Lambert No Apologies
ABC was clearly in a no-win position Tuesday following its decision to cancel Adam Lambert's appearance on Good Morning America following his racy performance Sunday night on the American Music Awards. The network said that it did so after receiving more than 1,500 complaints about Lambert's AMA act in which he kissed a male band member and had another simulate oral sex on him. ABC said that it felt that Lambert's planned performance on GMA would likely not be appropriate for a morning audience. That prompted CBS, the perennial third-place network when it comes to morning programming, to invite Lambert to appear on its The Early Show . The New York Daily News reported on its website that hundreds of Lambert fans showed up outside the storefront studio, with one of them telling the newspaper, "He's a great performer and I thought I was going to die when [ABC] canceled the show. It was great of CBS to take this opportunity." CBS invited Lambert's mother Leila to appear on the show. Asked about the controversy surrounding his performance, she remarked, "You know, I was a little taken aback, but I just went with the flow, and it's all good." The important thing, she added, is that "he inspires so many people. ... That's the best part, just the inspiration that he brings to people." Lambert himself offered no apologies. "I do see how people got offended, but that was not my intention," he said. "I was looking out in the crowd and saw some of my favorite pop stars and thought, 'I want to let loose.'"