Throughout the pandemic, The Joe Rogan Experience seemed to be a force that could not be stopped by any virus. Early on, Rogan implemented rapid testing for himself, all staff, and guests who come on to do the show, while only doing the occasional Zoom interview. And this was a practice that seemed to work well for the show.
Well, unfortunately today Rogan’s producer/offscreen co-host Jamie Vernon tested positive for COVID-19. All the episodes from the past week had been pre-recorded as Rogan was on vacation. So this week’s episodes have been canceled so Rogan and staff can isolate, although he did keep the option of potentially doing an episode over Zoom on the table. Rogan took to his social media to make the announcement.
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Young @jamievernon tested positive for COVID-19. I tested negative, and the rest of the staff tested negative but we’re shutting everything down until we get an all clear from our doctor. I was out of town last week and the shows that aired had all been previously recorded, so I haven’t had any contact with Jamie in the past 9 days except for briefly today, but I’m staying away from everyone and being tested every day until I know I’m in the clear. I’ll keep you folks posted as to when the show will resume.
This was also supposed to be the week Kanye West was going to join Rogan on the podcast, according to West after he had shared on Twitter that they had been FaceTiming to set it all up. We hope that they can reschedule that one, and that Joe Rogan can get back behind the mic where we need him most right now.