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Joe Rogan made his debut on Spotify on Tuesday, but apparently not all of his podcast episodes made the cut.

Several past episodes with controversial guests are notably absent from the new Joe Rogan Experience channel, including interviews with conspiracy theorists Alex Jones and David Seaman, right-wing figures such as Owen Benjamin, Milo Yiannopoulos, Gavin McInnes, Charles C. Johnson and Sargon of Akkad, and comedian Chris D'Elia, who has recently been accused of sexual impropriety. A few of the vanished guests were more perplexing, such as pot activist Tommy Chong.

Rogan's fans wondered online whether Spotify refused to allow certain episodes, or if Rogan himself decided to trim the archive of his most frequently criticized content, or if this was some sort of oddly specific temporary oversight. A representative for Spotify and Rogan did not return a request for comment, and Rogan's Twitter feed was silent on the matter.

Mikhaila Peterson, daughter of the controversial professor and public speaker Jordan Peterson, slammed the move:

Okay. Getting demonetized from @youtube is one thing. At least they didn’t shut down my channel. However this is COMPLETELY different. ⁣

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⁣@spotify is NOT uploading select @joerogan episodes including my episode. pic.twitter.com/r4HCPhr35j

— Mikhaila Peterson (@MikhailaAleksis) September 1, 2020Joey diaz joe rogan episodes

Spotify reportedly paid more than $100 million to lure the country's most popular podcaster exclusively to the streaming service. The Spotify-based shows launched with a marathon five-hour interview with comedian Duncan Trussell, but the missing episodes were not addressed. Rogan's shows are still currently available on YouTube and podcasting platforms like iTunes, but the plan is for JRE to move exclusively to Spotify by the end of the year. The partnership was considered a massive win for Spotify, which has seen its stock nearly double since the deal was announced in May.

© Vivian Zink/Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Certain episodes of 'The Joe Rogan Experience' featuring alt-right guests, conspiracy theorists and others are missing from Spotify

Rogan's podcast includes more than 1,500 episodes of long-form interviews with comedians, actors, sports figures, authors, intellectuals, and political commentators. The comedian and MMA commentator has long prided himself on talking to people from across the political spectrum and has frequently railed against 'de-platforming' – tech companies that remove controversial voices.

“They want me to just continue doing it the way I’m doing it right now,” Rogan has previously said of the Spotify deal. “It’s just a licensing deal, so Spotify won’t have any creative control over the show. It will be the exact same show. We’re going to be working with the same crew doing the exact same show.'

In a profile of Rogan in The Atlantic last August, writer Devin Gordon broke down Rogan's many strengths as a podcaster, yet also cited some of his guest choices as a serious blindspot: 'Joe likes [Jack Dorsey]. He likes Milo Yiannopoulos. He likes Alex Jones. He wants you to know that he doesn’t agree with much of what they say, but he also wants you to know that off camera they’re the nicest guys. If we all have fatal flaws, this is Joe’s: his insistence on seeing value in people even when he shouldn’t, even when they’ve forfeited any right to it, even when the harm outweighs the good. It comes from a generous place, but it amounts to careless cruelty. He just won’t write people off, and then he compounds the sin by throwing them a lifeline at the moment when they least deserve it.'

Now it seems in Rogan's move to Spotify that a handful of his most radioactive guests may have at last been written off – or, at least, off his new platform.

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Podcasting juggernaut Joe Rogan is taking his talents exclusively to Spotify. Rogan announced the move on Twitter on Tuesday, saying his podcast, 'The Joe Rogan Experience,' will hit Spotify on September 1, before being exclusively available on the streaming service by the end of 2020.

Spotify will pay Rogan more than $100 million, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday afternoon.

Ironically, the deal comes after Rogan explained why his show — which generates about 190 million downloads each month — is not available on Spotify.

'We're not on Spotify, and the reason why we're not on it is because it didn't make any sense. They were like 'We want to put you on it, it's gonna be great for you.' And I was like, how is it great? You guys are gonna make money,' Rogan said in 2018. 'You guys are making money and you don't give us any.'

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The video component of Rogan's podcast will continue, but it will not be available on YouTube by the end of the year.

Spotify's deal with Rogan comes as the streaming heavyweight has been looking to beef up its podcasting efforts in recent years. Just a few months earlier, Spotify acquired Bill Simmons' sports and pop culture site The Ringer, primarily to tap into the company's podcast network. The service, which has 130 million paying customers worldwide, has been aiming for high-profile podcasts that will continue to drive subscriber additions.

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'We need to give [listeners] a reason to think of Spotify when it comes to podcasts,' one company employee familiar with their podcasting strategy told TheWrap last October. 'And having shows they want and can't find anywhere else is only going to help us gain more [users].'

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Signing Rogan is certainly a coup for Spotify, with 'The Joe Rogan Experience' routinely situated at the top of Apple's podcasting rankings. Rogan's podcast is also a cash cow, bringing in $30 million last year, according to Forbes, easily making him the top earner in the podcasting world.