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India.Arie told CNN anchor Don Lemon that she accepted Joe Rogan's apology after she helped to cancel him on social media.

Arie was among social media users who reposted a compilation video of Rogan uttering "ni**er" on his popular podcasts from years ago.

The campaign to cancel Rogan began when he hosted anti-vaxxers on his podcast, including health experts who were against vaccinating children.
RELATED: Joe Rogan Regrets Using Racial Slurs
Spotify stood by Rogan and didn't blink an eye when musicians Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and then Arie removed their music from the platform.

However, Arie has had a change of heart.

On CNN Monday night, Arie said she accepted Rogan's apology. She said she was aware of Rogan's "insensitive comments around race before because I'm a podcast listener. I've heard many episodes of his podcast. When I learned about his language, I just tuned out on my own."

Arie said she got upset when Spotify paid Rogan $100 million to bring his popular podcast to the streaming service.

"Many people find it offensive," she said, noting that Rogan is well-compensated while "the vast majority of working artists are paid [peanuts]" by streaming services.

Watch the interview below.

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Spotify quietly deleted over 100 of Joe Rogan's podcasts in which he is heard causally uttering a racist slur.

The campaign to cancel Rogan began when he hosted anti-vaxxers on his podcast, including health experts who were against vaccinating children.
RELATED: Thousands of Spotify users delete their accounts in protest of anti-vaxxer Joe Rogan
Someone compiled a video of Rogan uttering "ni**er" on his popular podcasts from years ago.

As the compilation video went viral, songstress India.Arie re-posted it on her Instagram Stories and asked Spotify to remove her content from its music streaming platform after legendary rocker Neil Young exited Spotify first.
RELATED: India.Arie explains why she pulled her music from Spotify

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Arie said her decision based on Rogan's "language" and the fact Spotify paid him $100 million while artists like her earn peanuts for their music streams.

Rogan responded to the growing controversy on his YouTube and Instagram page.

"I know that to most people, there is no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, never mind publicly on a podcast, and I agree with that now. I haven't said it in years."

Rogan pointed out that the viral compilation video took his words out of context. He noted that he was simply discussing Red Foxx, Richard Pryor and Quentin Tarantino using the word liberally in their work.

"I was also talking about how there's not another word like it in the entire English language," he said.

"Because it's a word where only one group of people is allowed to say it... Like, if a white person uses that word, it's racist and toxic. But, a Black person can use it and it can be a punchline, it can be a term of endearment, it can be lyrics to a rap song, it can be a positive affirmation. It's a very unusual word, but it's not my word to use."


Former pro wrestler-turned-A-list actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson rushed to his former colleague's defense initially — until the video went viral. Then Johnson pulled his support.

"I was not aware of his N word use prior to my comments, but now I've become educated to his complete narrative," Johnson told a Twitter follower on Saturday.

But Johnson has problems of his own.

After pulling his support of Rogan, Johnson quietly deleted old tweets that contained transphobic slurs.

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On Friday's "Tamron Hall," Grammy-winning artist India.Arie appears in a daytime exclusive interview where she reveals why she's pulling her music and SongVersation podcast from Spotify's platform.

Arie explained that the decision was based on the audio streamer's ongoing relationship with podcaster Joe Rogan and her frustration with the meager compensation musicians receive from Spotify.

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The Grammy-winning singer also says she hopes other artists will consider following her lead (on the heels of the same move by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell) and noted her #WhatIfWeAllLeave hashtag.

The celebrated singer-songwriter later opens up about what provoked her viral Instagram post describing the music industry as "racist, sexist, deceitful."

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India.Arie on her decision to pull her podcast and music from Spotify:

"Yes, I decided to pull my music and my podcast from Spotify but it's dual. One is the Joe Rogan conversation and for me his language around race and some of the things I've seen and heard, but also coupled with that, there is the treatment of artists by Spotify. And so artists are underpaid and Joe Rogan gets paid all this money and it's hard for me to, these days, just sit back and go, 'Oh, well, that's how it goes.'"

She added:

"I made a commitment with myself, after reading this book by Martha Beck called The Way of Integrity – she challenges the reader to an integrity cleanse and it means telling the whole truth all the time and see what it will make of your life. And so I've been doing that since maybe around May, and so when this came up, I had to do it. And I'm a little bit nervous about it because I know people are gonna conflate the conversations and some people are gonna judge me and they're gonna say it's not my business and you know all these things because it is a little bit of a different reason than Joni [Mitchell] and Neil [Young] but also, it's my truth. And it's not always my job to educate people about how I feel, although I try. I know that my truth is mine. And so I am working to have it [her music and podcast] pulled down."

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India.Arie said Spotify can remove her music from the platform or pay her and other artists more money. Spotify paid Rogan $100 million to host his popular podcast.

She said:

"We all have a reverence for, say, Questlove, who has a wonderful big podcast ... does he get paid $100 million? Those kinds of things, like the equity, even in the podcast world, I'd love to see. But also what would make me comfortable is for artists to get paid more than a fraction of a penny. And so now we're all amplified and not just him [Rogan]."

Watch clips from the show below.



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India.Arie joined the growing collective of artists who pulled their music from Spotify over the Joe Rogan COVID controversy.

Rock legend Neil Young was the first to ask Spotify to remove his music after the music streaming giant paid Rogan $100 million to host his popular podcast.

However, Arie clarifies that she didn't pull her music over Rogan's COVID misinformation. Arie said her decision was partly due to Rogan's "language around race".

"Neil Young opened a door that I MUST walk through," Arie wrote. "I believe in freedom of speech. However, I find Joe Rogan problematic for reasons OTHER than his Covid interviews. For me it's also his language around race. What I am talking about is respect... [Spotify] paying musicians a fraction of a penny, and him $100 [million]? This shows the type of company they are and the company that they keep."

Arie's followers begged the singer to re-post her Instagram Story message:

One follower wrote:

"You should post whats in your story!!!!!!! Dont leave it there so it can be gone [tomorrow]. Post it!! Leave it up for all to see!!!! Im wit u an support u queen."

The 46-year-old singer, born India Arie Simpson, is best known for her hit single "I Am Not My Hair," off her third studio album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship (2006). Her other hits include "Video" and "Brown Skin."

Arie has sold over 10 million records worldwide and won four Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Album.