When the show actually aired on Wednesday night, viewers had a wide range of reactions. A large number of fans were disappointed that Brown appeared on the program at all.
Others were willing to forgive and forget.
And some mega-fans weren't concerned about Brown's history at all, and just watched the show.
Black-ish star Anthony Anderson told ABC News that he was okay with the singer, who Anderson first met when Brown was 14, appearing on the program. "He did a masterful job," Anderson said. "I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised by the work that he did."