Much has been said about the behavior R & B Singer Chris Brown displayed following an appearance on Good Morning America.
I did not see the interview but based on what I’ve read and a clip I saw AFTER the fact I have to say, as a media trainer, that somebody other than Chris Brown screwed up. That’s right. I believe somebody either dropped the ball or crossed the line that ultimately led to the latest tabloid frenzy involving Brown.
Here’s my take: When a talk show host wants to interview a celebrity, it is up to the Publicist to make sure details are worked out and things go smoothly. Now, I’m not saying Tammy Brook didn’t do her job but I do know she had a responsibility as his Publicist to have his interview questions pre-screened with a clear understanding to the Host as to what Chris would or will not answer. He was apparently there to promote his album and not to be interrogated about what happened in the past with Rhianna.
On the other hand, if Robin Roberts had been advised that she was not to ask any questions about the Rhianna situation, she should’ve respected that. Even if she asked one question, she should’ve backed off when it became clear that he did not want to be subjected to that line of questioning.
In a statement released by the now former Publicist, she said, “I am an entertainment/music publicist and was hired as a publicist, as they often are, to work specifically on his music publicity for the term up to the release of Chris Brown’s ‘F.A.M.E.’ album, which was released on Tuesday, March 22, and is entering the Billboard and iTunes charts at No. 1 this week.”
Based on the little clip I did see of the interview on GMA, I don’t believe a Publicist is what Brown needs. He needs his mama—a hairdresser and prayer.
What do YOU think?