BlackVoices.com’s Jawn Murray is reporting that Katt Williams was missing in action as host of the BET Hip-Hop Awards last weekend because he got into a diva spat with one of the show’s producers.
“Katt was disrespectful, difficult and demanding throughout the process and his unprovoked verbal lashing on the producer was unwarranted,” a source close to the production is quoted as saying.
Murray says the whole thing started when Williams rolled up to the set three hours late in an RV he was driving himself. A producer greeted him and wanted to escort him into the rehearsal.
“He hopped out of his RV and went into a ‘do you know who I am’ rant,” the source told Murray. “He was angry and wanted to know who called the union on him, because there had been an issue with Katt’s camp trying to over-schedule the backup dancers.”
Murray continues: “Apparently the Ohio-bred star of ‘First Sunday’ then went into rehearsal and acted as though nothing was wrong, but moments later abruptly stopped rehearsal and declared: ‘Someone owes me an apology. I’m sorry, I can’t go on without an apology.’ BET brass scrambled to resolve the situation.
“Williams lined up his entire staff and demanded that the network or someone from Cosette Productions have the unsuspecting producer apologize to each of them. Said producer refused, standing by the fact that Williams’ attack on her was unprovoked and superfluous.
“The ‘Friday After Next’ star, who hosted two previous BET Hip-Hop Awards, then left the rehearsal and refused to return until an apology was ready to be issued.
When it was determined that Williams had no intention to return for rehearsals the day before the show, producers then had to salvage the show and find a replacement host.
The call went out to T-Pain at 1 a.m. the morning of the show to fill the slot and the vocoder-loving singer went into cram mode to prepare for that evening.”
Meanwhile, BET’s official reason for replacing Williams with T-Pain was posted on their Web site – which states Williams gave up his hosting gig after losing a break dance competition with T-Pain.
Murray wrote: “BET’s publicist said that their Web site account of the story is the only statement they have as well.”
The BET Hip-Hop Awards airs tonight at 8.