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Chuck D admits he didn't really fire Flavor Flav from Public Enemy. It was all just a publicity stunt to promote the group's new album.

Chuck D, 59, made headlines when he announced he was firing his old colleague after Flav, 61, sent a cease and desist letter to presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders over the use of his image for Chuck's concert in support of Sanders's campaign.

Bloggers can usually tell when a story is a publicity stunt. For instance, any story with the names Kardashian or Jenner attached to it is likely to be a stunt.

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However, Chuck D's stunt fooled everybody. He even had legal experts weighing in on the contract and whether he could really oust Flavor from the group they founded together.

In an interview with Talib Kweli on the Uproxx podcast People's Party, recorded on March 10, the hip-hop legend said he was inspired by Orson Welles' infamous "War of the Worlds" hoax radio broadcast in 1938.

"We felt that over the past few years, Flavor's stock was low," he explained. "Anybody that could take a shot at him could get a good shot at him."

Chuck added that he viewed the legal letter over the Sanders concert as a "good move" and they agreed to use the dispute to drive media coverage.

Asked about whether Flav is still in Public Enemy, Chuck confessed that the hype man cannot be dismissed from the group.

"He can't (be fired), he's a partner," the "Fight the Power" hitmaker said. "You can't fire partners. You just walk away from 'em."

Flav is yet to comment on his bandmate's claims his firing was staged.

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Public Enemy has parted ways with hypeman Flavor Flav over a political dispute involving Bernie Sanders.

The iconic rap group announced it was "moving forward without" Flavor Flav as its hypeman for the first time in 35 years.

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The decision to terminate Flavor Flav's employment came after the rapper sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Vermont Senator after Chuck D performed at Sanders' Los Angeles campaign rally on Sunday.

The C&D letter, sent by Flavor Flav's lawyer, accused the Sanders campaign of using the rapper's "unauthorized likeness, image and trademarked clock" to promote the rally. The letter stated Flavor Flav "has not endorsed any political candidate."

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Flavor Flav noted that Chuck D performed at the campaign rally without Public Enemy, "and his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy."

"Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is. There is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav."

In his own handwriting at the bottom of the letter, Flavor Flav wrote, "Hey Bernie, don't do this."

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Flavor, real name William Drayton Jr., 60, and Chuck D, born Carlton Ridenhour, 59, are original members of PE since the group was formed with members Chuck D, Professor Griff, DJ Lord and Terminator X in Long Island, NY, in 1985.

Public Enemy's first 4 albums went gold or platinum. They won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in 2020.

After the group went on hiatus, Flavor Flav reappeared on VH1's reality TV The Surreal Life in 2004, followed by Strange Love with Flavor and Brigitte Nielson in 2005.

He is best known as the host of VH1's reality TV dating show Flavor of Love.