Tuesday’s Daily Show with Trevor Noah was originally set to feature Chris Brown, who just dropped his Before the Party mixtape and is building up to Royalty, his seventh studio LP. Earlier this year he and Tyga dropped Fan of a Fan: The Album; dude’s on a tear. But on Monday, the Daily Beast reported that multiple staffers were saying “Brown's interview booking has become a cause for concern around the office.” Word was that Noah would “use the interview to bring light to domestic abuse issues,” an idea he floated in a staff-wide meeting.
The site also noted that Noah’s stepfather “violently abused his mother, at one point shooting her in the face and threatening to kill the young comedian.”
And lo and behold, the Daily Show’s latest featured zero Chris Browns and one surprise Nick Cannon. The Washington Post writes that cable guides still listed Breezy as the guest when the show started. A Comedy Central spokeswoman told the Post that all bookings are subject to change. “The show hopes to reschedule Chris for a future appearance,” the rep commented.
On Tuesday evening, Brown’s tour of New Zealand and Australia was canceled, the officialization of earlier word from the Aussie government that the singer would not be welcome, citing his 2009 assault of Rihanna.
Nick Cannon visited the show to promote Chi-Raq, the Spike Lee movie in which he stars. (He is also called Chi-Raq in it.) The 58-year-old director whose joints include Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X and Inside Man was on the show the night before.
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