Joe Rogan Renews Deal With Spotify: New Contract Could Be Worth $250M

Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan has a running contract with Spotify since 2020 under the name, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” But the platform has announced a fresh deal with the controversial podcast host. His enormously popular podcast will also be available on other platforms, including Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

The company announced this fresh deal on its official blog on Friday. The agreement includes a minimum guarantee upfront. Also included is an agreement on sharing revenues based on advertisement.

Joe Rogan has found a huge following in his program in which guests from diverse fields speak on a wide-ranging issue. Guests include scientists, athletes, comedians, and conspiracy theorists. His guests include such high-profile people as scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Senator Bernie Sanders. The total number of episodes has crossed the 2,200 mark and each program is between 2 and 3 hours.

Despite Its Popularity, “The Joe Rogan Experience” Has Been Accused Of Being Racist

Joe Rogan clarified on the platform’s blog post that he doesn’t follow a script when he talks to guests on his show. He just allows the guests and the audience to enjoy themselves. He indulges in what he calls organic conversation with guests who have fun. He says that such conversations have changed the way he looks at life.

“The Joe Rogan Experience” has remained one of Spotify’s most consistent and popular podcasts. But it has also attracted controversy for its contents. Significantly, Spotify faced flak during the pandemic over Joe Rogan’s use of racial slurs and his comments on the anti-COVID vaccination. Several platforms, including Canadian singer Neil Young, parted ways with the platform as a form of protest.

Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify denounced the use of racial slurs by Rogan but also added that dumping him was not the answer to tackle the issue. The shares of Spotify inched up 2% with the announcement of the deal on Friday.