The Joe Rogan Experience: Podcast host gets huge new Spotify deal

  • 03/02/2024
Joe Rogan has signed a huge new deal with Spotify.
Joe Rogan has signed a huge new deal with Spotify. Photo credit: Joe Rogan Experience.

Spotify has signed a new multiyear partnership deal with controversial podcast host Joe Rogan which is reported to be worth over US$400 million. 

The Joe Rogan Experience is one of the most listened-to podcasts in the world and up until now was only available on Spotify.

The new deal though sees it become available on Apple, Amazon and YouTube. 

First launched in 2009 by the former actor and comedian it has consistently held the number one spot for podcasts. It has done well for Spotify with the company saying in a statement it has helped grow revenue. 

"As a result of this exponential growth we’ve seen, this has attracted a wide array of advertisers that has fueled the 80% increase in revenue in 2023 since 2021," Spotify said. 

The show has attracted a fair amount of criticism over the years, most notably for  Rogan's anti-vax stance and general scepticism during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Rogan has also been underfire for telling a guest Tom Segura that "maybe you should just go shoot homeless people." 

Spotify also pulled a number of episodes for the use of the N word. 

Rogan also launched a scathing attack on Jacinda Ardern in 2021 - complete with a mocking impersonation - after the Prime Minister shut down a COVID-19 press conference that was disrupted by a heckler. 

The controversial podcaster claimed she was misusing her "ultimate power" as she enjoyed "being the queen". 

"If she even gets asked questions at press conferences, if people yell out questions she goes: 'We're going to shut this down, we're going to shut this down if you keep yelling out'," Rogan said, impersonating Ardern with an attempt at the New Zealand accent.