December 7th, 2009
02:51 PM ET

ABC invites Adam Lambert back for 'The View'

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ABC is finally extending an olive branch to Adam Lambert after the network canceled three performances by the singer in the wake of his controversial American Music Awards appearance.

Lambert will appear with the ladies of “The View” talk show on Thursday in a taped interview and performance, according to the show’s Web site. The episode airs after Wednesday night’s Barbara Walters primetime special, which features Lambert as one of the year’s “Most Fascinating People.”

Following Lambert’s AMA performance, where he shocked the network and viewers with his salacious dance moves that included simulating oral sex with a dancer and kissing a male keyboardist on the mouth, ABC canceled the singer’s live performance on its morning show “Good Morning America.”

The singer was also asked not to appear on ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Lambert announced through his Twitter account that he had been uninvited from an unconfirmed spot on the network’s New Year's Eve Special.

Lambert cleaned up his act for the CBS “Early Show” following the “Good Morning America” cancellation.

If Lambert can keep it clean this time around for the ladies of “The View,” who knows? He could be asked to return for New Year's Eve. But given the fact that the "Rockin' Eve" holiday show would be live, it seems unlikely ABC will take the risk.

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  1. Jonathan

    Typical double standards in America. We'd all be a lot better off if people stopped complaining about other people's personal freedoms and started looking at their own nasty selves.

    December 10, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Debra R

    Whatever Jessica....the point being it is too bad that Adam as talented as he is had to go to the lowest common denominator. I hear him stated that both the kiss and the oral sex was spontaneous. The real artists have never had to resort to this, they just sing.

    December 10, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Amanda B.

    Adam is way over-rated!!!!! What kind of example is he?

    December 10, 2009 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jessica/Panama City

    Debra R – You're mistaken. Adam said the kiss was spontaneous in every interview that I've seen him do. The other stuff was choreographed. So it's not both're just making it into something it's not. Assault is a very serious charge, and quite frankly is ridiculous in this situation. If you don't like him, don't watch him. Don't buy his music. But find something better to do than throwing ridiculous and false accusations at someone who was just trying to do his job as an entertainer.

    December 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Debra R

    Re: sunny girl: The term "crumbs from someone else's table" actually predates U2 (altho I love Bono very much)....I used to hear my great grandmother saying has nothing to do with GWB who Bono praised as well for being the US president who has contributed more funding to AIDS that any president.

    re Jessica: if that oral sex move was part of the choreography, then someone is a big fat liar (Adam) he said it was spontaneous...and the danger looked as if he wasn't expecting the move either Adam is a liar or he assaulted someone...can't have it both ways...

    December 9, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Laura Haralson

    ARE YOU PEOPLE KIDDING ME!! GET OVER IT ALREADY!! News flash there have been SEVERAL gay men and women doing every kind of career Known to man.....Adam Lambert is an ENTERTAINER!! If more people would spend as much time dealing with their insecurities than maybe a performance on a LATE night closing of an awards show would have been just that! (ENTERTAINING) Disgusting are the people who kill people out of HATE! He will deal with his maker at some point but just remember we will too! If you have NEVER done something you (looking back on would change) than By all means throw stones!

    December 9, 2009 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tracie Shotwell

    Well I say go for it hell why should he not perform on new years eve? I mean ok so he is diffrent from most but that is who he is and I think that the public should just get use to it because I think that he is here to stay and the more people hate on him the bigger and the better he will become.I mean after all it takes a lot for a person to come out of the closet but just because he is a gay male does not mean that he does not deserve to be treated fairly and with respect because that can be the same as if your son or daugther had a dream and chased it and acheived it fairly just like he did. Would you still hate and say mean things to hurt anothers persons feelings.Hell he has his own style flavor and taste so dont hate because he is still going to get paid regardless of what others think of him. and besides I like him I think he is a good person and he means well it is all for show business and if that is what it takes to make it out here in the real world oh well go for it. Because i'm sure there are people out here who has done worse so stop picking and start thinking of how you can make it just like he did.Because after all look at madonna Cher Brittany Spears and lady gaga and lets not forget about Prince and Michale Jackson who all made it the same way just like him they too had to pull a few tricks out the old bag.

