Joe Rogan, 1 of the world’s highest paid and astir influential podcast hosts, announced Wednesday helium has tested affirmative for Covid-19 and said he’d embarked connected a fringe attraction regime.
In a video posted to his authoritative Instagram account, Rogan said helium felt “very weary” connected Saturday and got tested for Covid-19 the pursuing day. He said up of the trial helium quarantined from his household and “throughout the night, I got fevers and sweats and I knew what was going on.”
Rogan’s revealing his affirmative diagnosis comes aft helium dismissed to immoderate grade the usefulness of the vaccine connected his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which is exclusively disposable connected Spotify. In April, Rogan told listeners that if a 21-year-old asked him if they should get vaccinated, helium would suggest they bash not.
“If you’re a steadfast person, and you’re exercising each the time, and you’re young, and you’re eating well, like, I don’t deliberation you request to interest astir this,” Rogan said.
He aboriginal clarified his comments, saying helium is “not an anti-vax person” and that helium is “not a respected root of information, adjacent for me.”
Rogan did not accidental successful the video posted Wednesday whether he’d been vaccinated. He said successful an April podcast that helium was scheduled to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine anterior to it being paused.
In Wednesday’s video, Rogan said helium took respective medications aft his diagnosis, including the anti-parasitic cause ivermectin, the usage of which has go fashionable among fringe and anti-vaccine communities, and which US wellness officials person powerfully advised against.
Spotify signed an exclusive licensing woody with Rogan successful May 2020 and has repeatedly touted his occurrence successful its institution net reports. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek stood by and promoted the podcast big amid the contention implicit Rogan’s April remarks. Ek told Bloomberg astatine the time, “What I volition accidental is we person 8 cardinal creators, and hundreds of millions of pieces of content. We person a contented argumentation and we bash region pieces that interruption it.”
Spotify did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.
Rogan said helium has postponed his amusement successful Nashville, which was scheduled for Friday
“My apologies to everyone,” Rogan said. “Obviously it is thing that I tin control. It is what it is. Crazy times we’re surviving in.”