Rogan himself admitted in a recent interview with guest Fahim Anwar that “there were a few episodes they didn’t want on their platform, and I was like ‘okay, I don’t care.’” That being said, it isn’t clear if Rogan is aware of the fact that dozens of his podcast interview episodes were being taken down.
Spotify declined to offer any explanation as to why it was removing certain episodes. The platform did not even respond to the enquiries and complaints’ from the show’s fans either.
Some of the episodes that were taken down by Spotify include an interview with Dave Asprey, the founder of Bullet-proof Coffee. Asprey appears quite frequently on The Joe Rogan Experience. Spotify chose to remove three podcast episodes featuring Asprey. Some believe that his controversial theories concerning anti-ageing may be the reason behind the takedown.
Even the episode #149, titled “Live from the Icehouse” that featured a long list of guests, including Joe Rogan and Little Esther, Josh McDermitt, Brendon Walsh, Al Madrigal, Felicia Michaels, and Brian Red-ban was removed. That being said, apart from a single “objectionable joke,” as Digital Music News reports, there wasn’t anything seriously offensive that would call for the deletion of the episode.
Four episodes featuring Chris D’Elia had also been removed from Spotify. D’Elia had been accused of sexual assault but received no conviction or charges.
And apart from D’Elia, other past guests whose episodes were deleted include Owen Benjamin, Gavin McInnes, Joey Diaz, and Eddie Bravo. It is worth noting that all the aforementioned individuals are repeat guests on The Joe Rogan Experience.
Even Alex Jones episodes from the past had also been deleted by Spotify, although that wasn’t new.
Rogan, after entering into the Spotify deal and with the intention to test the platform’s censorship committee, invited Alex Jones for a podcast interview in the recent past. The recent episode, though, is still available on the platform and hasn’t been removed, yet.