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ABC shuts Adam Lambert out of 'Kimmel': Is the FCC to blame?

That naughty American Music Awards performance isn't going to be behind Adam Lambert anytime soon.

Even after his well-received performance on "The Early Show" last week, ABC continues to feel uncomfortable around Lambert. His Dec. 17 "Jimmy Kimmel Live" appearance was canceled today--news Lambert himself delivered on his Twitter page an hour ago.

The performance on Kimmel's live stage was scheduled before Lambert made his now infamous debut on the AMAs on Nov. 22.  In one of his tweets about the matter, Lambert told his fans not to blame ABC but rather "It's the FCC heat."

It's not clear whether ABC told Lambert to put the blame there or if the "American Idol" runner-up is making his own assumptions. But we do know the following: The FCC doesn't monitor programming after 10 p.m. Don't believe us? The following is an excerpt from its website:

"The FCC has determined, with the approval of the courts, that there is a reasonable risk that children will be in the audience from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. Therefore, the FCC prohibits station licensees from broadcasting indecent material during that period.

"Material is indecent if, in context, it depicts or describes sexual or excretory organs or activities in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium...The 'safe harbor' refers to the time period between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., local time. During this time period, a station may air indecent and/or profane material."

We are not saying Lambert is indecent, but, either way, it's been deemed OK for him to be after 10 p.m. (His AMA appearance, by the way, aired at 10:55 p.m.).

In a statement to The Times, an ABC spokeswoman made no mention of the FCC and would only explain the network's decision to disinvite Lambert from performing on "Kimmel" as follows, "We decided not to move forward with the booking at this time." ABC declined to be interviewed about the issue.

You will recall that ABC also disinvited Lambert from "Good Morning America" last week.  And to just make it a dissing trifecta, Lambert also tweeted that he was disinvited from performing on "New Year's Rockin' Eve." Sources at Dick Clark Productions, however, tell us those plans were never finalized.

Lambert assured his fans he will still appear on "The Jay Leno Show" and he thinks "it'll all blow over."

Do you?

--Maria Elena Fernandez

--Photo: Lambert at the AMAs; Credit: Associated Press


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Now ABC is starting to make me mad. I want to see Adam Lambert. I'll stop watching all of ABC and only watch the shows that air him if I have to. Who do I have to call or email to complain to about this?

The kid didn't do anything different from the other performers and if ABC isn't going to make all the standards equal then they are discriminating against a gay performer.

I am now, for the first time in my American life, personally feeling the double standard placed on Gay people in the United States.

Adam Lambert in trying to be himself,a singer, an artist,a free person in what is supposed to be a Democracy, has helped to take the blinders off a lot of us straight people. For the first time in my life, I have become an activist for gay rights ,because of Adam's courage. You know it only takes one to change the world. If ABC wants to black list him ,I will black list ABC and I ask that every American who believes in fairness do the same. Mr. Lambert did what many have done before him,he had a faux sexual moment on tv.Many have done the very same and were much more explicit. He didn't harm anyone ,he didn't commit murder. He was creating an illusion. Let's join forces and tell ABC where to go.

Adam is a very talented guy and the ama's should not blame him if kids are up...also as Rod Stewart says it is rock and roll...wasn't Adams fault the sound was bad in there either....Why don't you just let it go and stop trying to crucifiy the guy...You like women beaters better than Adam...someone is sick and not Adam.....His music is beautiful.....apples and oranges, Adam replys.......

Unfortunately, everything airs in Central time an hour earlier, so what was shown at 10:55 everywhere else was shown at 9:55 CST. Too bad they weren't running late.

However, in 2004 Pink did the same move as Adam Lambert and the FCC did nothing: http://bit.ly/8npcA9 (1:36) screencap: http://bit.ly/5YRy5k

I'm not angry at ABC, rather I'm just disappointed. I was taught that everyone deserved a second chance. And isn't that what we, the people, have been giving others like Micheal Vick and more recently Chris Brown? A second chance? ABC was sure willing to, when they stated Brown had a right to 'defend' (an option I'm sure Rhianna would have liked to have) or explain his side of the story. Now, I lost all respect for Brown when he was charged and convicted, but even so I stuck by the fact that yes he DID deserve a second chance to hopefully redeme himself. ABC was willing to give Brown that chance, but not Adam?

Hasn't he proven already that he CAN play nice? Hasn't he been nothing but calm, collected, and most of all PROFESSIONAL about this entire ordeal. Even now he refuses to place blame on ABC even when they clearly deserve SOME sort of backlash. I'm not saying Adam's perfect, far from it. His AMA performance vocally was just bad. But really, if ABC has SUCH problem with the antics of the performance I'd rather them just be honest. Like Adam has been. Just come out and say it ABC, that you don't want Adam Lambert on any more of your shows for *insert reason here*. Just be HONEST, don't we as viewers deserve that?

Adam believed that we, as fans, did. When he didn't back down and stood by his performance, even when he was given many chances to apologize for it. I RESPECT that. I simply can't respect a network who can't just come out and speak the truth that is being thoroughly implied through their, rather dispicable, actions. I know some people will think this is an overreaction, but it's not even just about Adam Lambert anymore. As a person, a fan, a viewer, I feel insulted. Like there are these sudden rules that have been shoved in our faces, that now suddenly artists can only be artists if they follow a certain standard. Some standards work, some don't. Whatever standards ABC is enforcing, they aren't working. And I'm just disappointed in that.

