Howard Stern slams Joe Rogan, tells skeptics to get vaccinated or leave the country

Christie D'Zurilla, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES — Howard Stern has had it with COVID-19 vaccine skeptics, and all the hate mail in the world isn’t going to change his mind. And he’s ticked at popular podcast host Joe Rogan for supporting what he called anti-vax “nonsense.”

At issue for Stern was Rogan’s use of doctor-prescribed ivermectin — an anti-parasitic drug that in humans is used to treat river blindness and intestinal roundworm but has no proven effectiveness against the coronavirus — as part of his treatment for a recent bout with COVID-19.

Noted germophobe Stern, who said he thinks COVID-19 vaccines should be mandatory nationwide, went off on people who are choosing to avoid the jab.

“They go to the doctor and they’ll take horse dewormer from a doctor, like I heard Joe Rogan was saying ...,” Stern said on his Sunday radio show on SiriusXM. “Well, a doctor would also give you a vaccine, so why take horse dewormer?”

“We have no time for idiots in this country anymore. We don’t want you,” Stern said. “We want you to all either go to the hospital, stay home, die there with your COVID, don’t take the cure but don’t clog up our hospitals with your COVID when you finally get it.

“Stay home, don’t bother with science, it’s too late. ... We want you to go away,” he continued. “We want you to leave the country. Go somewhere where they have ultimate freedom, wherever that is, some bizarro world where you don’t have to take the vaccine. ... I don’t know when nonsense became such a thing.”


Rogan, who recently contracted COVID-19, said in early September that he and his doctor “immediately threw the kitchen sink at it — all kinds of meds: monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin ... everything. And I also got an NAD drip and a vitamin drip, and I did that three days in a row.”

By the time he went public with his diagnosis, the podcaster said he was feeling “pretty (expletive) good” and had really had only one bad day.

Rogan said in April that he believed young, healthy people did not need to take the vaccine. But he clarified later that month that he was “not an anti-vax person” and “not a doctor,” but rather, “a f— moron. I’m not a respected source of information, even for me. … But I at least try to be honest about what I’m saying.”

“I said I believe (vaccines are) safe, and I encourage many people to take them. My parents were vaccinated. I just said that if you’re a young, healthy person that you don’t need it,” Rogan said.


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