Spotify's massive contract for Joe Rogan is reportedly worth upwards of $200 million, double what the deal was previously thought to be worth, the New York Times reported Thursday. Rogan's contract covers 3.5 years of exclusivity on his podcasts for the streaming giant.
The Times story tracks Spotify's quest to become a podcast behemoth, which has included the acquisition of several major podcasting companies, and has only been aided by "The Joe Rogan Experience," which the company said has been its biggest podcast in more than 90 countries. But the show has been riddled with problematic themes and accused of spreading misinformation, including on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Spotify came under fire in recent weeks for not moderating Rogan's podcast. Major artists Neil Young and Joni Mitchell left the audio service in protest while #DeleteSpotify trended on social media platforms, but CEO Daniel Ek said in a blog post that the company isn't interested in being a "content censor."