Garth Brooks Cancels TV Appearances Because Of “Civil Unrest” Caused By Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Garth Brooks Tonight Show Ferguson

By Michael Lewittes

Garth Brooks Tonight Show Ferguson

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Garth Brooks has canceled his scheduled appearances on the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Live With Kelly & Michael,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and “The Today Show,” citing the “civil unrest” caused by the decision of a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

Brooks, who’s promoting his comeback album Man Against Machine, announced his decision to postpone his high-profile TV appearances in a post on Facebook that read: “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. I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow. Love one another, g.” NBC confirms that Whoopi Goldberg and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio will fill in for Brooks on the “Tonight Show.”

On Sunday, Brooks electrified the American Music Awards with a performance of his new song, “People Loving People.” The positive-vibed song promotes equality, love and acceptance, which seems to have a particular resonance with Brooks, given the grand jury’s decision. Since the announcement not to indict Wilson, violent protests have sprung up across the country. What do you think of Brooks’ decision to cancel his TV appearances?

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