‘Love & Hip Hop’: Joe Budden Tells Podcast Listeners He Refused to Film Scenes Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

While a lot has been made about the films and scripted television series that are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been announced about the reality shows. On a recent episode of his podcast, former rapper and Love & Hip Hop star Joe Budden says he has declined to film the show right now, which he claims is still shooting scenes.

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A quick history of Joe Budden on ‘Love & Hip Hop’

The rapper joined the show in 2013 and was a supporting cast member for the third and fourth seasons. He later returned to the show in its ninth season as a main cast member.

His first tenure on the show chronicled his drug abuse problems and romantic entanglements with Tahiry Jose and Kaylin Garcia. He even proposed to Jose during the fourth season, but she declined it.

After leaving the show, he also retired from being a rapper and became a popular television and podcast personality, gaining success with Complex’s Everyday Struggle. After leaving Complex, he started co-hosting State of the for Revolt and started his own podcast, The Joe Budden Podcast, partnered with Spotify.

On his return to the show beginning with the ninth season, much of Budden’s storyline has been with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Cyn Santana. They have a son together named Lexington.

Joe Budden says he was asked to film ‘Love & Hip Hop’ scenes amid coronavirus

In a recent episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, when asked by co-host Jamil “Mal” Clay if Love & Hip Hop: New York was still filming while everything is going on, Budden had a surprising answer. Mal asked Budden, “Y’all not still filming, are y’all?” and Budden responded, “Who is y’all? They have to film still.”

Budden then went on to explain, claiming that a Love & Hip Hop producer called him to schedule his next filming schedule and he told them “nope.” He said that the producer told him that if it wasn’t going to record, then it would be reported to their higher-ups.

“I said, ‘You don’t have to report that,'” Budden continued. “There’s no Joe story to continue right now. I’ve closed things with Cyn. I’ve closed things with everybody. There is nothing for me to report to right this second. And if there was, I wouldn’t come.” When the producer reportedly said that they had a bunch of episodes to still go through, Budden said that he told them, “Y’all have a bunch episodes that y’all have to get through. And in the interim, I’ll be home.”

He also said if the reunion episode tapes in Atlanta like normal, he would not be there for it. “I am not boarding a flight to Atlanta for this. I’m not,” he said.

Love & Hip Hop: New York is currently on a midseason break and return later this spring on VH1.