Flavor Flav has responded to news that he was fired from Public Enemy over Bernie Sander's LA rally. Judging by his tweets, the former group hypeman was just as surprised as everyone else.
"Are you kidding me right now? Over Bernie Sanders?" he asked on Twitter, before stating that he is not an employee and therefore cannot technically be "fired." Read his comments below.
Following Flav's response, Public Enemy released a statement to Billboard. It explained that Flav wasn't fired over Sanders' rally — the feud dates back years. "Flavor Flav has been on suspension since 2016 when he was MIA from the Harry Belafonte benefit in Atlanta, Georgia. That was the last straw for the group. He had previously missed numerous live gigs from Glastonbury to Canada, album recording sessions, and photoshoots. He always chose to party over work."
This news comes after Public Enemy issued a statement this weekend saying the group would be "moving forward" without Flav. The surprise announcement followed a cease-and-desist letter issued by Flav and directed to Bernie Sanders over Chuck D's performance at the candidate's Los Angeles rally on March 1.
The statement read, "Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well."
Flav's letter, meanwhile, accused Chuck D of using his likeness without permission. "While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy. The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy."
Public Enemy fans had a lot to say about Flav's unexpected departure. Some have even called Bernie Sanders the "Yoko Ono" of Public Enemy. Read some of the best fans reactions below.