Only a couple short months ago, Joe Rogan was the talk of the media world after a Neil Young issued an ultimatum that he wanted Joe removed from Spotify or her was pulling his music.
Naturally, Spotify sided with Rogan, and the $100 million-plus dollars they gave him after Young raised a concern about the “spread of COVID-19 information” in Rogan’s podcast. Some n-word usealso came to light, which Joe called a “political hit job,” but nevertheless apologized for and opted to remove a number of episodes.
Although the standup comedian and UFC commentator faced a ton of backlash, he is now claiming that the attempt to “cancel him” has led to the opposite effect.
This past Friday, he sat with British pundit commentator Douglas Murray on his podcast, and admitted:
“It’s interesting, but my subscriptions went up massively, that’s what’s crazy. During the height of it all, I gained two million subscribers.”
During the episode, he also took a shot at CNN for incorrectly claiming that he had taken “horse de-wormer” to combat COVID, which he had actually taken a human approved form of Ivermectin:
“Yeah, (the media) went for it. It’s also fortunate that the people who went for it were CNN. They’re so untrustworthy and people know how biased they are and socially weird their anchors are.”
Meanwhile, CNN recently announced that they would be shutting down their CNN+ streaming service after just one month of operation.
Although Rogan claims to have seen his podcast grow by two million subscribers, sources, like The Hollywood Reporter, claim that his show has consistently grown since he joined Spotify, and hasn’t seen a surge from one specific event.
Either way, Joe Rogan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon…
Here’s another interesting clip from his conversation with Douglas Murray.