“When someone comes along and expresses him or herself as freely as they think, people flock to it. They enjoy it,” said comedian and MMA commentator Joe Rogan.
Launched in 2009, the Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) is known for running live and sharing candid and unedited thoughts. Rogan was already a popular comedian before the podcast’s release, but the Joe Rogan Experience quickly grew to one of the most popular podcasts in the world.
However, in 2019, Rogan’s live videos and podcasts went dark, with little explanation. Many of his fans wonder why Joe Rogan isn’t live anymore, and what happened?
Why Joe Rogan Originally Went Live
First, it’s useful to know why Rogan started his show unrehearsed. Rogan’s live podcast became popular even without much marketing. Instead, he focused on creating quality content and doing it live. Rogan followed his mantra of expressing ideas freely and believing that people will flock to transparency.
Rogan started his podcast in 2003 with Brian Redban, a self-taught video editor. The duo started doing videos for Rogan’s website with stand-up comedy.
However, he soon noticed that fans were demanding more content and wanting it quickly. To shorten his editing process, he decided to start filming and posting live shows for fans. The live version of Rogan’s show was initially designed as a video stream from the star’s home with optional downloadable audio.
The Success of the Live Joe Rogan Experience
Rogan’s theory of going live worked. People loved the genuine, unedited conversations on the JRE podcast. By 2010, the podcast grew and ultimately became what we now know as the popular Joe Rogan Experience, with several episodes released every week.
Rogan also started a YouTube channel in 2013, posting the podcast’s live video recordings on his channel. By 2015, each episode of Rogan’s podcast had millions of views on YouTube, and he had a wide variety of celebrity guests.
However, in 2020, Rogan quit YouTube and his show became a Spotify exclusive. Alongside his debut on Spotify, about a year ago, he stopped recording his podcasts live.
Why did Rogan Stop Going Live?
Rogan has not officially released anything explaining why he quit recording live podcasts. Some wonder if his disregard of live content concerned copyright claims, community guidelines strikes, or a possible complaint on YouTube.
There is also the possibility that Rogan wasn’t making enough money on the live videos because ads are not runnable when broadcasting live.
But most assume he quit live streaming because he held a liability by going live on YouTube—potentially breaking YouTube’s community guidelines or saying something that couldn’t be removed later. However, no official statements have been made by YouTube or by the star about why he stopped going live.
Regardless of why the Joe Rogan Experience went dark, fans were devastated. One fan on Reddit explains,
I understand the potential technical challenges that come with live streaming, but this aspect is what made the Podcast so different from everything else out there. The transparency that comes with the ‘live version’ is what initially attracted me to the show, aside from the interesting content and guests.
While Joe Rogan isn’t live anymore, you can still find the JRE podcast on Spotify. Ultimately, Rogan most likely quit going live because of the liability of not being able to edit content. Unfortunately, the podcast has lost its sense of genuine transparency from going live; nonetheless, it still offers quality content with various celebrity guests.