Spotify executive and popular podcaster Bill Simmons denounced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, calling them “outlaws” after their multi-year partnership with Spotify ended on Friday.
“I wish I had been in the ‘Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leaving Spotify’ negotiations,” Simmons said on Friday’s self-titled podcast.
“‘The Fuck Grifters.’ That’s the podcast we should have started with them. I had to. This is one of my best stories…Fuck you, Grifters.”
The couple’s partnership with their production companies, Archewell Audio and Spotify, had a number of shows planned, but only one series and a holiday special were ultimately produced.
According to their description, their series “Archetypes” aims to “explore, analyze, and subvert the labels that hold women back,” starring Serena Williams, Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, and Trevor. It featured Meghan’s interviews with celebrity guests such as Noah.
Archewell Audio and Spotify announced just two weeks after the audio streaming company announced a “strategic restructuring” that it had cut 200 jobs (equivalent to 2% of its global workforce) within its podcast division. have agreed to part ways.” ”
CNN reached out to both Archwell and Spotify for comment on Simmons’ remarks.
Simmons previously criticized Harry on a January 2023 episode of the podcast, saying he was “so embarrassed” to share Spotify with Harry.
It’s like, What are your talents? Why are we listening to you? , and left… you live in fucking Montecito and like to sell documentaries and podcasts, but unless you talk about the royal family and you, no one knows what you have to say I don’t care, just complain about them.”
Spotify acquired Simmons’ sports and culture site, The Ringer, for more than $200 million in 2020, with more than 30 podcasts planned, Forbes reported at the time.
Since then, he’s headed podcast innovation and monetization at Spotify, where he’s also hosted multiple podcasts, including “The Rewatchables.”
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