New York rapper 50 Cent is keeping it more than 100. The hip-hop veteran has confirmed major TV provider Optimum has dropped his hit “Power” series’ Starz network.
Fif went to Instagram last night (January 1) to confirm the widespread speculation.
Yesterday, 50’s “Power” co-stars Omari Hardwick and Joseph Sikora reacted to the Optimum fallout.
5: I’m telling y’all…they dropped us. Ace Boom: No comment O: wtf? Kanan/Tommy/Ghost: Thas that dumb shit. -ironically i post this while walking to the locker room to wish my guys luck in the game. I think about the beautiful thing about my former world of sports vs. my present. The ball truly don’t lie. You either make the play or you don’t. You either perform at a high level or you wallow in mediocrity. You either become one of the great teams of all times while becoming a unique player or you are never spoken about. We as a team within this industry of television…have become one of the more special ones to ever suit up. & yet in still….certain folk refuse to not only give us our due, they have stupidly chosen to not even allow us to perform anymore for you the millions of beast coast fans. -Fans: Tell @Optimum to bring back POWER! Don’t miss the next season! Call 844-71-STARZ and tell them no! #KeepSTARZ
Earlier the same day, 50 Cent announced a separate Starz contract issue.
According to reports, “Power’s” Starz network is bumping heads over a New York TV contract with provider Altice USA.
Starz and Encore channels went dark on Altice USA cable systems in New York area as the new year dawned and the sides failed to come to terms on a new carriage agreement. Altice said in a statement that Starz refused the MVPD’s efforts to set a short-term contract extension while negotiations continued past the midnight ET deadline. (Variety)