A joint effort between Spotify and Harry and Meghan has resulted in a single series of 12 episodes of the ‘Archetypes’ podcast.
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Spotify chief executive Bill Simmons has described Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as “grifters” after the couple’s partnership with the streaming platform. a seemingly premature end to Friday.
First, a partnership with Harry and Meghan’s production company, Archewell Audio announced in December 2020was originally described by Spotify as a “multi-year partnership” with promise to deliver “podcasts that will inspire.”
However, the joint effort resulted in only one, 12-part podcast series, “Archetypes,” in which Meghan interviewed high-profile guests, including Serena Williams and Mariah Carey.
At the time, the deal was widely rumored to be worth around $20 million.
“Spotify and Archewell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we have created together,” Spotify and Archewell Audio said in a joint statement.
It’s not the first time Bill Simmons, Spotify’s head of podcast innovation and monetization, has made disparaging remarks about former working royals, previously saying he was “ashamed” to share Spotify’s platform with Harry.
“Shoot the guy in the sun, I’m so tired of the guy,” Simmons said on his self-titled podcast in January.
Simmons has gotten into hot water before for expressing controversial views, including in 2014 when ESPN suspended him for comments he made about a domestic violence case.
Spotify declined to comment on Simmons’ remarks when contacted by CNBC. Archewell Audio did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.