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I have a great deal of respect for Charlamagne Tha God, former morning show host for 100.3 “The Beat” in Philadelphia. I met Charlamagne during my appearances on The Wendy Williams Experience, and he has respected me as a brother from the first day we met. That is why I was shocked and saddened to hear that Charlamagne was suddenly fired from the station this week.
It is not a surprise when a host gets fired from a radio show, since media is as fickle as a crack head in a candy store. You get a big platform one minute and it’s ripped out from under you the next. But what got my attention in the case of Charlamagne’s firing was the rumored reason that he might have gotten the axe.
There are many who are reporting that Charlamagne got yanked after doing an interview with Beanie Sigel, and allowing him to describe his diss track on Jay Z. If that is indeed the reason that Charlamagne got fired, I only have one thing to say: Jigga please.
To get Charlamagne fired for giving a voice to your enemy is like Kobe Bryant shooting the referee who forces him to guard Lebron James. If you can’t take on Beanie head to head or somehow feel that he has put you on blast, you should respond to the allegations like a man and not simply arrange for the firing of anyone who presents a dissenting perspective. It’s not as if Charlamagne said anything negative about you – he simply allowed people to hear from someone with an opinion that differs from your own. You are willing to let a man get fired for that? Dude, you need to get over yourself.
As powerful as Jay Z might think he is, the truth is that he can’t shut down the entire Internet. The irony and timing of Charlamagne’s firing created instant buzz, and Dime Wars has reported that an insider has confirmed that Jay-Z had a direct hand in the firing of Charlamagne. It is my greatest hope that Jay Z will reconsider and use his influence to help Charlamagne regain his position in radio. He might win the battle in this one, but he could possibly lose the war. Nobody wants to be labeled as a punk.
This is not the first time that Charlamagne has been in the middle of controversy, as he spent a lot of time next to Wendy Williams, a woman who was ostracized by half of the Hip-Hop community. Personally, I found Wendy to be a professional and gracious host, but I could honestly see why she had enemies. Wendy claims that Diddy played a role in getting her canned during the 1990s, but like a phoenix, she rose from the ashes.
Like his partner Wendy Williams, I am sure that Charlamagne will land on his feet, for he is a tremendous media talent. I also think that there is a lesson to learn about the power structure in entertainment: The entertainers don’t carry the weight; most of the weight is carried by people behind the scenes. When one looks at individuals like Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, you aren’t just seeing entertainers, you are seeing business moguls. Moguls protect their image at all costs, even if it is at the expense of free speech. If Jay Z did go after Charlemagne’s job for allowing him to be dissed, he is violating an important code of life: You don’t use your power to get respect, you must actually earn it. Charlamagne should still have his job.
“Charlamagne The God” may have just met his match when it comes to talking wreckless. He recently attacked Marlon Wayans on Twitter stating that he wasn’t funny and by suggesting that Marlon Wayans brother Shawn is a homosexual. And, boy let me tell you… Marlon Wayans wasn’t having none of it. None of it at all.
***Update*** Marlon Wayans Twitter page is back in effect.
***Update*** At 10:40PM EST ** Marlon Wayans Twitter Account has been suspended.
Marlon Wayans immediately shot back and sent out a flee of attacks via Twitter aimed at Charlamagne The God. Check out his tweets below:
@cthagod your were breast fed from a Ding-Ding
@cthagod You sweet ass n*gga your PACIFIER had BALLS on it!
@cthagod YOU CAN’T EVEN HATE RIGHT! it’s a sad day my nig.
@cthagod call wendy maybe she can do some segments on talkin’ monkeys and you can go perform. Bum ass hater.
@cthagod you said some smart shit to my brother on the show and my sister. I’ll tell u what u lil’ Chimpanzee I ain’t havin’ it. BUBBLES!!
@cthagod LOCAL N@GGA!!! I just came from london paris japan and korean. U ain’t even known in brooklyn. You a rock turd
@cthagod Go watch one my classics nigga, steal a line from don’t be a menace and use it on some defenseless r&b chick. I ain’t them
@cthagod don’t come my way nigga. I DO THIS! stick to radio! Nobody quoting you for 20 years. not a classic to your name. FUCK OUTTA HERE!!
Less than a day after announcing being fired from his Philadelphia morning radio show, Charlamagne Tha God has detailed his departure from 100.3 The Beat.
While not ruling it out, Charlamagne said his revealing Beanie Sigel interview from last Friday (October 30) may have played a part in his firing.
“I don’t know, that’s what I’m hearing but I don’t know how true that is,” Charlamagne said about the Beans interview. “I don’t see why that woulda been an issue. I would hope that the powers that be, like Jay-Z, wouldn’t be that petty. But you never know. Yeah, my numbers were great. I’ve never had any disciplinary action, never been suspended, never been written up, never had any verbal warnings…As controversial as they say I am, I’m like a model employee. Any program director that’s worked with me will tell you that but that’s the way it goes in radio. That’s why you gotta treat these buildings like the Carter, man. You go in, set up shop, do what you gotta do and burn it down when it’s over.”
Looks like Cassie’s getting the last laugh. After six months on the air as host of his own morning show on Philadelphia’s The Beat 100.3, controversial on-air personality Charlamagne Tha God was fired this morning.