Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Revolt TV is in the midst of a legal battle in New York. Five former producers of the televised version of The Breakfast Club — the network’s popular talk-radio show — say they were fired for not being young and Black.
Douglas Goodstein and four other Caucasian producers — who are all over age 39 — argue they suffered reverse discrimination while working there. Though they had prior experience at other famous radio shows such as the Howard Stern Show, they were treated “worse than other employees who were younger and African-American,” the Manhattan Supreme Court suit claims.
Replaced with inexperienced black staffers, the group was canned in December 2014, the suit claims. ”Racism directed at anyone is unacceptable,” Matthew Blit, an attorney for the producers said.
According to Page Six, the group claims Executive Vice President Val Boreland “was always rude, condescending and dismissive towards the [team] . . . Ms. Boreland, however, treated the African-American staff in a much friendlier and respectful manner.”
The suits even claims that bosses tolerated “African-American employees who arrived to work intoxicated or hung over.” For example, the suits says a production assistant “often came to work late, drunk and slept on the editing floor during work hours” and “suffered no repercussions for this behavior.”
When producer Todd Baker complained about guests being often late, production manager Cherisse McKenzie allegedly said “he just did not understand the ‘culture’ of the show’s guests and on-air personalities.”
Apparently, Boreland’s brother Anthony Boreland and the show’s assistant director of the show said that “Caucasians harbored racism against African-Americans.”