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Joe Rogan could get another huge payday if he decides to take his talents to the Rumble video hosting platform.
In a tweet on Monday, Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski offered the immensely popular and controversial podcaster, who is also a comedian and MMA commentator, “100 million reasons” to leave Spotify and move his content to the purported censorship-free YouTube alternative.
“How about you bring all your shows to Rumble, both old and new, with no censorship, for 100 million bucks over four years.
“This is our chance to save the world. And yes, this is totally legit,” the Rumble chief insisted.
Rogan, a former Bernie Sanders supporter who is already under fire from vaccine hawks in the political/media establishment for opening his studio to those who question the conventional COVID-19 narrative like mRNA technology inventor Dr. Robert Malone, has apologized for using racial slurs after clips emerged of him doing so repeatedly.
— Rumble (@rumblevideo) February 7, 2022
According to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, the audio streaming and media services provider is standing by Rogan for now, although it has reportedly deleted more past JRE episodes, more than 110 episodes total, from its platform.
The company also intends to spend $100 million (about what it is reportedly paying Rogan on an exclusive licensing deal, to which Rumble apparently alluded) to develop content from historically marginalized groups.
Spotify’s triggered woke employees were already unhappy when the streaming service signed the host of “The Joe Rogan Experience” to the big contract in 2020.
Spotify ‘cancels’ 42 episodes of ‘Joe Rogan Experience,’ remains to be seen how many more removed https://t.co/uvs9NSTeBS
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 12, 2021
Rogan’s long-form, freewheeling interviews often focus on health and physical fitness and personal development along with political and social issues, the latter of which can overlap, especially in the COVID era, plus other conversations that might be described as fringe.
In a memo to employees distributed on Sunday, Ek condemned Rogan’s racially insensitive language and some of his “incredibly hurtful comments,” apologized for how Rogan’s show “continues to impact” the staff, but added, “I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer.”
Spotify CEO consoles employees in memo after Joe Rogan ‘N-word’ controversy explodes https://t.co/jWTG7jFkKG
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) February 7, 2022
Ek also implied that some changes are on the way in the content is structured, which is already set to include advisory notifications to podcast episodes that discuss pandemic-related topics.
Late last year, Rumble entered into a partnership with President Trump’s media company TMTG in which Rumble will provide TMTG’s social media network TRUTH Social with video and streaming services.
According to Forbes, Rumble “plans an ambitious public offering next quarter it hopes will value the company at $2 billion.”
While the idea has prompted criticism in some quarters on social media, free speech advocates and others seem to think that the Rogan-to-Rumble safe harbor is the way to go:
This is the obvious move for @JoeRogan if he wants to maintain his show’s integrity & kill cancel culture all in one swoop. Do it, Joe.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 7, 2022
Let’s get ready to Rumble!!!!!!! https://t.co/fSZgR43UCg
— Kate Hyde (@KateHydeNY) February 7, 2022
Rumble is offering @joerogan $100,000,000 over four years with zero content restrictions if he goes exclusive with them.
He should run there and never look back. https://t.co/niv3uyZEQ9
— John – Freedom Trucker – Cardillo (@johncardillo) February 7, 2022
I’ll drop my @Spotify subscription tomorrow and never look back if I have an alternative service that won’t cave to the woke mob.
— Noble Savage (@MisfitPilgrim) February 7, 2022
That’s great @rumblevideo. You give an inch they’ll take a hundred miles. Enough of the censorship. Freedom is precious & should be fought for.
— Rip Wheeler (@JustAGu06944949) February 7, 2022
Would love this if it happened then I could delete Spotify
— Matthew Reust (@reust734) February 7, 2022
Oh man! That would be awesome!!! Spotify is just chopping the man down and slowly censoring him to an eventual silence. If he jumps, then I jump with him! 😎👍
— Steve Giblin (@Gibby76) February 7, 2022
If he could do this without breach of contract that would be awesome. I just know Joe still owns his show, but I would literally sign up for Rumble. I only listen to Spotify for Rogan.
— Jenna (@Jennamarie227) February 7, 2022
I just only use Spotify to watch Joe Rogan podcast, never ever used it for music because of the low music quality compared to FLAC and other audio formats.
Today i even watch more Rumble than YT.
If Joe goes Rumble that would be great.
— B T (@BTurati) February 7, 2022
Rumble’s growth will explode if @joerogan does this. You might want to give him some stock options along with the $100 million.
— Dan Hellman (@danhellman) February 7, 2022
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