Disney must have not finished reviewing how it will treat live performances from (gay) artists yet, because its ABC network just yanked Adam Lambert’s Dec. 17 appearance on The Jimmy Kimmel Show show and his Dec. 31 New Year’s Rockin’ Eve stint. But can ABC place some of the blame on the Federal Communications Commission?
Well, they’re trying.
And it looks like Lambert — who announced the cancelations via Twitter — is helping out the network that already booted him from its airwaves.
But it’s all completely unnecessary — because both programs air after 10pm, hours the FCC doesn’t care about. Yes, even on broadcast.
“The FCC has determined, with the approval of the courts, that there is a reasonable risk that children will be in the audience from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. Therefore, the FCC prohibits station licensees from broadcasting indecent material during that period,” the LAT repeats verbatim from the federal organization.
Lambert’s Kimmel appearance would have been after 12am, and given the nature of what
Rockin’ Eve is all about, his stop on ABC’s New Year’s show would likely fit in the post-10pm timeframe as well.
But alas, Adam is still too edgy for ABC. And if other networks were smart — as they have been — they’d scoop him up pronto.