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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Tom Bergeron: Don’t make me interview Chris Brown


Chris Brown during his “Good Morning America” performance — afterward, he threw a tantrum backstage. (Ida Mae Astute - ABC)
“Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron says he’s advised the producers not to ask him to chit-chat with singer Chris Brown, who is still scheduled to perform on the ABC dance competition series this week.

Bergeron said he would not agree to abstain from asking Brown about his temper tantrum backstage at ABC’s “Good Morning America” last week after “GMA’s” Robin Roberts brought up former girlfriend Rihanna and Brown’s having pled guilty to having beat her in 2009. A window was smashed in Brown’s “GMA” dressing room after his performance and some show staffers called security.

“I did say to the producers it might be to their advantage to not have me interview him, because my natural tendency would be to say something,” Bergeron told “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest on Seacrest’s syndicated radio show Monday morning.

“So don’t put me in a position where you’re asking me to not say something, cause I won’t really do that,” Bergeron said he told “Dancing” producers.

“I would be the same,” insisted Seacrest, while his sidekick, Ellen K, pretended to believe him.

“…even if it just a snarky little aside -- you know, ‘How was your week?’,” Bergeron continued, ignoring Seacrest’s attempt to turn the conversation around to himself.

“They’ll probably have me in a Hanibal Lecter suit,” as he introduces Brown before his performance on the show, Bergeron speculated.

The day after his “GMA” outburst, Brown went on BET’s “106 & Park” to say “GMA” ambushed him to “exploit” him. According to Brown, when he appears on a show, his people send out “a talking points sheet” in advance, and if the “network” does not agree to the talking points, “we usually kind of back out and wait until it’s a better situation.”

He went on “GMA” to promote his new album and got “thrown off” when Roberts asked him a question about Rihanna.

“I felt like, okay, they told us this just to they can get us on the show — they exploit me,” Brown said.

“I took it very, very hard…I kept my composure and did my performance, and when I got back, I just let off steam in the back.

“I didn’t try to hurt anyone,” he added. “I just wanted to release the anger that I had inside me.”

“GMA” has accepted Brown’s apology and ABC News has issued a statement saying Brown had been   “invited on ‘Good Morning America’  to be interviewed,  but “there were no talking points offered.”

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