Alex Jones tried to persuade Joe Rogan to let Andrew Tate on 'The Joe Rogan Experience,' civil rights organization says
Alex Jones wanted embattled influencer Andrew Tate to be featured on Joe Rogan's podcast, per the SPLC.
But Rogan responded that he was "over booked," the center said, citing texts between the pair.
The civil rights organization says it's investigating texts from a phone belonging to Jones.
In late 2019, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones tried to persuade UFC commentator Joe Rogan via text message to host Andrew Tate on "The Joe Rogan Experience," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC.
Tate, the influencer now facing human trafficking and rape charges in Romania, was the one who requested the endorsement, asking Jones via text to recommend him to Rogan, the organization wrote on Tuesday.
"If you could drop joe a txt and recommend me for his podcast I would appreciate it," Tate messaged Jones on the morning of December 14, 2019, per the SPLC.
Jones later sent Tate's contact information to Rogan, the center added.
"I have known this guy a few years," Jones texted Rogan, per the center. "He lives in Transylvania and is a really good guest. He is a long time fan of yours and said in the past you followed him on Twitter."
Rogan, who runs one of the most popular podcasts on Spotify, didn't appear to accept the recommendation.
"Yeah he's been trying to get on my podcast for a while," Rogan wrote of Tate in a text to Jones, per the SPLC. "I'm way over booked right now."
Jones responded: "I am not his agent;) just passing info on."
The text conversation was obtained by the SPLC from a phone that belonged to Jones, the center said.
Jones, who owes more than $1 billion in damages for his lies about the Sandy Hook shooting, and Tate, a self-described misogynist who regularly courts controversy for his sexist views, appeared to have dined together the night before they texted, the center wrote, citing messages between the pair.
Tate has not appeared on "The Joe Rogan Experience" before, though Rogan mentioned the former kickboxer on his podcast on January 5. Rogan compared Tate to a pro-wrestler putting on a show, saying Tate uses an extreme online persona to make money and that he was a "very smart guy."
As for Rogan and Jones, the two appeared to be close friends at one point, two former employees of Jones' show InfoWars, Zac Drucker and Josh Owens, told the SPLC.
"I think Rogan had a significantly bigger show than Jones," Owens told the center. "I think they were genuinely friends and I think Rogan wasn't necessarily opening it up to where Jones could come on there as much as possible."
Rogan hosted Jones twice on his podcast, once in 2017 and another time in 2020, during which the latter discussed bizarre conspiracy theories like the baseless claim that politicians had engineered the COVID-19 pandemic since 2010. Rogan had to fact-check Jones on several points during the show.
Representatives for Jones, Tate, and Rogan did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.
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