Cipha Sounds becomes the third on-air personality to leave Hot 97 in recent months.
The longtime radio personality made the announcement, via Instagram, on Tuesday (Jan. 27), hinting at possible issues behind the scenes.
“After 17 years, I’m leaving Hot 97,” Ciph wrote. “I’m changing my relationship status from ‘it’s complicated’ to ‘single.’ It’s been an amazing ride — from intern to weekends to morning show host to fill Angie’s seat in afternoons. Many years of incredible, life-changing experiences and enough amazing memories to last five lifetimes. The next move is already underway and I promise it’s going to be huge.”
The statement was accompanied by a shattered image of the Hot 97 logo.
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After 17 years, I'm leaving Hot 97. I¹m changing my relationship status from "it¹s complicated" to "single". It¹s been an amazing ride – from intern to weekends to morning show host to fill Angie¹s seat in afternoons. Many years of incredible, life-changing experiences and enough amazing memories to last five lifetimes. The next move is already underway and I promise it's going to be huge. Follow me at @ciphasounds
Hot 97 confirmed Ciph’s departure, saying in a statement: “Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future endeavors.”
The news comes hours after Ciph expressed his frustrations with Hot 97, during an episode of his Juan Epstein podcast with Peter Rosenberg, where he spoke about taking over Angie Martinez’s afternoon slot after she left last summer.
“I never knew if it was mine if I could make it mine, I would’ve loved it,” he said. “One boss told me one thing, another boss told me another thing. They then fired one of those bosses. Another boss came in and told me one things, and then a boss of another station came in and became our boss and told me another thing. All nice people, all different opinions on what the show should be and how it should run.”
Hot 97 has hired Nessa to take over the 3 P.M. – 7 P.M. time slot with DJ Enuff co-hosting.