ABC’s Good Morning America is under fire for booking Chris Brown for an interview and performance, on the heels of canceling Adam Lambert.
Gay activists and feminists are outraged that the network has no problem with having Brown — convicted of felony assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna, on the morning show, while banning Lambert for his controversial AMA performance, which broke no laws.
According to an ABC insider, the network is hoping Brown’s interview, which was taped last weekend, will provide a ratings boost. The insider said the interview is “to give him a chance to respond to Rihanna’s interview,” which aired earlier this month.
Brown will also be performing songs from his new album. His GMA appearance is scheduled to air week after next.
“The network is giving a mixed message — that it doesn’t trust someone who shocked with an unpredictable show and a gay kiss, but then it is happy to go ahead with Chris Brown, who was convicted of felony assault,” said the source.
After being dropped by GMA, Lambert appeared on the CBS Early Show instead.