In a video posted to his official Instagram account, Rogan said he was feeling “very weary” on Saturday and was tested for Covid-19 the next day. He said that before the test he had quarantined his family and “all night long I had a fever and sweats and I knew what was going on.”
Rogan’s revelation of his positive diagnosis comes after he dismissed the vaccine’s usefulness to some extent on his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which is available exclusively on Spotify (PLACE). In April, Rogan told listeners that if a 21-year-old asked him if they should get the shot, he would suggest they don’t.
“If you’re a healthy person, exercising all the time, young, and eating well, I don’t think you have to worry about that,” Rogan said.
He then clarified his comments, claiming that he was “not an anti-vax person” and that he was “not a respected source of information, even for me”.
In Wednesday’s video, Rogan said he took several medications after his diagnosis, including the antiparasitic drug ivermectin, the use of which has become popular among fringe and anti-vaccine communities, and which U.S. health officials have strongly advised against.
Spotify signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Rogan in May 2020 and has repeatedly touted its success in its corporate earnings reports. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek promoted the podcast’s host amid controversy over Rogan’s remarks in April. Ek told Bloomberg at the time, “What I will say is we have 8 million creators and hundreds of millions of content. We have a content policy and we remove material that violates it.”
Spotify did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rogan said he postponed his show in Nashville, which was scheduled for Friday
“My apologies to everyone,” Rogan said. “Obviously I can’t control anything. That’s what it is. Crazy times we live in.”