Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has addressed recent reports which cite 50 Cent's entourage as being responsible for causing a dispute with famed NBA announcer Marv Albert last week.
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According to Kimmel, both parties were present backstage during a filming of his late night talk show, however, a confrontation did not take place.
"Someone from 50 Cent's camp wanted to use the phone in Marv Albert's empty dressing room," Kimmel said. "A security guard told the man he couldn't. Pushes were exchanged for three seconds, and the situation was resolved before Marv even got in the room. Marv had no idea what was happening or who was involved." (New York Post)
Albert also addressed the issue last week after making headlines.
Albert said he was not even close to the exchange, which he believed was caused when a member of 50 Cent's party was prevented by show security from using a phone in the room that was supposed to belong to Albert. "I couldn't even tell you what the guy looked like or the security guard looked like," Albert said. Albert said he even read one account that he was punched by 50 Cent, who was the show's musical guest, but insisted they never crossed paths. "They embellish. It keeps getting embellished more than anything else," Albert said. "What do you say, it's just wrong." Albert said he was told the whole altercation lasted only a few seconds, but it's created a few frustrating days. "I'm sure this will be funny to me in a couple of days," he said. "It's not funny to me now, obviously." (Associated Press)
The incident was said to have taken place during a pre-taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Longtime broadcaster Marv Albert, 68, reported was involved in a scuffle with bodyguards for rapper 50 Cent during an appearance Thursday night on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." No one was injured, and Albert, who apparently was unknown to 50 Cent's entourage, made it back to the waiting room. (Times Union)
Additional details of the confrontation also landed online late last week.
As Albert arrived, with an entourage of one, TNT public relations specialist Jeff Pomeroy, there was a sudden scuffle when a multitude of 50 Cent protectors seemed unfamiliar with Albert. There was shouting ("It's Marv Albert," yelled a Kimmel show guard, a pronouncement that seemed to have no effect on the 50 Cent phalanx.) There were obscenities. A fist or two flying. A "Don't you put your hands on me" pronouncement. And finally Albert made it to his waiting room, relatively unruffled but slightly puzzled. "Did you see that?" Albert said. "I thought they were kidding, but then I realized they weren't." (Los Angeles Times)