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Neil Young urges Spotify workers to quit as Trump tells Joe Rogan to 'stop apologizing'

“Get out of that place before it eats up your soul," Young told employees at the streaming service in a message shared on his official website.
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Neil Young has urged Spotify employees to quit their jobs "before it eats up your soul."Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images for SXSW

Neil Young urged Spotify employees to quit their jobs in a new attack on the company over its decision to continue giving the polarizing podcaster Joe Rogan a platform.

In a statement published on his official website, Young, 76, said he hoped Spotify workers would "get out of that place before it eats up your soul."

Spotify continues to face scrutiny over its support for Rogan despite his past comments spreading misinformation around the Covid-19 vaccines and his use of racist slurs on his show, "The Joe Rogan Experience."

Young, who made headlines last month when he demanded that Spotify remove his music over Rogan's past comments, told workers that the "big problem" with the streaming service was really its CEO, Daniel Ek.

“Ek pulls the strings. Get out of that place before it eats up your soul,” Young said. “The only goals stated by EK are about numbers — not art, not creativity.”

Young also urged musicians and other creators to “find a better place than SPOTIFY to be the home of your art.”

Ek sent out a letter to Spotify workers Sunday apologizing for the controversy but also defending Rogan, saying he did "not believe that silencing Joe is the answer."

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Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify, said the company had been in talks with Joe Rogan and his team over "some of the content in his show."Drew Angerer / Getty Images file

The company was reported to have taken down about 70 episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” over the weekend after Rogan publicly apologized for instances when he used the N-word in past podcasts.

In his letter, Ek said Rogan had made the decision to remove the episodes himself, and he said he agreed with the move.

Rogan's past comments “do not represent the values of this company,” he said as he emphasized that Spotify does not act as the publisher of "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast.

Still, Ek said Spotify had been in talks with Rogan and his team about “some of the content in his show, including his history of using some racially insensitive language.”

“Following these discussions and his own reflections, he chose to remove a number of episodes from Spotify,” he said, noting that Rogan had also "issued his own apology over the weekend.”

The development is the latest turn in the controversy surrounding Rogan, who has faced strong criticism over past episodes of his show sharing misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines.

The most recent wave of backlash came after Rogan hosted Dr. Robert Malone, a virologist who has become known as a new voice in the anti-vaccination movement.

Former President Donald Trump waded into the debate Monday, calling on Rogan to "stop apologizing."

"Joe Rogan is an interesting and popular guy, but he’s got to stop apologizing to the Fake News and Radical Left maniacs and lunatics," Trump said in a statement.

"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," he said. "That’s not you and it never will be!"

Rogan's team and Spotify did not immediately respond to a request for comment.