Monday, May 20, 2024

Exclusive: CBS to Rebroadcast Billy Joel Special April 19th After Cutting it Short Last Night (Watch)



CBS will rebroadcast the Billy Joel special after screwing it up last night. The new date is April 19th at 9pm.

In a statement, the network apologized to Joel, his fans, and CBS affiliated stations.


CBS is busy finding a scapegoat for its screw up last night when they cut off Billy Joel’s special before it ended. They got some exec in Florida to say it was his fault. LOL. No, it was the network.

Maybe the network was getting back at Billy for his 1994 Grammys performance. Billy and co were in the middle of his song “River of Dreams” when the piano man just stopped cold in the middle of it.

Billy said, looking at this watch: “Valuable advertising time going by. Valuable advertising time going by. Dollars. Dollars. Dollars.”

Why? Because earlier in the show, the Grammys had cut off Frank Sinatra, the chairman of the effing board, before he finished speaking. They went to an ad, and that irritated Billy– and the audience.

Retribution last night? You never know. Networks have long memories.

Check it out at 2:35

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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