Benzino has been fired from VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta after the infamous reunion show brawl, and for his alleged actions in the weeks that followed.
Apparently, death threats he made following the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta reunion fight triggered Benzino’s firing more than his role in the epic fracas itself.
According to TMZ, Benzino got the chop soon after the taping, too.
Multiple cast and crew members ended up in the hospital as a result of the melee, which you can watch Love & Hip Hop Atlanta online now to experience.
Criminal charges and an arrest warrant were even taken out against Joseline Hernandez, Stevie J’s partner and Benzino’s (former) co-star and rival.
It was Benzino, though, who had a problem letting the thing go.
Stevie J says he waged a campaign of terror, threatening the lives of himself and Joseline, producers and other staffers involved with the VH1 program.
“He said flat out he was going to kill us,” Stevie recalls.
The threats and elevated DefCon 3 tension levels were too much for the network, which cut ties with the cast member rather than risk anything escalating.
Benzino tells a different story than Stevie, shockingly.
“Stevie J is a habitual liar and VH1 has never given me a reason for being fired,” he adds, lamenting that “they wanted to keep the crackhead whore.”
That would be Hernandez. Reports have circulated that Joseline was on crack during the reunion, though Stevie has angrily denied those allegations.
In any case, Benzino did get fired, he concedes.
Will anyone else be axed from the cast next?
That remains to be seen, but expect this show to be back with a vengeance come 2014. Between that fight and the Mimi sex tape, ratings were sky high.
Higher than Joseline on … never mind.