Morrissey calls off chat show appearance

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Music icon Morrissey called off an appearance on an American chat show after refusing to share the stage with duck-hunting reality TV stars.

The Manchester-born singer, an outspoken animal rights campaigner, said he could not perform on a show with people who ‘amount to animal serial killers’.

The former Smiths frontman was due to appear on ABC’s late-night Jimmy Kimmel Live with the cast of US reality series Duck Dynasty.

The TV show follows the lives of the Robertson family from Louisiana, whose family business makes equipment for duck-hunting. But feathers flew when Morrissey, 53, realised the identity of his fellow guests – and immediately cancelled his appearance.

In a statement issued later, a spokesman for the singer said: “Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

“However, he cannot morally be on a television programme where the cast members of Duck Dynasty will also be guests.

“Morrissey would be honoured to play the show, if Duck Dynasty were removed.”

The singer added: “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.”

Morrissey, who co-wrote the Smiths hit Meat is Murder, has a long history of campaigning over animal rights and has worked alongside the charity People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

He hit the headlines last week when he announced his sold-out LA gig on Friday will be a meat-free zone.

For the first time, food vendors inside and outside the Staples Centre will be completely vegetarian.

Morrissey encouraged the venue to also shut down McDonald’s outposts for his performance. The singer wanted to forbid the sale of ‘flesh as food’.

Morrissey said: “I don’t look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals”.

His tour of America is continuing after he was forced to postpone shows last month after being diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and a throat condition.The star was put under doctor’s orders to rest for a week.

Duck Dynasty’s production company, the A&E satellite channel, did not respond to requests for comment.

A source close to the Jimmy Kimmel Live show said Morrissey would appear on a rescheduled date.