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CBS Pulls Rihanna's Song From Thursday Night Football This Week After She Lashed Out At Them On Twitter

Update: CBS will be using their new theme music to open the broadcast instead of Rihanna's song.The singer lashed out at the network after they pulled her song from the inaugural broadcast of Thursday Night Football following the Ray Rice domestic violence controversy.

Posted on September 16, 2014, at 9:54 a.m. ET

Update — 11:15 a.m. ET

CBS is dropping Rihanna's song from the opening night of Thursday Night Football this week as well.

After Rihanna protest, CBS will drop her song from opening of Thu Night Football thos week.

Bill Carter@wjcarter

After Rihanna protest, CBS will drop her song from opening of Thu Night Football thos week.

10:52 AM - 16 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, CBS said, "Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open."

They will be using their newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open their game broadcast.

CBS could not confirm if Rihanna's song was scheduled to feature this week but their statement came after she essentially denied CBS access to her song in her tweet.

Last week, CBS pulled Rihanna's introduction song to its broadcast of Thursday Night Football in the wake of Ray Rice's suspension from the NFL for punching his wife in an elevator.

CBS pulled the opener that included Don Cheadle narrating over Jay Z's "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna, who was assaulted in 2009 by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown.CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com that they pulled the opener as well as a comic segment because, "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage." Other production elements in the show were also eliminated because of time and tone, he said.
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CBS pulled the opener that included Don Cheadle narrating over Jay Z's "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna, who was assaulted in 2009 by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com that they pulled the opener as well as a comic segment because, "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage." Other production elements in the show were also eliminated because of time and tone, he said.

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But this move angered the pop star, who lashed back at CBS with a tweet to her 37.2 million followers.

CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, Fuck you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this.

Rihanna@rihanna

CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, Fuck you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this.

7:48 AM - 16 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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