CBS says sayonara to Rihanna’s song, all thanks to her tweets
CBS decided to drop Rihanna's song for good from its Thursday Night Football pregame show after the singer complained about the network cutting it from last week's intro.
Rihanna slammed the network after it pulled her song due to the domestic violence case with Ray Rice. CBS apparently thought that since Rihanna was a victim of domestic abuse herself, some viewers may not take well to her singing at the Ravens game.
But, when the network planned to put her song back in this Thursday, Rihanna took offense to that and posted a tweet to make her feelings known. "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it in this Thursday?" she wrote. "NO, F*** you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this."
That was followed by another post that stated, "The audacity..."
In response to Rihanna's comments, CBS released their own statement saying they would not use her music anymore.
"Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open," Jen Sabatelle, CBS' senior vice president of communications, said in a statement. "We will be using our newly created 'Thursday Night Football' theme music to open our game broadcast."
In another report, sources told TMZ that the "Diamonds" singer was livid when she was shown NFL's joint press release with CBS featuring the headline, "CBS & NFL Network 'Run This Town' for Thursday Night Football Open with Music Featuring Rihanna & Narration by Don Cheadle."
So in turn, she decided not to allow CBS to use the song.
"Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and participation in connection to CBS' TNF, CBS was not allowed to license and utilize the song 'Run This Town.' Roc Nation made the decision to not grant the song's usage."
So, whether it was CBS' decision to drop Rihanna altogether, or the singer's own call, it looks like the network won't be using her music any longer. And this could mean never, ever again.