“Black Ink Crew NY” star Ceasar Emanuel found out he was let go by VH1 while reading the blogs on Friday.
The cable network terminated Emanuel’s reality TV contract after a viral video allegedly showed him abusing dogs, TMZ reports.
“I found out they fired me on Friday through TMZ,” he said during an interview on the OnThaRadar podcast.
“When I found out, everybody else found out. I was, like, huh? Bro, they fired me on my day off… No one called to talk to me,” Emanuel said.
A spokesperson for VH1 tells TMZ:
“We have made the decision to cut ties with Ceaser Emanuel from Black Ink Crew New York. Since next season was close to finishing production, this decision will not impact the upcoming season.”
Ceasar, 42, denied the allegations that he abused the dogs. He said he simply stepped in to separate the animals when they began fighting.
Emanuel also denied allegations that he beat his ex-fiancée Dutchess Lattimore. He suggested that the video came out because he broke up with the Pretty-N-Ink owner.
“The betrayal is crazy to me,” he said. “All of these people who are acting like opps to me are people I put in position to eat.”
Emanuel said he was unsure how his firing will affect the tattoo shops he owns across the country, including locations in Chicago and Compton.
“It’s not just affecting me, this affects the whole franchise,” he said.
The show is currently in production for its 10th season, and Ceaser’s been a part of the series since its 2013 premiere.