SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW
I’m sure the blogosphere will be buzzing about the Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake incident at the Super Bowl halftime show. DRUDGE REPORTÃ‚® has photographs and what it claims is the inside scoop:
Top CBS executives approved a musical skit where Janet Jackson would expose her breast during the MTV-produced Super Bowl half-time concert, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
“The decision to go forward went to the very top of the network,” a well-placed source explained from New York.
The groundbreaking scene came during the most-watched television broadcast of the year — and during the dinner hour for the nation’s west coast viewers.
Officially, CBS drew distance from the show: “CBS deeply regrets the incident that occurred during the Super Bowl halftime show,” the network said in a release. “We attended all rehearsals throughout the week and there was no indication that any such thing would happen. The moment did not conform to CBS broadcast standards and we would like to apologize to anyone who was offended.”
CBS’s main New York switchboard was immediately bombarded with complaints about the stunt, network sources said late Sunday.
The NFL claimed outrage over the stunt:
Statement by NFL Executive Vice President Joe Browne regarding the Super Bowl halftime show: “We were extremely disappointed by elements of the MTV-produced Halftime show. They were totally inconsistent with assurances our office was given about the show. It’s unlikely that MTV will produce another Super Bowl halftime.”
Frankly, I wish they’d just cancel these idiotic halftime spectacles. I can’t recall one of them that was enjoyable. Janet Jackson hasn’t had a hit record since Michael was black and Justin Timberlake is, as best I can tell, famous mainly for once having dated Britney Spears.
Update (1012 2-2): Timberlake’s take that this was an accident is rather absurd, unless we’re to believe Jackson routinely wears pasties under her clothing.
Timberlake said the flash was unintentional, calling the incident a “wardrobe malfunction.”
“I am sorry that anyone was offended,” Timberlake said in a statement. “It was not intentional and is regrettable.”
While CBS pleaded ignorance, Jackson had hinted last week that she was planning something outrageous.
A Jan. 28 story on MTV’s Web site promised “shocking moments” during her performance. MTV, which produced the halftime show, is owned by Viacom, CBS’s parent company.
Evidence–not work safe–in Extended Entry.