Chris Brown to Appear on ‘Saturday Night Live’

It would seem Chris Brown has redeemed himself — at least in the eyes of NBC. The “Yeah 3x” singer

It would seem Chris Brown has redeemed himself — at least in the eyes of NBC. The “Yeah 3x” singer is to appear on Saturday Night Live on February 12, on an episode hosted by Russell Brand. The decision seems a strange one because of the show’s relationship with Chris Brown’s ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. In 2009, Rihanna appeared as a guest and sang “Hard” and “Russian Roulette,” songs inspired by her breakup with Brown; she also did a digital short, which she reprised in her second appearance on the show in 2010. (Brown has never appeared on the show.)

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One wonders whether Brown’s current resurgence (“Yeah 3x” has peaked at #15 on Billboard — not great, but better than one might have assumed Brown would ever do again) is worth potentially alienating Rihanna. Rihanna has gamely participated in the “Shy Ronnie” sketches; can Brown, even despite his apparent image rehabilitation, really be funny?

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Chris Brown to Appear on ‘Saturday Night Live’