Rihanna Receives Apology From Stephen A. Smith For Super Bowl Comments | CNN


ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith learned the hard way that if you’re coming for Rihanna, her fans will only give you “Four Five Seconds” to apologize.

During an appearance Wednesday on Sherri Shepherd’s daytime talk show, Smith made a comment about the singer’s upcoming performance at the Super Bowl halftime show.

“There’s one thing she’s not, she’s not Beyoncé,” said Smith, prefacing the comment by calling Rihanna “spectacular” and congratulating her on becoming a mom.

When the audience reacted negatively to his comment, Smith added: “The only reason I brought up Beyoncé is because Beyoncé recently performed at the Super Bowl.”

That wasn’t enough to calm the Navy, as Rihanna’s devoted fans are known, and he was harsh with Smith on social media.

Smith then took to social media. offer a three-minute video apologyand tweeted: “Apologies to Rihanna for my words, I have to be more careful.”

“I will be the owner. I know what they are trying to do but I will go along with it because I get paid to speak for a living so I have to be more careful,” she said in the video of him. “I want Rihanna to know that you are a superstar, you are sensational, you are spectacular, you are no joke and you are a person worthy of being at the Super Bowl halftime show.”

Smith said he’s a fan of Beyoncé and thought both her 2013 solo performance and her 2016 appearance with Bruno Mars and Coldplay were two of the best Super Bowl halftime performances he’d ever seen.

“What I’m saying is anybody has to live up to that,” Smith said.


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