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Rihanna's Plug Pulled for Good on CBS 'Thursday Night Football'

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 01:05 PM

CBS said Tuesday it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts – after the singer issued a profane tweet about it.

A portion of Jay-Z's "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna was cut from last Thursday's game because CBS News was covering the controversy over Ray Rice's assault of his then-fiancee, The Associated Press reported.

CBS planned to use the song this Thursday and for the rest of the season, but Rihanna tweeted, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? ... Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this."

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CBS then issued a statement saying that it was "moving in a different direction" with different theme music.

Last week, the AP reported CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus as saying the debut game Thursday, featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore, eliminated the Jay-Z track, other "high-energy" elements and a comedic topic.

The changes were made to give the game coverage a more "subdued" tone and journalistic approach, McManus said.

The broadcast was to open with a report by CBS News' Norah O'Donnell about Rice, who was cut by the Baltimore Ravens after TMZ released a surveillance video of him knocking out his then-finacee.

The footage has called into question how the NFL disciplines players involved in domestic violence. Earlier, Rice had been suspended for two games for the assault.

Rihanna's own history as a victim of domestic violence by Chris Brown was one of several factors involved in cutting the song but was not the overriding factor, McManus said.

CBS Sports had previously announced that "Run This Town," with added narration by Don Cheadle, was to accompany each of the 2014 broadcasts as part of an opening sequence that would be customized for each week's game.

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CBS said Tuesday it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts – after the singer issued a profane tweet about it.
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