Joe Rogan threatens to sue CNN for saying he took horse dewormer (which he did)

The 24th GQ Men of the Year Awards in association with BOSS at Tate Modern, London, UK

Last week, Joe Rogan went on Instagram and announced that he had gotten Covid, likely during a trip to Florida, but that he was already doing okay because his doctors gave him a treatment of monoclonal antibodies and horse dewormer. I’m not joking! He said he was taking Ivermectin, which is used as a dewormer for livestock, and in its medical form for humans, it’s an anti-parasitic used to treat river blindness and intestinal roundworm infection. Ivermectin’s use to “treat” Covid has been a myth, a right-wing conspiracy, and a deadly one at that. There are dumbf–ks taking up hospital beds all around America because they took horse dewormer from their local feed store. But did you know that Joe Rogan is very upset that people are claiming that he took horse-dewormer? He’s pretty irritated for a man who took horse-dewormer.

Podcasting giant Joe Rogan fought back against those who criticized his use of the anti-parasite drug Ivermectin to treat his COVID-19 infection when he returned to the air on Tuesday. Rogan claimed that multiple doctors told him to take Ivermectin, among several other medications, to combat the virus, despite the Food and Drug Administration’s insistence the drug is only meant to treat parasitic infections and not COVID. He claims the medical cocktail helped him recover and joked that he might ‘sue CNN’ for slamming his use and promotion of Ivermectin.

‘They’re making s*** up. They keep saying I’m taking horse dewormer. I literally got it from a doctor. It’s an American company. They must know that’s a lie.’

Rogan, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, also said he was upset that some of the news agencies that covered the story did not highlight his recovery.

Last week, CNN’s medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner warned that what Rogan had done was dangerous. ‘He’s promoting, kind of a crazy jumble of, you know, sort of folk remedies and internet-prescribed drugs,’ Reiner said . ‘He should have more sense.’

Calls for Ivermectin poisoning saw a 163% increase to a total of 1,143 throughout the U.S. this year, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. At the end of August, there were a total of 459 calls regarding Ivermectin to poison control centers.

[From The Daily Mail]

The clip is below. I actually hadn’t listened to Joe Rogan’s voice in years. I forgot that his voice is so whiny. Anyway, pretty bold to take horse dewormer, announce that you’re taking horse dewormer and then complain about media outlets covering the fact that you took horse dewormer. The reason why Rogan feels fine is likely because he got the monoclonal antibodies treatment. The reason why Rogan is talking about the horse dewormer is because he thinks he’s owning the libs.

The part about how the doctors who created the drug won the Nobel Prize… it’s true, they did. As an anti-parasitic. For treatment of river blindness. And no, the same doctors are not telling people to take it for Covid.

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  1. Merricat says:

    The world should sue Joe Rogan for “making up shit” every damn day.

  2. OriginalLala says:

    ugh how is this man still popular?? what a waste of air.

    • Robyn says:

      He’s GOOP for white men and they eat it up.

      • Christine says:

        My husband’s friend is an ex-marine who has turned into a MAGA nut. He quotes Rogan ALL THE TIME. Literally all his talking points/arguments are word for word out of Rogan’s mouth. So I don’t buy this “I like to explore both sides of the story” BS that Rogan likes to tell himself.

      • Olliesmom says:

        They are good at memorizing and reciting MAGA crap aren’t they?

      • Kalana says:

        That is perfect.

      • Slippers4 life says:

        YES!!!! He IS GOOP for white men!!!! That is the best comparison I’ve ever heard! Oh Gawd, though I dread to think what kind of candle scent he may come up with!

    • BlueSky says:

      He makes dumb men feel smart.

    • isabella says:

      The bros still watch him. I actually used to love listening to his podcast a few years ago when he had on interesting guests. From actual historians, writers, and experts in their fields. His guests now simply suck and are mostly fringe or his friends. He is an idiot who thinks he is smart because of the once smart guests he had on. He has gotten even worse since moving to Texas.

      • Natters says:

        He has slipped to the dark side and doesn’t even know it.

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        We have enough idiots down here…and here comes this guy…*sigh*
        Between the asshole “governor” and the trumpsters we don’t stand a chance.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      he’s been trash since Fear Factor. It was so obvious how much he enjoyed tormenting the women on that show. like, took so much pleasure whenever a female contestant was uncomfortable.

      he’s gross. and stupid.

