ABC cancels more Adam Lambert appearances

bawdy boy: Of his American Music Awards act, Lambert says, it
bawdy boy: Of his American Music Awards act, Lambert says, it "wasn't the best first impression." (David M. Russell/cbs Via Associated Press)
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By Lisa de Moraes
Friday, December 4, 2009

ABC is developing a new reality series called "Sanctimoniously Dumping Adam Lambert."

In this week's episode, the network dumps the "American Idol" runner-up from not one but two more programs: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and its "New Year's Rockin' Eve" while batting its eyes coyly. It declined primly to comment on either decision.

"Dumping Adam" debuted last month when the network yanked a scheduled appearance and performance by Lambert on its infotainment show "Good Morning America" -- which was strange because Lambert had made, you know, news when he'd performed a few days earlier at the American Music Awards, also on ABC.

On Sunday, Nov. 22, Lambert brought down the house at the AMAs, and gave ABC the vapors with a highly choreographed performance that included a male-dancer-shoves-face-in-Lambert-crotch move, and a Lambert-kisses-dude stunt. The Lambert-walks-shirtless-leather-chapped-guys-on-leash bit? ABC was totally fine with that.

Note to ABC: Airing music trophy shows is not for the faint of heart. And, when an artist is performing surrounded by chicks dressed like pre-World War II Berlin hookers hanging from stripper poles, and guys are being walked on all fours like dogs, and the tune's lyrics go like this:

Imma hurt you real good baby

Let's go, it's my show, baby, do what I say . . .

I told ya, Imma hold ya down until you're amazed

Give it to ya til you're screamin' my name

. . . sometimes things are going to happen.

Anyway, two days later, ABC yanked Lambert from "GMA" after reporting it had received 1,500 complaints, explaining that "given his controversial American Music Awards performance, we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning."

On the other hand, ABC also boasted that the AMA broadcast, in which Lambert was the closing and most highly anticipated act, had attracted its biggest audience in seven years with an impressive 2 million more viewers than last year's show.

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