News: UPDATE: Hot 97 Issues Statement On Mister Cee's Backdoor Exit
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 3:00PM
Emmis Radio New York/Hot 97 WQHT has issued an official statement confirming its longstanding resident radio personality Mister Cee served his final day after a strong 20-year run on the station.
Hot 97's general manager Alexandra Cameron confirmed personal matters related to Cee ultimately forced the deejay to pack his bags.
"Due to some personal circumstances that have become public, after 20 years of service, Mr Cee has chosen to resign. We feel that this is in the best interest of both HOT 97 and Cee's personal well-being. While we do not endorse the alleged activities, he is clearly facing a personal dilemma that is for him and only him to comment on. We are saddened by his departure; his contributions here at HOT 97 were great and we know him as a friend, a caring individual and significant hip hop advocate. We wish Mr Cee the best and will always consider him a family member of HOT 97. Moments ago, he officially signed off, on the air and will finish out his last show today on September 11, 2013, an already sad day for New York City." - Alexandra Cameron, SVP/General Manager of HOT97 (Statement)
Mister Cee appeared on Hot 97 Wednesday (September 11) afternoon to announce his unexpected exit.
"Today is my last day on Hot 97. Mister Cee, I'm resigning today. It is not a mystery that the past two years I've been through a lot and I've tried to deal with it the best way that I could deal with it and Hot 97 has tried to deal with it the best way they've had to deal with it. But when you're dealing with corporate America and you're dealing with a station you love as much as this station, I don't want to put this station through more than what they've been through I've been thinking of this for a long long time. I've been thinking about this day for a long time, I never want to be in a situation where I get pushed out anywhere. I've been at this station for 20 years since 1993 and if I'm gonna go out let me go out with me saying I'm gonna go out. Allow me to have that and so the station is allowing me to have that today and I appreciate that." (Complex)
Cee's announcement follows new footage surfacing online of him allegedly with a cross-dresser.
This comes shortly after audio of an alleged encounter with Bimbo Winehouse, part-time drag queen made its way online. In the released audio, it's claimed that the two voices you hear are Winehouse and Mister Cee negotiating prices for sexual services. According to Winehouse, he negotiated a few sexual services and kicked her out of the car after he didn't pay. Mister Cee hasn't spoken out about this incident, but it isn't the first or second time he's been busted for soliciting a male prostitute. (Love B Scott)
Earlier this year, Cee's former co-worker DJ Envy talked about how vital it is for him to seek help in light of the multiple prostitution crimes.
"I've known Mister Cee from working at the other spot, very cool individual. He was probably the only person I respected who was cool up there and I don't care what his personal preference is, women or men. That doesn't bother me. What bothers me is him out there soliciting prostitution. Not only because he could catch something, a disease, putting himself in a situation he can't come out of but there's also a lot of crazy people out there. And I would hate for him to lose his life or to be injured by one of these crazy prostitutes or even get injured. And I'm asking anybody -- that's his frieds, his true friend -- needs to put his arm around him and say, 'Homie, you have a problem.' Take him to therapy, take him to get help because I'm sure if I was in a situation up here -- I'm sure my family would help me." ("The Breakfast Club")
MC came clean on his sexuality and Big Apple local busts back in May.
"I am not gay," Cee said in the interview. "Thursday night, Friday morning, I was approached by a female undercover cop. A female, Latino, undercover cop. Not a male cop. The female undercover cop, I have her badge number. So I know who it is. Why did the story first start off on Saturday, because I think everything kind of first jumped off on Saturday with the first story. If you do your diligence and you do your research, the first story that came out, in the Daily News was undercover, female officer. Then, from out of nowhere, it changed into male undercover officer. ... I can't answer why it changed from that. But there is enough information out there, available, where one day it said female officer and it changed. ... The incidents that happened in the past with me, the three incidents or whatever you want to say, there was one person brung up in those three instances that was a male. You never heard anybody else's name being brought up in any other incident -- that male person put out two different videos. One video saying, 'I don't know Mister Cee, I never met him, the only time I ever seen him was when I was locked up in a cell with him. I didn't engage in any sexual activity with him.'" ("Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show")
Check out the new footage: