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Podcast giant Joe Rogan has claimed his fan base only grew during the pressure campaign to remove him from Spotify.
In February, artists Neil Young and Joni Mitchell led a movement of aging and lesser-known musicians who removed their music from Spotify to protest ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, which critics accused of spreading ‘misinformation’ on COVID.
In Friday’s podcast, Rogan revealed how much he actually benefited from the controversy.
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“You’ve been tested, Joe,” said author and “JRE” guest Douglas Murray. “Since we last met, they’ve been doing a number on you.”
“They did,” replied Rogan. “It’s interesting. My subscriptions have increased massively. It’s crazy.”
“At the height of it all, I gained 2 million subscribers,” the host said.
“The Joe Rogan Experience” continues to be the most popular podcast in the country, already having an audience of over 11 million listeners.
In 2020, Rogan landed a whopping $200 million deal with Spotify to have his podcast exclusively on the platform.
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The host’s growing influence has come under scrutiny in recent years, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
Rogan went to war with CNN last year after several anchors described his use of ivermectin for COVID treatment as a “horse dewormer” despite its decades-long use for humans. He confronted CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who admitted to Rogan in an interview that his colleagues shouldn’t have made the claims.
Earlier this year, Neil Young started a movement to remove Rogan from Spotify for hosting guests who were skeptical about the COVID vaccine.
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Young gave Spotify an ultimatum to pick him or Rogan. Spotify quickly sided with Rogan.