It’s no secret that rapper 50 Cent is very vocal. But is he responsible for BET’s Being Mary Jane being taken off the air? The show’s star Gabrielle Union says he is!
The drama between Gabrielle and 50 Cent, who is the creator and executive producer of the hit series Power on STARZ, started back when 50 Cent was taunting the cast of FOX’s Empire as he accused them of copying his marketing campaign. Union stepped in and told 50 Cent to stop bullying. He seemed to still be holding on to that because when news hit that Being Mary Jane was cancelled, he told Union, “pack a bag, yah gotta go…” Meanwhile, BET signed up 50 Cent’s sketch comedy show, 50 Central.
Now, Union has told fans that 50 Cent is the reason why Being Mary Jane got axed in the first place.
“For everyone who’s just really upset that BMJ is coming to a close, please send all your correspondence to 50 [cent], Curtis Jackson, who has taken sole responsibility for the loss of jobs and your show,” she said on First We Feast’s Hot Ones.
She went on to send another message to him.
“So don’t @ me, @ 50,” she said.”
50 has yet to respond, but based on past communication via his social media, it’s likely that he will in the near future.
Interestingly enough, Union had her own issues with the network that led to her taking legal action against it through a multimillion dollar lawsuit. She sued BET and Breakdown Productions and claimed the entities for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation.
The head of Union’s legal team, Marty Singer, said that BET attempted to tape two seasons, 10 episodes each, so it could “cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract." The agreement was that the maximum number of episodes for each season would be 13.
“We filed this lawsuit because of BET’s outrageous conduct toward its No. 1 star on its highest rated show,” Singer said in a statement.
BET subsequently released a statement of its own.
“While we hold Gabrielle Union in the highest esteem, we feel strongly that we are contractually well within our rights and are committed to reaching a swift and positive resolution in this matter.”
Both parties ended up reaching a settlement.
Being Mary Jane will end with a two-hour finale in January. Keep up with Enstars for the latest.