There is a race to take control of BET.
In the latest update, it’s rumored that 50 Cent, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenya Barris are interested in purchasing stakes in the company.
According to TMZ, sources closely involved in the matter mentioned 50 Cent and Barris were seen at Paramount’s headquarters in New York City to discuss the potential sale.
As of this writing, it is unclear whether their offer will be accepted. However, a source noted, “It’s not a done deal, but they’re deep in it.”
50 Cent also wrote, “Let’s play let’s make a deal,” on Instagram.
The group’s interest follows news that Tyler Perry, another media mogul, had confirmed he was looking to acquire as much stake as possible in BET.
“Rumor? No, it’s not a rumor,” Perry told Entertainment Tonight. “I’ve been there for four years now and have tremendous success. I wasn’t expecting this to happen, so, yes — if that is possible, I’m very, very interested in taking as much of it as I can.”