‘Power’ Showrunner Reveals 50 Cent Beef Was ‘Just for the Show’

Picking a fight with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson may not be a great idea — after all, the rapper claims he has been shot nine times — but one of his most recent spats has turned out to be staged.

Back in August 2016, Jackson kicked up a fuss on Instagram about one of his scenes in the show “Power,” which featured a full-frontal shot of the rapper and actor. In a now-deleted post, Jackson launched an expletive-laden rant at showrunner Courtney Kemp, accusing the show of having displayed his private parts without his consent. He even brought his “auntie G money” into the debate, claiming that watching the scene had “traumatized” her.

Kemp responded defiantly, reminding Jackson who was boss on the show by posting a still of her Executive Producer credit with the caption, “I’ll just leave that there.”

View this post on Instagram

I'll just leave that there. @50cent

A post shared by COURTNEY KEMP (@courtneyakemp) on

But now, in an interview with Refinery29, Kemp has revealed that the beef was manufactured to create more buzz around the show.

“It’s all bulls—! 50 and I are extremely close, so all that social media drama? It’s just for the show,” Kemp divulged. “People truly believed that he did not know his d— was going to be on camera. I couldn’t believe it! Do you know how long we had to prepare for that shot? Of course he knew. The whole thing just gave us so much more buzz and helped me realize how we can use social media to our advantage. 50 Cent is a brilliant marketer.”

In the interview, Kemp also addressed diversity in Hollywood, being a female showrunner, and choosing between her family and her career.

Kemp, who became known through her writing credits on shows like “The Good Wife,” revealed she believes that when it comes to having high-powered jobs like being a showrunner and raising children at the same time, women “can’t have it all.”

“What I’m about to say won’t be popular, but it’s true: If being a television showrunner is the job you want, and you are a woman, I would not suggest you have children,” Kemp said. “The reality is that you just can not do both well. There’s this idea that you can have it all, but in my opinion, you can’t — not if you’re a perfectionist.”

More TV

  • Grammy Moments Brandi Carlile John Legend

    What's a Grammy Moment Worth? Brandi Carlile, John Legend, Label Execs Weigh In

    In simpler times, an artist could see album sales spike to over 500,000 in the days after a Grammy Awards broadcast appearance. That was Santana’s experience in 2000. Following a performance on the show and eight Grammy wins, “Supernatural” flew off the shelves — a gold certification from one key look. Today, that seems downright [...]

  • Who Died in 'Grey's Anatomy' Season

    How 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Station 19' Approached Its Crossover Death Count

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the “Station 19″/”Grey’s Anatomy” crossover that aired Jan. 23. “Station 19” and “Grey’s Anatomy” kicked off the start of their official combined universe with a two-hour block that began with the third season premiere of the former Shondaland series. In the episode entitled “I [...]

  • An IPad is used instead of

    Following Outrage, Discovery Networks Backs Down on Composer Ultimatum

    Discovery Networks, which last month unveiled a new business model that would have all but assured series composers a drastic income drop, has scuttled that plan in response to outrage expressed by the media music community. This means that the shows on Discovery, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network and other Discovery-owned platforms, will continue to [...]

  • THE GOOD PLACE -- "Patty" Episode

    'The Good Place' Boss on Reaching the Titular Location, Finding It's a 'Bummer'

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Patty,” the penultimate episode of “The Good Place.” The titular good place on Mike Schur’s philosophical comedy “The Good Place” isn’t a literal place at all but instead a state of mind. Sure, after four seasons (50 episodes) the characters on the show did [...]

  • obi wan ewan mcgregor

    Obi-Wan Kenobi Series at Disney Plus Loses Writer, Seeks to Overhaul Scripts

    Pre-production on the Obi-Wan Kenobi-focused TV series in the works at Disney Plus has been put on hold as the streamer and Lucasfilm look to overhaul early scripts and find new writers, sources tell Variety. Hossein Amini had been attached to write. The news follows recent talk that the entire series was being scrapped altogether. [...]

  • Zion Williamson

    Zion Williamson's Pelicans Debut Is a Ratings Slam Dunk

    With ratings in a slump so far this season, the NBA has needed someone to come off the bench and ball out. Cue the New Orleans Pelicans debut of Zion Williamson. The much-heralded number 1 pick from the 2019 draft had sat out the first 44 games of the Pelicans’ season with a knee injury, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content