ABC Invites Adam Lambert Back to Perform
No apology necessary!
After the network canceled several appearances by Adam Lambert after his sexually charged performance at the American Music Awards, the American Idol alum, 27, is returning to ABC.
He will appear on The View next Thursday. During his visit -- which will come one day after Barbara Walters' special, The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009, airs -- he will perform a song.
Both of these appearances come after the network canceled his previously scheduled performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve as well as a gig on Good Morning America.
Lambert -- who said he had no plans to apologize to the network for his AMAs performance because he felt the criticism was a double standard against gay men -- did admit that "I did get carried away." And after ABC canceled his scheduled appearances, he told fans on Twitter, "Don't blame them." (He said it was the Federal Communication Commission's pressure on the network that was the cause.)
"ABC has taken a step towards fairness by inviting Adam Lambert to perform on The View," Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), told Usmagazine.com in a statement. "GLAAD has been advocating against the double standards that have been applied to Lambert as an openly gay performer."
Barrios added: "We thank community members and allies for voicing their concerns with ABC so that entertainers like Adam have the opportunity to be broadcast into living rooms across America."