*Joe Budden has apologized to his former podcast co-hosts Rory Farrell and Jamil “Mal” Clay after a clip went viral last week of him firing the duo.
“From this point forward, you are fired and you’re not welcome back,” Budden said during a since-deleted episode. “Y’all take that f–king dark energy, that arrogance and that entitlement somewhere else.”
After catching heat for what many dubbed a “messy move” on Joe’s part, the former rapper addressed the backlash in a video shared to social media, Complex reports.
“Seeing all of this feedback and all this—I do need to apologize to Rory, as well. Maybe Rory and Mal, too, but definitely Rory,” Joe said on the newest episode of the Joe Budden Podcast, adding that, “things sound a lot spicier in the go-out.”
He also said he asked for his blow-up moment to be edited out of the episode.
“Ever since that last pod, I’ve just been having like pictures in my head of every moment that me and the guys have ever had together,” he said. “When I say I didn’t ask you to do shit for me—‘cause I don’t ask y’all to do shit for me but that’s a man thing to me. You just don’t ask men too much shit but when I said I didn’t ask you to do something, it don’t mean I’m not appreciative. It don’t mean I’m not grateful. It just means I never asked.”
“When do you say that and not sound like a dickhead?” He continued, “I don’t want that to affect people I love which is why I’m going to apologize to Rory because me and Rory have so many fly n***a moments together. Like, fly, friend type of vibey—like, it’s unfortunate that they might not feel that we’re so friendly today and it’s unfortunate that I can’t tell you how we got here, maybe aside from—if I’m taking accountability—poor leadership skills.”
Rory and Mal have also issued a response to Joe firing them in a new clip titled I’ll Name This Response Later, peep the video above.
“I feel like Joe feels like a lot of the success of this podcast is based over his music career,” Mal said. “And my thing is, it’s not. I been in some of these cities when you were a rapper, Joe. … This many people weren’t showing up for you.
“Through all of this, I’ve had time to replay some shit in my head,” he continued. “He said something at the Highline Ballroom show we did, when we were in the dressing room. He had went outside, he had recorded the people wrapped around the corner and he came back and he said, ‘Yo, I got these n***as wrapped around the block. I got the line around the corner.’ And I looked at him and I said, ‘Joe, you don’t have the line around the corner. We have the line around the corner.’ Because you’ve done shows here before, and you’ve never had the line around the corner.”
On IG Live, Budden responded to Mal and Rory’s video, saying he still has love for his ‘brothers.” Hear more from Budden via the clip below.