Meghan Markle’s Spotify podcast, Archetypes, consistently charted high and won several awards, even though I don’t know anyone in real life who tuned in, even ironically. But it seemed like a perfect fit for her since she could collect her flowers and do her women’s activism thing by taking on honorable causes like giving Paris Hilton a platform to clarify that her whole dumb baby-voiced bimbo schtick was just a decades-long ruse on us dumb-dumbs. However, Archewell Audio (consisting of Prince Harry and Meghan) and Spotify just announced that their $20 million partnership has ended. But reportedly, the Duke and Duchess haven’t produced enough content to receive the full payout.
Netflix is probably rubbing their slimy hands together like a fly on a fat pile of shit because, according to Page Six, Harry and Meghan will have some more time on their hands to make King-rankling docs in their 5-year/$100 million deal there since they’ll no longer be spending time on the podcast.
In a joint statement, Spotify and Archewell Audio said they have “mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we made together.”
The pair’s podcast, “Archetypes,” won’t be getting a second season despite launching at the top of the charts last year, a source confirmed to The New York Post on Thursday.
The news comes less than six months after the show’s producer, Rebecca Sananès, revealed she was leaving amid uncertainty about the podcast’s future.
The insider added that the couple didn’t produce enough content to receive their full multi-million dollar payout.
And the notion of “Joe Rogan, you crazy” is rumored to have contributed to the dissolution of the partnership.
While it’s unclear exactly why the duke and duchess decided to pull the plug on their Spotify deal, we’re told the pair started questioning their partnership after Joe Rogan — who is also signed to the company — made controversial comments about the COVID-19 vaccine on his podcast.
But a check’s a check, and suing literally everyone is expensive, so if another podcast platform comes along and dangles the right amount in front of their faces, Archewell 2.0 isn’t out of the question.
“Meghan is continuing to develop more content for the Archetypes audience on another platform,” an Archewell Productions spokeswoman added to The Wall Street Journal, which was the first to report the news.
Though it seems like “Princess Pushy” hopes to drag a chocolate shroom and nitrous-plied Prince Harry along with her as she becomes a Hollywood power player by whatever means WME Agency deems necessary–as long as it’s not acting.
“This deal is about making Meghan a power player in Hollywood,” the insider shared. “Even though she is, of course, an actress, this isn’t about movies or shows for Meghan to star in, it is about creating projects for her to produce – she wants to run the show.”
Just spit-balling, but I think a Cash Cab-style game show hosted by Haz and Megs where contestants in the backseat answer trivia questions about the British royal family while the cab’s “nearly catastrophically” pursued by two vicious paparazzi on bicycles is the next logical step here. We need to be entertained, and the loose-lipped, solemn victimhood route isn’t doing it anymore. Call me for more, WME!
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