Billy Ray Cyrus speaks on Miley's twerked-out show
August 28th, 2013
03:38 PM ET

Billy Ray Cyrus speaks on Miley's twerked-out show

Billy Ray Cyrus doesn't care how hard his daughter twerks, she'll always be his little Smiley.

The country star said as much in an interview with "Entertainment Tonight," telling the show's Nancy O'Dell that he'll "Of course I'll always be here for Miley."

Adding that he "can't wait to see her when she gets home," Billy Ray said that his relationship with his 20-year-old daughter is intact after the storm of criticism she inspired at Sunday's MTV VMAs.

"She's still my little girl and I'm still her Dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out," he said. "I love her unconditionally and that will never change."

That evening's big winner, Justin Timberlake, hasn't lost any love for his fellow pop star. "She's young ... It's not like it was the Grammys," he said in Miley's defense while chatting with Hot 97's Angie Martinez.

"I was not in the crowd because it was close to my performance," Timberlake said. "I don't look at Miley that way, because the first time I met her she was 'Hannah Montana.' My thoughts on it are, it's the VMAs. We're talking about Madonna in a wedding dress humping the stage, we're talking about Britney doing a striptease. This cycle is not uncommon. ... It's almost like if something like that doesn't happen at the VMAs, then I feel like it was boring."

Gotta say, Justin ... we agree.

Filed under: Celebrities • Justin Timberlake • Miley Cyrus • MTV VMAs • Music

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  1. Aseadog

    My eyes need to have Valtrex rubbed on them! Viley Virus, Viley Virus, Viley Virus! I am pretty sure I got a STD from watching. Do they sell eye condoms?

    August 29, 2013 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. ShaylaBlu

    It's sad that he's defending his "little girl's" behavior! She was utterly disgusting in her "performance!"

    August 29, 2013 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sun

    You people seem to forget that first and foremost, Miley Cyrus is a performer. This was a staged, choreographed performance. Thicke's wife watched many of the rehearsals, and she said she didn't see anything wrong with it. If you have watched the Blurred Lines video, you will realize that Thicke has WAY prettier women rubbing on him on a daily basis, I doubt he was thinking anything except getting his performance correct. She did not strip down and twerk at the mall. She was doing her job. Get over it.

    August 29, 2013 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. pprty

    On drugs? Got disease on icky white fungus tongue?

    August 29, 2013 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Willow

    Sorry, Billy. She's not a little girl anymore. I think that was the whole point, and she'll probably tell you that herself.

    August 29, 2013 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gant

    I wonder who their publicist is and how much they pay? This is going perfectly for them. In the news all week and now Billy Ray is doing his part, perfectly timed to keep it in the news. Mom (or other relative) will be coming on soon enough to continue it. After that it will have to be an exclusive interview somewhere. Don't worry about the music, the PR is selling the brand.

    August 29, 2013 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Meh

    Silence! You single-hit hillbilly.

    August 29, 2013 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. shamus

    no different than anyone else's " little girl" they all get into fads, because madonna was their idol, sadly its what passes for entertainment these days, 90 % of the artists are talentless to begin with.

    August 29, 2013 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    Boy, you have got to be proud of her!!! Like seeing one of those kids with blue spike hair. I bet the parents are real proud of them too....

    You guys need help.

    August 29, 2013 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. dave

    Is he talking about that tongue with a life support system attached?

    August 29, 2013 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. florence

    I am 59 years old and have seen many daddys girls or mommys boys totally ruined because anything the kids did was fine and yes the parents loved the kids and gave them everything ..never disciplined them and those same parents are in their 50's and 60's now and terrified of their kids who they don't dare say no to and they torment the parents...and blame them for everything wrong in their lives....Good luck Billy cause she is only 20 now and your in for lots of fun ahead and your daughter has no self control or values....those kids are horrible to work with because they think only of themselves.

    August 29, 2013 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dissident-Wolverine

    There has to be some standards when performing in public, as it is exposed to the young generation.
    Young people have the tendency of imitating their favorite stars, and I don't think you will want your young children behaving like that in public. Certain things should be for adult viewing only. Just like bullying among the young which was always there, but now with UFC and young people watching that, the bullying with beatings has got worse. Some people wont agree with me, but hey the human mind does mysterious things.

