Steve Austin responded to the controversy with ”Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Podcast One in his latest podcast that was released on Tuesday.
Austin said the timeline is inaccurate. He said the Piper podcast in question -- featuring comedian Will Sasso impersonating him -- was recorded 3 or 4 or 5 months ago. Austin said it was what it was. He didn’t like it, it had some of his personal business in it that he didn’t want floating around out there so he had it removed from rotation. Austin said he went down his road, Roddy went down his road.
Austin said he gets blamed for Piper’s departure from Podcast One, which couldn’t be further from the truth. He said he’s 50 and doesn’t have time for a soap opera or BS in his life. He’s created enough in his day and been in enough and it is what it is.
He stated he put a call in to the president of Podcast One to find out exactly what happened. Because the president was in France, Austin sent him an email and got a phone call back. Austin told the president of the podcasting service that he was getting blamed for Piper’s departure. Austin said he was told by the president of Podcast One that Roddy requested a meeting with him and expressed the fact he was no longer interested in doing a podcast with the Podcast One network and wanted to focus on other things in his life. There were some other details in there, Austin wouldn’t divulge because he was paraphrasing the conversation.
Austin said the president of Podcast One told Piper he didn’t have to do a podcast for them if he didn’t want to and he left with that. Austin that any suggestion that he had something to do with Piper’s departure from Podcast One is false. It's Austin's understanding that Piper is still under contract with Podcast One and if he wanted to come back, he could. Whether or not he does is up to him and he had nothing to do with it. Austin said Piper is one of the all-time greats and put him over.
You can listen to Austin’s latest podcast at this link.