Joe Rogan declines $100M offer to leave Spotify

Joe Rogan intends to stay with Spotify.

He recently declined a 100 million dollar offer from an alternative video sharing platform to leave the site.

Rumble recently made the pitch to Joe to transfer his popular but controversial podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” over to their video sharing platform.

Rumble’ CEO Chris Pavlovski’s pitch to Joe included the promise to pay him “$100 million over four years and ‘no censorship’”, reported.

Pavlovski’s offer was made via an open letter posted early this week.

Forbes also reported that as a result of Joe Rogan declining the offer, “Rumble’s SPAC stock dropped nearly 17% Wednesday afternoon, hours after news broke that comedian Joe Rogan rejected the company’s $100 million offer to leave Spotify and distribute his controversial The Joe Rogan Experience podcast on its platform instead.” It also added that “The drop came almost immediately after Variety published a story headlining Rogan’s rejection,” Forbes wrote.

Joe seemingly returned the favor to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, who in the past week, stood by him, even as he was being criticized by several iconic musicians and hundreds of scientists for spouting Covid-19 misinformation on his show and via the guests on his program.

Musicians such as Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills & Nash, India.Arie and Nils Lofgren among others, as well as bloggers have pulled their music out of, or have made known their intentions to leave, the music streaming giant.

Ek defended his stance by establishing that his company is only distributing content.

Over increasing criticisms though, Spotify did remove over 70 episodes of "The Joe Rogan Experience" that it deemed unfit and where Joe “repeatedly used racial slur and derogatory comments about Black people.”

Attention to the matter cropped up when musician India. Arie posted a compilation of her Instagram.

Joe posted an apology soon after on his own Instagram account.