Anthony Anderson (‘Black-ish’) on guest star Chris Brown: ‘People are going to be pleasantly surprised’ [WATCH]

“It was great working with Chris. I’ve known Chris Brown since he was 14 years old,” said Anthony Anderson during our recent webcam chat to discuss his Emmy nominated ABC sitcom “Black-ish.” Watch our complete chat with Anderson above.

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Controversial recording artist Brown guest stars in tonight’s episode, titled “Richard Youngsta,” in which advertising executive Dre (Anderson) is excited to center an ad campaign around Rich Youngsta only to face pushback from his wife Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and his mother Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) over the negative message it might send.

“I had no idea he was going to do our show or that he had an interest in the show,” Anderson explained about how Brown landed the guest-starring gig. “[Series creator and producer Kenya Barris] was out at dinner one time and Chris saw him and said, ‘Hey, I’m a fan of the show and would love to be on an episode.’ And this episode came about, and we offered the role to Chris. People are going to be pleasantly surprised when this episode airs.”

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At 27-years-old Brown has found success for his music, including a Grammy for Best R&B Album in 2012 for “F.A.M.E.” But he’s just as well known for his run-ins with the law. He pleaded guilty to felony assault in 2009 after his attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna made headlines. In 2012 he was involved in a widely publicized fight with Drake, and another in 2013 with Frank Ocean. He even faced off with the LAPD in 2016.

Will tonight’s episode of “Black-ish” make any allusions to the singer’s real-life checkered past? Discuss this and more with your fellow TV fans in our forums, and let us know in our predictions center if you think “Black-ish” will win the Emmy for Best Comedy Series after being nominated for the first time last year.

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