Joe Rogan calls on CNN to 'change your model' if they want gain back an audience

The popular podcaster is dishing out advice to the network that has relentlessly petitioned to deplatform him.

Updated: February 11, 2022 - 3:14pm

Beleaguered podcaster Joe Rogan dolled out some free, unsolicited advice to CNN on his Thursday night episode.

 If you want to do better, just f**king change your model," he said. "Change the way you do it."

Rogan has consistently been the subject of the network's ire over the last several months as various personalities have criticized him for peddling the drug Ivermectin to treat COVID-19, which they dubbed a "horse dewormer," and more recently for hosting a variety of medical professionals on his show, some of whom question the efficacy of the COVID vaccines.

The content of some of Rogen's podcasts resulted in a threat to Spotify by musicians with content on the site to either drop him or risk having them leave the platform. 

Rogan specifically singled out CNN hosts Brian Stelter and Don Lemon as voices "nobody listens to."

Essentially all cable news networks have had a drop in viewership since about the time President Trump left office, with CNN being among the hardest hit. 

"Stop this editorial perspective with guys like Brian Stelter and Don Lemon that nobody listens to," said Rogan. "Nobody is chiming in saying 'oh yeah, finally we get the voice of reason.' Nobody thinks that."

Stelter recently told his viewers – a fraction the size of Rogan's listening audience – that he does not believe Spotify should still be distributing "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast following a compilation video that surfaced of Rogan using the 'n-word' repeatedly. 

"Companies like Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, they present themselves just as platforms, neutral platforms," Stelter said. "But actually, Spotify, in this case is a media company getting in business to distribute Rogan.

"They don’t have to be in that business. I want to recognize there are reasons why Rogan has lots of fans, millions of fans. People want to hear his candid conversations, but there’s a difference between that, between candid, in-depth conversations, and the kind of vile that’s in this compilation."

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