Joe Rogan says he gained 2 million podcast subscribers at height of ‘misinformation’ controversy

‘My subscriptions went up massively — that’s what’s crazy,’ podcaster said

Isobel Lewis
Sunday 24 April 2022 13:27 BST
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Joe Rogan has claimed that his number of podcast subscribers actually increased when he was criticised for spreading Covid-19 misinformation.

In February, Rogan found himself at the centre of a controversy after hosting a podcast guest who claimed that Americans were “hypnotised” into wearing masks and getting vaccines.

Footage then re-emerged online showing Rogan repeatedly using the N-word on old episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience. Rogan apologised, telling 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 remained loyal to the podcaster amid calls to remove the show completely.

However, hosting his podcast on Friday (22 April), Rogan claimed that his number of subscribers hadn’t been negatively affected by the controversy and that he’d gained two million subscribers at its height.

His guest, British writer and political commentator Douglas Murray, said to Rogan: ““You have been put through the wringer since we last met. They did a number on you.”

“They did. It’s interesting, my subscriptions went up massively — that’s what’s crazy,” he said.

“During the height of it all, I gained 2 million subscribers.”

The Independent has contacted Spotify for comment.

While Spotify users can see the number of listeners for musical artists and individual songs on the platform, it does not publicly release subscriber or listening figures for podcasts. It is estimated that The Joe Rogan Experience is listened to by roughly 11 million people per episode.

However, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Rogan’s show had been consistently growing in subscribers since the UFC commentator signed his reported $100m deal with the streamer and that it had never spiked due to a particular event.

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