Joe Rogan says recent controversies have helped grow his huge Spotify subscriber base

Joe Roganwho landed in the hot seat for controversial episodes of his Spotify podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” admitted the uproar has benefited his show.

On Friday’s episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the commentator claimed his subscriber base has grown rapidly in recent months despite the multitude of controversies surrounding him.

From being criticized for his past use of the N-word to being accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19, the host had this to say about his soaring audience despite burning public concerns: “C Interestingly, my subscriptions have increased massively – that’s what’s crazy.”

Joe Rogan during the UFC 273 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 09, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

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“At the height of it all, I gained two million subscribers,” added Rogan, 54.

Although Spotify doesn’t publicly disclose any specific information about its subscriber numbers, sources said its listenership never plummeted amid the issues, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Rogan then put the “media” to the test, specifically targeting CNN, for their coverage of the scandals.

“Yeah, [the media] went for that. It’s also lucky that the people who went there were CNN,” Rogan said. “They are so untrustworthy and people know how biased and socially weird their anchors are.”

Host Spotify also took a swipe at CNN’s unsuccessful CNN+ streaming service, the plug of which was pulled just weeks after it launched.

“They spent $300 million, they got 10,000 subscribers,” the former ‘Fear Factor’ host said.

Rogan previously addressed rumors that Spotify would continue to support him despite the controversy during an appearance in February.

“Spotify hooked me, inexplicably,” he said then. “Let’s see what happens.”

The leading music streaming service has not canceled Rogan, although they deleted more than 70 episodes of the platform for inflammatory language and added COVID advisories on its episodes.

In an internal company letter published in February addressing the ordeal, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek wrote, “We should have clear lines around content and take action when they’re crossed.”

“But canceling the voices is a slippery slope. Looking at the issue more broadly, it is critical thinking and open debate that fuels real and needed progress,” he continued.

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