  3. Wiglet Watcher says:

    It’s not the same. I’m not saying anyone should take it. They shouldn’t. It wouldn’t work anyway. And I despise Rogan, but he’s probably right. Assuming he took the drug meant for humans and not horses. Which exists. The difference is not simply a matter of concentration either.
    So, idk, he could win the lawsuit. We’d never hear the end of it.

    • Kristen820 says:

      I’m with you, Wiglet. Taking everything he said at face value, the doctor prescribing him Ivermectin is a snake oil salesman. Rogan has never struck me as the brightest crayon in the box, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he was taken advantage of.

      I mean, he’s obviously a numbnuts. But it’s the prescribing physician who has the responsibility here.

      • Brandy Alexander says:

        I personally know someone who had covid and was prescribed ivermectin by her doctor. At the time that she told me, I hadn’t even heard of this drug or people buying it at feed stores and ingesting it. So, there are plenty of doctors willing to prescribe it for covid, and yes, it’s the human version not the horse version. What really makes me mad too is the fact that he gave her a bunch of refills and she’s been passing them out to everyone who even suspects they have covid. She literally had someone fly into town to pick it up so they could give it to a sick relative back home.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I summiteers is that Rogan is probably excluding from his treatment with Invermectin, was probably his vet!! No ethical human doctor would prescribe this medication. And if they are, they should be investigated for unethical standards with regards to the AMA. There may also be unethical physicians prescribing Invermectin for cash as well!! Look at the opioid crisis, there were plenty of unscrupulous people feeding that epidemic!!! Everyone of the physicians playing a part in this ludicrous treatment should be reported and investigated.

        BTW, Rogan, I bet you are feeling better by the monoclonal antibodies that you were treated with. And yes, you did take horse dewormer, so STFU and sit down!

    • Me says:

      He will never sue—he could not withstand the discovery process. The Invermectin thing is a scam—who’s paying to goose sales?

      • iconoclast59 says:

        @Me, this leads me to another question: Which high-level Republicans own stock in Merck (maker of Ivermectin)?

      • pottymouth pup says:

        @Iconoclast – my bet in following the money is to look into which Republicans/people/groups promoting ivermectin as a proven cure/preventative for COVID are profiting from the select telemedicine that are prescribing off-label ivermectin use to be dispensed by an affiliated online pharmacy. they’re getting the money for the telemed visit scheduled specifically to prescribe HCQ and/or ivermectin & the profits from filling the prescription.

        No truly ethical physician would write a prescription for off-label use of a medication for a patient they don’t have a history with & have never actually examined in person. With the exception of a currently marketed drug that is in late phase 2/phase 3 for a related but still not approved indication (or an sNDA under review for the off label indication), it’s the height of irresponsibility to do so. Most of the docs I know won’t consider off label prescribing without evaluating a response to treatment that falls under standard of care before trying “something different”, especially if they have no previous direct experience prescribing the drug on label. Even the docs who will prescribe the SGLT2 inhibitors of label for weight loss (I don’t think any are approved for the indication yet) and/or who used the GLP-1 agonists for weight loss prior to their approval for weight loss didn’t prescribe it without having experience with the drugs via running clinical trials and/or prescribing in their diabetic patients and having evidence-based guidance re: dosing/titration coming from trials. Even when a class of drug is expected to have the desired clinical effect, not every compound in that class will be proven to have a clinically significant benefit in studies designed specifically to evaluate if there’s a statistically significant difference between the compound or placebo, and sometimes the dose you need to have the desired benefit happens to be above the threshold for acceptable safety.

  4. Oh_Hey says:

    The best defense against a claim of defamation is the truth Joe.

    Like who is still listening to him? He’s super popular and I can’t fathom why or how

    • North of Boston says:

      Have you seen the massless hordes at school committee meetings and city council meetings angry and yelling against mask mandates or vaccination mandates, or the ones invading the US Capitol on January 6th? Or the ‘roid bro gym owners who insisted on keeping their business open during mandatory shutdowns?

      There’s your answer.

    • Robyn says:

      A lot of “reasonable” people you know likely listen to him. Check your mutual follows on social media for a stomach drop.

    • isabella says:

      Bros and those who have been listening to him for a long time and listen out of habit. His podcast wasn’t always what it is has become. He has gotten worse over the years.

