AceShowbiz - Joe Rogan is coming clean. The 55-year-old UFC commentator addressed his controversial claims that schools were putting out litter boxes for students who identify as cats in a new episode of his podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience", and admitted that it's a hoax.
Speaking with guest Michael Shermer in an episode of the show, Joe said, "The kitty litter boxes is a weird one." Backtracking on his claims, he added, "I don't think they actually did it."
Joe continued, "It was a weird one. I fed into that and let me - I should probably clarify that a bit." He added, "My friend's wife is a school teacher and she told him that there was discussions in the school that a mother wanted to put a litter box in one of the bathrooms."
"She no longer works for that school," the podcast further explained. "She works for another school. She contacted the other school. She didn't get a response."
He elaborated, "I think there was discussions about doing it because there was one particularly wacky mother, but there is - it doesn't seem that there's any proof that they put a litter box in there."
Joe, however, said that he heard of a similar incident a decade ago. He said that he stumbled upon a furry convention while in Pittsburgh for UFC business. "So we check into the hotel, the hotel - the guy was working, the front desk was saying how crazy it was that these folks were asking for their food to be delivered in bowls on the ground so they could eat it like animals. And I'm like, 'That's crazy,' " he said.
"And then he said they asked for a litter box in the lobby. Now they didn't put a litter box into the lobby, but someone, according to this man asked him for a litter box. I'm like, 'That is crazy,' " he added.
Joe first made the claims earlier last month. At the time, the former "Fear Factor" host had told former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard that his friend's wife taught at a school that had to install a litter box in the girls' bathroom because a female student identified as a furry.
"Her mother badgered the school until they agreed to put a litter box in one of the stalls" Joe shared, adding, "So this girl goes into the litter room or to the girls' room and urinates or whatever."
Joe's claims sparked backlash with many debunking the rumors. Despite that, New Hampshire Senate candidate Don Bolduc defended the bizarre claims, insisting that the accused schools are responsible to "prove" him wrong. Meanwhile, it was said that an estimated 250,000 people in the U.S. identify as a "furry."