Ex-‘Vibe’ TV show host Chris Spencer says producers there mistreated him

Ex-‘Vibe’ TV show host Chris Spencer says producers there mistreated him – talk show host who was fired after six weeks

Chris Spencer, the former host of “Vibe” who was fired after six weeks, recently told NBC’s “Later” that he was treated like a busboy by the show’s producers.

“There were too many cooks in the kitchen,” Spencer told Later” host Duane Martin, “and I was the damn busboy!”

The comedian, who co-wrote the book 160 Ways To Tell If You’re Ghetto, along with Shawn Wayans and Suli McCullough, says he was the last to hear that he’d been fired in October, just before the onset of the November ratings sweeps.

“I was home and all of a sudden, I get a call from my grandmother and she heard on the news that I was going to be replaced by Sinbad! Then I got a page from my producer,” recalled Spencer.

He continued, “Around the fifth week, people would slip up! The janitor would be sweeping, `You still here?’ So people knew and I didn’t know!”

Spencer Spencer says he still doesn’t understand what led to his firing. It was a weird situation. They were very worried about it being a `Black’ show. I never knew what they were trying to say!”

But, in spite of lasting only six weeks as the show’s host, Spencer says he’s more recognized now. “People know my name!” Spencer marvels. “I walk down the street and people know me–`There goes the dude that got fired!”‘

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