2:20 PM PT — BET is making it clear the tweet targeting Nicki was unauthorized. The network says, “BET loves Nicki Minaj. We have supported her from the very beginning of her career and will continue to do so moving forward. Nicki has paved the way for so many performers and has solidified her place as one of the most powerful figures in the music industry.”
The statement continues … “Unfortunately the respect we have for Nicki was violated by this post that should never have been written. The post does not reflect how we feel about Nicki. And further does not reflect our company values. We deeply apologize for the hurt, disappointment and confusion that this post has caused. We are committed to doing everything we can to address the situation.”
BET also says, “We are also conducting an internal audit to assure these types of posts are not published again. We have apologized to Nicki and her team. The post has been removed and we have taken additional appropriate action. We understand Nicki’s position and look forward to continuing our dialogue with her. Finally, we apologize to all of her fans. This should have never happened.
The “QUEEN” rapper announced Monday that she and her label, Young Money, would not be part of the BET Experience later this summer — which is a concert series she and Cardi were booked to co-headline just days before the BET Awards in June.
Sources connected to Nicki tell us she did, in fact, cancel the gig in direct response to BET’s crass joke — and she made that quite clear with her follow-up tweets.
People were putting BET on blast, saying they owed Nicki an apology since the comment was a low blow. Nicki seemed to agree, saying … “Meanwhile, BET is being dragged by their lacefront,” adding a laughing emoji for good measure.
It’s unclear who, if anyone, at the network green lit the controversial tweet, but Nicki clearly doesn’t care. If she and Young Money stick to the boycott … it’s a big loss, because it means Lil Wayne‘s also pulling out of the BET Experience concert.