Podcaster Joe Rogan is no stranger to controversy – he’s been hosting The Joe Rogan Experience for over two years, and in that time, his guests have ranged from Elon Musk to Bernie Sanders.
But he recently found himself at the centre of more controversy after he admitted that he was tested twice for Covid-19 in the last week.
He joked that he would test himself every three to four days. He made the comment during a recording of his show with the comedian Chris d’Elia, who also said that he got tested before appearing on the show in a now deleted interview with the magazine BUILD.
Rogan has continued to record new episodes of his podcast, and said later on in the episode with D’Elia that he was testing everybody who was coming into record with him. “When people come in to the podcast, test them first, keep the f*** away from them, and then go in for a hug,” he says.
On social media, some users asked if they could come on the Joe Rogan show just so that they could get tested for Covid-19, and others said that while they were fans of his, they didn’t think it was fair he could get tested multiple times while others couldn’t.
Comedian Bryan Callen also posted a video of a Covid-19 test with negative results, which he took before appearing on Rogan’s podcast.
According to Vice, the Covid-19 antibody test in the video is not approved by the Food and Drugs Administration in the USA, and was administered by Dr Abe Malkin, a doctor at Concierge MD LA, which offers in-home coronavirus testing around Los Angeles.
Dr Malkin also clarified to Vice that the test he was using was not the nasal swab testing equipment which was in short supply. He said: “It’s more for peace of mind, for epidemiologic data.”
The test that he’s been administering is part of a house call, which costs $299.