Prince Harry has added his voice to the backlash over comments Joe Rogan made about the COVID vaccine.
“The issue is in today’s world with misinformation endemic; you’ve got to be careful about what comes out of your mouth,” the Prince told the hosts of the Armchair Expert podcast. Prince Harry’s comments about Joe Rogan follow some comments the host made about the COVID vaccine.
“If you’re like 21 years old and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I’ll go no. If you’re a healthy person, and you’re exercising all the time, and you’re young, and you’re eating well, I don’t think you need to worry about this,” Rogan told his audience.
After receiving a massive backlash online, Rogan later clarified the comments he made. “I said, “I believe [the vaccines are] safe,’ and I encouraged many people to take them. My parents were vaccinated. I just said, ‘I don’t think that if you’re a young, healthy person, that you need it.”
Prince Harry says it would have been better for Joe Rogan to “just stay out of it” instead of making those comments. He adds that having a platform as large as Joe Rogan’s “comes with responsibility.” The commentary is interesting, as it happened on the Armchair Expert podcast — which is now a Spotify exclusive.
The platform signed the exclusive deal with Dax Shepard yesterday, and the podcast will move to Spotify starting July 1st. The show itself is a weekly show that features interviews with celebrities, artists, authors – the same platform Joe Rogan offers. Podcast listening is at an all-time high on Spotify, so the company is eager to continue snapping up talent.
“We are very excited to embark on this journey with Spotify,” co-host Monica Padman says. “Armchair Expert will remain the same show it has always been, but with added opportunities that only Spotify can offer us. We look forward to continuing to bring our human-driven content and doorless bathroom to our audience through this exclusive platform.”
Spotify did not disclose how much it paid to acquire the Armchair Expert podcast. Digital Music News reported that the music streaming giant paid upwards of $100 million to bring Joe Rogan’s audience to the platform. Other deals struck for podcast networks bring Spotify’s total spend on new podcasts to well over $1 billion.
“We made it no secret that we wanted to bring some of the world’s most respected podcasts and dynamic creators to Spotify exclusively,” says Dawn Ostroff, Chief Content & Advertising Business Officer at Spotify.