Joe Rogan claimed his podcast subscriber count actually increased when he was criticized for spreading misinformation about Covid-19.
In February, Rogan found himself at the center of controversy after hosting a podcast guest who claimed Americans were being “hypnotized” into wearing masks and getting vaccinated.
Footage then resurfaced online showing Rogan repeatedly using the N-word on old episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience. Rogan apologized, telling his followers: “There’s nothing I can do to go back – I wish I could.”
While Spotify has removed 113 episodes of the podcast from its catalog, they have stuck with the podcaster amid calls to remove the show altogether.
However, when hosting his podcast on Friday, April 22, Rogan claimed that his subscriber numbers were not negatively affected by the controversy and that he gained two million subscribers at his peak.
His guest, British writer and political commentator Douglas Murray, told Rogan: “‘You’ve been tested since we last met. They did a number on you.
” They did it. It’s interesting, my subscriptions have increased massively – that’s what’s crazy,” he said.
“At the height of it all, I gained 2 million subscribers.”
The Independent has contacted Spotify for comment.
While Spotify users can see listener counts for musical artists and individual songs on the platform, it does not publicly release subscriber or listening numbers for podcasts. It is estimated that The Joe Rogan Experience is listened to by approximately 11 million people per episode.
However, sources said The Hollywood Reporter that Rogan’s show had steadily grown in subscriber numbers since the UFC commentator signed his $100 million deal with the streamer and never increased due to a particular event.