They disappeared into the virtual void.
Eagle-eyed fans have pointed out that dozens of episodes of Joe Rogan’s controversial podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, have disappeared from Spotify this week – which the entertainment platform has attributed to a digital glitch.
“Spotify is aware of this technical issue and we are investigating it now,” a Spotify spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times. The digital disappearance was uncovered by JRE Missing, an automated watchdog that keeps tabs on episodes.
According to the site, the bug affected a whopping 36 episodes, which were reportedly pre-taped before the podcast supplier acquired the show — including the catalog of previous episodes — for $200 million in 2020.
Of course, given Spotify’s history of secretly deleting “JRE” episodes because of controversial content, the phenomenon may seem suspicious.
However, the final batch appeared to have been accidentally ambushed by Houdini, as it contained a grab bag of guests including Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw; former Hawaii Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; and musicians including Post Malone and Everlast; and comedians like Eddie Izzard and Brian Callen, the LA Times reported.
In the past, the Swedish streaming giant had deliberately deleted over 100 episodes of the podcast, many of which featured prominent far-right figures and conspiracy theorists.
Spotify recently scrapped over 70 episodes amid backlash – including an exodus of A-list celebs from the platform – after Rogan, 54, allegedly killed anti-vaccination suspect Dr. Interviewed Robert Malone in a New Year’s episode. This was also around the same time that video compilations of the UFC commentator using the N-word in the podcast began circulating around the internet.
Despite the crackdown, the comedian, who reportedly averages 11 million listeners per episode, claimed he gained a whopping 2 million subscribers amid the uproar.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/26/spotify-removes-joe-rogan-episodes-over-technical-issue/ Spotify removes episodes of Joe Rogan due to ‘technical issue’