Fans expecting to see Salt-N-Pepa hit the road as a trio this summer will apparently not get the chance according to the group’s DJ Spinderella.
Spin, whose real name is Deidra Roper, dropped the bomb on Instagram Thursday, May 2, two days after the group’s joint BET reality series with SWV premiered.
The note revealed she won’t be hitting the road with ’80s boy band New Kids on the Block along with Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany, and Debbie Gibson. The tour kicked off May 2.
“I’m deeply saddened to share with all the #SaltnPepa and #Spinderella fans that I will not be performing on the #NKOTB Mixtape Tour,” the lengthy notice began. “Despite my participation in promoting the tour and being highly publicized as one of the acts, in January 2019 I received a ‘termination’ email from #SaltnPepa excluding me from performances with the group. It was my expectation, after making that decision, that they would also take responsibility for sharing the news with the public and other affected parties. It has been months now with no mention.
“Out of love for my fans and a commitment to upholding a standard of professionalism, I’ve taken it upon myself to let everyone know. I refuse to participate in misleading fans, ticketholders, and others who — based on all the advertising — were anticipating seeing the iconic #SaltnPepa and #Spinderella trio. So, I’m making it clear now. Please know you will have the opportunity to see me this summer in many other projects and activities I’ll be participating in and I look forward to seeing you all then. Thank you,
In response, stunned fans aired out their thoughts and threw their support behind Spin.
“This is some shady stuff. Peace to you, Spin, you are a true professional, and I look forward to seeing you somewhere this summer. I will not, however, be attending the Mixtape Tour, now.”
“This hurts 🤦🏽♀️”
“Baby yall are a trio and I hope that you sue the Hell outta them. That’s mess up AF and I’m beyond pissed. 🤬”
Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton recently spoke to The Grio about their reality series called “Ladies Night,” which chronicles their road to touring with SWV. However, they narrowly addressed the absence of Spinderella, who appeared in the first episode of the show, but wasn’t with her group for the April 25 interview.
“You gon’ have to watch the show,” Salt replied.
“And you gon’ have to watch the show,” Pepa said. “I’m sure she’s around.”
They have not responded to Spin’s claims of being terminated.
This would mark the second time that Salt-N-Pepa lost their DJ. The duo dropped the original Spinderella, Latoya Hanson, amid accusations from Salt that she was difficult to work with. Hanson told BET’s “Video LP” at the time her departure shortly after the release of 1986’s “Hot, Cool, & Vicious” was based on “female ego problems.”