The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal came to a sudden end in May when the show’s dogmatic host fired Rory on-air over financial disputes. Budden was upset they had the “gall” to think they were more “deserving” than him.
“Y’all take that fuckin’ dark energy, that arrogance and entitlement somewhere else,” he said at the time. “I say all of that to say, we gonna do this since Rory feels like he has so many options. Somehow he still feels he’s running the show. He still feels like he has choices and options. He feels like he’s entitled to more.
“Rory, you are in breach of your contract and from this point forward, you are fired! And you’re not welcome back.”
Joe Budden Violating Rory and Mal and then Firing Rory 😳😭😭 pic.twitter.com/9skG6MiLFt
— Snoop $DOGE 🐶(DoOnlyGoodEveryday) (@TheDarknessDev) May 12, 2021
Five months later, the discarded co-hosts’ own podcast, New Rory & Mal, was picked up by SiriusXM’s Stitcher and will air weekly every Tuesday and Friday.
While Budden has yet to address his former colleagues’ latest moves on an episode of the JBP, he did have some thoughts he wanted to share on his Instagram Stories. In true Budden fashion, he subtly threw a little jab their way without mentioning their names.
“They’ll question your character once you stop taking care of them,” he wrote, likely in response to the extensive interview Rory and Mal recently did with Vulture.
During the conversation, Mal expressed how frustrated he became with how The Joe Budden Podcast operated and cryptically pointed the finger at the show’s namesake.
“There were a lot of things we wanted to do in the old show that we weren’t able to because we just didn’t have as much control after a while,” Mal said. “Looking back, that was the beginning of the end.
“Honestly, all that started when every time we wanted to try something, the energy around it would just be like, ‘Ehh, I don’t know.’ Despite the fact that this is our show, you know what I mean? “And then there were also a lot of business meetings that were happening that we didn’t know about.”
Neither Rory or Mal have disclosed the details of their new contract but shortly after they made the announcement, TIDAL’s Elliott Wilson shared a meme to his Instagram account from Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke suggesting it was worth $10 million.