Defending the Fam
Don’t play with Gia Casey. That’s the lesson everyone learned after DJ Envy checked Desus Nice and The Kid Mero — the comedy duo from Viceland’s Desus & Mero — for disrespecting his wife of nearly 18 years.
During an episode of Desus & Mero, the two watched Envy and Casey’s interview on The View. Subsequently, they jokingly suggested that Casey stuck with Envy for so long out of love for the money the famous disc jockey was making.
Chatting with The View‘s cast, Casey shared that she didn’t know her long-time companion’s celebrity side, only his home-life side. Desus Nice responded, “You knew them DJ Envy checks though.”
According to Envy, the insinuation “that [Casey] was there for the check” was utterly disrespectful. So, when the comedians made it to The Breakfast Club, Envy started things off by demanding an apology.
The comedic team didn’t quite recall their “disrespectful” comments about Casey, but Envy had the clip ready. Before playing it, Envy reminded them (and every single listener) that him and his wife had been together since they were 15 years old. “Before I had a dolla… She was making more money than me,” he said.
After their memories were jogged, Desus and Mero apologized. “That was a joke Envy, for real,” Desus said. “I apologize then.”
However… Envy was seemingly still fired up.
“It was a respect thing.”
“You can talk about me all day. You can make jokes at me,” Envy went on. “But when it’s wife and kids there is no ‘but.'” After Mero referencing the jokes fans make about his own family, Envy added, “I don’t talk about my wife and my kids. You can play with that. I don’t play with that. It was a respect thing.”
Apologizing again, Desus said, “Okay I’m sorry. I thought we was cool.” When Envy reiterated that joking about his family is crossing a line, Desus acknowledged it. “Alright, I did not know that. We never had this conversation where you was like, ‘Ey, yo, boundaries is here. Don’t do this,'” Desus said, speaking over Envy. “We having the conversation right now, and you telling me, and now I understand.”
“You will not hear no more jokes about your family, your kids. Nothing,” Desus concluded. “We understand.”
The show went on… without Envy. He ended up walking out of the interview, leaving his co-hosts Charlamagne the God and Angela Yee to finish it. The fiasco garnered a ton of attention, with fans and other celebs chiming in with their thoughts. Hot 97 host Ebro Darden ran to Twitter in no time, complimenting the “amazing” tactic to bring more listeners to The Breakfast Club.
“Envy walked off his own show? Amazing marketing! The Viceland x iHeart promo machine working overtime,” Darden tweeted. “Desus & Mero nicest people too!!” “It was staged when u walked off here too…. U knew it would get promo,” he added.
“Smh… You of all people know me… You was there the last time some 1 said something crazy about my family… And @JoeBudden we spoke about it.. we don’t need the marketing,” Envy responded.
Was the altercation simply a plot to make The Breakfast Club more interesting, or did Desus and Mero truly cross DJ Envy’s boundary line? Tell us what you think in the comments and SHARE this article.