The most recent episodes of Complex‘s Everyday Struggle has been missing a little something. Instead of the regular crew — consisting of Nadeska Alexis, DJ Akademiks, and Joe Budden — Joe was being replaced with special guests. Some figured the retired rapper was out on paternity leave, but some figured wrong.
Complex has confirmed that Joe will not be returning as a host of the web series. “Joe Budden is not continuing as a host on Everyday Struggle in 2018,” Complex told Billboard. “We love and respect him; we believe he’s terrific but the reality is we couldn’t reach an agreement.”
Joe, on the other hand, wasn’t as… cordial.
In a series of tweets, he came off a little salty. “I am not on paternity & they should stop using my 3 day old child to mask internal chaos, thx,” Joe tweeted Monday (Dec. 18). On Tuesday, after comedian DeRay Davis tweeted that he hadn’t realized Budden wasn’t on the show anymore, the now-ex-host started up again.
“They didn’t give me a proper goodbye either. INJUSTICE!!!!!!” Joe replied to DeRay. He kept his head held high though, reminding everyone that he’ll land on his feet. “I created that show… I’ll create another if need be… & another & another….. it’s when u CANT create that you move WITHOUT integrity,” he tweeted.
Fans fear not though. Despite the fact that Joe Budden has left Everyday Struggle, the show must go on. As told by Complex, “The show will be back in the New Year with all new episodes and guests. We wish Joe all the best and thank him for a great 2017.”
As for Joe, he has a newborn to keep him busy (until he pulls another version of Everyday Struggle out of his hat). Joe’s second child was born shortly after Cyn went into labor Sunday (Dec. 17).
“Bout to meet the love of my life with the love of my life!!!! You’re too dope God,” Cyn tweeted while on the way to the hospital. “Shout out to all the mommas…. god bless y’all for real.”
The parents announced that their baby boy had arrived Tuesday (Dec. 18). Alongside a black and white photo of her newborn son clutching her finger, Cyn wrote, “Happy birthday baby boy. We love you so much.”
Joe welcomed his son ― who it would seem has yet to be named ― to the world with a string of Instagram posts, sending an ode to the passing of time. He shared a photo of his own dad holding him after he was born in 1980, a photo of himself holding Trey Budden (his first-born son) in 2001, and, lastly, a picture of himself holding his newborn.
News of the baby boy’s birth was followed by rumors that his parents had gotten married on the low. While no one caught evidence of a hush, hush wedding, fans noticed that the duo started referring to each other as husband and wife on social media.
Shortly after their baby boy met the world, Cyn tweeted out a sweet message to her “beautiful husband.”
“And thank you to my beautiful husband @JoeBudden I love you SO much Joseph. I seriously couldn’t have done this without you,” she wrote. That same day, Joe referred to the women everyone thought of as his girlfriend as his wife. “Cuz I’m in the room with my wife,” he tweeted in reply to fan.
They could just be calling each other husband and wife prematurely, but the internet is going to go ahead and say they tied the knot on the down low.
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