Joe Rogan has claimed his podcast subscriptions actually increased when he was criticized for spreading Covid-19 misinformation.
In February, Rogan found himself at the center of a controversy after receiving a podcast guest who claimed Americans had been “hypnotized” into wearing masks and getting vaccinated.
The footage then resurfaced online showing Rogan repeating the N-word in old episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience. Rogan apologized and told his followers, “There’s nothing I can do to take that back — I wish I could.”
While Spotify removed 113 episodes of the podcast from its catalogue, they stayed loyal to the podcaster when they called for the show to be removed entirely.
However, while hosting his podcast on Friday (April 22), Rogan claimed that his subscriber count hadn’t been negatively impacted by the controversy and that he gained two million subscribers at its peak.
His guest, British writer and political commentator Douglas Murray, told Rogan: “You’ve been put through the wringer since we last met. They did a number with you.”
“They did. It’s interesting, my subscriptions went up massively — that’s crazy,” he said.
“At the peak of it all, I gained 2 million subscribers.”
The Independent asked Spotify for comment.
While Spotify users can see listener counts for musicians and individual songs on the platform, subscriber or listener counts for podcasts aren’t released publicly. It is estimated that The Joe Rogan Experience is heard by around 11 million people per episode.
However, sources said The Hollywood Reporter that Rogan’s show had steadily grown in subscribers since the UFC commentator signed his reported $100 million deal with the streamer, and that it had never spiked due to a specific event.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/joe-rogan-podcast-subscribers-controversy-b2064286.html Joe Rogan says he gained 2 million podcast subscribers at the height of the ‘misinformation’ controversy