Adam Lambert’s controversial American Music Awards performance surprised many, including ABC, which claims this is why they uninvited the “American Idol” runner-up from three of their shows.
The network told the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) that dropping Lambert from “Good Morning America,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and the upcoming New Year’s Eve special had nothing to do with his sexual orientation but rather his unpredictable nature.
“Since his American Music Awards performance occurred GLAAD has consistently advocated that Adam Lambert and openly gay artists not be held to a double standard,” GLAAD said in a statement.
“As we have expressed publicly, it is disappointing that ABC will not give Lambert a chance to perform at this time. GLAAD’s discussions with ABC focused on confirming that his sexual orientation was not a factor in their decisions. ABC confirmed this is not about a same-sex kiss or his sexual orientation but about being ‘caught off guard.’ “
ABC claims that Lambert’s AMA rehearsals differed “greatly” from the live performance, which included an impromptu man-on-man kiss, fetishistic playacting and simulated sexual acts. Subsequently, ABC had started to review its live-show practices.
GLAAD has followed up to see exactly how the network was “caught off guard.”
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