CEO of Rumble Chris Pavlovski posted an offer letter to Joe Rogan on Twitter offering the podcaster $100 million over four years to ditch Spotify for Rumble.
“Hey Joe Rogan,” Rumble writes, “we are ready to fight alongside you.” The letter from Pavlovski reads: “We stand with you, your guests, and your legion of fans in desire for real conversation. So we’d like to offer you 100 million reasons to make the world a better place.
“How about you bring all your shows to Rumble, both old and new, with no censorship, to 100 million bucks over four years? “This is our chance to save the world, “And yes, this is totally legit.”
Rogan has a contract with Spotify for exclusive rights to his podcast. It was a $100 million deal signed in 2020.
Daily Wire CEO Jeremy Boreing has also offered to host Joe Rogan’s podcast on Daily Wire’s increasingly growing platform. So Joe is not without options.
The fact that Joe Rogan has more than one platform waiting in the wing must have Spotify sweeting bullets.
Joe Rogan apologized last week after a hit piece video showing him speaking the n-word emerged on social media. Rogan said that these incidents were taken out of context, as they appeared to be, since the video provided absolutely no context. The video compilation simply shows Rogan saying the N word, seemingly in quoting others. A true contradiction as this word is used by others and has been used by others without consequence or public ridicule.
Rogan did mention that he only said the N word in the context of others’ quotes. Rogan did say, “It’s not my word to use. I am well aware of that now, but for years I used it in that manner. I never used it to be racist because I’m not racist. There’s nothing I can do to take that back. I wish I could. Obviously, that’s not possible. I certainly wasn’t trying to be racist, and I certainly would never want to offend someone for entertainment with something as stupid as racism,”
Over 100 episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience were removed from Spotify over the past few days. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek distributed a letter to all Spotify employees, which said it was Rogan’s specific decision to pull the episodes. Ek said via memo that he was “deeply sorry” for the way Joe Rogan’s podcast affected his employees.
Ek wrote, “There are no words I can say to adequately convey how deeply sorry I am for the way The Joe Rogan Experience controversy continues to impact each of you. Not only are some of Joe Rogan’s comments incredibly hurtful – I want to make clear that they do not represent the values of this company,”
Ek reaffirmed his position that there are no plans to remove The Joe Rogan Experience from Spotify.
Ek stated, “While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more. I want to make one point very clear – I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer …canceling voices is a slippery slope.”
Ek said that Spotify would make an “…incremental investment of $100 million for the licensing, development, and marketing of music (artists and songwriters) and audio content from historically marginalized groups. This will dramatically increase our efforts in these areas.”