50 Cent criticises Starz after BMF episode 7 leaks early

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Photo credit: Starz
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Power boss 50 Cent has voiced his disappointment with US network Starz after an episode of BMF leaked earlier than scheduled.

50 Cent – whose real name is Curtis Jackson – works as an executive producer on the drama series, and wasted no time in letting social media know how "uncomfortable" he is with the mix-up.

The rapper-turned-actor declared Starz "a shit show" in a series of Instagram posts about the episode leak, saying that the platform had "ruined the anticipation of the episode".

"I WORKED HARD ON THIS," he added. "I can't work with these people anymore."

Photo credit:  Prince Williams/FilmMagic - Getty Images
Photo credit: Prince Williams/FilmMagic - Getty Images

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The episode in question, which Jackson had also directed, was season one's penultimate episode. In a separate post, Jackson claimed that he and Starz had agreed to air the episode a week later so that it would coincide with the premiere of Power Book II: Ghost's second season.

Although the episode was removed from Starzplay after a few hours, Jackson told followers that he believed the damage had been done.

"Episode 7 of BMF is the best work [I] have done directing to date. I'm disappointed that STARZ handled this so poorly," he complained. "I used my personal relationships to make things happen they couldn't have made happen."

He continued: "This is not ok. When I get uncomfortable [I] make everybody uncomfortable. Now [who's] getting fired?"

In a statement, a Starz spokesperson said that a "technical glitch" meant that the episode was available to watch a week earlier than planned.

Photo credit: Starz
Photo credit: Starz

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"The fan demand for BMF, and specifically this highly anticipated episode directed by executive producer Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, is undeniable," the spokesperson said (via The Hollywood Reporter).

"There was a technical glitch that allowed fans that have the Starz app who logged in right at midnight to temporarily access the episode early. The episode will be released globally as planned on Sunday, Nov. 14, across all Starz platforms."

The latest series from 50 Cent and Randy Huggins, BMF follows the true story of brothers Demetrius 'Big Meech' Flenory and Terry 'Southwest T' Flenory.

The show explores the beginnings of their notorious drug empire as well as the difficulties they faced with rival gangs and family battles.

BMF airs on Starz in the US and streams on Starzplay, available through Amazon Prime Video, in the UK.

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