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Timberlake Explains What Happened in Super Bowl Exposure
KPIX
Wed Feb 4, 8:35 PM ET

The PIXPage Staff

Justin Timberlake spoke exclusively to CBS at the Grammy rehearsals Wednesday, calling the Super Bowl incident that exposed Janet Jackson's breast embarrassing and frustrating.

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"Let me just get something off my chest," Timberlake said. "I've been on tour for the past three months. I got a call from my manager to do the Super Bowl -- that they were interested in me doing the Super Bowl -- and initially turned it down. I got a call from Janet, and decided to do it.

"I wasn't able to be at a lot of the rehearsals. I flew in from Spain the last day. The rehearsals were actually on the field, and the only thing that was really accomplished from those rehearsals was how I was going to enter the stage. But, I have faith in myself so I wasn't really worried.
"I didn't fly into Houston until the day of the Super Bowl. I got a call prior to the show from Janet and her choreographer, saying that they wanted to do a costume reveal. I was under the impression that what was going to be revealed in the costume reveal was a red brassiere, a bustier, forgive me... When what happened, happened, I mean I was completely shocked and appalled and all I could say was, 'Oh, my God, oh my God.' I looked at her, they brought a towel up on the stage, I immediately covered her up. I was completely embarrassed, and just walked off the stage as quick as I could."

Timberlake called CBS's plan to use a video-delay during Sunday's Grammy Awards a "great idea."

Timberlake's apology comes fresh on heels of Janet Jackson's. In a videotaped statement, she said she never intended to offend anyone.

"My decision to change the Super Bowl performance was made after the final rehearsal," she said. "MTV, CBS, the NFL had no knowledge of this whatsoever, and unfortunately the thing went wrong in the end."

Meantime, the NFL cancelled a planned appearance by one of Timberlake's 'N Sync (news - web sites) band members at Sunday's Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

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