ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Apologized for Saying Rihanna Is No Beyoncé 

Yesterday on "The Sherri Show," Sherri Shepherd asked ESPN loudmouth Stephen A. Smith if he was excited to see Rihanna in the Super Bowl Halftime Show.



And he gave a calm, measured, and respectful response.



He said, quote, "I don't wanna say I'm not excited, she's fantastic . . . she's a lot of things, she's spectacular, actually . . . [But] there's one thing she's not: She ain't Beyoncé."



The crowd turned on him for that, so he added, quote, "Rihanna's music is fantastic, she's great, she's a sister, I love her dearly, I listen to her music, I'm gonna support her 'til the cows come home.



"I'm just telling you for me, there's Beyoncé, and there's everybody else."

Stephen got enough flak for his comments and posted an apology video on Instagram. He kissed Rihanna and said how amazing she was and how she would kill it at the Super Bowl.



But he also repeated something he'd said on "The Sherri Show": That he only compared the two of them because Beyoncé had done the Halftime Show twice . . . once by herself, and once with Bruno Mars and Coldplay.



And to him, she set the bar that he's going to judge EVERY Halftime Show against.



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