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Reports of a fight backstage at the BET Hip-Hop Awards taping on Saturday night were blown out of proportion, according to the network's Stephen G. Hill, its president of music programming and specials.
"There was some shoving-it never turned into a fight. They realized it's an awards show," he said. "They realized we spend a lot of money to make hip-hop look good on TV."
Hill denied Ross or Jeezy was directly involved. "It was not the artists," he said.
In a video posted to TMZ, the rappers' entourages can be seen being split up by police acting as security, breaking a mirror in the process.
However, Hill rejected Twitter rumors of gunshots in the parking lot.
"Police would've closed this down a completely different way had there been gunshots. If there's gunshots, your show's not going on," he said. "Again, reckless tweeting."
The executive also drew attention to the show's more positive aspects, including a tribute to late hip-hop manager Chris Lighty that will see 50 Cent and Fat Joe shake hands on stage.
"Our goal was to bring everyone together and celebrate the culture," he said. "You're going to have differences-not everybody is going to make friends, but they've come for the last seven years, and they've come in peace to celebrate this culture, and hit the streets afterwards."
The awards show will air Oct. 9.