The long-tenured UFC commentator and podcaster Joe Rogan made some comments about never wanting to have former President Donald Trump on his top-rated podcast. Now, Steve Bannon has bashed the stand-up comedian for the remarks.
Rogan said during a show this week that he had turned down multiple chances for Trump to appear on his show.
“I am not a Trump supporter, in any way, shape or form,” Mr. Rogan told guest Lex Fridman, a computer scientist and podcast host himself. “I don’t want to help him. I’m not interested in helping him.”
The podcaster, who gained fame as the host of “Fear Factor” and is also a UFC commentator, said he feels Trump is an “existential threat to democracy. Rogan said that he feared that welcoming Trump on his show might rehabilitate the former president’s image.
Steve Bannon opens up on Joe Rogan
Bannon, who is a former White House chief strategist in the Trump administration, said the former president doesn’t need Mr. Rogan’s platform or the “low-information voters” who make up the audience for “The Joe Rogan Experience,” according to the Daily Beast.
“Trump deals with high-information people. Your audience couldn’t handle ‘War Room’ — couldn’t follow it,” Mr. Bannon said, referencing his own podcast.
The Daily Beast further reported that Bannon made some bold accusations against Rogan about “taking the hundred million dollars of blood money” from audio streaming platform Spotify. The comment was implied to Spotify hosting the music and videos from the shooter in Highland Park, Illinois, who reportedly confessed to carrying out the attack that left seven people dead and dozens injured.