[UPDATED] 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' cancel Adam Lambert
So Adam Lambert is safe enough for stations to feature earlier this week on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," but way too hot for "Jimmy Kimmel Live" or "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve With Ryan Seacrest"?
That's right, Adam's been dumped again by ABC. Twice.
Weren't the American Music Awards like, what, 700 years ago? No matter -- they've blocked him.
"Yes, sadly friends, ABC has cancelled my appearances on Kimmel and NYE. :( don't blame them. It's the FCC heat," Lambert said tonight on Twitter.
[Update, Dec. 3, 2009, 1:50 p.m.: Show Tracker reports that a complaint filed with the FCC is indeed at the heart of the ABC cancellations.
According to Show Tracker, the "FCC heat" comes from a complaint filed Nov. 24 by Liberty Counsel against ABC demanding that the network pay a financial penalty "for airing such an outrageously lewd and filthy performance during a show and time period that is targeted for family audiences."
See that blog for more details, including an interview with Liberty Counsel's director of cultural affairs.]
And how crazy-scandalous were Adam's raunchy political statements on Ellen's show Monday?
"It was maybe a little too far," he said of his AMA performance. "I think in hindsight I look back on it and I go, ‘OK, maybe that wasn’t the best first impression to make, the first second impression.'"
"Rockin' Eve" is, of course, a show that airs late each New Year's Eve (which last time the Ministry checked was an adult-oriented holiday) and is hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who sort of knows Adam a little bit already.
Can't wait to see how CBS -- or NBC or Fox -- cleans up on this one.
We hear Glambert's New Year's Eve schedule just loosened up a bit.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Adam Lambert on "The Early Show," Nov. 25, 2009. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press
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