Nickelodeon Won't Pull Brown

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2009 4:05 PM CDT
Chris Brown, left, speaks with attorney Mark Geragos during Brown's arraignment on charges of assault, Thursday March 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Bob Chamberlin, Pool)
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(Newser) – Nickelodeon says it won't pull Chris Brown from contention in its Kids' Choice Awards later this month, despite an onslaught of protests from angry parents, E! reports. "The kids who vote will ultimately decide who wins in the category," said the TV station. Parents stepped up protests with an online petition after Brown was formally charged with beating Rihanna—whom parents also now want off the show because she's reconciled with Brown.

''I've never seen anything like it,'' a Viacom official told the Chicago Sun-Times, referring to the protests. ''The words I'd use to describe the situation are overwhelming and swamped."