Tyrese Gibson admits feuding with The Rock was ‘not professional’

Stuck between The Rock and a hard place? In a new interview, Tyrese Gibson admitted that airing his grievances with Dwayne Johnson was unprofessional.

“I found myself being the messenger on behalf of various people associated to the [Fast and Furious] franchise,” Gibson, 39, told Van Lathan in an episode of the Red Pill podcast released on Tuesday, July 17. “But stupid me was the only one who went public about those feelings, which is my own fault. It’s not professional, it’s not cool.”

The actor was referring to the October 2017 Instagram post of his, which responded to Universal Pictures pushing back the release date of Fast and Furious 9, in which Gibson will star, to April 2020 to accommodate a 2019 spinoff focused on Johnson’s character, Hobbs.

“#PSA Congratulations to @TheRock … for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU,” Gibson wrote at the time. “Folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah….. it’s about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait?”

Gibson had made similar complaints before. In a since-deleted Instagram comment, he wrote, “I have never and will never have a problem with this major movie star he’s my brother. I’m simply trying to reach him cause he won’t call me back about this solo #HobbsMovie I want you to shoot it just not right now cause the #Fast9 release date has already been announced and we can’t let our loyal fans #FastFamily or our loyal fast and furious FANS down on any level from pushing the date…….. Didn’t you see how HUGE #Fast8 was? It’s because we announced and KEPT our release date bro.”

For his part, Johnson, 46, addressed his and Gibson’s feud on Thursday, July 12, during his appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. “We haven’t talked at all,” Johnson said. “That whole thing with Tyrese, it was pretty disappointing because I’ve been friends with Tyrese for a very long time … To me, there’s no need to have a conversation.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Dwayne Johnson (L) and Simone Alexandra Johnson attend the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Dwayne Johnson (L) and Simone Alexandra Johnson attend the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Dwayne Johnson (L) and Simone Alexandra Johnson attend the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Dwayne Johnson (C) and Simone Alexandra Johnson (2nd R) pose with singers (L-R) Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, and Dinah Jane of Fifth Harmony during the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Dwayne Johnson (L) and Simone Alexandra Johnson attend the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Simone Alexandra Johnson, actor Dwayne Johnson, and host Joel McHale backstage at the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Dwayne Johnson accepts an award onstage during the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Singer Justin Timberlake, actor Kevin Hart, and actor Dwayne Johnson backstage at the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Dwayne Johnson (L) in the audience during the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)
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