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Joe Rogan responds to backlash over “tacky” new studio

Published: 24/Sep/2020 16:00

by Georgina Smith


Podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan has responded to the flood of hate in his comment section pertaining to his new Texas podcast studio, with many fans wanting it to go back to the old, more simple studio design.

The Joe Rogan Experience podcast has garnered a huge following in its 11 year stint, each episode regularly receiving millions of views, with a cast of star studded guests including Miley Cyrus and Elon Musk.

Recently he scrapped his original studio design with a simple brick wall and a curtain, and moved from “crazy” LA to Texas for a fresh start, away from the toxic looting culture Joe had begun to associate with LA.

The new studio was unveiled in episode 1533, a new futuristic cylindrical shape with intricate wall panels and a custom made table with other decorations. Most notable, however, was the bold red walls and lighting that cast an interesting glow over the studio.

Joe Rogan's new Texas podcast studio
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Joe Rogan unveiled his new Texas podcast studio earlier in September

While the preview pictures Joe shared were promising, many fans of the podcast were unhappy when episodes featuring the new setup began to air, revealing that the interesting red glow was actually quite distracting in practice.

Comments related to the new studio are more than frequent when scrolling through the top comments of his recent videos. Some fans didn’t hold back, saying things like “this studio is growing on me, like a pesticide induced inflamed skin lesion,” and calling it “tacky.”

Commenter on Joe Rogan's new studio

Commenter on Joe Rogan's new studio

Commenter on Joe Rogan's new studio

Joe responded to the hate briefly at the start of episode 1540, saying “welcome to our polarizing studio, a lot of people don’t like it here, a lot of complaints, that’s what I’m hearing.”

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“Folks, relax, we had to bang this together in a month,” he continued. “If you think it sucks, that’s okay. I like it. It’s definitely weird, it’s just a big shock. Some people are bad with change.”

If the criticism in his comment section continues, Joe may well be forced to make some changes to the lighting to prevent it from becoming too much of a distraction, but from the sounds of things he is perfectly happy with things as they are for the time being.


TikTok Star Zoe Laverne admits she “caught feelings” for underage fan

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:10

by Alice Hearing


TikToker Zoe Laverne has spoken out after facing a huge backlash from multiple leaked videos showing her allegedly kissing an underage fan.

Earlier this week a video surfaced online showing 19-year-old Zoe and a 13-year-old called Connor exchanging a kiss, confirming previous accusations from ex-boyfriend Cody Orlove and Amber VanPelt.

In the days before, leaked Instagram messages showed that Cody and Amber raised concerns over “very intense” interactions with Connor. Zoe had previously denied allegations of a relationship with an underage influencer.

Despite leaving Instagram in September following a lip-syncing controversy, Zoe appears to have created, and now runs, a fandom Instagram account called “zlpfandom2.0.” Shortly after the videos leaked, she explained via the account that she would be taking a break from social media, but did not address the issue.

TikTok star Zoe Laverne
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Zoe explained that she and Connor have separated

Her mom, however, did come online to share her thoughts and defended Zoe’s relationship with Connor, saying “Anybody can reach over and kiss somebody. They’re best friends.”

On October 28, Zoe finally addressed the videos on the fandom Instagram account.  She wrote, “I would like to say I am aware of what was leaked.. but Connor was not raped, etc. Connor and I kissed yes.. never had a relationship but we did catch feelings for each other after being so close. These videos were from months ago and we both realized it was wrong and we both cut it off.”


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She explained that she understood the ramifications of her actions, adding, “before anything was leaked I did tell his mom we kissed. She wasn’t happy obviously but she understood that we are both teenagers and that feelings can be caught.

“I am aware that I am an adult and I am aware that I have done something wrong and I am very sorry for what I have done. Connor and I will [livestream] together as soon as this all calms down and explain ourselves.”

She also confirmed that the situation has been settled and the two have separated. “Connor and I have had no communication for 3 days now. We are still friends but we think it’s best to stop talking and work on each other’s mental health and spend time with our families”

Despite the very serious controversy, Zoe’s TikTok account continues to grow above 17 million followers.