Radio Personality Talks Peter Thomas & Matt Jordan Fight
Ms. Jessica, radio personality for Charlotte, North Carolina’s Power 98 FM, has received quite a bit of backlash when she tried to break up the now-infamous fight between Real Housewives of Atlanta personalities Peter Thomas and Matt Jordan. The original incident occurred at the station back in March, but the video footage was just recently leaked. (See the clip below).
On the rumors regarding whether or not the fight was actually a set up:
There was no set up in this at all. I originally reached out and asked for a phone interview. That was it. The story was hot at the time with them going back and forth in the blogs so I wanted to reach out and get his [Matt’s] side of the story. That was it. He was the one that offered to drive up from Atlanta on that day. In this business, of course you want the in-person interview. At that time, I said to him ‘I am also going to invite Peter to come. I’m not in the business of setting anybody up but I think it would be good if both of you all can sit down and have this conversation.’ He said okay.
I reached out to Peter. Peter originally said no he was not going to come. I reached back out, told Matt, and he said ‘okay no problem.’ The next day, Peter called me back and said ‘never mind I do want to come in for the interview.’ I immediately hung up [and] called Matt back and told him he [Peter] is coming. Everybody was clear as to what was going to take place from beginning to end. It was clear that it was going to be a conversation.
On why she was trying to break up the fight:
Prior to this [being a radio personality], I worked for years in the school system. In schools, they have fights and my job in the school system was…breaking things up. Not to say that a school fight is equivalent to two grown men fighting. I coordinated this interview and I was responsible for it. At that time, I ran out to try to get some help and I ran back in. It was just instinct for me to sort of break it up because I felt responsible for it. You really just don’t know how you’re going to react until you’re put in the situation like that.
On the assumptions that are being made:
Everybody can see what happened. But there was 20 minutes of an interview where we were actually sitting down and we were talking and at the most, we thought that it would be an argument. We never thought that it would actually get physical or anything like that. During that, we find out what the beef is with Peter. During that time, there was actually an apology where Matt actually apologized to Peter and said ‘well, I’m sorry I didn’t know that I was doing something wrong.’
On why the man seen in the video did not intervene:
One of the biggest things that people were saying was ‘Why didn’t the guy in the baseball cap step in?’ I really, really just think it’s important to set the record straight. That’s my D.J. D.J. ButtaFingaZ. He’s like fam and unfortunately, he had just gotten out of the hospital from having major surgery. He had been in the hospital for almost two weeks…and he could hardly move so under the circumstances, he really couldn’t jump in.
I just think that’s really, really important to state because the comments had been really, really bad. A lot of people have been saying stuff about him but he definitely had my back. What you all were seeing was 2-3 minutes of a 20-30 minute video so there were a lot of things that happened prior to what happened where he was able to sort of step in and de-escalate the situation. None of us ever thought that it was going to go to that level. We weren’t really prepared for it because nobody expected for that to happen.