Spotify pulls the plug on popular podcast Heavyweight, disappointing fans and industry insiders

Heavyweight, a beloved show from Gimlet and a standout in the industry, has been axed by Spotify. The team behind Heavyweight will be let go after the current season concludes, as per a source familiar with the situation who spoke with The Verge.

Spotify spokesperson Rosa Oh expressed, “We are extremely proud of the team who has supported these talented storytellers across each of the incredible episodes of Heavyweight.” She added, “We are excited to share the upcoming episodes and season that will be available on Spotify and other podcast platforms, and we will work with the show creator to ensure a smooth transition for wherever the series goes next.”

This cancellation coincides with Spotify’s layoff of 17 percent of its staff and the shift in its podcasting strategy. Spotify’s acquisition of Gimlet for $230 million in 2019 did not yield the anticipated hit shows, leading to the studio’s downsizing. During this time, Spotify’s focus shifted from narrative podcasts to personality-driven chat shows like Joe Rogan Experience and Call Her Daddy.

Stolen, another acclaimed show from Gimlet that even won a Pulitzer Prize, has also been cut, as reported by Bloomberg. Like Heavyweight, this show will conclude its current season with the possibility of being picked up elsewhere after its run ends.


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