If you’d like some proof that late night talk show staffs have some pull when it comes to guest bookings, look no further than Chris Brown’s canceled appearance on last night’s Daily Show. Brown – who was convicted of assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 – was originally scheduled to appear as Trevor Noah’s guest last night, but he was replaced at the last minute by Nick Cannon, and according to The Daily Beast it was more than a typical scheduling conflict:
Several Daily Show staffers told The Daily Beast that Brown’s interview booking has become a cause for concern around the office. But while many staffers disapprove of the booking decision, host Trevor Noah allegedly hopes to use the interview to bring light to domestic abuse issues. Our sources confirmed that Noah brought up such a possibility during an all-hands meeting on Monday afternoon.