Joe Rogan shared a snippet of the life behind the podcast after two particularly controversial interviews propelled him to uncomfortable levels of fame.
Podcast host Joe Rogan opened up about what he called “the craziest period of his life” after briefly becoming a global Covid “disinformation” figure, a controversy he admits was overwhelming even after spending years in the spotlight.
After landing a record $100 million deal with Spotify, Rogan’s regular long-form webcasts featuring dozens of politicians, adventurers, scientists and comedians have become an undeniable force in American news.
But controversy about selection of guestsespecially leading cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough and virologist Dr. Robert Malone in January, propelled him to a new level of fame.
His name regularly appeared at the forefront of hysteria over what was considered “disinformation” and what was official as millions of people were attuned throughout the pandemic.
He admitted that as a person it was almost too much to handle. So he decided to spend some time in another universe instead of going through the bell on planet earth.
“I used mushrooms,” he told the scientist and fellow podcast host. Lex Friedman in a recent interview. “That was one of the ways I did it. I took less than a gram every day and I did a lot of really hard training.”
He said that such disputes can break a person.
“There is a lot of benefit in going through something difficult and unpleasant,” he continued. “It gives you the opportunity to grow and express yourself under pressure, to show your true character and how you handle a difficult situation.
“It was exciting to be involved in the media… how the rest of the media would try to piss me off like CNN playing things over and over again.
“People have a tendency to be negative about people online, especially when it comes to controversial issues.”
Rogan said that despite the controversy, the podcast “never got bigger”, showing its audience increased by two million in a matter of months.
“(Controversy) is part of being human when you communicate in public in real time and think out loud. It’s difficult,” he said.
“There will be real hot takes, but there will also be these fake people who use any controversial topic as an opportunity to get clicks or views.
“If you take someone’s opinion and write it down, it doesn’t make it more relevant. You must not take into account the opinion of the world.”
The 54-year-old comedian previously noted that things he discussed with professionals that were once criticized as misinformation are now part of the official health updates.
“The problem with the term disinformation, especially today, is that much of what we recently thought was disinformation is now accepted fact,” Instagram said in a January update.
“For example, eight months ago, if you had said that if you got vaccinated you could still get Covid and spread Covid, you would have been removed from certain social media platforms. Now it’s accepted as a fact.”
He regularly admitted that he couldn’t get it right, noting the fact that he was “just one guy” and not trying to influence political opinions.
In January, he promised viewers that he would try to find a “counter” guest soon after his podcast discussed controversial topics.
The podcast dedicated to comedy, science, AI technology, sports, health and culture has inevitably turned into a hotbed of contentious voices.
“The problem is, it’s mostly editorials of idiots,” he said of the online criticism leveled against him in an interview with comedian and podcaster Tim Dillon.
“These are really stupid people.
“The reason they got there in the first place is not because they are these brave, free-thinking innovators who have a compassionate and rational view of the world.
“No, they followed the stories. They read the teleprompter and say things that fit the ideology of their network.”
Originally published as Joe Rogan says he ate hallucinogenic mushrooms daily during the Covid-19 podcast controversy.