    December 8, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sunny Girl

    Deb R hey where'd you get the "crumbs from someone else's table" from? U2 uses it in a song (they are christian) and they are referring to former President Bush as in people who supposedly preach christian love but secretly hate. Adam Lambert is who he is. Shortly after the show that Adam was on I saw a Victoria's secret commercial where the women were barely clothed in lingerie and looking at eachother provacatively with angel wings on. I find this more offensive than Adam Lambert because he was being honest and true to himself and Victoria's secret is only out to sell lingerie.
    Don't buy his album and hate the still goes on and he who is without sin well...I'm sure you know the rest.

    December 8, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Justin

    I'm sorry, but this still all seems silly. Does anyone remember Madonna? Yeah, that mega-being who, at nearly every perfomance of her 30-plus year career writhed on stage in provocative (often near-nude) dress, gyrated with both men and women, often kissing women, etc.? All of her videos that were banned (or should have been banned) from MTV? All of her explicit lyrics bleeped constantly both live and recorded? Say what you want about Madonna, or anyone else who has pushed the envelope of sexuality in public since, what Adam Labert is doing is essentially old news. There is nothing shocking at all about what he did, and if you refer these questions to the younger generations – those are have already grown up in a much more accepting, open society, etc. – a large majority of them would agree with these sentiments. The idea that there can be two females gyrating on stage, or provocatively kissing, etc., and it is even somewhat more acceptable in society is clear proof that there is a general, specific male-to-male homophobia that is much stronger than anything else. That is a problem that needs to be identified, not the censorship of an expectedly wild, late-night music awards show.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Common Sense

    1 – What Adam did was wrong! In more than one way.
    2 – It is not okay (under any circumstances) to simulate sex on a music awards show!
    3 – That was disgusting and unacceptable!
    4 – Loved him on AI, but now i will not buy the CD.
    5 – Classless and arrogant!

    December 8, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Debbie

    Adam had it right when he said he's an entertainer, not a babysitter. It was 11:00 on a school night, and he was the last of several risque acts. If parents are concerned, maybe they should pay more attention to what their kids are doing up so late.

    December 8, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Debbie

    What he did is no differnet than what Janet Jackson did. Gays want their moments and so did Janet Jackson. Let it be!

    December 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jessica/Panama City

    Debra R – what "assault" are you referring to? That man clearly kissed Adam back (we all saw the tongues), so it wasn't forced. As for the oral sex move, that was part of the choreography so it was obviously rehearsed numerous times.

    ...and to Chrissy – why is his kiss so different than the Madonna/Britney kiss? Again, double standard. So sad.

    I was really more of a Danny Gokey supporter during Idol rather than Adam, but it has absolutely nothing to do w/ his sexual preference. I love his music now – I own his record. His performance may have shown poor taste at times but even he's admitted that parts of it were "too much". He's always going to deliver a shocking performance. That's who he is, and I think we should appreciate that. He's got more talent in his pinky than most of us have in our whole bodies. He'll do great, regardless of the hateful comments and double standards that are out there. It's really only making him more popular and (by Hollywood's standards) more successful. Good for Adam.

    December 8, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nancy

    Adam is extraordinarily talented, amazing as a matter of fact. He himself said he got carried away with the moment. Let it rest. Enough! Find something more important to whine about.

    December 8, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    There are so many self-righteous, anti-gay comments on here its ridiculous. It was almost 11 o'clock, and there are worse things on TV. I don't even like this dude and his performance was terrible, but lay-off the anti-gay rhetoric. We have enough problems already, two guys kissing is not going to hurt anyone.

    December 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Joan

    Please, the guy made a poor judgement on 1 performance on t.v.. He didn't kill anyone, didn't committ adultary, did't beat any one like a few of the so call "celebs" have in the last few weeks. He sings like an angel and I can't wait to see him on Walters show.