    August 29, 2013 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      It's called "Parental Involvement" Any parent who objected to her performance should have turned the channel, if they were watching with them. I know they can't be everywhere but, they set the standard in the home. But lets face it, they only show those acts because people are buying into them showing the acts. It's time society stands up and say's no more MTV, no more Kardashian clan, we will no longer watch trash t.v. Until then, just watch what they are doing.

      August 29, 2013 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. The Queen of Twerking

    Bootylicious –> " twerking ever since 2001" to general acclaim

    August 29, 2013 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. ChinaTown

    I'd say Miley and her dad ought to be proud, nothing stirs envy and hate as much as success.

    August 29, 2013 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. 10210

    This is no longer about how she danced and what she wore on that VMAs stage, it's about justice. The unfairness of what's being done to her is mind boggling.

    August 29, 2013 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. GuyFromIndia

    Too much love can spoil your child.

    August 29, 2013 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  17. Richard

    Daddy the has-been makes a good living off his daughter.

    August 29, 2013 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  18. Sarah

    Miley we are with you. What's going on with all the losers who suddenly find these moves unacceptable?

    August 29, 2013 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      We losers have always found these moves unacceptable. Isn't the news filled with pretty crappy stuff everyday? Aren't there teenage suicides, rape, war, murder, hate stories everyday? Is the world getting better? Not really. Maybe us losers are hoping for something different. Maybe we want to see some decency and respect from
      Celebs that get attention. We aren't suddenly finding this unacceptable. We are suddenly getting more and more bored and tired of people pushing the limits of decency.

      August 29, 2013 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • For the hypocrites

      James I think Sarah meant by losers the hypocrites, who applauded other singers that made the same moves like her, and appeared in underwear on stage.

      The only DISTURBING FACTOR in this whole campaign is the viciousness with which she is singled out for some things the others did and were appreciated.


      August 29, 2013 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Anonymus

      She is a white victim.

      August 29, 2013 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Losers

      Sorry Sarah, Who you call losers I call people with class. Look it up sometimes. Nice parenting skills there Billy R.

      August 29, 2013 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • BG91

      @"Loosers" – is class something like a disease you suddenly get when Miley sings, then you suddenly cure yourself when you see Rihanna (or others) on stage?

      August 29, 2013 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      It looks like Miley is punished for "stealing" these moves, only looking younger and better?

      August 29, 2013 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  19. Jennings

    Timberlake was pressured to say something critical about her but he didn't, on the contrary, like a smart guy he is, he looked at her performance in the VMAs context.

    August 29, 2013 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  20. HJC

    she's a tramp, not your fault. She is making her own decisions.

    August 29, 2013 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  21. The fact of the matter

    "can't wait to see her when she gets home," – If this equates to "Wait'll I get you home, young lady!!" then I'm for it.

    August 29, 2013 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  22. Dejavu65

    Newsflash.....Dad she is not little anymore!!!!......Shes a freak ahhhhhh!!!

    August 29, 2013 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  23. Bren

    I am jealous. I never had unconditional love from my parents. Or from nobody for that matter.

    August 29, 2013 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |


    August 29, 2013 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  25. Let's be Objective

    At least Miley proved herself as a talent through long years of hard work, as opposed to other singers who climbed to fame because on such moves and stage costumes.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  26. hjc

    Dad to Dad : your daughter is bad news

    August 29, 2013 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  27. anon

    well I'm sure when shes coked out and banged out daddy will still love her unconditionally.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  28. sven

    HillBilly Ray hopes to make a comeback with his new song...Erky twerky heart.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  29. Evelyn

    Good for you! Spoken like a loving father should.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  30. Mary

    Maybe thats part of the problem.. "unconditional" love..
    There should be some parental guidance.. He has been in show business a long long time..
    I am sure he knows where this kind of thing can lead her..It seems he would not want her to sell her talent so cheaply.
    She is rich and famous already.. The desperation of doing this, is more about attention.. Not about desperately trying to gain a career.
    She needs a father who acts like one.. And I have yet to find a "father" who would approve of having his little girl do this in front of the world.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  31. Mary

    I want spread shots.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  32. BO

    I'm sure he is proud of his little twerker.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Bo

      I'd be too, she showed some guts!

