Joe Rogan Vows To ‘Balance Things Out’ After Music Legends Flee Spotify: Covid Podcasts Will Now Come With ‘Warnings’

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Joe Rogan Vows To 'Balance Things Out' After Music Legends Flee Spotify: Covid Podcasts Will Now Come With ‘Warnings’

Podcaster Joe Rogan posted a video to Instagram late Sunday night to apologize and announce he
will try to ‘balance things out’ amid criticism over Covid-related episodes
that prompted artists to remove their hit songs from 
Spotify.

He spoke hours after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in touch with Spotify
to express their concerns the outlet could be spreading ‘pandemic-related

Rogan, 54, was also responding to earlier accusations from musician Neil
Young who claimed his podcasts were spreading ‘Covid misinformation’. Rogan
said he was only seeking to have conversations with people who have ‘differing
opinions.’ 

The controversy comes after recent episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience
podcast featured a highly regarded cardiologist and expert virologist, both of
whom were critical of the way in which the pandemic has been handled in the US.

Neil Young and Joni Mitchell removed their music from the streaming
giant to protest over its spread of what Young described as ‘deadly
misinformation about Covid’. 

Rogan said: ‘It’s a strange responsibility to have this many viewers and
listeners. It’s nothing that I’ve prepared for. I’m going to do my best to
balance things out. I’m just a person who sits down and talks to people and has
conversations with them. I’m interested in telling the truth and finding out
what the truth is. I’m very sorry that [Neil Young and Joni Mitchell] feel that
way. I most certainly don’t want that.’  

Spotify meanwhile said it plans to add an advisory content warning to
any episodes concerning Covid. The Joe Rogan Experience is Spotify’s
highest-rated show, with each episode bringing over 10 million listeners. 

Spotify’s market value dropped more than $2 billion in the days
following Young’s announcement, with shares tumbling by around 12%.

Rogan then released a video on Instagram on Sunday evening, expressing
his take on the controversy.

‘I’m not trying to promote misinformation, I’m not trying to be
controversial,’ Rogan said, before pointing out that many facts about Covid
which are now widely accepted would have been seen as misinformation just
months ago.

Rogan argued that vaccinated people can still carry and spread Covid –
something which in the earlier days of the pandemic was widely thought not to
be true. 

Joe Rogan Vows To 'Balance Things Out' After Music Legends Flee Spotify: Covid Podcasts Will Now Come With ‘Warnings’

The Joe Rogan Experience is Spotify’s highest-rated show, with each episode bringing over 10 million listeners 

He also said that he schedules the guests on his podcast himself and
that he would try to book doctors with different opinions right after he talks
to ‘the controversial ones.’ 

‘I’ve never tried to do anything with this podcast other than to just
talk to people,’ he said. 

Much of the controversy came off the back of two recent episodes of the
podcast with American cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough and American virologist
and immunologist Dr. Robert Malone.

Both individuals, who are reputable experts in their fields, expressed
views that were contrary to much of the Covid information provided by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and mainstream media outlets.

Although Rogan promised to bring on a more varied and balanced range of
guests, he also noted his podcast had hosted Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the chief
medical correspondent for CNN, Dr. Michael Osterholm, who is a member of
President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 advisory board, and Dr. Peter Hotez from Baylor
College of Medicine. 

Rogan welcomed the idea of adding advisories before podcasts related to
Covid-19, before thanking Spotify for its support. 

Spotify acquired The Joe Rogan Experience podcast in 2020, reportedly
for more than 100 million dollars (£77million). 

 

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