    December 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. fredocorleone

    leave the guy alone...he has a right as an artist to do what he feels he has to do..personally, i don't think he should have to apologize..turn the tv off, do not buy his music, and crawl back under the rock where all of you crybabies will be safe..

    December 8, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  18. Chrissy

    I was disgusted, very disgusted by Adam Lambert's display of utter disrespect for others when he performed on the AMAs. As an avid supporter of gay people and rights for gay people, I think that Adam Lambert should be ashamed of his actions. I have no problem with the kiss, if a man wants to kiss another man, on or offstage, so be it; but the acting out of preforming oral favors was just way too much. I am angry that he compares his act to that of the Madonna-Britney-Christina kiss also because they are two very separate and different incidents. Kissing should not be offensive, however, pretending to have a dancer give you oral sex is over the top. He may say he's not trying to be a role model, he's only an entertainer, but news flash Adam Lambert, when you put yourself out there for all the world to see, people expect you to be a role model for something. Unfortunately, it seems you have chosen to be a role model for sex crazed lunatics with no respect for others.

    December 8, 2009 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  19. Ashley

    I didn't get to see this performance, but I have heard lots about it. But I do agree with Jessica's point. Eminem has lyrics that would make someone sick, but people still promote him. And BTW does anyone watch Much Music anymore? Have you seen the videos on there today? I would consider a lot of it VERY close to pornography! So whats the big deal? I do not agree with it, but if everyone else is doing it why can't he?

    December 8, 2009 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  20. Debra R

    Bob: Is that a mote in your eye? You are judging me both as a hater and a homophobe? So you think Barbara Walters cheating with a married man is OK? You think Whoopie Goldberg defending a child rapist is OK? And you think Adam Lamberts sexual assault on another gay man is OK? I do not hate any of them. You hate the sin but love the sinner.
    Why should a woman as talented as Walter want the crumbs from someone else's table? Why would Goldberg (a brilliant actress) who has a daughter support a child rapist? Why should Lambert ( a very talented artist) who is gay assault another gay man? When you like someone you want the best for them.

    December 8, 2009 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  21. msjones

    I think more than Adam has gone to far with their act on stage we have start to not waching and cut the rating until they get there act together.

    December 8, 2009 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  22. deborah

    I know the type of stuff all the performers do, so I dVr'd the show knowing I would watch it sans children. The adult performers of today are not for children...they are for adults. duh. What about Shakirah and her dancers...that had to make alot of people uncomfortable like when are these*going to stop girating in my face. Adam is learning real fast about he double standard of our society. He has an awesome voice and is an incredible entertainer. He will grow right before our very eyes.

    December 8, 2009 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  23. Cee

    Why spoil a good show.....I will not watch

    December 7, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Linda

    ABC promoted Adam's appearance before AMA commercial breaks as “outrageous”, "shocking" and “something everyone will be talking about tomorrow” throughout the broadcast? I have the whole show on TIVO. Seems to me ABC got exactly what they expected. Adam was on last in a long line of risqué numbers that night – my only surprise is that anyone would have thought Adam's performance would be anything but risqué.

    In regard to a risqué performance or "kids show" perhaps after the opening act where Janet Jackson grabbed the male dancer's crotch blatantly, to another performer coming on stage with the dance troop and rifles in hand, to another performer and her dancers doing air pelvic trusts, to another performer humping the microphone, to another performer breaking whiskey bottles on a piano, to another performer talking about how there were something like 18 rapes under his belt and murder, to.... a parent or prude might have had a clue that it was full of adult content. And Adam came on last! Parents are responsible or their children, not Adam or the AMA's. And if you are a prude, then you should not have been watching that show as the whole thing was risqué and/or filled with violent undertones.

    Let's all move on and stop this double standard nonsense and using Adam as a scapegoat when ABC got less than one percent in viewer complaints based on the total number of viewers that night – over 14 million is what the news said. There is a saying, "you can't please all the people all the time"!

