On Thursday’s episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan took issue with an unspecified CNN segment in which hosts purportedly lamented that some YouTubers draw more viewers than cable networks.
‘They were describing it as if they were entitled to viewers,’ Rogan said. ‘This is because the market has spoken and your show’s f**ing terrible.’
‘Brian Stelter’s show keeps slipping and slipping and slipping in the ratings. Same with Don Lemon’s. It’s the same thing. Everybody knows they’re not real. They’re not real humans,’ he continued.
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Podcast host Joe Rogan has slammed CNN host Brian Stelter, mocking his falling ratings and slamming his show Reliable Sources as ‘terrible’
Stelter (left) took flack for his interview with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (right) last month, which critics called ‘fawning’ and ‘sycophantic’
Reliable Sources, which airs weekly on Sundays, has suffered a disastrous ratings drop since interest from early this year, when interest peaked for all cable news amid the Capitol riot and Inauguration Day.
So far in June, Stelter’s ratings are down 57 percent overall since January, and 67 percent in the key age demographic prized by advertisers, according to Nielsen data reviewed by DailyMail.com.
Reliable Sources has also lost viewers compared to last year, dropping 10 percent overall and 26 percent in the demo from the same period in 2020.
On his podcast, Rogan berated Stelter for his exclusive interview with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki earlier this month, which critics such as journalist Glenn Greenwald slammed as ‘fawning.’
‘How about Brian Stelter talking to the press secretary saying, ‘What are we doing wrong? What are we doing wrong?’ Like, hey motherf***er, you’re supposed to be a journalist,’ Rogan raged.
‘They’re obviously being told a certain amount of what to do,’ said Rogan of Stelter and other cable news hosts.
‘Maybe he’d be an interesting guy if he had his own f**in’ podcast, if he could just rely on his own personality and be himself. I don’t know. I can’t imagine doing that gig. Any of those guys. That gig is a strange gig,’ he said.
Reliable Sources has shed 57 percent of its viewers overall (left) since January, and 67 percent in the key age demographic prized by advertisers (right)
Rogan (left), who is also a UFC announcer, may have been provoked in part by a segment Stelter did last month mocking Rogan’s ‘overreaction’ to ‘woke cancel culture’
As pointed out by Mediaite, Rogan’s rage may have been spurred in part by a segment Stelter did last month mocking Rogan’s ‘overreaction’ to ‘woke cancel culture.’
Stelter played clips of Rogan expressing fears that eventually ‘straight white men’ would be forbidden from speaking or going outside if woke culture took its course, remarks that Stelter sneered were ‘crazy’.
Stelter continued: ‘on one level it’s just comical hearing this rich and famous guy express worries even though he’s paid to talk for a living, he’s going to be silenced in the future.’
A spokeswoman for Stelter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com late on Thursday.
On Wednesday night, Stelter was spotted partying in Manhattan with Jeffrey Toobin, the CNN legal analyst who returned to the airwaves this week after a suspension over his lewd exposure over Zoom to colleagues at the New Yorker, which fired him last year.
Stelter (left in 2019) was spotted Wednesday partying in Manhattan with Jeffrey Toobin (right), the CNN legal analyst who returned to the airwaves this week after his Zoom exposure incident
‘It’s in the past, people have moved on,’ a nonchalant Toobin remarked to a Politico reporter at Stelter’s party.
Stelter hosted the exclusive gathering for the media elite to celebrate the release of the paperback of his book Hoax, which slams Donald Trump and CNN’s rival Fox News.
According to Politico, Toobin was spotted mixing and mingling with Stelter’s invited guests, who included such CNN personalities as Kate Bolduan, Poppy Harlow and Ana Cabrera, as well as Stelter’s wife Jamie and her NY1 colleague Pat Kiernan.
In a toast, Stelter doubled down on the premise of his book, saying: ‘We now know the ending to Fox and Trump, it’s definitely not a hoax.’
According to Nielsen Bookscan data, the paperback edition of Hoax has sold 1,738 copies since its June 8 release.
The new edition was ranked #2,962 on Amazon’s books list on Thursday night.