Justin Timberlake says Janet not part of Super Bowl show

Justin Timberlake gives a news conference before the Super Bowl in Minnesota
Super Bowl half time entertainer Justin Timberlake gives a news conference about his upcoming performance in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. February 1, 2018 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

February 4, 2018

By Frank Pingue

LONDON (Reuters) – Justin Timberlake caused a national controversy when he performed the Super Bowl halftime show with Janet Jackson in 2004, and the pop singer said on Thursday not to expect his partner in crime to appear this time around.

Timberlake on Sunday will return to America’s biggest stage 14 years after a “wardrobe malfunction” overshadowed his last gig at the National Football League’s championship game.

“To be honest I had a ton of grand ideas about special guests. There’s a whole list. I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it. From NSYNC to (Jay-Z) to Chris Stapleton to Janet,” Timberlake told a news conference in Minneapolis.

“But this year… my band, the Tennessee Kids, I feel like they are my special guests and I am excited this year to rock the stage and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Timberlake infamously ripped off part of Jackson’s garment during their halftime show performance in Houston and briefly bared her breast. The incident coined the phrase “wardrobe malfunction.”

The Parents Television Council published an open letter to Timberlake on Thursday asking the 10-times Grammy winner to keep his performance, which is estimated to draw more than 100 million viewers, friendly and safe for children.

“The fallout of your performance during Super Bowl XXXVIII has left an indelible mark. You really threw us – and millions of parents who were watching with their kids,” the group wrote.

“The now-infamous wardrobe malfunction was the biggest news story for weeks, even at a time when the nation had launched into war in Iraq.”

The letter continued, “We ask you to keep the halftime show friendly and safe for the children watching, and who may be hoping to emulate you one day.”


Timberlake did not reveal too many details of his upcoming performance but did say his “Can’t Stop The Feeling” hit song from the movie “Trolls” will be included along with plenty of dancing, while also promising something new.

“Without giving too much away we are doing a few things with this halftime show that they have never quite done before,” said Timberlake, whose new album “Man of the Woods” come out on Friday.

“I always like to push, to be able to do something like that. But also, on a more serious note, it’s a moment where you have the opportunity to bring so many people together through what I think is the greatest art form, which is music.”

Timberlake will have around 13 minutes to perform at halftime of the game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis.

Timberlake, who turned 37 on Wednesday and was serenaded to “Happy Birthday” by some of the attending media, took many light-hearted questions but also stressed how grateful he was to be able to share his passion for writing and performing music.

“We want everyone to have a ton of fun, that’s my main objective with the halftime show,” said Timberlake. “I like to make dance music so I hope everyone’s dancing. I think that’s the greatest thing anyone can do to express joy.”

(This version of the story refiles to fix dateline.)

(Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

13 Comments on "Justin Timberlake says Janet not part of Super Bowl show"

  1. I have never heard him sing…and probably won’t. Can’t they bring The Who back if they’re using people who’ve already preformed?????

  2. Timberlake, you suck.

  3. NFL is a bad joke. If you like football watch collage or play it with friends

  4. Boycott the spoiled punks of the NFL! Pathetic coward Bill Belichick says after 16 Patriots took a knee (this season) in protest of inequality and Donald Trump:

    “I have immense respect and admiration for our players, for how they conduct themselves professionally as New England Patriots and for how they represent themselves, their families and community as men. (NBC, 9/25/17)

  5. pretty lame comment to use as an excuse that Janet wont be there… pretty sure Justin was physically involved in that incident… Where is the follywood outrage… lol

  6. Speak_Clearly | February 2, 2018 at 8:19 am |

    While I will watch the game, the halftime portion would be better suited with funny commercials instead of this clown and his list of jay-z retards.

  7. #BoycottSuperBowl #XFLRising #BoycottNFL

  8. I miss the marching band shows. It’s literally the only reason I’ve ever attended a football game!

  9. I can’t believe there was an accidental wardrobe malfunction. I believe it was planned.
    I’m not surprised that it’s the woman who gets slammed and the man gets paid well to do another half-time show.

  10. Agree with Chris M…our family will be elsewhere. Don’t care, not interested in NFL this season…Hopefully they will clean up their act after this season fiasco…We are planning another Jersey/memorabila BURN party in our Cul de Sac on superbowl sunday…I encourage others to do the same….Show these players that loyalty and respect is not easily earned and never entitled…What have these players accomplished since they knelt down during our National Anthem? Nothing has changed in their inner city ghettos and they have done nothing significant to make those changes. BOYCOTT SUPERBOWL

  11. How dumb is this. I guess a slow day in the news room..

  12. Nobody cares … not watching

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