Spotify Chief Executive Daniel Ek addressed Joe Rogan’s past use of racial slurs Sunday night.
In a staff memo, Ek said that while he found the comments hurtful and inconsistent with company values, he did not believe in “silencing” the podcaster.
Spotify faces an unprecedented crisis over Rogan’s comments on race and COVID-19.
It has mired the company in controversy and led to a growing number of recording artists and podcasters abandoning the platform.
Rogan apologized Saturday morning after a video compilation of him using the “N-word” was widely shared on social media.
Spotify paid Rogan a reported $100 million for exclusive rights to his podcast.