Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan and SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern have diametrically opposing views on the ongoing defamation trial between “Pirates of The Caribbean” star Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Rogan said that the “Aquaman” actresses’ abuse allegations against Depp were “not true,” and called her a “crazy lady” during his show.
“I’m watching this trial, and, like, it’s a cautionary tale about believing in bulls–t, forming a narrative in your head like, ‘We’re rebels together,’” Rogan said on his podcast this week. “You’re seeing all the crazy come out.”
Rogan added that “the only good thing” that could come out of the lawsuit was that the public will know that “there’s something wrong” with Heard.
“This is a big win for Johnny Depp, and a big loss for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean!’” he remarked. “You got rid of the best f–king pirate you ever had! For a crazy lady!”
Stern contradicted Rogan’s assessment during his Monday show, when he claimed Depp was “overacting” during the trial and “writing his own material as he goes along.”
“On the narcissism scale, I think Johnny Depp is a huge narcissist — and what I mean by that is, he figured ‘I’ll put this on TV. And because I’m so persuasive and I’m so smart, and I’m such a wonderful guy,'” Stern asserted.
“But that’s what narcissists do: ‘I will charm the pants off of America at the trial.’ No you won’t. This will not go well. It’s not going well for you, it’s not going well for her. It’s not going well for anybody,” he continued. “You sound like two battling children. It’s just coming off really badly.”
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post essay, where she detailed the abuses she allegedly suffered during their brief marriage. Depp previously lost a 2020 libel lawsuit against a British tabloid for calling him a “wife-beater.”