Fallout from Janet Jackson’s breast exposure during Super Bowl halftime continues today, as the singer has been booted from her upcoming appearance on the Grammy Awards, and AOL looks to get a refund for its sponsorship of the nudity-laced performance.
Access Hollywood is reporting CBS has retracted its invitation to Jackson, who was slated to present a tribute to Luther Vandross during the Sunday program.
Janet Jackson performing at Super Bowl halftime (Photo: MTV)
“I am really sorry if I offended anyone. That was truly not my intention,” Jackson said in a recorded statement. “The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my halftime show performance was made after final rehearsals. MTV was completely unaware of it. It was not my intention that it go as far as it did.”
Singer Justin Timberlake, who termed the incident a “wardrobe malfunction,” is still scheduled to appear on the Grammys, though his ‘N Sync bandmate, J.C. Chasez, was reportedly banned from performing at next Sunday’s Pro Bowl halftime show due to the Jackson-Timberlake controversy.
Meanwhile, AdWeek reports America Online, the main sponsor of this year’s halftime show, is looking to get its money back.
Sources tell the advertising-industry publication that the Internet giant is seeking a refund directly from the National Football League.
According to Hollywood Reporter, AOL has canceled plans to stream the show for which it reportedly paid $7.5 million, as it shies away from any culpability.
“While AOL was the sponsor of the Super Bowl halftime show, we did not produce it,” the company said. “Like the NFL, we were surprised and disappointed with certain elements of the show. In deference to our membership and fans, AOL and AOL.com will not be presenting the halftime show online as originally planned.”
As WorldNetDaily reported, Americans disgusted with the base nature of Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime are now contacting the federal government, CBS and the NFL to express their outrage.
Daytime talk host Sharon Osbourne, wife of rock star Ozzy Osbourne, is among those supporting what has been called “Nipplegate,” saying she loved the routine and urged Jackson to reveal twice as much in the future.
“Not just one – both!” Osbourne said, according to E! Online.
Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communication Commission, decried the showing of Jackson’s breast, calling it “a classless, crass and deplorable stunt.” He’s ordering a probe into the entire halftime event, not just Jackson’s exposure, for pushing the limits of family entertainment and broadcast standards.
The show included:
- Janet Jackson grabbing her breasts;
- One performer repeatedly fondling his crotch;
- striptease cheerleaders;
- gyrating transvestites;
- simulated lesbian sex;
- Jackson and Timberlake groping each other.
The network quickly cut away from the shot and did not mention the incident on the air. But despite CBS’ apology, there are indications the incident was not spontaneous.
The incident caused a flurry of activity on the Internet, as the super flash became the top-ranked searched-for event in history.
“On Monday, Janet Jackson and the half-time show received 60 times as many searches as the Paris Hilton sex tape and 80 times as many searches as Britney Spears,” Lycos 50’s Aaron Schatz said in a statement.