In what has become a predictable pattern, Chris Brown followed his alleged violent “Good Morning America” outburst with an apology to fans and those who were affected by his actions on Tuesday morning.
In a transcript of an appearance on BET’s “106 & Park” provided to ABC News, Brown said his backstage tantrum at the morning program came after interviewer Robin Roberts deviated from the “talking points” to which Brown’s camp had previously agreed.
“First of all, I want to apologize to anybody who was startled in the office, or anybody who was offended or really looked and [was] disappointed at my actions,” Brown said. “Because I’m disappointed in the way I acted … Yes, I got very emotional. And I apologize for acting like that.”
Brown, who was ordered to take domestic violence prevention courses as part of his probation following a guilty plea in his felony assault case involving ex-girlfriend Rihanna, said that he did not hurt anyone during the “GMA” incident.
He said he felt he had to release “the anger that I had inside of me,” after being thrown off by the questions about the Rihanna case, believing the interview would focus instead solely on his new album, F.A.M.E.
According to a statement from ABC News, “Chris Brown was invited on ‘Good Morning America’ to perform and to be interviewed. There were no talking points offered.”
The singer countered that statement, telling BET that he felt ambushed by the interview, which he claimed deviated from the story line to which his camp had agreed. “A lot of people don’t know what went down, and obviously when I do shows or when I do interviews, we always send out a talking point sheet … As the interview proceeded, it was kinda thrown off. I was thrown off by it. I felt like they told us this just so they could get us on the show so they can exploit me … So I took it very, very hard and I really kinda kept my composure throughout the whole interview, although you can see me upset, I kept my composure, I did my performances, and when I got back [stage], I just let off, like, steam in the back. I didn’t physically hurt anyone, I didn’t try to hurt anyone, I just wanted to release the anger that I had inside me because I felt that I worked so hard for this music and … I felt like people kept just trying to take it away from me. So yes, I got very emotional, and I wanna apologize for acting like that.”
ABC News reported that letting off that steam included the tossing of a cooler and the smashing of a window in a dressing room that resulted in glass raining down on the busy sidewalk below the studio. A short time after the dressing-room tantrum, a shirtless Brown was seen leaving the building. He later tweeted (and deleted) the comments, “I’m so over people bring this past sh– up! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for [their] bullsh–.”
According to Roberts — who in late 2009 was granted the first TV interview with the singer about the Rihanna assault — Brown had agreed to talk about his past on the show and was aware there would be Rihanna questions in the mix. The angry outburst caused some experts to question whether Brown has possibly ruined his chance at rebooting his career with the new album , though Billboard reported on Wednesday that Brown is potentially headed to his first #1 album debut on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart.
“Any time we have a guest here on the program, we let them know ahead of time the subject matter, the topics that we’re going to discuss and we, even right before the interview, I said that to Chris and I was shocked like everybody else was,” Roberts said on Wednesday’s “GMA.” She added that she thought Brown was “joking” when he sulked during the interview in response to questions about Rihanna.
Despite the actions, Brown has been invited to come back to “GMA” to talk again, and Roberts said on Wednesday that the show wishes him “the absolute best.”
The program’s hair and makeup staff reportedly called security because they heard the commotion in Brown’s dressing room; no charges were filed in the incident and the New York City police did not respond to the scene.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the incident isn’t likely to have any effect on Brown’s probation, though a spokesperson in the probation department handling the singer’s case told MTV News they were unable to comment on his status due to confidentiality laws.
Last month, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg had high praise for Brown in a probation review and agreed to downgrade a restraining order issued against him in the Rihanna-assault case.