50 Cent is blasting Starz yet again and is seemingly threatening to leave.
Rolling Out reports that the rapper-turned-TV producer has been on an Instagram rampage against the network that airs his Power franchise and BMF. However, the cause of the current rift is currently unknown. A clue, though, is that his anger has to do with Starz’s decision to renew one of their other police drama series over one of 50 Cent’s shows.
"This is me packing my stuff, STARZ Sucks, my deal is up over here I'm out," he wrote. "They Renewed High town and FORCE is the highest-rated show they have sitting in limbo. If I told you how much dumb s--- I deal with over here, you would think they all went to school on a small yellow bus."
For clarity, Hightown is a drama series created by Rebecca Cutter, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Lionsgate television, and stars Monica Raymund as a cop balancing the demands of work and personal life stress. The series renewal comes as part of Starz’s commitment to giving underrepresented and female creators more access to tell their stories. Power Book IV: Force is the next in the Power series, following character Tommy Eagan (Joseph Sikora).
Ableism aside, 50 Cent also wrote to his G-Unit Film and TV head of development Anil Kurian, “Anil get your f—— bag’s in the car now, we are out of here, take that f—— sign off the door no more G-unit film and television over here.” He also added, “Hold my calls i’m traveling, getting the f— way from STARZ.”
50 Cent's beef with Starz has been growing ever since the network accidentally aired one of the episodes of BMF before its set premiere date last November.
According to 50 Cent’s tirade at the time, the mistake gave away much of the anticipation to the series. He as particularly upset since he had directed that particular episode and got his friend and fellow rapper Eminem to guest star.
“Episode 7 of BMF is the best work i have done directing to date,” he wrote at the time. “I’m disappointed that STARZ handled this so poorly. I used my personal relationships to make things happen they couldn’t have made happen. @eminem thank you for doing this for me. I love you bro.”
STARZ did issue an apology, stating, “The fan demand for BMF, and specifically this highly-anticipated epsiode directed by executive producer Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, is undeniable. There was a technical glitch that allowed fans that have the Starz app, who logged in right at midnight, to temporarily access the episode early.”