Joe Rogan, the host of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” America’s most popular podcast in 2020, is upsetting some Spotify staffers, according to a report. Company executives paid the 53-year-old comedian more than $100 million to exclusively stream on the platform.
A former employee told the Insider that, during his time at Spotify, the decision to sign a deal with Rogan was the most contentious one the company made.
While only a subgroup of staff may be upset, their numbers were sufficient to merit a town hall meeting in September to address that they felt Rogan’s show was at times anti-transgender, the Wall Street Journal reported in October.
A request by some staffers for “The Joe Rogan Experience” to receive editorial supervision was denied by the company and Rogan subsequently retweeted a video mocking the employees for being oversensitive.
In addition to company staffers, Rogan infuriated fellow Spotify podcast stars, after telling 21-year-olds not to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a claim on which he subsequently backpedaled.