Joe Rogan’s made a few changes over the past few weeks: (1) The Joe Rogan Experience podcast has moved over to Spotify in a reported $100 million deal; (2) Rogan’s now living where things are “bigger and better” in Texas, cowboy hat and all. Prior to his September 1 Spotify launch, he grew emotional over Chadwick Boseman’s death, and then he fired away on a five-hour (yes, five) episode with stand-up comedian/podcast host Duncan Trussell as guest. The man enjoys going long.
That episode was filmed in California, so we haven’t yet caught a good look at Rogan’s new studio set up (though he’s working on the decor), but controversy is rearing its head. Some fans have pored through the Spotify archives and are complaining that they’re coming up short of Rogan’s former far-right guests. That is, multiple episodes featuring controversial guests [a list here claims that all Alex Jones episodes, as well as ones featuring Milo Yiannopoulos and Charles C. Johnson (and Chris D’Elia, probably for reasons other than politics)] apparently weren’t invited to the party.
Far-right activist/personality Mike Cernovich noticed, and other Twitter users are posting screencaps to show that Jones is missing from the library.
Spotify 86'd the Alex Jones episodes, plus more controversial guests. https://t.co/QP2RqVIlUE
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 1, 2020
Confirmed episode 911 (alex jones) conspicuously missing. pic.twitter.com/3m7TU8kOKE
— coinjase (@coinjase) September 1, 2020
— ᴅᴀɴɴ ᴍɪʟʟᴇʀ (@5Gtumor) September 1, 2020
Joe Rogan signs deal with Spotify.
Spotify takes Joe Rogan live on its platform, but deletes most of his right-wing guest episodes.
It's so obvious we're under attack at this point. https://t.co/Joop5b8AMM
— Dennisix % (@DennisInSpace1) September 1, 2020
I thought every single Joe Rogan podcast was supposed to transfer to spotify. Where’s Alex Jones? 🤔
— Raegan Hardin (@raeganhardin) September 1, 2020
— TheDailyDejaVu (@TheDailyDejaVu) September 1, 2020
— Nuance Bro (@NuanceBro) September 1, 2020
Apparently, Joe Rogan’s show moved to Spotify permanently today and they removed the episodes with Alex Jones, Gavin McInnes, Milo Yiannopoulus, Sargon, some of Joey Diaz & other right wingers from his back catalogue. His chud fanbase is melting down. Pretty funny to watch.
— Dusty Smith (@cultofdusty1) September 1, 2020
“Here’s the key,” Jones explains, “Joe Rogan’s favorite 100 episodes of the last 10 years or so will be left on YouTube starting December 31 when he goes exclusively to Spotify. For this couple months no man’s land the content will be on both platforms and will be migrating over.”
“And so that’s why the Alex Jones interview is not there. That’s why some of the other interviews are not there, because those are going to be the exclusive interviews that are left on YouTube where, in Joe’s words, they’ll probably get more views than if they were on Spotify.”
The fuss is likely amplified by people who wondered if Jones (who is also in Austin, Texas) would be one of Rogan’s first Texas-hosted guests. Maybe that’s not in the cards after all? Beyond that, it’s difficult to guess how Rogan’s show will differ in the Lone Star State. Will he fly guests in to speak with him? Whatever he does, it’s sure to not be boring, given that Rogan can easily go viral, simply by labeling a photo filter as “Satanic” and having his remarks pop up in a Texas Tech lecture. We look forward to seeing how Texas treats Rogan, and vice versa.
UPDATE: Jones is now claiming that he has spoken to Rogan, and there’s no reason to worry, as Jones tells his audience in an InfoWars video:
“Here’s the key. Joe Rogan’s favorite 100 episodes of the last 10 years or so will be left on YouTube starting December 31 when he goes exclusively to Spotify. For this couple months no man’s land the content will be on both platforms and will be migrating over. And so that’s why the Alex Jones interview is not there. That’s why some of the other interviews are not there, because those are going to be the exclusive interviews that are left on YouTube where, in Joe’s words, they’ll probably get more views than if they were on Spotify.”