Diane Sawyer’s GMA Co-Host Defends Janet Grilling
April 1, 2004 – Billy Bush of ‘Access Hollywood’ spoke with Diane Sawyer’s ‘Good Morning America’ co-host Charles Gibson who offered a more diplomatic response about Diane’s interview with Janet Jackson than the angry fans at Battery Park who were sick of hearing about the Super Bowl breast flash. “First of all, you are playing to a number of audiences,” Gibson explained. “I think the audience at home wants answers to those questions and the crowd here wants music.”
Janet Jackson Plants ‘GMA’ Crowd With Hecklers
April 1, 2004 – When ‘Good Morning America’ host Diane Sawyer asked Janet about her notorious breast-baring Super Bowl moment, members of the crowd – apparently plants from the Jackson camp – chanted “Get over it!” and “Leave her alone!” An observer on the scene told The New York Daily News: “That heckling was about as spontaneous as Janet’s wardrobe malfunction.”
Janet Jackson’s Biggest Fear: Usher’s Coming
March 31, 2004 – Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports officials at Virgin Records are worried Usher’s ‘Confessions’ will top label star Janet’s ‘Damita Jo’ this week. “We’re even more worried now about Usher’s second week,” one of Janet’s record execs confided. “Because if Usher’s off only, let’s say, 60 percent in his second week, that’s 400,000 copies. He may still beat us to No. 1.” ‘Damita Jo’, at the rate things are going, will be lucky to sell 300,000 copies this week. Read more.
Al Sharpton Backs Janet Jackson
March 31, 2004 – The New York Daily News reports Al Sharpton is backing Janet after her Super Bowl breast flash. “I’m here to support Janet,” Sharpton said at the ‘Damita Jo’ album launch party. “Everything that happened after the Super Bowl was so overblown. [Federal Communications Commission Chairman] Michael Powell overreacted in order that the Bush administration could try and distract people from the real problems of this country.”