      August 29, 2013 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      For real Bo?! She showed some guts? Yeah, cause at the vmas it takes guys to act like an idiot. You know what would take guts at that clown show? Being an actual talented and respectful human being.

      August 29, 2013 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      Well, Justin Timberlake did the " in a Box", Michael Jackson kept touching his crotch on the stage, others make all kinds of promiscuous moves while singing. I haven't see any serious complain. And than this avalanche of reactions to her performance. Why? Do I like these moves? No. But why this random and exaggerated reaction? I never actually liked her music, but I am on her side. As a human being and as a mother. And I know several people who don't agree with this style in general (we've seen it before), but we're disgusted this circus; by society's suddenly finding their sense of right and wrong and attacking such a young one.

      August 29, 2013 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  33. Double Standards for Rihanna and Beyonce

    I'am sick and tired of the whining parents who try to held her prisoner to the Hannah Montana./Disney image their kids had of her. She has a right to live her life and express herself as she pleases. This is VMA people! Young kids should not watch it!!

    And I'm sick of double standards. If she had meat shaking on her while dancing and her name was Beyonce, just because her hood culture accepts and loooves her it would have been ok. But because she is white and skinny, And the Smith family had their jaws drooping to the floor, it is not ok.

    I found the twerking disgusting all these years, when bigger singers like Rihanna and Beyonce, would show up in glittery underwear, with an utter lack of class, among other singers' elegant tuxedos and gowns. I wouldn't have liked Miley's dance, but I would have find her moves a bit less disgusting because her body is toned and elegant. But I am downright supporting her because of all the circus people created, especially the blacks I've heard in the entertaining industry, who were so vocal about it!!!

    August 29, 2013 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Moe

      "But because she is white and skinny, And the Smith family had their jaws drooping to the floor, it is not ok."

      You obviously have something against black people, but that is besides the point. The pics of Will Smith and his family were not taken during Miley's erotic strip show, it was during Lady Gaga's performance. By now, everyone knew that. Let me guess, you are going to say something about Trayvon Martin and Obama in your reply? Yeah, yeah, yeah, we are the victims now and all black people are the racists. The world is coming to an end, wah wah wah!

      August 29, 2013 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
    • dharris15

      The Blacks. Who are the Blacks? A family of four in middle America? What a piece of work. Only Blacks criticized her performance? You're kidding right? FYI, the Smiths were not making those expressions during Miley's disgusting performance. It's already been clarified that their picture is during Gaga's performance. People are criticizing Miley because she looked desperate, cheap, amateurish and downright pitiful. It's not that she has no talent. It's that she's so screwed up that she's wasting her talent. Please give me and the Blacks a break.

      August 29, 2013 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • A dad

      I totally agree about the double standards. If you twerk and are Beyonce you are invited to sing for the president, I can't remember which one though, ours or Cuba's.

      August 29, 2013 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • abc

      Mmmmmmmm, Bootylicious!

      August 29, 2013 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  34. Another Voice

    Good for you, Billy Ray. A good parent should love his child unconditionally, even when they do stupid, immature things. Criticism and disapointment at their behavior should be kept private, while making it clear that even though you may not like what they did, you won't stop loving them.

    A lot of people do stupid things when they are trying to find their way from childhood to the adult world. Unfortunately for Miley, hers will follow her because she is so well known.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • BO

      STUPID. That is how kids get screwed up in the first place. If you love your kid you tell them what is good and bad.

      August 29, 2013 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      He stands up for her because she is unfairly atacked and held to double standards. As a father I approve him.

      August 29, 2013 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  35. Guest

    This is nothing new. She pole danced on stage once as a teenager.

    August 29, 2013 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  36. mojofiasko

    Why does a woman have to degrade herself to be "cutting edge"?

    August 29, 2013 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Evelyn

      Because she wants to. Back off and find something better to complain about. You HAVE seen worse and probably never said a word before. Hypocrites.