  5. Millennial says:

    And that doctor should have his medical license suspended.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      physicians are allowed to prescribe drugs for off label uses (companies can’t promote an off label use; they can’t even provide a doc with copies of literature unless there’s a nice trail showing the doc specifically requested the literature). There is good reason to allow physicians to prescribe/treat a patient with a medication even if it’s not approved for that indication. A doc prescribing off-label does have an increased risk in the case something goes awry and they’re sued for malpractice; the less evidence they can provide to support why they used a medication off-label the greater the risk (for example, if you prescribe synthroid to someone to lose weight, especially someone who isn’t hypothyroid, and that patient lands in the hospital due to having a cardiac event, you’re gonna lose a malpractice suit but if you’re a podiatrist who uses botox off-label to treat plantar fascitis, you’d have to really botch the injection to be on the losing end of a malpractice suit)

      That said, when treating off-label, the physician needs to go the extra mile to ensure the patient understands the real risks (you’re also not allowed to lie to say the benefit is proven/the patient WILL benefit from the drug’s use) to able to provide meaningful informed consent – if the doc prescribing off-label use is doing is repeating what the schmucks from America’s frontline physicians are doing when they go on Fox and say ivermectin works for COVID and that it has “unparalleled safety”/”essentially no side effects” they are not getting informed consent from their patients, because the patients are being mislead (intentionally so).

      • Moo says:

        My husband works in a pharmacy that does compounding, in SW Florida. They are dealing with a doctor from Texas.The doctor charges $175 for a telephone consultation( no telemedicine),$75 for each additional Rx they will write. They prescribe capsules with strengths that are not manufactured by pharmaceutical companies.Apparently as long as the MD has a valid license, it is not illegal.The pharmacy he works for charges $1.75 a capsule, for Rx’s that go from 60+ amounts, depending on the dosage,plus $30.00 to ship. It’s all cash or well checked credit, as no insurance company is going to cover it. They get inquiries from all over the country.
        Fuck these assholes, I’m going to Jamaica because of your stupidity.
        New name, Moderna Moo.

  6. Haylie says:

    He got better because of the monoclonal antibodies, so of course he’s telling everyone it was because of the livestock dewormer. Joe Rogan is stupid and dangerous.

  7. BlueSky says:

    Roid Rage Rogan getting his wittle feelings hurt because the press is pointing out he’s an idiot. Roid Rage Rogan has money and access to resources that the average person does not. He wants to be able to say what he wants and not have any accountability. What is the matter Rogan? Does steroids cause memory loss? Unfortunately there are a lot of hacks in the healthcare industry(I’m in this industry so don’t @me) that are more than willing to prescribe whatever you want. Money talks.

    • Haylie says:

      I believe it. Pill mills are run by MDs. Celebs are able to get docs to prescribe fentanyl and propophol with deadly results.

      You can definitely be a doctor and still be a quack.

      • nina says:

        After my dad had heart surgery, they were practically begging him to take the strongest pain medications like Oxycodone.

        One of their arguments when he asked why he should take such a powerful pain killer when he is fine with Tylenol was that they were trying to stop the pain before it happens. What a load of crap.
        Luckily, my dad being one of the most hardheaded persons I know, still said: ” thank you but no thank you, I prefer to stick with Tylenol.”

      • Tourmaline says:

        What a weird comment. Having to take pain meds stronger than Tylenol after getting your sternum sawed open is not a moral failure. You don’t get a gold star for not doing so and trying to preempt post op pain is not a load of crap.

      • nina says:

        @ Tourmaline I never said he had open heart surgery. That is what sawing open your sternum would entail. There are different types of heart surgeries, not all require the surgeon taking a bone saw to your chest.
        And even that is changing. In the near future, with the advances in robotic surgery, opening the chest cavity would only be required for organ transplants.

        These days most heart surgeries are routine and is done going through a main artery in your groin or neck. There has been some major advances in heart in the last 20 years.
        Might want to read up on stuff like, this if I were you. Might save you a lot of pain if god forbid you require it in the future.

      • Grant says:

        @nina. My Dad DID have heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm. They went in through his neck but still had to crack his sternum open. He was actually on dilaudid for pain but the pain was still so severe in the weeks following that he continued on a regimen of opioids to manage. He now takes nothing after following the recommendation of his doctor in order to titrate off. I really resent your insinuation. Taking pain medication to mitigate pain prematurely is absolutely a thing and recommend that YOU read up on other people’s experiences before you make blanket statements like the one you made about your father. Might save YOU a lot of pain if god forbid you require it in the future.

