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Joe Rogan continues to make moves. Later this year, his industry-leading podcast, the Joe Rogan, Experience, moves exclusively to Spotify. This week, Rogan revealed he’s leaving Los Angeles and moving to Texas.
“I’m outta here,” Rogan told Joe De Sena, the CEO and founder of Spartan and the Death Race. “I’m gonna go to Texas.”
Rogan cited freedom and wanting to be in the center of the country as reasons for his decision.
“I just want to go somewhere in the center of the country, somewhere it’s easier to travel to both places, and somewhere where you have a little bit more freedom,” he explained.
He continued discussing his concerns with Los Angeles: “Also I think that where we live right here in Los Angeles is overcrowded. And I think, most of the time that’s not a problem. But I think it’s exposing the fact that it’s a real issue, when you look at the number of people that uh, are catching COVID because of this overpopulation issue.”
“When you look at the traffic, when you look at the economic despair, when you look at the homelessness problem that’s accelerated radically over the last six, seven, ten years, I think there are too many people here,” Rogan continued.
Rogan got into how L.A. politicians have handled the city:
“I think it’s not tenable, I don’t think that it’s manageable. And every mayor does a shit job of doing it because I don’t think anybody could do a great job of it. I think there’s certain things you’re gonna have to deal with when you have a population of whatever the fuck L.A. is, it’s like twenty million-plus people.”
I’m going to assume California’s taxes, too, played a role in the decision.
Rogan assured the move will not change the show.
Fewer attractions reside in Texas but the show is big enough for celebrities and influencers to make the trip merely for an interview. During the pandemic, some guests have appeared virtually.
Los Angeles and New York City have long been prerequisite locations for star media personalities. Rogan doesn’t follow written or unwritten rules, including that one.
Over the past few months, industry-wide COVID-19 adjustments have debunked the need to broadcast from a major city. (I know, the Zoom glitches are annoying.)
Rogan’s move could have a ripple effect on broadcasters. Sean Hannity already fantasizes about leaving New York on-air.
Joe Rogan didn’t reveal where in Texas he’s moving to.
As someone who works online in a small town, I can say it works fine. Oh, and the elimination of the traffic frees up layers of stress.
By the way, speaking of Rogan, has anyone figured out why those online losers were trying to cancel him in June? Remember that?