Another celebrity has started a podcast, forcing some people to quit their jobs to keep up with them all
NEW YORK (The Egg) — Martha Stewart has started a new podcast this week, adding to the long list of celebrities wanting to consume more of your time, and forcing some people to preemptively quit their jobs in anticipation.
The long-time television star, cookbook author and home goods entrepreneur, announced the news on Instagram last week, and despair has already begun to set in across the country with the addition of another celebrity podcast.
“I’m often interviewed, now I’m asking the questions,” she said, promising intriguing and inspiring interviews with the same cast of celebrities that have never turned down a gig such as Snoop Dogg, Alex Rodriguez and Kris Jenner.
However, this news has economists worried, and the threat of an economic crisis looms at the prospect of all the lost productivity hours. The lower and middle class will be hit the hardest amid a slowing economy and soaring gas prices, and some are choosing to quit their jobs preemptively.
“I just quit my job at Amazon,” a person wrote on Instagram. “We can’t wear headphones at the fulfillment center so I didn’t know what else to do.”
Another person wrote that they’re at a “breaking point” and had been neglecting his wife and kids because of the amount of podcasts he feels “obligated to keep up with.”
The concerns about unemployment have reached Congress, and at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was asked about the recent celebrity podcast announcement.
“At the Fed, we understand the hardship this recent podcast announcement is causing,” Powell said to the Senate committee. “It is essential that we bring down the frequency of these podcasts if we are to have a sustained period of strong labor market conditions that benefit all.”
The White House has yet to respond to the impending crisis, but former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have put out a statement announcing their media company, Higher Ground, is signing an exclusive podcast deal with Audible.