Joe Rogan hires ‘elite’ armed bodyguards to protect his family at $14.4m home amid Spotify controversy
PODCAST superstar Joe Rogan has hired an ‘elite’ armed security team to protect him and his family amid the bitter backlash against his show.
The Sun can reveal that an armed guard is parked outside the Spotify podcaster’s $14.4 million eight-bed home in Austin, Texas, 24 hours a day.
“Armed and dangerous” guards are also said to be positioned inside the property, which is monitored by CCTV.
It comes as Rogan’s coverage of the Covid pandemic and vaccines and his use of the N-word on The Joe Rogan Experience sparked a furious backlash from his critics.
Rogan, a father of two, his wife Jessica and their children moved to their Austin home, where he also records his podcast, nearly two years ago after moving from California.
The news comes like this:
A source familiar with the matter told The Sun: “Joe wants his family to be safe more than anything.
“There are sometimes a dozen people a day who show up at the property to take selfies or drop things in their mailbox.
“Obviously any crazy man could come along and try anything. He has supporters as well as haters, it’s fair to say.
“Having the security team on site is preventative in case things get worse.
“People come from all over the country just to visit his house.
“It’s pretty wild and he never wants anything to get out of control, especially now after the Covid stuff.
“The [are] guys inside the house as well as outside.
“He also attracts high-profile personalities who also need protection because that’s where he records his show.
“It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Rogan, 54, signed an exclusive deal with Spotify for his $100-200 million podcast in May 2020.
But he has recently come under fire for interviewing Covid vaccine critic Dr Robert Malone, one of the inventors of mRNA technology.
He also drew heat for his conversation with top cardiologist Dr Peter McCullough, who claimed the Covid pandemic was “planned”.
Following the two interviews, rock star Neil Young pulled his music from Spotify after issuing an ultimatum to the platform to choose between him and Rogan.
Young, 76,’s move was attended by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, 78, and other artists.
Later, a video emerged showing Joe repeatedly using the N-word on his podcast, which Rogan apologized for but also described as a “political hit job”.
So far, Spotify has backed the podcast, which attracts an estimated average audience of 11 million.
Rogan – who is also a stand-up comedian and UFC commentator – cited California’s strict Covid lockdowns as one of the reasons he moved from LA to Austin during the pandemic.
Photos obtained by The Sun show a vehicle that Rogan’s security team used to stand guard outside his property.
A local source in his Austin neighborhood said, “There are a lot of rich and famous people nearby, including Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConnaughey.
“They all hang out together, Joe included, and a lot of people who live here have some sort of private security.
“But Joe’s guys are the best of the best.
“It’s not just retired Navy Seals who have been linked to Joe before, they’re professionals who have worked with the biggest names in entertainment and politics.
“These are real elite operators, definitely not local outfit.
“They are armed and dangerous and he means business when it comes to the safety of his family, believe me.”
The Sun contacted Rogan for comment but did not hear back.