Spotify has removed a total of 42 episodes of Joe Rogan’s popular podcast series from the platform.
The story: The removal of the episodes was flagged by Digital Music News. The outlet claims that there are currently 42 episodes missing from the “Joe Rogan Experience,” up from the 40 deleted episodes it reported last week.
The article claimed that the audio streaming platform is “quietly” taking down episodes from the platform.
How we got here: Last year, Rogan announced that he would be moving thousands of episodes of his podcast to Spotify exclusively. The Wall Street Journal estimated the Spotify deal was worth over $100 million. When Spotify launched the podcast, fans quickly noticed that the streaming platform is missing several segments from the more than 1,690 episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
The missing episodes included an interview with InfoWars’ Alex Jones, whose Spotify podcast was pulled in 2018, and others featuring Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, ex-Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, comedian Owen Benjamin.
For months, critics accused Spotify of censoring the podcast and in February, Rogan finally addressed the concerns in a podcast episode with comedian Fahim Anwar, He said Spotify informed him that some of the episodes would not be making the switch to the platform as part of the deal.
“There’s a few episodes they didn’t want on their platform that I was like ‘OK, I don’t care,” Rogan said. “But other than that, in terms of what I do in the future, the big test was having Alex Jones on. A lot of people were like ‘They’re telling Joe Rogan what he can do and what he can’t do’ and I was like, ‘they’re not. They’re not.”
It is unclear whether the 42 episodes that are reportedly not available on Spotify were taken down after Rogan transferred to the platform or they just did not make the cut.
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