Janet Jackson Cancels "SNL" Appearance, Blames Flu

March 12, 2008 9:25 AM ET

After going to the hospital Monday night, Janet Jackson canceled her appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend after suffering a bout with the flu. According to Jackson's publicist, the singer was forced to pull out of SNL because "she needs some time to get better." No replacement musical act has been announced for the show, which will be hosted by Superbad and Knocked Up star Jonah Hill. Jackson was set to perform on the show for the first time since April 2004 -- when she was both host and musical guest -- to promote her new album Discipline.

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