CBS Sports Cancels Tonight’s Rihanna Performance In The Wake Of Ray Rice Scandal

CBS has cancelled a Rihanna musical performance that was scheduled to air during tonight’s NFL pregame show. Instead, they will show a discussion about Commissioner Roger Goodell’s recent comments on the Ray Rice incident. “It’s important to realize we are not overreacting to this story but it is as big a story as has faced the NFL,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told Sports Illustrated. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.” The performance would have featured Rihanna’s 2009 Jay Z collaboration “Run This Town” with narration provided by Don Cheadle. TMZ alleges, “CBS didn’t want to feature another celebrity who was involved in a high-profile domestic violence incident,” but it’s not 100% clear if that is why this musical performance was cut.

UPDATE: A week later, Rihanna responds.

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