Rapper 50 Cent is taking credit for the cancellation of his ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins' U.S. reality show Starter Wives Confidential after legal issues between the pair prevented her from making frequent appearances on the series.

The mother of the In Da Club star's only son Marquise joined forces with DMX's estranged wife Tashera Simmons and the former flames of boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and basketball player Lamar Odom to form the main cast of the show.

However, after airing the first few episodes on the TLC network, Tv executives announced on Monday (18Feb13) that the programme has been axed altogether.

In an open letter to fans, cast member Monica Taylor, the ex-wife of New York DJ Funkmaster Flex, writes, "It's no secret Starter Wives Confidential was plagued by legal inquiries and possible lawsuits from the beginning. Starting with Shanequa Tompkins (sic) being missing from all the episodes, her ex 50 Cent allegedly had an agreement or contract with her of some sort that either prevented or made it difficult for her to partake in the show."

50 Cent appears to have confirmed his legal action - which has not been detailed - was a key part of the reason Starter Wives Confidential was taken off air and he's happy to take all the credit.

In a Twitter.com post, he writes, "I want to apologize to cast of Starter Wives for having the show pulled off the net work (sic). i sincerely hope you find work".