Joe Rogan’s controversial claims about vaccines will infuriate his fellow Spotify stablemates, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, sources who know them tell Page Six.
Rogan claimed that healthy young people don’t need to bother getting a COVID-19 vaccine — despite advice from the CDC and medical experts saying otherwise.
His comments, made on his popular Spotify podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” were publicized Tuesday.
Embarrassingly, it was the same day that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were joining President Joe Biden at Vax Live, a concert in LA aimed at increasing the global vaccination effort.
They have signed on as “campaign chairs” of the A-list event on May 8, to be hosted by Selena Gomez, and organized by Global Citizen. In a statement, the Sussexes said: “Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss and struggle — together … Now we need to recover and heal — together. We can’t leave anybody behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone, everywhere has equal access to the vaccine.”
And, “We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution and, in that, restore faith in our common humanity. The mission couldn’t be more critical or important.”
The Sussexes, who set up their own production banner Archewell Audio, followed in the footsteps of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in signing a mega-bucks deal with Spotify in December.
So far, they have released a holiday special featuring, among others, Sir Elton John, Tyler Perry, James Corden — and also their son Archie.
A source familiar with the couple told us: “Harry and Meghan will be less than thrilled with Spotify, it’s hugely embarrassing for them.” The source added, “And they have to think, ‘Do we really want to be on the same banner as Joe Rogan?’”
Rogan made the claims on the April 23 edition of his podcast, according to Media Matters.
“If you’re, like, 21 years old, and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I’ll go ‘No,’” said Rogan in the episode.
In the clip, Rogan said that the “vulnerable” should get the vaccine — and that he’s encouraged others to get it as well.
“People say, ‘Do you think it’s safe to get vaccinated?’” he added. “I’ve said, ‘Yeah, I think for the most part it’s safe to get vaccinated.’ I do. I do.”
However, when discussing the young and healthy — specifically those around that early 20s range — he later added: “Look, don’t do anything stupid, but you should take care of yourself. You should — if you’re a healthy person, and you’re exercising all the time, and you’re young, and you’re eating well, like, I don’t think you need to worry about this.”
Rogan isn’t a stranger to controversy. Spotify has reportedly been removing episodes of his podcast — including up to 42 interviews with figures such as Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes — and those with controversial subject matter.
Meanwhile, the Sussexes hope to make their point that the vaccine should be available for all in the broadcast special that aims to encourage donations to Covax, which is working to provide vaccines for low and middle-income countries.
Special guests, including Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Penn, will speak from around the world. The event will also feature performances from stars including Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R.
A source close to the situation told Page Six that Rogan was not in violation of Spotify guidelines, adding: “We do take anti-vaccination seriously and regularly and quickly take down content that is in violation or causing harm or misinformation around vaccinations.”
Spotify declined to comment, and a rep for the Sussexes was unavailable for comment.
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