The episodes in question all pre-date 2019 and are unrelated to Rogan’s ongoing controversy over COVID-19 misinformation.
Rather, the removal of at least some of these episodes was apparently due to racist or other derogatory language. Earlier on Friday, the Grammy Award-winning singer India.Arie highlighted 24 instances in which Rogan used the N-word during episodes of his podcast.
“He shouldn’t even be uttering the word. Don’t even say it, under any context. Don’t say it. That’s where I stand. I have always stood there,” said Arie, who earlier in the week pulled her music from Spotify, citing Rogan’s “language around race.”
According to the official subreddit for The Joe Rogan Experience, the episodes referenced by Arie were among those removed by Spotify on Friday.
Other episodes taken down by Spotify featured guest appearances from comedians Bill Burr, Tom Segura, and Pete Holmes, and Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan.
Spotify has not yet publicly addressed the removal of these episodes. Consequence has reached to representatives of the platform for clarification.