said it was lucky it was CNN “that got going” with his coverage, calling the network biased and describing their anchors as “socially weird.” Still, there were others who were critical of Rogan. Earlier this year, artists such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell left the platform in a stand against Rogan. While Rogan’s subscribers apparently continue to grow, we expect them not to return anytime soon.

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