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Fyre Festival was a disaster -- but for employees, it gets worse

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Leaked audio from a Fyre Festival conference call has revealed that things have only gotten worse for the doomed event’s organizers and employees.

Billed as a luxury event with boat rides, catered food and massages, Fyre Festival turned out to be a disaster. The festival’s weekend in late April in the Bahamas was chaotic with “nobody in charge,” a festival attendee described to Doc Thompson in an interview on “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.” People essentially paid thousands of dollars to be stranded on a beach in disaster relief tents or trapped in an airport trying to get home.

But while attendees all eventually got home safely, problems have just started for organizers Billy McFarland and Ja Rule. Bloomberg News reported Monday that Fyre Festival borrowed as much as $7 million in the weeks leading up to the event. Ticket holders are suing, investors want their money back, and Fyre Festival employees aren’t getting paid.

Doc and the guys listened to an unbelievable audio leak of a Fyre Festival conference call on Tuesday’s show. In audio reported by, McFarland revealed that employees would not be getting paid “in the near-term future” for the past two weeks of work.

When asked if they will be paid eventually, McFarland slowly said, “… We will do everything we can to make sure it’s covered.”

The employees were confused as to whether or not they were being fired because McFarland said he couldn’t pay them. “If this impacts you, you can email me,” McFarland said on the recorded call.

“When you have a job, last time I checked, you get paid,” Kris Cruz noted. “It does impact me.”

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