Mekhi Phifer was a guest on the syndicated news magazine show ‘Entertainers with Byron Allen’ on Sunday night, where he discussed his new film ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and his desire to do a film with Al Pacino. But his most interesting quote was his opinion about Justin Timberlake on the Janet Jackson ‘Super Bowl’ incident. When Byron asked him about how he feels about musicians getting into the movie industry, he said, “Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of talented actors out there, who happen to be musicians, but there are a lot more who should just stay behind the mic.”
Byron read off a list of names, including Justin Timberlake, Eve, Mandy Moore and Ice Cube, and Mekhi was unimpressed for the most part. “I respect Cube, he’s been putting it down for a long time, he shouldn’t even be included in that category. I don’t know much about Mandy Moore, and I’m not a Justin Timberlake fan.” Byron asked why, and he bluntly said, “Well, I got love for Janet Jackson and I didn’t like that nonsense he tried to pull after the Super Bowl. The media blew it out of proportion, but I still think he punked out on her. You did something together, you gotta stick together.” He continued, “That’s how I am, anyway. If I’m involved in something that gets me caught up, I’ll own up to my part in it – I’ll take the blame for what I’ve done. I didn’t see him do that, did you?”
Byron then said he thought Justin may have just been in shock about the whole thing and didn’t think before making statements. Mekhi then shrugged and somewhat agreed, saying, “Maybe. You know, I don’t think anyone’s perfect. We all make mistakes, but I think it takes responsibility to accept them.”
Was Janet Jackson Really Invited To The Grammys?
March 18, 2004 – Contributed by Kizzardkid: Dallas Austin, producer of two songs on ‘Damita Jo’ spoke to Access Hollywood recently concerning Janet’s current affairs. Reports saying Janet decided not to attend the Grammys, Dallas Austin says they were wrong. “She said, ‘I didn’t deny [the invitation]. They kicked me off. I was getting my outfit ready. I thought I was going to the party. I was excited, I was ready and they told me I couldn’t go,'” confirmed Dallas.
Janet Jackson To Appear on ‘On Air With Ryan Seacrest’
March 17, 2004 – Janet will take part in a free live outdoor performance during her appearance for “On Air w/ Ryan Seacrest” next month, according to a press release.
The performance will take place in Hollywood, CA, at the Hollywood & Highland Entertainment Complex on the corner of Hollywood and Highland Blvds. The special performance is open to the public and will film live on Friday, April 2, between 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. PST.
Ryan Seacrest will also conduct a sit-down interview with Janet during the hour-long special. Check local listings for the time and channel that “On Air W/ Ryan Seacrest” airs.
The show’s website is also looking for Janet “SuperFans” to be featured as a guest on the show.