Saturday, March 26, 2011

Chris Brown parts ways with publicist after 'GMA' meltdown

Chris Brown, pictured at 'Good Morning America' on Tuesday, has apologized for his meltdown.

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Chris Brown, pictured at 'Good Morning America' on Tuesday, has apologized for his meltdown.

In addition to losing his cool this week, Chris Brown has also lost his publicist.

Tammy Brook of FYI Public Relations is no longer working with the R&B artist, she confirmed to the Daily News on Friday.

The split comes a few days after Brown's violent outburst at "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, the same day his new album was released.

"I am an entertainment/music publicist and was hired as a publicist, as they often are, to work specifically on his music publicity for the term up to the release of Chris Brown's 'F.A.M.E.' album, which was released on Tuesday, March 22, and is entering the Billboard and iTunes charts at No. 1 this week," Brook said in a statement.

"I love and support Chris," she added, "and it has been an honor to be a part of this album, and I look forward to the possibility of working with him again in the future."

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"F.A.M.E.," which stands for "Forgiving All My Enemies" and "Fans Are My Everything," is expected to be Brown's first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to Billboard.com.

His last album, "Graffiti," was released in 2009, almost six months after he pleaded guilty to a felony for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna. That record was Brown's worst studio album debut, coming in at No. 7.

Following a private dinner at NYC's Abe & Arthur's Tuesday in celebration of the album, attendee Russell Simmons blogged on his website, GlobalGrind.com, that Brown is "one of the greatest performing artists of his time."


Simmons and Brown spent time chatting at Abe & Arthur's in Manhattan on Tuesday.(Busacca/Getty)

Without specifically mentioning Brown's "GMA" meltdown, in which he broke a window and stormed out of the building after co-host Robin Roberts asked repeated questions about Rihanna during the interview, the 53-year-old hip-hop mogul defended the controversial singer.

"I am troubled by the people, critics and members of the media who drag Chris away from his art," Simmons wrote, adding that Brown is struggling with the challenge many artists face "when fame snatches your freedom."

"Chris is suffering from the same thing that almost every young star has gone through, including the Disney kids," he wrote. "Having lost control, some of these young artists, sometimes, do an unspeakable thing at a moment in time. And they pay the price."

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"What's not fair is artists paying the price of the sins in their young lives for the rest of their lives. Again, and again, and again. That's just not fair," he added. "If we insisted on that, there would be no art. There would be only shame; there would be no learning, no redemption, there would be no road for millions of fans to travel the journey of the artist to enlightenment."

Simmons said he believes that, unlike Brown, "Disney kids are allowed a little bit more of a break," but he added "not that the media didn't continue to drive Britney Spears freakin' crazy. Not that the media doesn't mess with Miley Cyrus every day. Not that the media doesn't stalk Lindsay Lohan."

"I'm just saying, give this man a break. I spoke to him last night for a long time and I know how good of a young man he is," he said. "He's having the same type of struggles that all those other Disney kids have and all the other people who have instant fame ? and because of that one regretful incident, no one will give him a break."

"You can give them media coaches, but can you give them life coaches?" Simmons asked. "A media coach is great, but a life coach is what he's in need of. And my heart and my office door is always open to him."

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