‘GMA’ Cancels Adam Lambert’s Performance, CBS Picks Him Up

by | November 24, 2009 at 12:26 PM | TV News

Adam Lambert on the AMAs (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Adam Lambert on the AMAs (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Looks like Adam Lambert’s racy performance during last weekend’s ‘American Music Awards’ has cost him a major gig.

The ‘American Idol‘ runner-up’s performance set for Wednesday on ‘Good Morning America‘ was cancelled by ABC.

“Given his controversial American Music Awards performance, we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning,” an ABC spokesman said.

Lambert shocked audiences at the music awards show with a performance that included simulated oral sex and S&M costumes.  Afterward, ABC received 1,500 complaints from TV viewers.  (By comparison, Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction resulted in nearly 500,000 complaints.)  Lambert defended his performance to Rolling Stone.

“My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom,” he said, adding he was prey to a double standard.

“Female performers have been doing this for years — pushing the envelope about sexuality — and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out.  We’re in 2009; it’s time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people’s eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I’m not for them.”

Apparently CBS has offered Lambert a spot Wednesday on ‘The Early Show.’ He will also talk later that night about his turn on the AMAs with David Letterman.