  8. Diana says:

    I saw this interview… dude’s a narcissistic sociopath IMO. It really angers me that he is spreading all of this misinformation… and I’m dumbfounded by his popularity. I’m even more blown away that so many people would follow his advice… how dumb are people??? Even my husband, who likes him, saw through his bs during this episode.

  9. Kaykay says:

    I’m not an anti-vaxer, nor am I for the use of Ivermectin – I think it’s stupid af.
    But … I kind of see his point. Ivermectin is an anti parasitic drug that can be used by humans and horses.
    Just like ketamine is a horse tranquilizer it’s also used to treat depression in humans.
    The dosage makes the poison.
    If a person would inject a horse dosage of Ketamin they are going to have a bad time y’all.
    If a person would get the right dose, ministered by a doctor, they will have great results.

    I guess what can be problematic is if the audience of Joe Rogan hear “Joe Rogan took horse de-wormer!”. Now they think they can use the medicin intended for horses without harm too. When in fact he used a drug, specifically made for human consumption, prescribed by a doctor, in a safe way. Some responsibility is on the media, because people are stupid and believe the shit being fed to them without doing their own digging.

    Fact remains: It’s anti-parasitic. Not anti-viral.

    • MsIam says:

      Even the manufacturer says not to take it for COVID, so how can it be prescribed in a “safe” way? And I’m sure while Rogan can afford the best doctors and care, not everyone can so you are going to have idiots think that “Well Joe Rogan did it!”. Plus he was on all of that other stuff allegedly so how can he of all people claim Ivermectin made the difference? He’s a douche for saying that when people are dying instead of getting the vaccine.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      you had me until “If a person would get the right dose, ministered by a doctor, they will have great results.”

      They don’t know the “right dose” of ivermectin to treat COVID because there is no data to support it’s efficacy, and certainly having been dose-ranging studies to determine the appropriate dose.

      I doubt Rogan will sue. He’s a public figure and while CNN shouldn’t have stated he used a horse formulation without proof of him doing so, he’d have a hard time meeting the burden for a slander suit. He’d also be opening himself up to disclosure which would reveal if his regular doc wrote the Rx and he paid for it from a local pharmacy or if one of the folks from America’s frontline docs wrote the Rx and had their online pharmacy comp him when filling it, as well as whether he received any remuneration (and from whom he received it) for announcing not only that he was using ivermectin to treat his COVID which could make his assertion that it cured him a bit of a paid advertisement . . .

    • Aurelia says:

      KayKay I hear you. But adding to this – ivermectin is an anti parasitic but it also stops vital replication in 90 mins flat for early onset viruses. That’s why it has had success with early stage covid.
      My doc in NZ was going to prescribe it me when I caught cytomegalo virus which is a sister virus of mono. My blood testantibodies ame back as being older than the 3 weeks it needed to work. I didn’t use the prescription for ivermectin in end and the virus hit me hard for weeks/months. High dose zinc can also halt replication. But when it’s gone too far nothing can be done.

  10. Lightpurple says:

    I don’t believe Rogan even had Covid.

    • Robyn says:

      I don’t either. The man makes a ton of money from hawking supplements and screaming about “health” – it’s marketing and pandering to his audience.

  11. BirdsGalore says:

    He did not take horse dewormer. He took a medication prescribed for humans by a doctor. Ivermectin is a legitimate Nobel- award winning medication … just NOT for Covid. Everyone including the media sounds ignorant for minimizing this incredible medication down to horse paste and nothing more. That narrative only strengthens the resolve of those who are convinced that there is a media agenda to suppress something that they think “works.” What he took, wasn’t for horses. He unfortunately is correct in this case.

    • idk says:

      Yeah, I hate Joe Rogan and you’re right. Ivermectin is an amazing drug that has saved many, many lives and prevented permanent disability for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of the world’s poorest people. It’s a really important medication and very safe in normally prescribed anti-parasitic doses. It’s just, you know, not effective against covid. It is a bit of a bummer to see it reduced to a horse paste punchline, considering how crucial it is in the fight against river blindness and other nasty parasitic diseases.

