Contributed anonymously: CBS will air tonight (January 2nd) at 8:00 pm ET/PT the ‘Michael Jackson Special’ show. Beyonce Knowles, Missy Elliott, Dick Clark, Mary J. Blige, Carson Daly, Shaggy, Savion Glover, Pharrell Williams, Wyclef Jean, Quincy Jones and Jennifer Lopez are among the artists who will pay tribute to Jackson in the planned one-hour show. The artists and celebrity guests will talk about Jackson’s music and videos and his impact on pop culture. The special will also feature Jackson’s performance of his new single, ‘One More Chance’ from his new album, ‘Michael Jackson Number Ones’. The special will offer new takes on Jackson’s classic songs by combining the digitally restored original music videos with live performances that have been filmed over the years from his ‘Off the Wall’ and ‘Thriller’ eras. Also featured on the program will be ‘History’ tour footage and other behind-the-scenes footage from Jackson’s career.
Jackson’s 20 Year Childhood
January 1, 2004 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, “Well folks, in about 20 minutes, both hands will be on 12. But enough about Michael Jackson… I think I’ve decided what my new year’s resolution is going to be. I’m not watching any more creepy Michael Jackson interviews… Did you watch the other night? Michael explained the reason he has Neverland and lives the way he does is because he never had a childhood. He’s 45! He’s been saying that for over 20 years. He’s had a 20 year childhood. He’s now had the longest childhood in history. Grow up it’s over!”
Jackson’s Police Handling Request Not Honored
January 1, 2004 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Tuesday night, “Did you see the Michael Jackson interview last night? (silence) Ok six of you saw it. Actually a lot of people tuned in. During the interview Michael claimed that during his arrest the police manhandled him – when he specifically asked to be boyhandled.”
CBS Denies Paying For Michael Jackson Interview
January 1, 2004 – Several sources denied claims by the New York Times that CBS executives shelled out $1 million to Michael’s interview with Ed Bradley on ’60 Minutes’. “CBS News does not pay for interviews and did not pay Michael Jackson or anyone connected to him for this interview, directly or indirectly,” CBS News spokeswoman Marcy Erhard tells The New York Daily News. Jackson adviser Charles Koppelman also insisted the singer wasn’t paid any money at all for the interview. “The deal was the deal, there’s only one payment,” he said referring to the earlier entertainment contract.
Jackson’s Christmas Gift
January 1, 2004 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “It’s now being reported that for Christmas Michael Jackson got a new Gameboy. I believe his name is Billy.”