Joe Rogan passed on Trump as a podcast guest ‘every time’

There is a surprising row between former President Trump and podcast host and UFC commentator Joe Rogan over who has first refusal.

On Monday, the controversial host of “The Joe Rogan Experience” revealed that he had repeatedly turned down the reality TV star-turned-president to guest on his podcast.

“I’ve had the opportunity to have him on my show more than once. I said no every time,” Rogan said on the 300th episode of computer scientist Lex Fridman’s self-titled podcast. “I don’t want to help him. I’m not interested in helping him.”

Trump officials could not be reached by The Times for comment.

Rogan later doubled down on his feelings, saying that he was “in no way a Trump supporter.”

Rogan told AI researcher Fridman that he thinks the Trump era was “one of the strangest times people have looked back at division in this country.”

However, Trump wasn’t the only president hit by Rogan. Shortly after discussing the former “Apprentice” star, Rogan addressed President Biden’s recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” where he was “just rambling on about it.”

“If he were anybody else, if he were a Republican — if that’s what Donald Trump did, every frigging talk show would be screaming for him to go off the air,” he said.

During the nearly two-hour podcast, Rogan also spoke about far-right radio host Alex Jones, how he’s survived “abandon culture,” and why he thinks the late comedian Norm McDonald is “one of the greats.”

Since early 2022, Rogan has been at the center of controversy over how Swedish audio platform Spotify is handling misinformation about COVID-19. In various episodes of his podcast, Rogan has criticized pandemic lockdown measures, expressed skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines and more. Spotify’s decision to keep Rogan’s top show on its platform prompted artists like Neil Young, Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell and India Arie to boycott the app.

However, Crosby, Stills & Nash returned to Spotify on Saturday, five months after they took a stand against the music-sharing platform and Rogan.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-07-05/donald-trump-rejected-joe-rogan-experience-podcast Joe Rogan passed on Trump as a podcast guest ‘every time’

Sarah Ridley

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