Ceaser Emanuel won’t be returning to “Black Ink Crew: New York” after next season.
On Thursday, a spokesperson for VH1 told TMZ that the tattoo artist and reality star has been fired from the show after a video of him allegedly abusing dogs appeared online.
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“We have made the decision to cut ties with Ceaser Emanuel from Black Ink Crew New York,” the spokesperson said. “Since next season was close to finishing production, this decision will not impact the upcoming season.”
TMZ caught up with Emanuel after the firing, and he wanted to set the record straight on the video allegedly showing him beating and abusing dogs.
“Look, I know the footage that everybody’s seen, it looks crazy,” Emanuel acknowledged. “Even me looking at it, it looks crazy, but it’s a moment in time I wish I could take back.”
He continued, explaining that he came home to find his dogs attacking each other, adding, “they were going for each other’s neck, basically trying to kill each other.”
After letting one of the dogs outside, he said he was “nervous and I was scared” to deescalate the situation, adding, “I was trying to back the dog down. I was honestly trying to scare him. Not one time was I trying to abuse this dog. All I was trying to do was get him back in his cage.”
Finally, he added, “I’m not going to make no excuses for myself. I should have behaved better, but that’s not me, with being cruel to animals. I’m not that. What I did was a mistake and that was just it.”
Emanuel also revealed that he gave one of the dogs away, because they two dogs couldn’t be together, but that they are both “healthy,” adding that he put the dog through training school so he could learn to manage it.
Asked about how the footage was leaked, Emanuel said that the footage came from his Ring camera on his house, and that he feels he was “set up.”
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Sources told TMZ that production on the 10th season has been left open in order for the show to properly address the situation on the air, with reports saying producers found the video appalling.
The video, which surfaced on Wednesday and was captured by a security camera outside, appears to show Emanuel beating and abusing dogs.
“I don’t even get into the life of this man, but this video made me so upset,” his co-star Donna Lombardi said, sharing the clip on social media, adding a call for the network to fire him. “I don’t even get into the life of this man, but this video made me so upset.”
Emanuel had starred on the show, which follows the operations of one of his shops, Black Ink Tattoo in Harlem, since it first launched in 2013.