ABC cancels Lambert appearance on morning TV show

LOS ANGELES Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:17pm EST

LOS ANGELES Nov 24 (Reuters) - An appearance by "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert on ABC television show "Good Morning America" was canceled on Tuesday, following the singer's sexually-charged performance at the American Music Awards.

Lambert, 27, had been due to perform on Wednesday to promote his debut album "For Your Entertainment," but an ABC News spokesperson said on Tuesday: "Given his controversial American Music Awards performance, we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning."

ABC, which also aired the music awards program on Sunday, said it had received more than 1,500 complaints about Lambert.

Millions of viewers saw him simulate oral sex with a back-up dancer, plant a passionate kiss on the mouth of a male keyboard player and gesture to the audience with his middle finger during the closing act of the live music awards show.

Parts of his performance were cut when the show aired later Sunday on the U.S. West Coast.

Lambert, 27, who declared he was gay after No. 1-rated "American Idol" ended in May, also was scheduled to appear on CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" this week and on other TV programs. It was not immediately clear whether other networks had canceled.

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

((Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Reuters Messaging; jill.serjeant.reuters.com@reuters.net; 1 213 380 2014)) ((To read more about our entertainment news, visit our blog "Fan Fare" online at blogs.reuters.com/fanfare/))

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