Despite breaking a window in their studio and squaring off with a producer in a shirtless rage, ABC wants nothing more than to stay in the Chris Brown business. Which explains why Robin Roberts still wishes him the best and told Gayle King that GMA had every intention of keeping the window incident “internal” and not reporting it. Because why would anyone need to know a violent woman-beater is still running around on a hair-trigger? Seems gratuitous. So, of course, their latest idea is to try and get Chris and Rihanna in the same room and film the ensuing aftermath for a prime-time special. E! News reports:
Indeed, sources at ABC have confirmed to me that producers want to “milk this event for everything its worth,” high moral news standards (and, one assumes, laws, especially those involving convicted felons and their subsequent behavior) be damned. And not only was Brown’s upcoming Dancing With the Stars appearance next week not canceled, as we predicted, guess what other media deal ABC wants to build with bad-boy Brown?
A reality show, perhaps?
“No, that would never happen here,” said a top-level ABC insider, who knows the current situation regarding Brown very well. “What’s far more likely is orchestrating Chris Brown talking to Rihanna for the first time.”
“A reality show? Oh, heavens, no. That would be unconscionable. What we’re looking to do is take the more ethical, moral approach of getting Rihanna a room and then wheeling Chris Brown out like he’s Hannibal Lecter. I’m talking the face mask and everything. After that, Robin Roberts will go over some ground rules, check his gloves for shards of glasses, etc. and then step into a bulletproof chamber. We just want to be a part of the healing process, you know? That’s the type of responsible journalism we believe in. Ha! A reality show. That’s rich.”
NOTE: If you haven’t seen it yet, Videogum posted a well-written “Fuck You” to Good Morning America earlier in the week which can basically be applied to the whole network at this point.