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Fox TV UFC Producers Told Joe Rogan To Tone It Down

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Aug. 7, 2010; Oakland, CA, USA; UFC announcer Joe Rogan during the light heavyweight bout in UFC 117 at the Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Aug. 7, 2010; Oakland, CA, USA; UFC announcer Joe Rogan during the light heavyweight bout in UFC 117 at the Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

UFC announcer Joe Rogan took to his podcast to vent some frustration with the Fox TV brass who produce the UFC. Apparently the execs told Rogan to "tone it down." This didn't sit well with the enthusiastic announcer who's been working the mic for the UFC since 1997.

Here's what he had to say on his podcast:

I've been doing the UFC for how long? F-ing, who knows? 97'. It's very rare that anyone ever says anything. But, once we started going on FOX, the producer actually had to tell me in my ear, the FOX executive was like, 'Tell him to take it down a notch.'

You can't tell me to deliver the way I deliver. I've been doing it forever. They either like it or they don't. Most people like it. If you don't-tough s-. It doesn't sound like your f-ing baseball guys, your basketball guys-it's not supposed to. It's not. It's not supposed to. It's a different f-ing sport, and it's just the way I do it.

Rogan clarified a bit on Twitter that and the video from the podcast after the jump.

I said on the podcast today about someone from FOX asking me to take my commentary down a notch, in all fairness it only happened once.
Mar 22 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Also, in all fairness it was the first time the UFC aired on FOX and everyone was completely stressed out and trying to make the best show
Mar 22 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

I'm pretty spoiled working for the UFC where they pretty much just let me go and do my thing. It's the best job situation on earth for me.
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