American TV personality Stephen Anthony Smith, has apologized to Rihanna over his comment ‘she ain’t Beyoncé’ that sparked a social media outrage.
Smith who was a guest on the Sherri show, made a negative comparison of Rihanna and Beyonce claiming that she is incapable of delivering the same way Beyonce does during her past Superbowl Half Time Show performances.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Rihanna is a lot of things. She’s spectacular actually and congratulations on your new mamahood. There’s one thing she’s not, she ain’t Beyoncé,” Stephen Smith said.
The ESPN analyst took back his words and apologized to Rihanna as well as her fans for his comment stating that he believes Beyonce’s performances in 2013 and 2016 were so iconic and so he believes that anyone who performs on that stage has the task of measuring up to her.
“I meant it as no disrespect to Rihanna. I know she’s phenomenal and she’s my sister. Nothing but love for her, but Beyoncé is my sister, too,” said Smith.
“I want Rihanna to know you’re a superstar, you’re sensational, you’re spectacular. You’re no joke, and you are a worthy person to be doing Super Bowl halftime show,” he added.
The 55-year-old further showered the Barbadian singer with praises adding that she is his sister and she is great and that he listens and enjoys her music.