According to the New York Times, Spotify paid Joe Rogan at least $200 million to host The Joe Rogan Experience exclusively on its platform. It has grown more than doubling the Wall Street Journal’s initial estimate of $100 million for the controversial comedian. He has recently come under fire for his past use of racial slurs and promotion of false information about Covid-19.

Granted, that’s more than Spotify spent for Gimlet Media and The Ringer, two media podcasting firms. The platform was purchased for a little under $200 million apiece. In a chat with the New York Times in May 2020, Rogan claimed he felt uncomfortable mentioning the monetary number after signing an agreement with Spotify. It makes The Joe Rogan Experience exclusive to that platform.

According to two unidentified people who talked to the Times, the arrangement provides Spotify exclusive rights to the podcast. Until 2023, and there’s a chance Rogan might make even more than the original $200 million. According to the New York Times, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told staff at a business meeting that Rogan’s podcast, which is still at the top of their U.S. podcast ratings. It is critical for the streaming service to compete with tech giants Google and Apple.

Rogan agreed to a $100 million contract to stream his show on Spotify, according to reports. However, according to a new claim from The New York Times, this is only half.
Rogan invited Dr. Robert Malone, a well-known anti-vaxxer, to his show, which made the news. Things took a turn for the worse when a video of him uttering the n-word became viral on social media. Neil Young, a folk music legend, took his recordings from Spotify in protest at the platform’s support for Rogan.

Joe Rogan said, “There’s a video that’s out that’s a compilation of me saying the N-word,”. “It’s a video that’s made of clips taken out of context of me of 12 years of conversations on my podcast, and it’s all smushed together. And it looks fucking horrible, even to me”. he added, “I know that to most people, there is no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word. Never mind publicly on a podcast, and I agree with that now.

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