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Garth Brooks is postponing TV appearances in the midst of protests after a Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown.
The country superstar said it didn’t feel right to promote his new album in the aftermath of the grand jury decision.
“We landed in NY last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation. To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me,” Brooks wrote in a statement posted on his Facebook page. “I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow. Love one another, g”
Brooks appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, but that appearance was pretaped. The country superstar was scheduled to appear on Tuesday’s Live! With Kelly and Michael, on Thursday’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Friday’s Today.
A Live! spokesperson confirmed that Brooks canceled his appearance on Tuesday’s show, adding that a new date for his appearance has not yet been set. Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Colicchio will be appearing on Thursday’s Tonight Show instead of Brooks, a rep for the show told The Hollywood Reporter, confirming he’d canceled his appearance. A Today spokesperson also confirmed that Brooks canceled his Friday appearance, saying the show hoped to have him on soon.
Nov. 25, 12:30 p.m. This story has been updated with more information about Thursday’s Tonight Show.
Nov. 25, 2:30 p.m. This story has been updated with confirmation that Brooks canceled his Friday Today appearance.
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