Joe Budden addresses criticism for removing Diddy and Cassie segment: “I took it out because it was insensitive for the moment.”

Joe Budden has made headlines after a segment on the graphic video of Diddy assaulting Cassie was edited out of the latest episode of The Joe Budden Podcast.

The episode was uploaded on Saturday, and according to the description, the JBP crew was going to talk about CNN obtaining the explosive video at the 1:08:03 mark. However, upon listening to the episode, there was no mention of the video, and folks on social media were quick to investigate.

“The Diddy topic was 100% edited out of the Joe Budden podcast, and whoever uploaded the podcast initially forgot to remove the Diddy timestamps from the description,” one person tweeted. Budden then joined a Twitter Spaces chat where he explained what happened with the segment.

According to Budden, the JBP crew was in the middle of recording the episode when the news got out. They decided to speak on the matter briefly, but Budden said he was advised to drop another version as the original was insensitive.

“I went outside with Emanny last night, and he said to me, ‘Hey man, I think you all should readdress the Puff shit because y’all gonna get killed.’ And I said, ‘Why the story was breaking? We addressed it.’ He said, ‘Yeah, but it wasn’t the address.’ It wasn’t the address that is appropriate for what happened,” Budden said.

He continued, “So I took it out; I took it out because it was insensitive for the moment. It was talking for four minutes about what happened, and in three minutes at the end, it was not the attention that the story needed, and it wasn’t the commentary that it needed. So I don’t need to be the first one to run to something.”

Budden added that the JBP crew would officially address the situation during Wednesday’s episode and continued to ask why people believe he and his team are running away from the topic or trying to protect their relationship with Diddy. According to Budden, he has “absolutely zero ties” to Diddy and asked why people seem to be afraid to speak on the mogul.

This isn’t the first time Budden has come under fire for editing an episode that focused on the Diddy-Cassie situation. In 2023, Budden hopped on Instagram Live to explain why one of his episodes was edited regarding the lawsuit Cassie filed against the Bad Boy Records founder.

“I had to do a little bit of editing ’cause y’all almost got me,” he said. “Y’all almost got me to be the only voice out there saying some shit. Nah, them blogs would’ve had a field day with that podcast this morning. Nope…Sometimes you got to protect your peace and your co-hosts’ peace. I ain’t playing with y’all.”

Fans on social media have continued to criticize Budden for editing the episode and have brought up his own sexual assault and harassment allegations that have been levied against him over the years. In 2014, he was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Tahiry Jose. The charges against him were later dismissed.

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