Choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson, who is known for her role on Diddy’s “Making The Band” reality show series, blames her public falling out with Diddy earlier this year on the mogul’s ego.
In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Gibson said that the tension became unbearable with Diddy, which led to their publicized incident. She says she’s done dealing with him.
“The problem was definitely P. Diddy and working with his ego,” she explained. “It was really him that gave me trouble because he couldn’t really understand that at certain points [the process] was difficult and hostile. I mean, the girls were amazing and the boys were not the problem. They were hard workers, and the show was definitely edited at times. It’s debatable, but a lot of people know that’s what it takes as a dancer.”
For those of you unaware, during a taping of the show, she was involved in a screaming match with Diddy and guest judge Michael Bivens after she told the pair that she had given the dancers of the reality show a day to practice, according to what Gibson has said in the press. This is when all hell broke loose.
In an interview earlier this year with radio show host Wendy Williams, Gibson said that Bivins allegedly grabbed her while Diddy picked up a chair and threatened her. She managed to break free, tried to run, but was allegedly grabbed by Bivins again, but finally managed to leave.
She was also fired during the argument.
In May, she reportedly filed a complaint with the NYPD, but to date, we are unsure if anything came out of it.
Despite the publicized fiasco, she is moving on. Also in the New York Magazine interview, Gibson revealed that she choreographed this year’s rendition of the inspired, hip hop-inflected Nutcracker in the Lower ballet show, which kicks off its run at Abrons Arts Center this Saturday (November 24).
“Danny [Catanach, Urban Ballet Theater’s artistic director] is a good friend of mine, and I’m always looking for ways to inspire and remember what it was like to just be a dancer,” Gibson told the mag. “When I first found out it was The Nutcracker, I was like, ‘You guys!’ But when I realized that I was going to be doing the ghetto version I was like, ‘Okay, but I’m not going too far.’ I thought it was genius though. This is what we need to bridge, both culturally and dance-wise.”
Nutcracker in the Lower kicks off on Saturday and will have shows through December 1st. Tickets are on-sale for $15 at the door or online. For more information, visit UrbanBalletTheater.org.