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Morrissey Won't Do Kimmel Show With the 'animal serial killers' of TV's 'Duck Dynasty'

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Where rocker Morrissey goes, his firm principles must follow, and while that might mean more meat-free grub available during his show at The Staples Center, it also means he won't share the TV airwaves with anyone he considers to be "animal serial killers." Specifically, Morrissey has backed out of his appearance on Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live! show because the cast of "Duck Dynasty" are also on the guest list.

The onetime Smiths frontman issued a statement Monday about his booked appearance, as posted on the Morrissey site True to You:

Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow, February 26. However, 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 stated, "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."

"Duck Dynasty" is a reality show on A&E centered on "a Louisiana bayou family living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while staying true to their family values and lifestyle." The trouble for animal rights activist Morrissey is that the family's business is duck hunting.
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The Hollywood Reporter notes that there were several stabs at working something out so that Morrissey could still make the appearance, such as taping his performance, but ultimately the word was it was Morrissey or the duck killers, period. The band Churchill will appear on Kimmel's show instead.

To make up for the missed appearance, Morrissey has announced a make-good kind of opportunity, according to Billboard:

Los Angeles fans will have another chance to see him up close, as he's announced a date at Hollywood High School on March 2. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m.