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BET

We Don't Want Male Host B. Scott

Looking Like a Girl

1/9/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TMZ has obtained some pretty explosive internal emails and texts between BET execs, who candidly admit they ordered a transgender host to change his clothes during its big awards pre-show because he looked like a chick.

B. Scott is suing the network, claiming he was ordered to 86 his flowing blue tunic, black pants, hair, makeup and heels because they wanted him to look more like a man, even though they knew he was a transgender person.
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During last year's BET Awards pre-show ... Scott appeared in his garb in the first segment but claims he was then ordered to change his clothes and remove his makeup ... he obliged but was never put back on the air.

BET Music Programming Prez Stephen Hill wrote a pointed email before the show ... "I don't want 'looking like a woman B Scott.'  I want tempered B Scott." 
Network VP Rhonda Cowan offered help, "I can speak to him about being less 'womanly.'"

BET had a potential public relations disaster on its hands ... because B. Scott went ballistic after being told to change clothes.  BET producer Stephanie Hodges wrote an email shortly after the broadcast, confessing, "He got upset and said he was going to blow this s**t up and call GLAAD."

BET has said it "embraces global diversity" and regrets unintentionally offending anyone in the LGBT community.  

But we got an email showing the network was far more cunning.  It's from BET honcho Monique Ware:

"The spin should be he was late for a live show and subsequently replaced and it would have been awkward in a live show to have the person assuming his role removed and him inserted."  It seems she's saying it would be weird for him to come back on the air as a man.

Ware goes on ... "Unless we can make public the reason we didn't want him dressed the way he normally does, I would stay away from suits, suit selections, etc."

In the various email and text exchanges ... BET execs say Scott had been drinking, was unruly, had shown up late, and was wearing garments that were not pre-approved.

We reached out to BET ... so far no word back.

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154 COMMENTS

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31.

NeaJ    

They should just pay him now cause they're not gonna win this one!

198 days ago
32.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

I wonder if the person that hired B was fired. Obviously the honchos didn't want a transgender on air and wasn't aware of who B was until it was too late. That's their fault and they will pay. They might as well settle.

198 days ago
33.

Usagi-chan    

The reason I support GLAAD and Scott is because the ignorance and hatred in these comments scare me.

198 days ago
34.

gegeok    

Lol.... BET...ain't got time for that!!!..

198 days ago
35.

Michel    

His original outfit / look was indeed way better !

198 days ago
36.

hotrn216    

I'm so tired of men wearing heels!!!

198 days ago
37.

hotrn216    

GLADD is getting out of control!!!

198 days ago
38.

Ryuk    

The guys at TMZ just got a hard on

198 days ago
39.

Meanie    

Frankly, the dood still looks like a lady. Either way, he's way better looking than Moochelle.

198 days ago
40.

pattycake    

mental illness

198 days ago
41.

GeneralNatty    

At the end of the day regardless of the outcome of this lawsuit. Ultimately this will bite LGBT people in the behind. BET got a transgendered person on their show and asked the person to meet them halfway wardrobe wise. Transgendered people are a minuscule fraction of the population, if they make public relations and financial issues for their employers, then that will simply reduce their employability in high profile or public positions with these companies in the future. This is a time where LGBT issues are a hot topic , and employers are going out of their way to hire LGBT people they wouldn't otherwise hire, to show they are friendly to the LGBT community. That will pass and with GLAAD backing everything down to frivolous allegations. Who is going to want to risk dealing with the trouble?

198 days ago
42.

wtf    

Trannies are gross but at least they're easy to spot. And BET should have said "this is a family program, so either dress like a man, or you're not going on air."

198 days ago
43.

Bobo Frog    

Blacks are known for not being very tolerant towards gays. They do that on the down low.

198 days ago
44.

elpablo    

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

198 days ago
45.

Keyser Söze    

So you hired a transgender for a live TV performance... he/she is actually dressing and acting the exact way you would expect him/her to act... but, all of a sudden, you cannot handle it.

So, obvious question: why did you hired B. Scott in the first place, BET?

Don't see how the hell they won't lose this lawsuit - they better start making smart business decisions already and settle this ASAP.

198 days ago
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