Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rihanna Slams CBS for Pulling "Run This Town" From Thursday Night Football

According to The Hollywood Reporter, days after CBS canceled its plans to use Rihanna's "Run This Town" in the intro for last week's Thursday Night Football, the singer is slamming the network for the move.  "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F— you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this," Rihanna tweeted Tuesday morning.  She followed that with another tweet that read simply, "The audacity…"

CBS had planned to open last week's Thursday Night Football broadcast of a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens with a Don Cheadle voiceover to "Run This Town," byJay Z, Kanye West and Rihanna. Instead, that and other elements of the preshow were scrapped and the intro took on a serious, newsy tone as the domestic violence scandal involving former Ravens running back Ray Rice continued to unfold.  Many had pointed out that Rihanna, who was famously abused by Chris Brown, was an unfortunate choice to open the game. But, CBS and the NFL's announcement earlier this month that it planned to open its Thursday Night Football broadcasts with "Run This Town" suggested that the song would be used in subsequent games.  But CBS is scrapping its plans to use "Run This Town," according to a spokesperson.  
“Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open," the network's sports division said in a statement. "We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”
The Don Cheadle voiceover will still be a part of the Thursday Night Football opening.  This Thursday's game features the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

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