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Many on 'The Daily Show' Disapprove of Booking Chris Brown as a Guest

By Dustin Rowles | Late Night TV | December 1, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Late Night TV | December 1, 2015 |

When Grainger mentioned yesterday that The Daily Show had booked Chris Brown to be a guest during a week of all-black guests (Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, and Spike Lee), it felt “out of character” for the progressive news show. It was especially odd that Trevor Noah — whose own mother was violently abused by Noah’s step-father — would have Brown on his show, given Brown’s felony assault history with Rihanna.

Turns out, the booking was a cause for concern and, according to The Daily Beast, “many staffers” on The Daily Show disapprove[d] of the booking decision.”

Good for them.

During an all-hands meeting yesterday, however, Noah suggested that he was going to use the interview opportunity to “bring light to domestic abuse issues,” which could make for an awkward sit-down for an unseasoned interviewer. It could be a shifting point for Noah, or it could be a disaster.

The opportunity is doubly loaded because — and I didn’t realize this — among all of Noah’s questionable tweets four years ago were two about Chris Brown and Rihanna:



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