Donald Trump Tells Joe Rogan 'Stop Apologizing' To Avoid Looking 'Weak and Frightened'

Donald Trump has spoken out about the recent fallout involving Joe Rogan and his Spotify-hosted podcast, suggesting the comedian should stop apologizing so he doesn't appear "weak and frightened."

The former president has defended Rogan amid the controversy surrounding the content of his hugely popular podcast, which Spotify paid a reported $100 million for.

Rogan has come under fire for sharing misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines on his show, which led to prominent musicians including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell withdrawing their music from the streaming platform.

Rogan also apologized for repeatedly using the N-word on his podcast, but says clips of him using the racial slurs, which have been widely shared online, were "taken out of context."

In a statement, Trump said that Rogan has "got to stop apologizing to the Fake News and Radical Left maniacs and lunatics," amid the backlash to his show.

"How many ways can you say you're sorry? Joe, just go about what you do so well and don't let them make you look weak and frightened. That's not you and it never will be!"

The statement from the former president arrived as Rogan released a video apology about using the N-word a number of times on his show down the years. Rogan said his statement was the "most regretful and shameful" thing that he has ever had to talk about publicly.

The apology arrived after a video compilation of him using the N-word re-emerged and went viral online amid the controversy surrounding his coronavirus and vaccine comments, as well as other clips showing him using racist language.

"There's a video that's out, that's a compilation of me saying the N-word. It's a video that's made of clips taken out of context of me of...12 years of conversations on my podcast, and it's all smushed together, and it looks f*****g horrible, even to me," Rogan said.

"Now I know that to most people there's no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, never mind publicly on a podcast, and I agree with that.

"I haven't said it in years, but for a long time, when I would bring that word up, like if it would come up in conversation, instead of saying 'the N-word,' I would just say the word. I thought as long as it was in context, people would understand what I was doing."

In a letter to staff, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said there are "no words I can say to adequately convey how deeply sorry I am" for the way The Joe Rogan Experience controversy has impacted them, but vowed to keep the show on the platform.

More than 70 episodes of the show were recently removed from Spotify, which Ek states was a decision by Rogan.

"While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more. And I want to make one point very clear—I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer."

Rogan has been contacted for comment.

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Former President Donald Trump said Joe Rogan should "stop apologizing" amid ongoing controversy surrounding the podcast host. Drew Angerer/Michael S. Schwartz/Getty Images