Why Did Joe Rogan and Alex Jones Start Fighting?
Joe Rogan loves conspiracy theories, bizarre ideas, and larger than life personalities. And Alex Jones has all of those things in spades, so perhaps it’s no wonder that Rogan seems to enjoy having the alt-right pundit and conspiracy theorist on his show.
However, Alex Jones and Joe Rogan entered into a pretty serious feud this year. The two seem to have more or less gone quiet on their argument, but suffice it to say Joe Rogan was very frustrated with Alex Jones and his behavior.
Rogan gets irritated with Alex Jones
Alex Jones and Joe Rogan have been friends since the ‘90s, and share an interest in conspiracy theories. However, it seems as if Alex Jones went down a different rabbit hole than Joe Rogan, as evidenced by some of his incredibly dubious and damaging claims — for example, his theory that the Sandy Hook shooting victims were paid actors.
One Alex Jones made his terrible claims about the victims of Sandy Hook, he started getting blackballed by the media — a pretty reasonable reaction, especially amid the defamation lawsuit the families of victims began to levy against him.
As reported by Forbes, the families’ lawyer said, “From the beginning, we have alleged that Alex Jones and his financial network trafficked in lies and hate in order to profit from the grief of Sandy Hook families. That is what we intend to prove, and today’s ruling advances our effort.”
Because of all of his abhorrent behaviors, Alex Jones became a challenging guest for Joe Rogan to host. In an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan said of Alex Jones and Sandy Hook, “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.”
“Do you understand how frustrating that is?” continued Rogan. “[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,” said Rogan of Jones’ behavior when it comes to conspiracy theories.
Can’t have him on the show
Clearly Alex Jones’ behavior in respect to Joe Rogan and conspiracy theories already had Rogan irritated. But that’s not the only reason the feud started. Rogan realized pretty quickly after the Sandy Hook lawsuit that Jones was not a great guest to host at the time.
“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…,” said Rogan, before being interrupted by his guest for a mostly irrelevant tangent.
It was clear to Rogan that Jones’ behavior was reprehensible and irresponsible, and that having him on the show just wasn’t a good idea given the opinions he’d expressed at the time. However, this did not sit well with Alex Jones.
Jones was sure that Rogan’s disagreement with him was due to Rogan being corrupted or bought off by someone else. And of course Jones thinks that, he’s a conspiracy theorist who jumps to conclusions, just as Rogan outlined.
Brokering peace with Joe Rogan
The two managed to broker peace when Joe Rogan invited Alex Jones on his podcast for the third time. The two seemed to have cooled down on their feud, but the podcast was an absolute mess.
Alex Jones, as usual, engaged in wild-eyed logorrhea as Joe Rogan looked on and tossed him softball questions for several hours. Essentially, listeners heard Joe Rogan take very little responsibility for having someone who has made so many damaging claims on his show. While the two may not be feuding anymore, it was easier to respect Rogan when he wasn’t playing nice with Alex Jones.