ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith addressed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave Spotify during an episode of their own podcast, following Bill Simmons who torched them last week.
Harry and Meghan signed a deal with Spotify in 2020. It was billed as «a multi-year partnership with Spotify…to create podcasts and shows that would tell stories through diverse voices and perspectives.» The couple produced a podcast called «Archetypes.» The podcast, hosted by Meghan, debuted in August 2022 and totaled 12 episodes.
Last week, the couple and Spotify announced the decision to part ways. That led Simmons to call them «fucking scammers.»
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The host of «The Stephen A. Smith Show» made it clear on his show that he wasn’t really interested in the royal family. Smith said Princess Diana «seemed like a very, very nice lady» and that Queen Elizabeth’s legacy looks different through the eyes of a black person.
Smith echoed Simmons’ reaction to the outing and then made an interesting comment about the couple.
«If Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex don’t complain about the royal family, I don’t know if anyone cares what they have to say,» Smith said. «I’m not trying to chase (Meghan Markle) like she has no talent or anything like that. She did really well in… I love ‘Suits.’
«Actually, I’ll watch it again. I’ll watch it again. I love that show. But what I’m saying is that you don’t really care what they have to say unless it’s insulting.» his family.»
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Simmons, the CEO of The Ringer whose podcasts are on Spotify, spoke about the breakup last week, alluding to an incident he had with Harry on Zoom when they apparently exchanged ideas.
«‘The Damn Hustlers.’ That’s the podcast we should have launched with them. I have to get drunk one night and tell the Zoom story I had with Harry to try and help him with a podcast idea. It’s one of my best stories.» Simmons said.
Simmons has a history of tearing Harry apart, even when they were both part of the same company. In January, he untied the prince and said he was «so embarrassed» that he had to «share Spotify with him.»
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«Shoot this guy into the sun. I’m so tired of this guy,» Simmons said. «What does he bring to the table? He just complains about sh*t and keeps giving interviews… Who cares about your life? You weren’t even the favorite son… I can’t stand it.»
Fox News’ Chantz Martin contributed to this report.