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Joe be like "Seat Filler? Who???"

After Joe Budden recalled being mistaken for a "seat filler" at the recent Hot 97 Summer Jam, Ebro Darden gave a response that lead to a bit of a Twitter exchange

On the most recent episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, the titular host shared a brief story from his time at the Hot 97 Summer Jam festival this past weekend (June 4th), which later caught the attention of longtime Hot 97 host Ebro Darden.


Budden, who appeared at the event as a guest, recalled being approached by a woman who was a part of the event staff for the festival and allegedly asked the podcaster if he was a "seat filler".


The other hosts of the show seemed surprise at the inquiry, with one asking what the woman meant and stating "I hope it's not what I think it is."


According to Budden he responded with "No, I am not a seat filler" before being asked who he was by the woman, to which he simply responded with "Me". When asked what organization he was with, Budden claims he then declared "Ma’am, I don’t think you understand what I’m saying to you. I’m the organization. Please direct me to my f*cking tickets."


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Darden appeared to have taken notice of Budden's story, and likely due to his background in Hot 97, felt compelled to offer a response on Twitter.


"U think a concert that only makes $$ on sponsors would pay people to be in seats? Ya’ll a wild bunch," he wrote in a post responding to fan's now-deleted tweet regarding Budden's comments.

Darden later tweeted out screenshots of his text-messages with Funk Flex and TT Torrez- the team that organizes Summer Jam- to share them concurring with the initial tweet and viewing Budden's story as a lie.


Budden, seemingly confused, replied to the post asking "What's this about?", to which Darden responded with "Tweets. Play along. Say something controversial."



Budden later appeared to try to clarify the story by stating that the woman who approached him was not even a part of the event staff, and that the whole situation was a "non-story".

The entire situation seems rather trivial, even if Budden was attempting to diffuse the situation through claiming that the woman did not actually work for Hot 97. Perhaps Budden is right in that his anecdote, and even the interactions between him and Darden regarding story, could be viewed as the kind of exchange that is simply a non-story.

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