When it comes to conspiracy theories, Joe Rogan is always ready to listen. The host of The Joe Rogan Experience is known to love a good conspiracy theory. So much is evidenced in his friendship with Alex Jones. However, that doesn’t mean Joe Rogan is going to just accept every conspiracy theory he comes across.
In fact, Joe Rogan has discussed frustration with how conspiracy theorists think and behave previously. And again, there’s no greater evidence than his relationship with Alex Jones. In fact, Jones once made conspiracy claims about Rogan’s own life, and that’s when the podcast host got really peeved.
Alex Jones makes claims about Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan and Alex Jones share a mutual interest in conspiracy theories since the ‘90s. The two have been friends for quite some time, seemingly despite some of the egregious and hurtful claims Jones has made throughout the years.
However, Rogan and Jones don’t share the same approach to conspiracy theories. Jones seems to have slipped down a slope full of outlandish claims, with skepticism directed only in a single direction. And this same behavior has come back to bite him on many occasions, one of which occurred on Rogan’s show.
During an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan discussed how Jones’ approach to conspiracy theories wound up impacting his own life. Rogan said of Alex Jones, “He thought it was fake, so he said it. … But that’s part of the conspiratorial thinking that’s part of the problem. He said some sh*t about me. He said some sh*t about me that’s 100% not true. He said that the government threatened my family to [get me] to stop talking about conspiracy theories. No! Nobody threatened my family. No one. Zero. Never happened. Did not happen. It is fake, it is a lie. Someone told it to him I guess, it didn’t happen.”
Rogan went on to say of Jones’ behavior, “Do you understand how frustrating that is? [That] was a minor thing. … He could have f*cking called me, he’s got my number man. Call me! He didn’t even f*cking bother calling me.”
Joe Rogan on conspiracy thinking
It seems Joe Rogan’s experience with Alex Jones, as well as a show he did about conspiracy theories, really soured his feelings on conspiracy theorists.
During his show, Rogan said, “I did a show, this is a well-documented show, I’ve talked about it a hundred times on the podcast. I did a show called Joe Rogan Questions Everything. And during that show over a period of six months, I f*cking questioned a lot of sh*t, legitimately. But I did it with researchers. We had a staff, we had producers, we went, and we actually went to these places where these people are claiming to see UFOs. We went to these places where people are claiming to be able to do remote viewing. We talked to all these people, and I found a real clear thread through all of it that I documented….”
He went on to add, “My point is, from doing that show, it soured me off conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories were fun for me. And me and Eddie Bravo would get high and we’d watch documentaries on flying rods and UFO documentaries. Love that stuff. But heres the thing — it all falls apart under scrutiny. All of it does. It’s fun, but it falls apart if you’re being a serious person, and if you’re really being honest about what you actually know.”
“But this is the problem with these f*cking conspiracies, they say things they don’t know are true, and they say them like they’re true. Now this is fine, it’s not an issue, if you’re talking about something like the Illuminati,” started Rogan. “If you’re talking about your kid getting shot, if your kid’s dead, and someone says, ‘Hey man, this is Tom Smith on the radio saying you’re full of sh*t and you’re a crisis actor and your kid’s not dead — I mean you’re crying every night, you wake up in the middle of the night crying…,” explained Rogan of Alex Jones and Sandy Hook, before being interrupted.