Stephen A. Smith apologizes to Rihanna for remarking ‘She’s not Beyonce’

First Take host Stephen A. Smith apologizes to Rihanna for saying, “She’s NOT Beyonce” before her Super Bowl halftime appearance next month… insisting the “superstar” deserved the spot and that he “must be more”. careful’ with his words

First Take host Stephen A Smith has apologized to Rihanna and insisted he didn’t mean it disrespectfully after saying the Barbados singer “isn’t Beyonce” ahead of her Super Bowl halftime performance.

Smith is rarely one to bite his tongue, and the sports commentator caused a stir on “Sherri” when asked if he was looking forward to the halftime show in Arizona on February 12.

“I don’t want to say I’m not excited, she’s fantastic, that’s not where I’m going with that.” Smith began.

First Take host Stephen A Smith publicly apologized to Rihanna for his recent comments

First Take host Stephen A Smith publicly apologized to Rihanna for his recent comments

Rihanna will appear on the Super Bowl halftime show next month

Beyonce performed the halftime show in 2013 and 2016

In a recent TV appearance, Smith said Rihanna (left) was “not Beyonce” (right) ahead of her upcoming Super Bowl halftime show next month in Arizona, but he has apologized and claimed he had no disrespect for the ” Superstar” meant. Barbadian singer

“Ladies and gentlemen, she’s a lot of things, she’s actually spectacular — and congratulations on the new mama hood — there’s one thing she’s not, she’s not Beyoncé.”

The immediate reaction from the crowd was mixed and social media was quickly deluged with anger from Rihanna’s loyal fanbase, who lashed out at Smith for such a remark.

On Wednesday, Smith posted a video apology to Rihanna from the back of a cab to make it clear he didn’t mean what he said to be disrespectful.

“I want Rihanna to know that you’re a superstar, you’re sensational, you’re spectacular,” he said.

The sports commentator claims he didn't mean a shadow when he made love to Rihanna

The sports commentator claims he didn’t mean a shadow when he made love to Rihanna

“You are no joke and you are a worthy person to do the Super Bowl halftime show.”

The apology, which spanned more than three minutes, continued, “I didn’t mean it as disrespect to Rihanna. I know she’s phenomenal and she’s my sister. Nothing but love for her, but Beyoncé is my sister too.”

Rihanna, who recently gave birth, will perform at the NFL’s 57th Super Bowl, scheduled for February 12.

It was the phrasing of “She’s not Beyonce” that angered many, and he went on to clarify exactly what he meant by that comment in his apology.

Smith said, “I’m a Beyoncé fan. I think Beyoncé isn’t just a phenomenal performer; she is the phenomenal performer. The only reason any comparison came into play was because Beyoncé performed at the Super Bowl…and I thought those were two of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen. Everyone has to be measured by that.”

Rihanna and Beyonce, who appeared on the 2013 and 2016 shows, both wisely stayed out of the drama, but Smith was eager to set the record straight with a series of tweets.

Rihanna's partner A$AP Rocky has bid farewell to the controversy as he looks forward to her show

Rihanna’s partner A$AP Rocky has bid farewell to the controversy as he looks forward to her show

Rapper A$AP Rocky attempted to continue the narrative of Smith’s drama by welcoming his partner Rihanna for the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show performance.

“I’m so glad my lady is back in music and so on and out,” Rocky told Apple Music. “It’s just incredible.”

He added: “The Super Bowl is huge, and since she’s so creative, she’s going to bring it, man. I’m excited. Honestly, I’m more excited than anyone else.”

The divisional round of the NFL playoffs continues this weekend, with the Jaguars playing the Chiefs, the Bengals playing the Bills, the Eagles playing the Giants and the 49ers playing the Cowboys.

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