Howard Stern said Joe Rogan should say: “I’m wrong, and go get the vaccine before you die.”
Rogan has been accused of spreading misinformation on his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
The radio host previously urged Meat Loaf’s family to support the vaccine after the star’s death.
Howard Stern has encouraged Joe Rogan to apologize for sharing COVID-19 misinformation and to publicly endorse the vaccine.
Speaking on his SiriusXM radio show this week, Stern said Rogan should say: “I’m wrong, and go get the vaccine before you die.”
“The whole thing with Joe Rogan is so silly to me,” Stern said. “Even the apology he just should’ve said, ‘You know what? Listen, I’m a comedian… And I have no idea what I’m talking about’.”
“I have no medical background whatsoever to be telling people what to do with their health.”
Stern compared the situation to getting medical treatment for his elderly mother: “I’m dealing with my mom and I’m trying to make medical decisions, and I realize I’m not at all qualified to make medical decisions.”
Rogan has recently been embroiled in controversy regarding his comments on race as well as COVID misinformation on his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
Neil Young removed his music catalog from Spotify in protest after accusing the music
service of “spreading fake information about vaccines.” Joni Mitchell also removed her music from Spotify and said, “irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives.”
Stern, meanwhile, has been a vocal advocate of the COVID vaccine. In the wake of Meat Loaf’s death, Stern urged the rock star’s family to come out in favour of the vaccine.
“I wish the family would come forward and say, ‘Ya know, when Meat Loaf was laying there in the hospital and he couldn’t breathe, he said, ‘I made a mistake. I should have taken the vaccine’,” Stern said. “Like all these anti-vaxxers, they all say, ‘I made a mistake.'”
Meat Loaf’s family did not provide a cause of death upon his passing aged 74 on January 20. TMZ reported that the singer had a severe case of COVID-19 when he died, citing unnamed sources. The singer and actor had previously made critical comments about COVID regulations.