Morrissey Says No To Duck Dynasty, Cancels Kimmel

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Los Angeles Morrissey fans collectively rolled their eyes today as their temperamental superhero announced he’d be canceling Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance.

It isn’t the “smell of burning flesh” like 2009’s Coachella Festival that will force the singer away. It’s stars of A&E’s reality television program Duck Dynasty that will keep the former Smiths frontman from taking the stage. Kimmel’s guests Tuesday include members of the popular TV show that centers around a family who make a hearty living selling products for duck hunters.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Morrissey reps thanked the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show for the invitation and explained the change in plan. “He cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of Duck Dynasty will also be guests. Morrissey would be honored to play the show, if Duck Dynasty were removed.”

Morrissey added to the statement saying, “As far as my reputation is concerned, I can’t take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers. If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty then we must step away.”

This cancellation is just the latest in the line of vetoes as he exorcises his “Meat is Murder” stance. L.A.’s 20,000 seat Staples Center made headlines last week when facility management offered appease the singer’s requests by focusing on vegetarian fare during his March 1 show.

Despite not having a new album to promote, Morrissey has added several dates to his on again off again North American tour. When asked why he’d be touring without having new material to promote he told Billboard, “Because a lot of people like me.”

SEE ALSO: Stop Me If You Think That You’ve Heard This One Before: Morrissey Bitten By Dog, Plans To Write Sad Song About It

2013 North American Tour Dates

Feb. 27: San Diego (Balboa Theater)
March 1: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
March 2: Los Angeles (Hollywood High School)
March 4: Davis, CA (Robert Mondavi Center)
March 6: Seattle (Moore Theatre)
March 8: Portland, OR (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)
March 9: San Francisco (Regency Ballroom)
March 18: Lawrence, KS (Liberty Hall)
March 19: Lincoln, NE (Rococo Theatre)
March 22: Minneapolis (Orpheum)
March 23: Chicago (Chicago Theater)
March 27: Clear Lake, IA (Surf Ballroom)
March 29: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
March 30: Atlanta (Cobb Energy Center)
April 2: Asheville, NC (Orange Peel)
April 3: Richmond, VA (National)
April 6: Philadelphia (Tower Theater)
April 8: Flint, MI (Whiting Auditorium)
April 9: Indianapolis (Murat Theater)
April 12: Beaumont, TX (Jefferson Theater)
April 13: Pharr, TX (Pharr Entertainment Center)
April 15: Dallas (Palladium)
April 16: Austin (Austin Music Hall)
April 19: Phoenix (Marquee Theater)
April 20: Las Vegas (The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
April 23: El Paso, TX (Tricky Falls)
April 26: Denver (Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre)
April 28: Salt Lake City (Kingsbury Hall)
April 30: San Francisco (The Warfield)


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