CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, Fuck you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this.— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 16, 2014
The audacity...— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 16, 2014
In a tweet sent Tuesday morning to her 37.2 million Twitter followers, Rihanna ripped CBS for pulling the intro, which features her singing a rendition of the 2009 Jay-Z hit Run This Town that also featured herself and Kanye West. The pop star suggests that she doesn’t want CBS to air the intro this week, though it’s not clear whether she can prevent that from happening.
A request for comment from CBS Sports wasn’t immediately returned.
Last week, CBS Sports said the intro, and a planned comedy bit which was also scrapped, didn’t fit with the serious tone of its hourlong pregame show. The first 25 minutes of that show focused exclusively on Ray Rice’s release and indefinite suspension after video of him striking his now-wife was released by TMZ. Included in those segments were a news report by CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley and a powerful plea from James Brown to stop domestic violence.
“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com last week of the decision to bump Rihanna’s intro, among other features. “A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”
Also hanging over the planned intro was the 2009 incident in which Rihanna was the victim of an assault by singer Chris Brown, her then boyfriend. Brown received probation, counseling and community service after entering a guilty plea to one count of felony assault.
CBS has dropped Rihanna’s intro after her complaint.