    Adam's a talented, charming and giving person and his album is like candy for the ears. Take a look at his charity, Donor's Choice, and the fans who have helped raise over 200K for kids on Adam's behalf . Let's celebrate that!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Maria

    I LOVE ADAM LAMBERT!! its about time we have some change in the music industry and i think he is an amazing singer!!

    December 7, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |

    Wow, what the world has become.

    December 7, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  27. judy

    Adam Lambert is a very talented artist. He did not need to do any provocative stupid things to get attention from the public. When my husband and I were watching the AMA, I was in shocked when I saw what he was doing. Very disappointed. I am just glad that my 12 year old girl went to sleep before his performance came out. I am a very accepting person , my own uncle is a gay my own aunt is a lesbian but never in my life that I have seen such a disgusting performance like Adam did. i was a big fan of him. I voted for him during the Amercan idol finale. I hope he will learn from his mistakes.
    Adam you are so good. You do not need to be provocative. Your voice alone is more than enough to sell your album.

    December 7, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  28. kim

    Adam is great and is album is great.

    ABC got alot of negative mail about their treatment of Adam.

    December 7, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jessica/Panama City

    Today's society is a walking contradiction. There were so many other things that happened during the AMA's that aired without controversy. Several years back, Madonna and Brittany kissed (not sure if it was the AMA's, but it was definitely shown on all networks the next day lol). None of the networks had a problem showing the performance OR talking about it but when it's two men doing the same thing, it's all of a sudden a taboo thing to do. Get over it, people. If Rhianna's performance can include guns and Eminem can talk about rapes in his song, Adam should be able to kiss a guy on stage. I don't get it...?? I can't say that the oral sex thing would be something I'd want my daughter to see (regardless of the sexual orientation of the performer) but then again if my daughter is up that late then I'm asking for it.

    December 7, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Sally

    I'm truly disappointed in all of this hoopla. Gay bashing/non-bashing, who is right, who is wrong... The Bible is always right. We are to hate the sin, but love the sinner. (@ Bob, that much you should have remembered when you "were" a church goer.)

    The racy margin was crossed when the face in the crotch grinding began. S&M is not an entertainment, it's a lifestyle for some. I am not opposed to anything that is lawful in the bedroom... just not on public stage, for goodness' sake.

    December 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  31. JoGeo

    I will not watch the AMA Awards again. Adam Lambert is incredibly narcisstic and respects no one. If they cannot put a show on and have more control over what happends – not worth watching. And the View? big deal. I find the whole group boring and self-centered. Maybe that's why they asked him.

    December 7, 2009 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Bob

    Debra R, why so much hate? What ever happened to the true CHRISTIAN people in the world? You know love thy neighbor (not hate thy neighbor) at least thats what I remember when I was a church goer. Get over the whole gay thing, because you know thats the big deal and let people be! If you do not want to watch him or buy his music then dont Im sure it will not hurt him.

    December 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  33. AJ

    This whole controversy is stupid. Music artists have been performing "racy" stuff like this for decades. The only reason people are making a fuss about this is the gay kiss, which I don't understand at all because ABC has many shows with gay characters and has shown two men kiss in episodes before. But from what I've seen they both look androgynous to the point where no one could even tell until the media made such a big deal about it. Either way, whatever. I'm over the homophobia in this country. Deal with it already.

    December 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  34. LBW

    I still think he is disgusting. They will either eat him alive or welcome him in to the fold. Anything can happen on that show.

    December 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jane/Seattle

    I find the killing of WAR much more obscene! You can find billboards and signs that are much more offensive right out in front of the children any day of the week! This hype is just ridiculous! Adam can do what he wants, but good taste still trumps the personal freedom of flaunting one's lifestyle. This is my advice, Adam! Keep it clean and use the great voice you have developed, Adam.

    December 7, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Debra R

    Adam is not fascinating, he is disgusting. he should fit right in with Barbara "the adulterer" Walters, Whoopie "it's not like it's rape, rape" Goldberg and Joy "I'm smarter than everyone else" Behr. I Hate these harpies.

    December 7, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |

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