      I could understand the rush to these kinds of drugs last year, when covid was new and scary and there was no way to protect yourself. But in the U.S. we’ve been fortunate enough to have widespread access for months to a safe, free, and nearly miraculously effective set of vaccines. Maybe take them? I’m out of sympathy for these people.

  12. Golly Gee says:

    “They’re making shit up … I literally got it from a doctor.”
    Vets ARE doctors, Joe.

  13. Annaloo. says:

    At this point, Darwin says take your ivermectin. Natural selection is going to sort this out. Blue state ppl,keep moving to the red states.we have some people and parties to start voting out.

  14. Gemgirlaaa says:

    Personal conspiracy theory is that he’s secretly vaxxed like the rest of the blowhards. That’s why he didn’t die, bless his heart, mmmkay.

    • Christine says:

      I agree with this. I think he panders toward the MAGA base because that’s how he makes his money. Until people go after his sponsors though, he’ll continue to spout dumb shit.

  15. ClaireB says:

    I read this article about ivermectin causing fertility problems in men and legit cackled this morning. I don’t know if this will hold up to peer review, but it would be great karma.

  16. Lynne says:

    His listeners who were on the fence about what to do if they got ill are now going to bypass healthcare system and go straight to the feed store to get Ivermectin because he said that he took it…….and some will then die.
    Ivermectin is not manufactured for nor useful for covid. Joe’s physician needs to get his license yanked but that is a different topic.
    Many people do not have doctors because they are afraid. He gave those people an option which could kill them.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Lots of articles out now about ivermectin reducing sperm count to cause infertility. With that, and with erectile dysfunction from covid, we’ll be getting rid of these vax-holes sooner or later.
      Yay for Darwinism!!

  17. Olliesmom says:

    SO sick of these people. I wish a big hole would open up in the Earth and just swallow them up. Bye, bye fools.

  18. Same says:

    Except he didn’t take horse de wormer 🤷‍♀️

    He took an medication off label that he was prescribed by a physician. Is he an idiot ? Yes. Is his doctor an idiot for writing the script on request ? Also yes .

    Are the writers screeching “horse worms!!!” Just as culpable in spreading misinformation for clicks? Yep.

  19. jferber says:

    It’s a known fact that doctors gave Louisa May Alcott mercury to cure headaches due to overwork and exhaustion. They literally poisoned her, but they did not know this at the time, since it was considered an effective remedy. Yes, doctors gave it to her and did not know it would kill her. The difference with Rogan is that maybe doctors gave it to him, but no ethical medical doctor would prescribe horse-dewormer for Covid. His doctors are idiots or maybe he’s lying that doctors gave it to him. Also, he’s 5′ 3″, which is irrelevant to this post, but hopefully extremely humiliating to him. He also lies about his height, so yeah, shorty, it bothers you, doesn’t it?

  20. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    ‘He should have more sense.’

    Tell me you don’t know all about Joe Rogan without telling me you don’t know all about Joe Rogan.

  21. Veronica S. says:

    You know, fine, the kind dispensed by a doctor is not the same as the dewormer agent, but in all seriousness, f*ck this guy. Off-label use is supposed to be limited to very specific products for a narrow set of ailments that have been shown in studies to be effective but are yet to be FDA approved. It is to be used VERY cautiously after a lot of research. Most hospital facilities don’t even allow it outside clinical studies. Ivermectin’s data is spotty at best, and the study most often used to support its use was pulled awhile back for suggestions of potential plagiarism. His doctor was beyond irresponsible giving that out, and he knows damn well his listeners would likely not have the same fortune approaching their doctors. That means plenty of them would turn to non-human approved products.

    I’m over it. I’m over excusing irresponsible people who want to pretend they’re smarter and in on some conspiracy the rest of us don’t know about to make up for their total lack of competency and education elsewhere.

  22. Liz version 700 says:

    He does realize if he sues CNN the interns will be able to handle most of this case right?

  23. iconoclast59 says:

    The Lincoln Project totally dunked on Ivermectin and Joe Rogan:

  24. PinkestSlip says:

    If it works, so what. This is all a bit of sensationalist drinkin’ the Kool Aid

  25. eliza james says:

    Word is he’s secretly vaxxed and just starting shit as usual. I would like to see him somehow obliterated from this planet.

  26. Grant says:

    @nina What you said was hot garbage.