Just last week, CBS and the NFL announced that Thursday Night Football would be debuting a new theme song by Rihanna.
However, all that changed after new security footage emerged showing former Baltimore Raven, Ray Rice, beating his wife Janay in an Atlantic City elevator. Since the release of that video, Rice has been indefinitely suspended from the NFL and cut from the Ravens.
Since all of this is going on, CBS decided to axe Rihanna's pre-recorded performance of Run this Town ft. Jay Z. The network also took out a comedy sketch that was set to be part of the show opener.
Instead, CBS This Morning anchor Norah O'Donnell will host a pre-game show newscast.
"It's important to realize we are not overacting to this story but it is as big a story as has faced the NFL," CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com. "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone."
Rihanna is a victim of domestic violence and the Baltimore Ravens play the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight.