“Carry your butt back over to Sesame Street”: Jay-Z Called Stephen A Smith Out for Beyoncé vs Rihanna Comments – | HO

Jay-Z got 99 problems but standing on “bidness” when it comes to his wife ain’t one.

Jay-Z Calls Out Stephen A. Smith for Comparing Beyonce & Rihanna

During his ‘Connect the Dots’ podcast interview, Stephen A Smith revealed Jay-Z checked him over the comments he made about Beyoncé and Rihanna on @SherriShowTV back in 2022.

While on the Connect the Dots podcast, Stephen A. Smith said Jay-Z called and checked him about comparing Beyoncé to Rihanna while on Sherri Shepherd’s talk show in 2022, just ahead of RiRi’s Super Bowl halftime show. Stephen told the talk show host that although Rihanna is “fantastic,” she “ain’t Beyonce,” sparking backlash on social media. He later apologized for his comments.

Stephen said Jay-Z called him and said, “My dawg, you family, that’s family. That’s too close to say that”—meaning, you’re too close to the family to talk reckless and don’t mess with the family business!

Stephen A. Smith Recalls Jay-Z’s Reaction To His Rihanna “Ain’t Beyoncé” Remarks 

Stephen A. Smith claimed Jay-Z brought up his Beyoncé versus Rihanna Super Bowl Halftime Show comparison during a telephone call.

Jay-Z doesn’t play about his family as Stephen A. Smith found when Hov checked him for comparing Beyoncé to Rihanna.

The renowned sports journalist went viral after sharing his belief that Rhianna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show performance would be outshined by Beyoncé’s previous turn at the coveted slot.

Smith addressed the fallout during an appearance on the Connect the Dots podcast on Monday (March 4).

“I love Rihanna. I bought her album, she gets my money. Mad love for her, wish her nothing but the best … But you do know there’s only one Beyonce,” Smith said – seemingly repeating his earlier take.

However, he revealed Jay-Z pulled him up on his remarks in a telephone call.

“A month later, Hov and I were on the phone,” Smith added. “Hov was like, ‘My dawg, you family, that’s family. That’s too close to say that’…In other words, it’s a business, it’s a part of it, you don’t know how she’ll receive it, etc. etc. etc. That’s all he had to say. I appreciated that.”

Stephen A Smith said celebs and industry people stopped talking to him after he was on TV debating about Rihanna and Beyonce until Jay-Z gave him a call. pic.twitter.com/ZgLk7sC8WF

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Jay-Z’s call followed Smith claiming the Roc Nation artist, “ain’t Beyoncé,” during a chat on Sherri.

“I don’t want to say I’m not excited, she’s fantastic, that’s not where I’m going with this,” he said referring to news of Rihanna’s performance. “Ladies and gentlemen, she’s a lot of things, she’s spectacular actually — and congratulations on the new mama hood — there’s one thing she’s not, she ain’t Beyoncé.”