      August 29, 2013 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • puddintane

      Men like it that way

      August 29, 2013 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  37. Tom

    "She's still my little girl and I'm still her Dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out," he said. "I love her unconditionally and that will never change." My dog feels the same way about me. Billy Ray, you dog. you!

    August 29, 2013 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Joanne

      To understand the frustration of all the "Tom"s out there you simply have to look at the percentage of women out there in love with Billy, or who at least find him handsome and talented 😉

      August 29, 2013 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  38. Spendlove

    Miley looked like Justin Bieber on meth.

    August 29, 2013 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • jp

      Agree with James, we oppose this have always found these moves unacceptable. Isn't the news filled with pretty crappy stuff everyday? Aren't there teenage suicides, rape, war, murder, hate stories everyday? Is the world getting better? Not really. Maybe us losers are hoping for something different. Maybe we want to see some decency and respect from Celebs that get attention. We aren't suddenly finding this unacceptable. We are suddenly getting more and more bored and tired of people pushing the limits of decency.

      August 29, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  39. reasonedrants

    So many of the comments on here are so ironically unaware comment. You're upset that she essentially objectified herself through the dancing, but have no problem objectifying her yourself, and calling her "nothing but a trash for cash porn queen" or a "disgusting tramp"? Surely you realize that devaluing anyone this way is as big a problem as the performance is? That is, if we're talking about the downfall of morality? (Note: I initially tried to post this as a reply to "Hello" but had issues; sorry if it reposts):

    August 29, 2013 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Spendlove

      Dude seriously you're rambling...

      August 29, 2013 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Evelyn

      Exactly. But do not expect THIS bunch to be reasonable or admit EVER being anything other than the hypocrites they are.

      August 29, 2013 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  40. Mike

    Personally I found the rubber granny panties a little weird, especially since the girl moves like one of the guys from Devo. Miley has graduated though, no more rednecks for her, she is now officially a thug toy.

    August 29, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  41. kerfluffle

    hey, check honey boo boo miley whatever, pay no attention to MLK or the bombing of Syria.

    the USA is being overrun with corporates toadies

    so happy to be in a 'safe' zone for now

    August 29, 2013 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  42. captainL23

    Your daughter needs help billy boy,she is a disgusting tramp!

    August 29, 2013 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  43. Peter,a

    You are sick reviewer,and I hopemumhave a daughter,that behaves like that

    August 28, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  44. susan

    I don't like what she done bc i have a girl and would never want her to act like that...but she got what she wanted EVERYONE talking about her. Im sure many years from now she will look back and say what the hell i was thinking but right now good or bad comments she living it up. shes 20 still just a baby that brain of hers is still not done growing!!!!!!

    August 28, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Smarterest Human

    If she did twerking that in front of a primate in the rain forest, she would have been mounted and pounded.

    August 28, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justsayin'

      Believe it or not, though, those surrounding her were not apes or chimps, and she was not in a zoo. This is humanity, like it or not. And like it or not, she was unlikely to be jumped or humped. She was simply dancing. Get over it.

      August 29, 2013 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  46. virginia

    I think Billy Ray is Hot I am in love now...He can be in my dreams any time he wants to...and Miley Cyrus can twerk all she want any where she want to do so...

    August 28, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  47. virginia

    twerking is the new thing every girl and women in America is doing it...on tv the new channels or every where else what is the fuss all about?????really????? Just like when dirty dancing came out on the 80's every one thought it was cool...I don't mind if my daughteris twerking a bit,,,specially if she does it for her husband...

    August 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • stacee

      um...okay, but this chick took the twerking to a perverted level, and lets not forget her masturbating on stage, in front of had that been one of us, we would be in jail!

      August 29, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • kim

      would u want your daughter twerking on some dudes jock in front of all america?....and playing with herself in front of millions of lady!

      August 29, 2013 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Virginia I'm with you. This is a circus artificially created by the media, and I will not be their sucker.
      besides, why were these moves good for a guy (Michael Jackson was way ahead of his time with crotch grabbing, and people were ecstatic).

