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'GMA' cancels Adam Lambert after racy performance on AMAs

By Jo Piazza, Special to CNN
Adam Lambert shocked fans with his performance at the American Music Awards.
Adam Lambert shocked fans with his performance at the American Music Awards.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Good Morning America" cancels Adam Lambert's live performance
  • Lambert shocked viewers with his sexually suggestive dance sequence on the AMAs
  • ABC received more than 1,500 complaints after the AMAs
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(CNN) -- The fallout from Adam Lambert's risqué American Music Awards performance keeps coming with "Good Morning America" canceling the singer's live performance scheduled for Wednesday morning.

ABC was flooded with more than 1,500 complaints, and the network sent an e-mail to potential concert goers letting them know that Lambert would not be performing on Wednesday.

"Given Adam Lambert's controversial live performance on the AMAs, we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning," a spokesperson for the network said.

"The Early Show" on rival network CBS was quick to announce that they have booked Lambert to perform and discuss the controversy on Wednesday morning.

Lambert shocked viewers with his sexually suggestive dance sequence that included simulated oral sex as well as Lambert kissing his male keyboardist.

Video: Lambert makes red carpet buzz
Video: Adam Lambert does his thing
Video: Lambert: 'I had fun'

The Parents Television Council, a Media watchdog group, also attacked the show as vulgar and urged its members on Monday to contact ABC, Dick Clark Productions and the show's advertisers with complaints about the content.

"Last night's 'American Music Awards' broadcast was nothing short of tasteless and vulgar. Adam Lambert, the second-place finisher in last season's 'American Idol' competition, chose to treat American families to simulated oral sex and other demeaning behavior," the PTC posted on its Web site.

Melissa Henson, director of communications and public education for the PTC, said the council wasn't concerned about Lambert's gay kiss. Its issue and focus are on the simulated oral sex, she said.

"The gender has nothing to do with it," Henson said. "It would be true if it had been a woman's face that was thrust into his crotch."

Henson also noted that this is not an anti-Adam Lambert campaign and said the council would have had no problem with Lambert performing live on "Good Morning America."

"As long as he keeps it clean," Henson said.

 
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