Washington (TND) — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were recently criticized by Spotify executive and podcaster Bill Simmons following the end of their multi-year partnership.
“Spotify and Archewell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series they created together,” a joint statement released to CNN said.
Simmons’ podcast “The Ringer” is owned by Spotify and he is responsible for global sports content.
In a recent episode, he called them “fucking crooks” and hinted that he brainstormed podcast ideas during a Zoom call with Harry.
“‘Fucking Grifters’ ‘That’s the podcast we should start with them. I got drunk one night and had to tell the story of Zoom I used with Harry to help me with an idea for a podcast.’ No. This is one of my best stories,” Simmons said.
Archewell Audio should have had a number of programs, but only one series and a holiday special were produced.
“Archetypes” is described as a podcast that “explores, dissects, and subverts the labels that hold women back.”
According to the Associated Press, the podcast topped the Spotify charts in seven countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, and won best podcast at last year’s People’s Choice Awards.
The show also featured guest appearances by Mariah Carey, Trevor Noah, Mindy Kaling, and Paris Hilton.
Tech companies are cutting costs in a tough economic environment, and Spotify is unaffected. Six months after announcing that it would cut 6% of its global workforce, or about 600 jobs, Spotify announced last week that it would cut another 200 jobs.
Editor’s Note: The Associated Press contributed to this article.