Charlamagne the God is a radio and TV personality known for being upfront and unorthodox when it comes to interviewing guests in The Breakfast Club show. Find out about Charlamagne tha God net worth, rise in popularity, accomplishments and how he made rappers as well as guests almost want to leave the interviews they were in.
Celebrity Name: Charlamagne the God
Nickname: Charlamagne the God, Charles, Charlamagne
Real Name: Lenard Larry McKelvey
Birth Date: June 29, 1978
Current Age: 42
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Birth Place: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Ancestry: Black American, African American
Parents: Larry Thomas McKelvey, mother’s name not disclosed
Height: 5’6″ (168cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72kg)
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Relationship Status: Married
Spouse: Jessica Gadsden
Profession: Radio presenter, TV personality
Charlamagne tha God Net Worth 2020: $10 million
Charlamagne tha God’s real name is Lenard Larry McKelvey. He spent most of his childhood in Moncks Corner, South Carolina where he got into trouble a lot of times trying to sell drugs. He was arrested more than once for selling cocaine and marijuana. It was only when his mother saved him after his father refused to pay bail that he reassessed his life.
Charlamagne landed a job as a radio intern while going to night school. This is when he had the wonderful opportunity of being supporting host for Wendy Williams, a media personality. He used his previous drug dealer nickname “Charles” and combined it with the name of a historical king to form “Charlamagne.” To complete the name and make it sound cooler, McKelvey added “tha God” at the end.
He has a unique style of interviewing guests in the radio show that some would consider too forward and probably even. For this reason, he got into a trouble with some of the guests but not without raising his publicity. Eventually, it disrupted his work until he was laid off in 2008. This also caused rifts between him and Williams. Despite this, he mentions that he holds no grudge against the radio host and even considers her a mentor.
The Art of Aggravation
It was in 2010 when Charlamagne tha God net worth and career starts blossoming. He formed a team with DJ Envy and Angela Yee to host The Breakfast Club. The show was in WWPR-FM but it also had a television simulcast on Revolt TV. Charlamagne gave himself some appropriate yet hilarious titles like Prime Minister of Pissing People Off, the Architect of Aggravation, and the Ruler of Rubbing People the Wrong Way. Rolling Stone also dubbed him hip-hop’s Howard Stern, a TV and radio personality who is also upfront and unorthodox at asking questions.
Later in 2011, he became a member of Guy Code on MTV2. It was a comedy show that focuses on the special code of conduct between men. It ended on 2015 but Charlamagne tha God was just getting started. He starred and hosted in multiple MTV endeavors such as Charlamagne & Friends, MTV New Year’s live, and the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show. As of the moment, Charlamagne tha God is hosting Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne tha God show from MTV2 and Inside the Label show from BET.
Aside from MTV projects and radio shows, Charlamagne also tried his luck on YouTube. He hosts Emerging Hollywood, a series featured and uploaded on YouTube channel of American digital and print magazine named The Hollywood’s Reporter. In that celebrity series, he had big time guests such as Jameela Jamil and Trevor Noah. Outside The Hollywood Reporter, Charlamagne that God and Andrew Schulz hosts The Brilliant Idiots podcast. Schulz is a MTV2 personality just as Charlamagne. The podcast is part of Loud Speakers Podcast Network.
Charlamagne tha God Net Worth, Books, and Controversies
The South Carolina-born radio personality wrote the book called Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create it. It is a book that aims to help people like him who grew up in the hood and thinking that there’s no way to get out of their terrible situation. The self-help book received mostly positive reviews, mainly because of its upfront way of presenting eight principles that can help the black community. It ranked top six in the New York Times best-selling list of non-fiction. Charlamagne released another book on 2018 called Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me and it also garnered positive reviews.
Charlamagne tha God is quite popular for asking the wrong questions or saying things that are considered too upfront and they usually lead to arguments during shows. When they had rapper/actress Lil’ Mama as guest, he told her that she did earn enough accomplishments to match her cockiness. She criticizes other rappers too much and Charlamagne suggests that she do that in her music and not in media. He also told her that she looks too old for her age.
One of the shortest interview that Charlamagne tha God hosted was when they had Birdman as guest. The guest rapper felt disrespected and walked out of The Breakfast Club. Birdman pointed out Charlamagne specifically and not the other artists on the show.
Charlamagne irritated Fredro Starr when he asked about the rapper’s alleged indecent activities with Brandy Norwood. Starr retaliated by calling Charlamagne names but his fellow group member calmed him down. This allowed the group to finish the interview. Ever since, Starr became the symbol for how pissed off a guest is in the show.
Charlamagne also had a tussle with Beanie Sigel because Sigel noticed Charlamagne is trying to escalate the issue between him and Meek Mill. They called each other names but the interview was nevertheless finished.
When they had comedian Lil Duval, they both made remarks on having a transgender partner. Charlamagne tha God mentioned that not revealing the surgery was taking away a person’s choice while Duval had a more intense opinion on the subject. As a result, trans activists such as Elie Hearns and Raquel Willis demanded the show to get cancelled.
Additionally, Charlemagne confronted Elizabeth Warren’s claims about having Native American ancestry. She was running for President that time. As of 2020, Charlamagne tha God net worth sits at $10 million.
Inspirational Quotes from Charlamagne the God
“If you want to see a person’s true character, watch how they treat people who seemingly can’t help them.”
“Always remember if you can’t be happy for someone else’s success you won’t be blessed with any of your own.”
“You have to start looking in the mirror and saying ‘this is who I am, this is what I am and this is how I’m going to be’ and start demanding more from yourself.”