ABC and parent Disney have forgotten who won the David vs Goliath battle. Adam will come out the winner in this and ABC will look like the cowardly homophobes they are proving to be. Pink did almost exactly the same moves in 2004 on the Billboard Awards show that aired on Fox (now being viewed repeatedly on YouTube). So what gives? It was OK for Pink in 2004 but not OK for Adam in 2009? Twitter is all atwitter with #AdamBringsChange - yes he will and I'll be there cheering him on all the way.

This is so sad. All of Adam's fans was looking so forward to seeing him on Jimmy Kimmel....or any show.

Will this "blow over"? Yes and no. Adam will go on and do amazing things and this will be a tiny blip in his career..it may even help it. His fans are standing behind him even stronger than before and his album sales are the second best of any debut artist this year and debued at #3 on the billboard charts. But the AMA performance will be a "history making" event that people will talk about for years. As much of a hot mess as it was, there was more rock-n-roll spirit in that performance than most acts see in their entire careers!

I don't know why ABC is making these decisions and frankly, I don't care. Adam has all but apologized for the performance (which he shouldn't!) and admitted to getting carried away on a show that was totally adult themed from the moment Janet Jackson grabbed a male dancer's crotch. (among other very adult themes throughout the night!) NOW I want to hear why ABC and CBS find it okay and even necessary to censor someone based on sexual orientation? But I'm not holding my breath.

I had tickets to see Adam on Kimmel. They released the tickets the day before they canceled him! I don't remember ever being so furious.

Thank you very much for explaining that this is not the FCC's fault. I feel that Adam is trying to appear as gracious as possible by not blaming ABC.

I'm so glad you clarified this nonsense, I knew to begin with it wasnt FCC decision, cause if that was the case than all the other stations would've canceled him as well, ABC sucks, they have build a vendeta against Adam and that's a shame because Adam admitted he went to far and he would never do something like that again, but to me looks like homophobia is the problem and ABC is in denial, well shame on you ABC, double standard is the name of the game.

It's a double standard for Adam. Go to Youtube and watch Pink's live performance on 2004 Billboard Award where she pushed a male dancer's face into her crotch. It was broadcast on Fox before 10pm. TEAM ADAM!!!!!!!!!

i think that adam will continue to gather more and more fans every day, will have a wildly successful tour in 2010 (wait til he goes to other countries on his tour-it'll be like the beatles all over again, pure pandemonium), and after his tour, will record another wonderful album.

he is a superbly talented, charismatic man. don't worry.....abc will not/cannot stop adam.....he's a star already. he may not be every single person's cup of tea......isn't that why there are many choices in the world?

adam, we love you.

No , this is clearly not an example of discriminating against gays, since this was allowed by the FCC back in 2004 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPpSpBcs4wg The FCC was too busy going to the Supreme Court over Cher dropping the F bomb at the same Fox broadcast to notice the simulated oral sex in this clip. So, I guess that type of simulated oral sex is okay for our children to watch, because it was between people of the opposite sex. Yep, no double standard.

FCC, you lost then; you'll lose now. So will the moral minority. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96588554

Not fair, Adam does not deserve this treatment, ABC is history at our house. ABC needs to rethink their position, they are looking pretty shameful. GMA MAY have been one cancelation to show everyone who is boss, however, now they look like bullies.

What do you mean "feels uncomfortable"? Is that journalism? They didn't say that.. Therefore you are speaking for ABC now? Clean up your proofing please.

Other than that, good piece.

ABC should shut down all the violence on their shows and their news - violence is a lot more offensive and dangerous than playful sexuality - but then again ourt culture is adddicted to pain and fear and it comes out in violence. It is worth thinking about the daily onslaught of violence in the form or murder and rape on tv and news and how they are actually censoring Adam Lambert for his subversive playful display? My god - how insane. Plus, that young man is a super talent and a ray of light. But heck, let's applaud murder and rape.

I cannot believe this. Adam Lambert is so talented and ABC should be ashamed. Who exactly is so upset about his performance? Who is doing this? They are acting like he did something horrible. I have seen so much worse on all the networks. His CD is fantastic, the best CD I have bought in years, and I buy a lot of music. Someday they will be embarrassed for this stupid behavior.

Yikes! Talk about swatting a fly with a truckload of dynamite. Being basically blackballed from a network for a risque performance during safe harbor hours is a reaction completely out of proportion to the perceived offense. Especially when I've seen racier stuff during ABC early prime time dramas depicting sex. Heck Adam and his dancer were fully clothed, unlike the half naked romping on my TV every night. And regardless of what happened on AMA night, how does the FCC have any authority over future performances which I have no doubt will remain firmly G rated? Why would ABC need to cancel those? I really do wonder if ABC is using the FCC as a smokescreen for a disgruntled sponsor. It's a shame, because Adam Lambert is a super talented and sweet guy, and a lot of us just want to hear him sing.

This is just crazy! I REALLY wanted to see him on Jimmy Kimmel, especially since it airs late and he most likely would have been on the outdoor stage. Oh Well...perhaps he could get on Saturday Night Live. I think an appearance there, after all this crap, would do him (and his fans) some good.

I wonder if he will get on another New Years Eve show on another network? MTV perhaps??? Carson Daily??? I'm sure Carson could use the help in the ratings. I heard Jay Leno wasn't finalized yet, so I hope they don't scare easily and keep Adam on.

I think the ONLY reason that they kept Adam on Barbara Walter's special is because it was pre-taped and it would have thrown off her already announced line-up of most fascinating people. If it wasn't announced and advertised already, I'm sure ABC would have told her to find a fill-in for the # spot.

Gosh I sure hope it blows over. He should be rocketing to the top of the charts and making appearances EVERYWHERE! ABC's loss in my opinion.

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