Spotify executives have accused Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of being “scammers” and offered insight into why the streaming music giant isn’t hosting the royal couple’s podcast. prototype.
Bill Simmons, Spotify’s head of podcast innovation and monetization, commented on his podcast on Friday: Bill Simmons PodcastJust one day after news broke that Spotify and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had terminated their deal.
Prince Harry and Markle signed a $20 million deal with Spotify in 2020 to kick off the first season of the 12-episode movie. prototypeThe show saw Meghan interview friends and celebrities including Paris Hilton, Mindy Kaling, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, Trevor Noah and Serena Williams.
After launching in August 2022, it has become the #1 podcast in seven international markets, including Canada, the US and the UK. It also won Best Podcast at the People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles just six months ago.
Simmons called the couple “fucking crooks” in a flurry of profanity-laden attacks.
“I wish I had been in the ‘Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leaving Spotify’ negotiations. The Fuck Grifters. That’s the podcast we should have started with them,” Simmons said on the June 16 episode of the podcast. “One night I got drunk and had to tell a story about a Zoom I had with Harry to help me with an idea for a podcast. This is one of my best stories him…damn Grifters.”
According to The Guardian, Simmons previously said she was annoyed at having to “share” Spotify with Prince Harry.
On the January 2022 episode of the podcast, Simmons said: “You live in a fucking country called Montecito and you just sell documentaries and podcasts and nobody cares what you say unless you talk about the royal family, they just complain about the royal family. is”
Spotify and Prince Harry and Markle’s production company, Archwell Audio, said in a joint statement on Friday that the decision to split was mutual.
“Spotify and Archewell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series they have created together,” the statement reads.
It’s unclear at this time why the podcast isn’t doing a second season on Spotify. prototype Appears on another streaming site.
But a representative from WME, the talent agency that the Duchess of Sussex signed earlier this year, gave fans hope: prototype We will continue to do so.
“The team behind prototype They’re proud of the podcasts they’ve created on Spotify. Duchess Meghan continues to develop more content. prototype Viewers are watching on other platforms,” a spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal last week.
Spotify and the Duke and Duchess have had their share of problems in recent months.
Six months ago, Spotify announced it would cut 6% of its global workforce, or about 600 jobs, and earlier this month it announced it would cut another 200 positions.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry recently appeared in court, fighting the Daily Mirror publisher for taking extreme and often illegal actions to gain the scoop on his private life.
Prince Harry has accused Miller Group newspapers of violating privacy on an “industrial scale,” including hacking mobile phones to listen to voicemails illegally.
He said in court earlier this month that he has “experienced media hostility since birth.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that Prince Harry and Markle will no longer receive the full $20 million from their deal with Spotify.
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