      August 29, 2013 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • pprty

      You have a garbage can but you don't bring it into the living room to stare at. You can find garbage if you look for it. You can fill yourself up with it too & pretty soon you become accustomed to it & then you justify it.

      August 29, 2013 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Billy Ray

      Don't twerk my heart, my twerky jerky heart.

      August 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  48. virginia

    I think Billy Ray Cyrus is HOT, and i am proud of his daughters takes some courage to perform that way in public...

    nothing that hasn't being done before though, this is normal on TV, Cable and other TV shows...I've seen worse many years before this...and i am sure it won't be the lost show that bring on controversy in the future...

    August 28, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  49. renee

    We raise our children one way in hopes they will be better than that, but like my daughter said she wants to be seen as an adult now. I just think she could of gone about it in a different way. I am sure she saw her dad make a clean break in his career without using a foam finger to tell everyone he was an adult now.

    August 28, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Hello

    She is now a perfect example of what is WRONG with America...She is now nothing but a trash for cash porn queen.
    I wondered when watching her... porn show... when she was going to ..go all the way.. she sure looked like she really wanted IT... I wonder what stopper her.... she seems to have no morals or limits... I guess that was the message she was selling... Look Daddy... I an your hoe baby... want to ride me too?

    August 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Skeptic

    The other performers at the show must be p-o'd. Miley's performance is the only one people are talking about.

    I thought Lady Gaga did a terrific opening performance, but hers got lost in the attention Cyrus got.

    August 28, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Hello

    She must be looking for a career in the porn business. Seems that would be the only place she will ever get to work from now on. She is very trashy... Someday if she does breed.. I hope not.. her poor kid/s will also have to deal with the embarrassment of having a mother from the gutter.

    August 28, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • AtHello

      What a bitter, frustrated creature you must be! Miley and Ray are superb creatures, talented and with divine blue eyes.

      August 29, 2013 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • We will remind you

      every fking day your in accounts.

      August 30, 2013 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  53. Valerie Johnson

    At jujubeans ...thats exactly why she should be clean she WOULD be OVER already...

    August 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Hulamama51

    This just shows you where this country & world is ... the Bible says in the last days ... people won't blush ... if she were my daughter I would still love her but be ashamed of what she has become..Billy Ray needs a reality check also. She is selling her soul out for the almighty $$$.... and Justin Timberlake is no different ... he "expects" things like this to happen REALLY ????

    August 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • stacy

      Oh please. There have been people saying we are in the end days since before Jesus was born. Hasn't happened yet, and is unlikely to happen any time soon. Get on with your life.

      August 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth C

      SHUT THE H3ll UP

      August 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ashlynn

      Miley = Desperate for fame, Void of self respect, Poor decision making skills, Marginal talent, Embarrassing example of "entertainment." Misguided....

      August 29, 2013 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      We the American people, must be the easiest to be manipulated by the media into what to think. Tomorrow if it's another singer it will be ok again.

      August 29, 2013 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  55. palintwit

    I haven't heard otherwise so I can only assume Sarah Palin continues to waste oxygen. *sigh*

    August 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenman

      Yes, you are a twit!

      August 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      I don't think anybody on the internet finds you particularly bright or interesting in anyway...starting with that disgusting screen name you gave yourself several yrs. ago when Sarah revealed she had a Down Syndrome child. You weren't even the first to do it...but you are certainly the last one to catch on that nobody, nobody at all cares about your Palin rantings all these years later. I've replied to you before and 'suggested' you change your screen name, considering the meaning behind it...but here you are again, with the same tired 'ol act. So as 'Kenman' said to you, "you are (definitely) the twit" :-/

      August 29, 2013 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  56. Mick

    its a shame that she was an idol for many children who watched the Disney channel and now look what it has done to her, really a shame she has to stoop so low to be know.

    August 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jujubeans

      Hey, she's trying to cultivate a bad girl image so she can make the big bucks. If she'd tried to stay a clean cut Hannah Montana her whole career, it would be over already.

      August 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mock

      It's not her fault your kids had chosen her as an idol. I'm glad she shakes the little creepers off of her. Kids should have scientists as idols not entertainers.

      August 29, 2013 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |

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