Wednesday, May 29, 2024

UPDATE: Janet Jackson Says She Won’t Be Joining Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl


UPDATE: After I posted this story today, Janet Jackson posted a message clarifying she will NOT be at the Super Bowl.


EXCLUSIVE The interest is buzzing and hoping for an undo of the Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake wardrobe malfunction tomorrow.

You remember the 2004 “Nipplegate” that became endless gossip for years. The rumor was that Janet was banned from the Super Bowl (false).

But I’m told that there will be no rematch during the Patriots-Eagles halftime show tomorrow. Janet Jackson, as far as anyone knows, is in Los Angeles and has no plans to travel to Minneapolis.

Indeed, a JJ appearance during Timberlake’s set would be so crazily diverting from the actual game that they’d have to stop play altogether.

No, it’s probably best to let the whole thing slide. Maybe Janet will turn up in a taped piece, but I doubt it. Better to let sleeping dogs lie.

Meantime, we’ll see if Timberlake– who has the number 1 album released on Friday– can top Lady Gaga’s sales tsunami from last year. Gaga’s Super Bowl appearance was so spectacular that her entire record catalog went soaring in sales immediately after. The show revived her “Joanne” album and its single “Million Reasons.” So hold on– we’ll see if “Can’t Stop the Feeling” comes roaring back onto the charts. Betcha it will.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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