Spotify executive Bill Simmons labels Harry and Meghan ‘grifters’ after podcast deal ends

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Spotify and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle severed ties this week, after three years, $20 million, and only 13 episodes of content.

According to The Sun, Spotify is looking to drop any content that isn’t meeting audience demands. The company’s CEO Daniel Ek admitted that it is “overpaying and over-investing,” and Harry and Meghan seem to have met the same fate as Michelle Obama, whose podcast was dropped last year because it wasn’t garnering enough listeners.

“We’re going to be very diligent in how we invest in future content deals,” Ek told BBC. “And the ones that aren’t performing, obviously, we won’t renew. And the ones that are performing, we will obviously look at those on a case-by-case basis on the relative value.”

On his latest podcast, Spotify executive Bill Simmons called the pair “f-cking grifters,” before revealing that he apparently had a Zoom meeting with Harry about a podcast idea.

“The f-cking grifters. That's the podcast we shoulda launched with them. I gotta get drunk one night and tell the story of the Zoom I had with Harry to try and help him with a podcast idea. It's one of my best stories.”

The big reveal here is that Spotify set up a meeting between The Sports Guy and The Duke of Sussex. Because Harry never did a single podcast, the conversation couldn't have been very fruitful.

And it must have frustrated Simmons quite a bit as he previously took aim at Harry on multiple podcasts during football season while they were still sharing the Spotify umbrella. Most notably, this one where he went on a full-blown rant.

“Shoot this guy to the sun. I'm so tired of this guy. What does he bring to the table? He just whines about shit and keeps giving interviews. Who gives a shit? Who cares about your life? You weren’t even the favorite son.”

“I can’t stand him. So tired. I’m so embarrassed I f-cking have to share Spotify with him, the guy sucks.”

“It's embarrassing that he's on our platform.”

“What does he do? What’s your talent? Why are we listening to you? So you were born into the royal family and then you left.”

“You live in f-cking Montecito and you just sell documentaries and podcasts and nobody cares what you have to say about anything unless you talk about the royal family and you just complain about them. He's got a book? What did he write a book about? Honestly, he’s the worst.”

Yikes! Someone is pissed.


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