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Daniel Ek, the Spotify CEO, apologized to the employees of the company on Sunday in an internal memo. Adding that he “strongly” condemns Joe Rogan’s statement that comes amid a growing backlash against the platform for hosting Rogan’s podcast after video of him using other offensive languages and racial slurs on older episodes reappeared online.

Daniel Ek, Spotify Technology SA Chief Executive, said in a memo sent to employees on Sunday:

There are no words I can say to adequately convey how deeply sorry I am for the way The Joe Rogan Experience controversy continues to impact each of you. I think it’s important you’re aware that we’ve had conversations with Joe and his team about some of the content in his show, including his history of using some racially insensitive language.


He further added:

Following these discussions and his own reflections, he chose to remove a number of episodes from Spotify. He also issued his own apology over the weekend. While I strongly condemn what Joe has said, and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more. And I want to make one point very clear – I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer.

The statement comes as more and more people are calling on the platform to censor the former “Fear Factor” host podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” with the trending video. Those who had been critical of Rogan’s comments on the vaccine also continued to be criticized.


The CEO continued:

Another criticism that I continue to hear from many of you is that it’s not just about The Joe Rogan Experience on Spotify; it comes down to our direct relationship with him. In last week’s Town Hall, I outlined to you that we are not the publisher of JRE. But perception due to our exclusive license implies otherwise. So I’ve been wrestling with how this perception squares with our values.

The host added:

I’m making this video to talk about the most regretful and shameful thing that I’ve ever had to talk about publicly. There’s a video that’s out that’s a compilation of me saying the N-word. It’s a video that’s made of clips taken out of context of me of 12 years of conversations on my podcast, and it’s all smushed together. And it looks f—ing horrible, even to me

Bernard Bond

Bernard Bond is a leading expert in celebrity journalism and a television critic.

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