More than a week after his racy American Music Awards performance, Adam Lambert is still coming up against a brick wall at ABC. Yesterday the singer revealed that the network canceled his scheduled appearances on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Lambert’s Good Morning America appearance last week was also nixed following his AMAs performance.
“Yes, sadly friends, ABC has cancelled my appearances on Kimmel and NYE. Don’t blame them. It’s the FCC heat,” Lambert tweeted yesterday. “I AM doing Leno though. And lookin into something for NYE. It’ll all blow over. Let’s focus on being positive!” No date has been announced yet for the Leno appearance. Lambert was scheduled to perform on the outdoor stage on the December 17th episode of Kimmel. The Kimmel cancellation is especially surprising given that the late-night talk show airs well outside the primetime hours when younger viewers would be watching.
The cancellations come just days after Lambert himself vowed to scale back on his controversial performances and focus more on the music. “Goin in a new direction now. Focus back on the music,” Lambert wrote on his Twitter. “Don’t worry friends: I’m still gonna be me. Always. W/o apologies. Just gonna experiment differently [with] how I present myself.”