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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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153 COMMENTS

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61.

Cookie35    

Gross...

250 days ago
62.

Machelle    

I don't think BET did anything wrong. They do have some level of control over their employees.

250 days ago
63.

Hahahaha    

He looks casket ready in either costume . Do people even watch BET?

BET has to be one of the WORST networks to man kind however having a dress code is normal , but I guess its NOW all about the wording in these emails that's shown.

Lastly this "lawsuit" and court battle should be very interested being that Gays are VERY sensitive ,Black Gays are even MORE sensitive ,being a man while feeling,looking and dressed like an woman with tons of emotions running wild will be one ole confused courtroom ...LOL I wish both luck but I hope B Scott gets what he needs so he could just get his own show and live the way he want to!!!

250 days ago
64.

CncrndCtzns    

If you want a man to do a job you hire a man - if you want a woman you hire a woman; if you knowlingly hired a transgender then you should stick with the full decison and clearly ID it as a transgender. . They knew what was happening and could have avoided this mess.

250 days ago
65.

Erin37    

Let's clear up misconceptions being transsexual is total different than being gay transformer people are not "it" "freaks" or trannys transsexuals perceive their gender identity as sure as heterosexuals do the internet is filled with correct information

250 days ago
66.

Ron Fing Swanson    

The bigger question is would BET ever hire a white?

250 days ago
67.

B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

Is this what gets you off, at night Harvey? Big, Black dudes in Royal Blue tops?

250 days ago
68.

Shantastic    

Newsflash! The whole purpose of being a male transgender is to look like a chick lol

250 days ago
69.

Kilroy    

It's the same problem that I had when everyone was giving Ricky Gervais a hard time when he hosted the Golden Globes. You hire someone, knowing who they are, then get upset because they are who they've always been.

250 days ago
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saundra13@charter.net    

The egos of these wanna be someones is beyond me. No matter who you are or what you are, if you are being paid for a service, you do what the boss says. Case closed!

250 days ago
71.

Just me    

The first look was better. They knew who they were hiring. Am I the only one under a rock. I had no clue...

250 days ago
72.

keepnit4real    

Who the hell is this freak,!!!!

250 days ago
73.

sighlife    

Raise a fit and go to Glaad B.Scott. time for that channel to get out of the ice age.

250 days ago
74.

dms4305    

She's beautiful. Let her be herself.

250 days ago
75.

thatzhotT.O    

This is outrageous! If you wanted a transgendered person hosting the show you don't at the last second make them change at the last minute and proclaim to not want them to be them. This is bullsh*t! It's bad enough that transgender people have to deal with ignorance on a daily basis but to be hired specifically then told NO CHANGE. I hope B.Scott sues for discrimination! Anyone on this comments that have negative things to say about transgender, gay, bi you are all full of sh it hate!

250 days ago
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