The online controversy about Joe Rogan’s use of the N-word and his opinion on COVID-19 apparently doesn’t deter potential customers.
Rogan, who hosts “The Joe Rogan Experience” on Spotify, claimed he got subscribers during a controversy during Friday’s episode featuring British political commentator Douglas Murray.
“You’ve been wrinkled since we last met,” Murray tells Rogan, seemingly referring to an online attempt to “cancel” Rogan. “They did a number on you. Wow.”
“That’s interesting, my membership grew massively , What a madness this is,” replied Rogan. “During the height of it all, I’ve gained two million subscribers… [the media] Went for it. It’s also fortunate that the people who went for it were CNN. They are so unreliable and people know how biased and socially awkward their anchors are.”
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Spotify doesn’t disclose subscriber growth numbers, but a source familiar with the matter told Fox Business that the growth in subscriber growth was at a normal rate for podcasters and was not considered a surge.
Spotify did not immediately respond to Fox Business’s request for comment.
Rogan publicly apologized for his use of the N-word at the time. Mea culpa Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter came after India. Aerie posted a compilation on Instagram and announced that it was removing its music from Spotify’s streaming service because of it.
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In a video posted to his Instagram account, Rogan, who hosts a podcast called “The Joe Rogan Experience”, said that the use of the N-word in the compilation posted by Aerie was “the most regrettable and shameful thing that ever happened.” I ever did. To speak publicly.” But he said the clip was “taken out of context.”
“That’s not my word to use. I’m well aware of it now, but for years I’ve used it that way,” he said during the six-minute video on his Instagram account. “I never used it to be racist because I’m not a racist.”
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Following criticism that Rogan was spreading misinformation about COVID-19, Spotify decided to add advisories that linked to Spotify’s fact-based COVID-19 Hub.
Rogan had earlier addressed controversies during a comedy show in February.
“I s— talk for a living – that’s why it’s so shocking to me,” he said. “If you’re asking me for vaccine advice, is it really my fault? What dumb—- were you supposed to do when my stupid idea sounded better?’ You know that dude who told people The animal ate d—- on TV? How does he feel about the drug?’ If you want my advice, don’t take my advice.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.