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ABC ends Adam Lambert boycott, schedules 'The View' appearance


By Christopher Rocchio, 12/07/2009 

ABC is welcoming back Adam Lambert.

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The network has confirmed the American Idol eighth-season runner-up's Friday night Twitter post that he'll be appearing on The View's December 10 broadcast, The Los Angeles Times reported.

"Hey friends! I will be performing and hanging w the ladies of ABC's The View Thursday the 10th!" wrote Lambert in a post to his Twitter account before reminding his fans that he'll also be appearing on The View producer Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People special on Wednesday night.

"Also look for me on Barbara Walters' Ten Most Fascinating People of 09 the night before also on ABC."

While ABC confirmed Lambert's The View appearance and performance -- which sources said will be pre-taped due to scheduling conflicts -- the network declined further comment when contacted by The Times.

"ABC has taken a step toward fairness by inviting Adam Lambert to perform on The View," Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation president Jarrett Barrios told The Times.

"GLAAD has been advocating against the double standards that have been applied to Lambert as an openly gay performer."

Lambert's interview with Walters will be his first appearance on ABC since his controversial S&M-themed performance of his "For Your Entertainment" debut single at the end of the network's live American Music Awards broadcast on November 22.

During his AMA performance, Lambert held a leash attached to a male dancer wearing bondage gear and used it to pull the dancer towards him.  Lambert then grabbed the back of the dancer's head and shoved the dancer's face in his crotch, simulating a sexual act and causing ABC to cut to an overhead shot of the studio audience during the live East Coast broadcast.

Lambert also fondled a female dancer's crotch, made-out with a male keyboardist, grabbed his own crotch and gestured his middle finger at the audience during the performance.

ABC subsequently decided to cancel a November 25 appearance on Good Morning America as well as a scheduled appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live's December 17 broadcast.  Lambert was also tentatively scheduled for New Year's Rockin' Eve and -- while ABC has yet to formally announced the New Year's Eve special's performance lineup -- that appearance was also dropped.

Lambert subsequently said he didn't blame ABC for the cancellations and instead claimed it was due to "FCC heat."

(Photo credit Fox)


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