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Vegetarian rocker Morrissey: I won't be on talk show alongside animal killers

Feb 26, 2013

Singer Morrissey has cancelled his Feb. 26 appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" after learning that cast members of the A&E reality TV show "Duck Dynasty" will also be guests on the talk show.

"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," Morrissey, a vegetarian and animal-rights activist, explained on his website. "If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty then we must step away."

"Duck Dynasty" is a reality TV show that focuses on the Robertson family, which runs a business that makes products for duck hunters.

The rest of the statement reads: "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, 53, is a vocal proponent of animal rights who wrote the 1985 song "Meat is Murder." Last week, the British singer/songwriter made headlines after asking the Staples Center in Los Angeles to only serve vegetarian food at its concession stands during his upcoming sold-out concert on March 1.

The Staples Center responded by saying it can't take meat off the menu entirely, but will offer an expanded selection of vegetarian and vegan food options.

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