Joe Rogan hires ‘elite’ armed bodyguards to protect family home amid controversy

Long-time UFC commentator and podcast superstar Joe Rogan has reportedly hired an “elite” armed security guards .The team is meant to protect him and his family during the media storm gathered around The Joe Rogan Experience.

Rogan is notoriously private and has been photographed along his wife and daughters a handful of times over the years. The family relocated to Texas from their LA home sometime in 2020. Rogan married wife Jessica Ditzel back in 2009 and adopted her daughter from a previous marriage. 

Ditzel was previously married to musician Dino Connor. He was the lead singer of R & B Group H-Town.

Fast forward to present day. The Sun reports that armed guards are parked all around his $14.4 million property in Austin, Texas. Security teams are also said to be stationed inside the gate, which is monitored by CCTV. Rogan was known to live there with his wife, Jessica, and their kids.

The urgent need for protection came after Rogan’s recent coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines sparked a huge controversy which was followed by the resurgence of montages of him speaking the racial slur N-word that sparked outrage.

A trusted source told The Sun that “Joe wants his family to be safe more than anything.

“There’s sometimes a dozen people a day turning up at the property to take selfies or to drop things off in his letterbox.

“Obviously any crazy could turn up and try anything. He’s got supporters as well as enemies, it’s fair to say.

“Having the security team there is pre-emptive just in case things take a turn for the worse.

“People come from all over the country just to visit his house.

“It’s pretty wild and he doesn’t want anything to ever get out of hand, especially now after the Covid stuff.

“There are guys inside the house as well as outside.

“He gets high-profile people there too who also need protection because it’s where he records his show.

“It’s just better to be safe than be sorry.”

Rogan signed an exclusive distribution deal with Spotify in 2020 for his podcast which is said to be worth over $200 million, making him the highest-paid podcaster in the world.