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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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Comments () | Archives (196)

I support Adam. I don't watch much TV anymore anyway, and I will watch Adam friendly stations. Otherwise, I can listen to his music, watch my choice of programs on the internet or get NetFlix movies and/or READ A GOOD book. Or, go outside and play or spend time in the garden (with my mp3 player of good music that includes Adam). I am a mother of a son Adam's age.

ABC, I guess you don't need my viewer ship...

Love Adam's CD and can't wait for his tour!

I thought Adam was scheduled to appear on Conan's show, do you think that is what Adam meant, since it was formerly Leno's show?

This is really upsetting and making me very angry. What is this?! What did Adam do that was so wrong or any different than so many other performers in the last, oh 20 years or so? This is just rock and roll people! It was just a performance. And after 10:00 p.m. What is going on here?! It's become quite clear to me that this is clearly a case of discrimination because he is a gay man. I am fuming right now and I plan to boycott ABC. They have a lot of explaining to do. Their loss.

It will blow over for Adam, because he's a talented professional with a kind heart.
It won't blow over for ABC. I won't forget what homophobic bigots they are.


Makes me glad I don't live in America. You think you live in a free country? The rest of the world is laughing at you for your bigotry.

The whole performance was utterly tasteless and offensive. For someone building a career and lucky enough to perform on a high-profile television program, Adam used incredibly bad judgment. What kind of role-model is he? It is not a gay issue but rather a character issue--what is he trying to prove here? He seems to have some kind of chip on his shoulder about the correctness of his bad behavior--he won't go far with this attitude.

I'm sorry, but I'm watching this from the UK. Please stop calling yourselves the Land of the Free.

At this point, ABC's actions towards Adam in canceling yet another performance is beyond unreasonable and totally over the top. Did they watch the Ellen interview with him in which he took responsibility for his lapse in judgement and acknowledged that he appreciated the opportunity that ABC had afforded him? I think he's said his mea culpa and has paid for his error in judgement when ABC cancelled the GMA gig. Why does ABC feel the need to "disinvite" him again with the Kimmel show? ABC just comes off as a big bully now.
The only person who seems to take it all in stride and remains gracious with a positive attitude is Adam himself. I can only take his inspirational lead and hope that when one door closes another one opens.. and maybe it'll be the best thing that could have happened to him.. who knows what other opportunity will come from this. Love his album and have great respect and admiration for him!!

Even if all 200,000 people who bought FYE, less than that since many were multiple buys, were to boycott ABC, that wouldn't change a thing. It would take millions of die hard fans to influence them and Adam hasn't got millions of die hard fans. If he did, his debut album would have sold much more his first week out. For those boycotting ABC network, good luck. As for homophobic, NO WAY! ABC network has many gay characters on their prime time shows. The problem is what show this was on and the extreme sexual content of the performance. Adam Lambert is a total newcomer and he really crossed the line, not just one gesture but the entire performance, all the way down to the finger at the end to the entire audience. ABC did not know what he was going to do. He told us that he got carried away and just did what he wanted to do. The dude did not apologize for any of that and did blame the network saying they discriminated which they did not. His story was changed after last Tuesday. They did what they had to do to protect themselves. They censored some of it on the later feed to the west coast but it was still obscene prgramming and yes, I saw it at 9:55 PM. The outrage I'm seeing here and elsewhere is totally misplaced. Sorry but your arguments hold no weight and if you are not careful, you will get him blackballed by other networks as well. A little advice from one who has seen this happen with another performer that I adored. ABC/Disney is huge and they own a good chunk of the entertainment industry. Express your dismay but remember that they will hold this against Adam Lambert and it will hurt him. You are not going to hurt Disney/ABC. Their average viewing audience for prime time is huge. I do believe they are number 1 as they have some of the best programming right now. All you are going to do is hurt Adam's future. Believe me, he is way too new to have any clout at all.

ABC isn't homophobic. They air Brothers and Sisters and show gay kissing all the time between the Kevin and Scottie characters. It wasn't the gay-ness that was a problem. It was the poor-taste raunchy sexual bondage stuff that created the problem. And it was prime-time (before 10:00 p.m.) for a lot of the country. Adam will be fine. He's crazy talented and frankly I think the cancellation of these shows just keeps his name out there and keeps people talking about him and interested in him.

It's not a constitutional right that Lambert gets to peform on Jimmy Kimmel show or any other ABC show.
He proved that he can't be trusted and is willing to use their airwaves to try to 'shock' and/or disgust some of the audience.

His album only sold about as much as David Archuletta last year, so the headache isn't worth it.

i hate abc
female singers are angels they don't commit any sin
but male singers do

how pitiful !!

This is ridiculous, the thought of Adam Lambert being replaced by Alison is a JOKE. Adam Lambert has the most amazing taltent I've ever seen...I have lost ALL respect for ABC.

I throw my hands up in the air! Even those that agreed to the cancelling of the GMA performance (I am not one of them) must see this has now turned into a farce. Videos of Pink have surfaced showing simulated oral sex during one of her televised performances in 2004. A few complaints and that was it. This is homophobia at its most blatant! Will this blow over?? I hope not because ABC deserves to be boycotted and reprimanded and...sued for discrimination.
Oh... Adam will be fine because he is a fine, upstanding young man and an awesome talent, with a huge fanbase and all this will just bring him to the attention of more people.

ABC is losing a lot of viewers over this. In addition, complaints and letters are going out to all advertisers who support homophobia and discrimination, and also apparantly ABCs stance on convicted woman abusers (violence OK, sex not?), to inform them that their products will also be boycotted until ABC lifts its ban on Adam Lambert.

Oh, I am gay!
I can do what I want!
NO Sir!
It is time to punish such indecent behavior, all networks should ban him from TV for at least one year!
That's it!

Thank you ABC!!!! I thought the Pink "performance" was disgusting as well. I remember it well. Is there a double standard going on? Possibly. I, and I know many others, are tired of the sex-in-your face performances by so-called singers who refer to it as "art." It is not Art! And at least, Pink can sing. I am also so tired of this Lambert "freak" getting attention for his no-talent antics. There are so many other great, real musicians, who can sing and write, who should be showcased!

A Facebook group has been established in support of Adam. It's called "Boycott ABC until the Adam Lambert ban has been lifted." All Adam supporters, or ANYONE who cares about equal rights, please join, and post this link on message boards, Twitter accounts, etc., to get the word out to as many as possible. We are trying to attract 100,000 members.: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=184007987035

I believe ABC is going a little to far with this. They aired All My Children while Bianca (who is a lesbian on the show) kissed her girlfriend, and portray love scences in bed. How many children are at home watching this with their moms? After all it is daytime. Not to mention all the other sexual contents soap operas have on them. They need to give Adam a break.

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