"Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow, February 26. However, he cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of Duck Dynasty will also be guests. Morrissey would be honored to play the show, if Duck Dynasty were removed."
UPDATE 9:00 PM PT:
MORRIZSEY posted the link to the press statement on true-to-you.net now, with the additional text:
Morrissey stated, "As far as my reputation is concerned, I can't take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers. If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty then we must step away."
UPDATE 5:05PM PT:
The Jimmy Kimmel Live page is listing "Churchill" as the musical guest on the 26th along with guests Terrence Howard and the Duck Dynasty family.
Show info from the Duck Dynasty page on A&E:
A&E's most-watched series, Duck Dynasty, is back for a third season. The show features a Louisiana bayou family living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while staying true to their family values and lifestyle.
...Some of what's to come this season on Duck Dynasty: Willie tries to lose weight for his high school reunion, Jase and Willie take Missy and Korie deer hunting, the guys rough it in the woods for opening day of duck season, and Si looks for a canine companion.
UPDATE Feb. 26, 6:30PM PT:
Duck Dynasty responded on Larry King by saying, "Who is Morrissey?" They were actually very nice and civil about it:
- Morrissey cancels 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' appearance over 'Duck Dynasty' - Yahoo! TV. Link posted by wemissumoz
- Singer Morrissey Says No to Kimmel, 'Duck Dynasty' - AP / Yahoo! News
A&E did not immediately respond to requests for comment from it and the Robertson family.
A person familiar with the Kimmel show's plans confirmed that Morrissey was to appear. The person lacked authority to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The person says Morrissey's performance will be rescheduled.
ABC says the Churchill band will perform Tuesday on Kimmel's show but declined comment on the switch.
- Morrissey Cancels 'Kimmel' Performance over 'Duck Dynasty' Guests, Books Hollywood Show - Billboard. Link via article at RollingStone, posted by TheFakeJohnnyMarr.
According to THR sources, after numerous attempts to find a compromise (including an option to tape his performance), Jimmy Kimmel producers were finally alerted to the cancelation on Monday afternoon. In Morrissey's place, the show has booked Denver band Churchill.
- See why Morrissey cancels on Kimmel -The RidicuList / Anderson Cooper 360 (video). Link posted by MrShoes (original post).
- Jimmy Kimmel sides with "Duck Dynasty" - video clip
- "Morrissey Slams Jimmy Kimmel, Accuses Him of Making Fun of Gun Control, Depression, Obesity" - Pitchfork
- Jimmy Kimmel extends olive branch to Morrissey; Russell Brand also tweets about trying to get Morrissey as a guest