Spotify bosses are ‘nervous’ over podcaster Joe Rogan’s comments about Jews being ‘in the money’ as his mega $200 million deal with the company is renewed.
The 55-year-old was calling out cancel culture on a January episode of The Joe Rogan Experience when he denounced Republicans for ousting Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for her past anti-Semitic statements.
He referenced a 2019 tweet, in which Omar spoke out against US support for Israel, saying: “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar has since apologized for the tweet and admitted it was anti-Semitic, but Rogan doubled down and said he shouldn’t have, stating: “The idea that Jews don’t like money is ridiculous.” That’s like saying Italians don’t like pizza.
Almost immediately afterward, people took to social media to denounce his comments, saying he was “casually spreading anti-Semitism.” Rogan has also jokes made before using the trope that the Jewish people control the media.
Now, with the star comedian and MMA host’s contract with Spotify set to expire, sources say online radar that comments like these, in addition to his past use of racial slurs and COVID misinformation, have pushed Spotify bosses over the edge.
Podcaster Joe Rogan reportedly made his Spotify bosses nervous over his comments about Jewish people as the streaming audio giant faces renewal talks over its $200 million mega-deal.
This is not the first time that relations between the two parties appear strained.
Last year, Rogan’s comments about the COVID vaccine, saying people “didn’t have to worry” about getting the vaccine, led musicians like Neil Young to pull their music from the streaming service.
Spotify boss Daniel Ek hit back at employees demanding that Rogan be ousted at the time, saying the controversial podcaster is vital to the platform’s future and that it’s not up to the company to “dictate the talk” of his program.
“There are many things that Joe Rogan says that I disagree with and find very offensive,” Chief Executive Ek said at a company town hall.
“But if we want even a chance to achieve our bold ambitions, it will mean having content on Spotify that many of us are not proud to be associated with.”
However, Rogan is always controversial, and in the wake of Kanye West’s anti-Semitic rants causing widespread awareness of comments disparaging Jews, a source told Radar that Spotify may have had enough.
In February, traffic light reported that the relationship between the company and the former Fear Factor host had ‘frayed’.
Rogan signed a three and a half year deal with Spotify in 2020. Company the representatives have told the New York Times that the agreement does not expire this year and the agreement included options to renew.
“Spotify is tired of apologizing for comments it disagrees with, and in some cases, they are horrified,” a source alleged, referring to Rogan’s comment that Americans “didn’t have to worry about” getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 19.
A year later, the source told Radar that “many executives believe that walking away from him would be the best business decision.”
Podcaster Joe Rogan compared the trope that Jews are ‘in the money’ to Italians who like pizza on the most recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has defended Rogan in the past
DailyMail.com has reached out to both Spotify and Rogan’s representatives for comment.
The podcast is often the target of anger, but lately Rogan has angered people on all sides of the aisle with his comments.
Rogan joked that Democrats want people to “just eat donuts and just vote” after the controversial podcaster discussed a story about the far-right’s connection to “being healthy.”
Rogan, speaking with writer and podcaster Bridget Phetasy, was likely reacting to an MSNBC article titled “Pandemic Fitness Trends Have Literally Gone Extreme.”
Phetasy asked: ‘Aren’t they connecting being healthy with the far right now? I’ve seen so many articles saying ‘oh, the far-right’s obsession with fitness’, like it’s somehow wrong.’
Podcast host Joe Rogan mocked Brian Stelter for his recent panel appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Stelter’s CNN show Reliable Sources was canceled in August. She said she went to Davos on his behalf to cover the world summit, where he hosted a panel on hate speech and misinformation.
The comedian and MMA commentator agreed: “There’s a giant percentage of our population that is really lazy and fat, and if you want those people on your team, you have to say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with being lazy and fat. In fact, not being lazy and fat is actually linked to misogyny, racism, fascism and the far right.’
He concluded that people on the left who think this way “are like, ‘Great, let’s just eat donuts and just vote blue.'”
Former CNN anchor Brian Stelter shot Rogan after the latter accused him of working for the ‘lizard’ people who run the World Economic Forum.
Last month, Rogan lashed out at Stelter while discussing the much-criticized world conference that takes place annually in Davos, Switzerland.
He and journalist Matt Taibbi mocked and criticized Stelter’s appearance on a panel he hosted, calling him “basically a hooker” and smiling comfortably around elitists seeking to impose restrictive laws on the global masses.
However, Stelter said that contrary to Rogan’s claim, he had no ‘boss’ puppeting his panel performance and that the journalist traveled to Davos at his own expense.
Joe Rogan was wrong again. The World Economic Forum did not “hire” me to “work” in Davos. I went there on my own to write about the conference,” Stelter said in response to a New York Post story about Rogan’s attack.