Yesterday, rap icons Public Enemy released a statement announcing that their famed hype man Flavor Flav had been kicked out of the band.

Band leader Chuck D had insinuated that his co-founder's legal threat against Bernie Sanders was only the tip of the iceberg.

It seems that Flavor Flav took issue with Chuck's endorsement of Sanders and did not want his image associated with the Democratic presidential hopeful.

Now, however, Flavor Flav has responded to his firing, and he's not happy about it.

He took to Twitter to express his disbelief, saying “Are you kidding me right now??? Over Bernie Sanders??? You wanna destroy something we’ve built over 35 years OVER POLITICS??? All because I don’t wanna endorse a candidate…"

He added that he had not "sued" Chuck D, but had "asked the @berniesanders campaign to correct misleading marketing" by using his image in publicity. "I'm not your employee… I’m your partner… you can’t fire me," he said. "There is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav, so let's get it right Chuck."

See Flav's tweets (and the legal notice he issued Sanders) below:

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@mrchuckd_pe,,,are you kidding me right now???

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Chuck D, meanwhile, responded to the claims by saying that "Public Enemy did not part ways with Flavor Flav over his political views.

"Flavor Flav has been on suspension since 2016 when he was MIA from the Harry Belafonte benefit in Atlanta, Georgia," he wrote on Instagram, sharing a statement that had been signed by the other band members. "That was the last straw for the group. He had previously missed numerous live gigs from Glastonbury to Canada, album recording sessions and photo shoots. He always chose to party over work."

He ended the message by saying "It’s time to move on and everyone wishes Flavor well."

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Official Statement; Public Enemy did not part ways with Flavor Flav over his political views. Flavor Flav has been on suspension since 2016 when he was MIA from the Harry Belafonte benefit in Atlanta, Georgia.  That was the last straw for the group. He had previously missed numerous live gigs from Glastonbury to Canada, album recording sessions and photo shoots. He always chose to party over work. Public Enemy Radio toured Europe and co-headlined with the Wu-Tang Clan in May 2019 without Flavor. They have also done numerous benefit shows without Flavor. While Public Enemy Radio was moving forward, Flavor Flav was starring on the reality show "Growing up Hip-Hop New York,” where an episode featured his children discussing an intervention and putting him into rehab. It’s time to move on and everyone wishes Flavor well.

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