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Spotify Earmarks 15-20 More Joe Rogan Episodes for Deletion

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Spotify already deleted 42 — 42! — “controversial” episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience earlier in April. The service tried to do so quietly but was caught by the JRE base. Now, according to Digital Music News, Spotify isn’t done slashing. It has earmarked roughly 15-20 additional shows for deletion.

Because of “negative publicity,” Spotify will hold off a bit before extending the list of bad boy episodes to over 60. How kind.

It’s not clear which episodes are next to get the boot. Thus far, Spotify has left alone Rogan’s interviews with Alex Jones, which are among Rogan’s most popular. The same can’t be said for episodes with Brian Redban, seven episodes with David Seaman, four episodes with comedian Chris D’Elia, Gavin McInnes, Milo Yiannopoulous, and Eddie Bravo. Oh, and Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof Coffee, who claims he will live to 180. That’s not allowed.

Rogan’s fans are reasonably concerned. JRE listeners feared last summer that Rogan’s $100 million agreement with Spotify would change his content. As I’ve said, before moving his content exclusively to Spotify, Rogan was one of just a few media personalities who listened to no one, who had the freedom to dive into topics that no one else in media would touch.

I can’t knock a guy for cashing in on $100 million, but you have to wonder whether Rogan views Spotify as a long-term home.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. I’m not sure how much of his contract is guaranteed money, but if most of his money is guaranteed, then Joe have leverage and should continue doing his “controversial” shows and force Spotify hand to buy him out.

  2. Keep up the good work Clay and there will be a big payday for you to.

    No need to bribe your friends. It is your enemies you need to payoff.

    For the left it is a really cheap way to silence people. Spotify will make a profit on the deal and at the same time control Rogan.

    In China it is the “golden cage”. They will take high profile dissidents and offer them a very good life if they just done it down a little. No need for reeducation or prison. Just be less confrontational. Help create harmony.

    The CCP just wants “harmony”.
    Dissent is disharmony.

      • I must say it has crossed my mind now that you mention it. Clay talks about making money and gambling a bit obsessively sometimes. It gives me pause. There are many things way more important, especially in this day. I also keep in mind that Clay voted for Obama twice, so that keeps me grounded in my expectations of him. He is a very smart businessman who capitalized on the Trump audience niche smartly last year, but I hope there is some real personal conviction behind that as well. I hope so, but with this much $ on the line you really never know. I would encourage everyone to be committed to hold to the ideals with clinched fists, but hold to the personalities talking about them loosely. It’s entertainment after all. It applies to Trump as well. The best of men are but men.

        That said I do sincerely appreciate this platform and hope it continues to carry the torch of sanity.

  3. I just had my twitter account suspended.

    It was suspended for “hateful conduct”
    “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.

    The tweet
    “Cheaper to buy high profile opposition than to confront them”

    I did not include any picture it was just a response to Clays Tweet.
    I made it in regard to Joe Rogan and Spotify.

    Compare this to what you see from the left on Twitter.
    Get ready Clay. Before they take someone out they first pare down their followers.

  4. The tweet
    “Cheaper to buy high profile opposition than to confront them”

    Sorry forget. I did say Joe Rogan = whore in the tweet,

    While it was wrong compare it to what others have said. I also want to know “on the basis of?”

  5. Mister Rogan is only human and for that much money I really don’t think he cares anymore about the authenticity or the one Wild and Free luxury he had and creating does God damn awesome interviews I really don’t know what we’re going to do now I hope he realizes do the fans that love him so much or at such a loss and are going to be at such a loss by losing that once Wild and Free Man

  6. Jim Rome sold out a few years ago for the big pay day. I dont think there was a bigger sports talk radio guy in the country. Now, if you want to listen to his show, which I dont, you need a 35 foot antenna and can’t be within 6 miles of a tall building. Rogan should have taken 50 mill and kept the rights to his old shows.

  7. Total bitch move on Rogans part. When he was working out this deal with Spotify before he signed, he said they weren’t going to interfere with his show and he had 100% control. So either he’s a liar or they are. I haven’t really listened that much since he went to Spotify anyway. It was much better on you tube.

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