Spotify famously paid a reported US$100 million to Rogan to have him exclusively broadcast on the platform – which apparently upset staff at the company.
“I’m personally bothered by his transphobic comments and am concerned with the way he might spread misinformation,” one Spotify employee wrote last year on an internal networking channel, Business Insider reported this week.
A former Spotify employee added that the Rogan deal was the most contentious decision the company had ever made.
A resulting meeting with staff about the issue apparently didn’t go well, with Spotify refusing to force editorial supervision over what Rogan says in his broadcasts.
The Joe Rogan Experience is wildly popular in part due to its controversial nature.
Previous guests have included infamous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos and Gavin McInnes, a far-right extremist who founded the Proud Boys, the notorious neo-facist organisation classified as a terrorist entity by the Canadian government.
In addition to what his guests have said on the show, Rogan himself has come under fire for espousing anti-science views and comments he’s made about transgender people.
In a 2018 discussion about trans athletes including New Zealander Laurel Hubbard, Rogan described transgender women as having “gorilla hands” and “size 14 feet”.
Earlier this year in an episode with Jim Breuer, Rogan suggested that “dumb people” and “idiots” transition gender in order to be praised as “amazing”.
He’s also spread falsehoods about the COVID-19 pandemic, including claiming facemasks are only “for bitches” and that young, healthy people shouldn’t get vaccinated.