Chris Brown‘s scheduled appearance on US satirical talk show The Daily Show was called off at last minute after reports of unrest among staff over the singer’s past conviction for domestic violence.
Brown was to be interviewed by host Trevor Noah on Tuesday night’s show (December 2) but was later replaced by rapper Nick Cannon.
Earlier this week, The Daily Beast reported that Brown’s booking had “become a cause for concern around the office”.
“While many staffers disapprove of the booking decision, host Trevor Noah allegedly hopes to use the interview to bring light to domestic abuse issues,” the article read.
The R&B artist was convicted in 2009 of assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
TV network Comedy Central has not yet commented on the matter.
Earlier this year, Noah’s grandmother revealed to The Daily Mail that the comedian’s stepfather had violently abused his mother and once threatened to kill Noah.
Noah – who replaced longtime host Jon Stewart in September – has been criticised in the past for a number of tweets that seemed to make light of Brown’s history of domestic violence.
One tweet read: “Chris Brown’s ‘FAME’ album is no.1 on iTunes. Rihanna is cancelling shows due to poor sales. I guess he beat her again.”
Another said: “Today because of allergies, I woke up and my face was puffy and swollen – I looked like I was in the car with Chris Brown.”
Today because of allergies, I woke up and my face was puffy and swollen- I looked like I was in the car with chris brown.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 25, 2009
The news of Chris Brown’s cancelled TV appearance comes after the star was forced to cancel his Australian tour after being banned from entering the country due to previous offences.