Joe Rogan Says He Might Move to Texas If California Coronavirus Restrictions Continue: 'I Don't Need to Be Here'

Comedian and mixed martial arts commentator Joe Rogan has suggested he could move from California to Texas, in part due to coronavirus restrictions.

Rogan, 52, who spearheads the massively popular "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast on YouTube, has indicated his operation could soon shift to the Lone Star state for several reasons, including the high cost of living on the West Coast.

The host spoke after Elon Musk, who recently appeared as a guest on the show, teased he could move Tesla production to Texas amid an argument with Alameda County officials regarding the re-opening of his Fremont car manufacturing plant.

"I might move to Texas... if California continues to be this restrictive I don't know if this is a good place to live. First of all, it's extremely expensive. The taxes are ridiculous," Rogan said, speaking in a segment which aired May 13. "And if they really say that we can't do stand up until 2022, or some s*** like that, I might jet. I'm not kidding. This is silly. I don't need to be here."

They were reacting to the news that some regions of California may remain under stay-at-home orders for months. Texas, meanwhile, moved to re-open its economy by loosening its lockdown starting in May. Some venues are starting to re-open, albeit with limited crowds.

"I like Austin a lot, I like Dallas a lot, I like Houston," Rogan added about some possible locations. "I don't know if I would live in Houston. The summer is a motherf*****."

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, also a former podcast guest, responded to Rogan's musing about a move after the comments were covered by the Barstool Sports blog.

He said: "Texas is gonna be even more awesome, if that was even possible. Joe Rogan, Elon Musk... anyone else? Texas is open for business for freedom loving Americans." His Twitter comment attracted tens of thousands of likes and shares.

According to Mediaite, The View's Meghan McCain also posted thoughts about Rogan's comments to Twitter yesterday, although it appears to have been deleted.

"Elon Musk, Joe Rogan, and quite a few people I know in media are ready to finally bail on LA and NYC for a red state is truly a sign of a real tipping point that's not going to be able to be denied," she reportedly wrote, also linking to the Barstool blog.

During his interview, aired on May 7, Musk told Rogan that the compulsory lockdowns threatened civil liberties and are "fundamentally a violation of the Constitution."

Tesla has since resumed production at its Fremont plant. The Alameda County Public Health Department approved the move to re-open the already-open facility.

"We will be working with the Fremont Police Department to verify Tesla is adhering to physical distancing and that agreed upon health and safety measures are in place for the safety of their workers as they prepare for full production," officials said.

Tesla has assured that safety protections are in place. For now, it remains unclear if Musk is still considering a full-on or partial Texas move, however discussions did take place between executives at the company and the state governor in recent days.

"It's true. Texas is a perfect fit for Tesla," Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted.