Justin Timberlake has been confirmed to perform at the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show.
There is no word on if Janet Jackson will join him like she did in 2004 when the two made history with the infamous wardrobe malfunction. Janet caught all of the heat and was even sued, while Timberlake skated away scot-free. The case was thrown out by a federal appeals court which upheld its finding that the Federal Communications Commissions acted improperly in fining CBS over the fleeting exposure of Janet Jackson’s breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. The three-judge panel from 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that the FCC improperly assessed a $550,000 fine against the network for the so-called “wardrobe malfunction” that lasted just over half a second.
A decade later former FCC chairman Michael Powell admits that he acted “unfairly” toward Janet Jackson following the incident. “I personally thought that was really unfair. It all turned into being about her,” Powell said. “In reality, if you slow the thing down, it’s Justin ripping off her breastplace.”
Jackson was also sued by Terri Carlin, Tennessee woman who claimed that Jackson’s exposure and other “sexually explicit conduct” during halftime festivities caused viewers to “suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury.” Carlin later dropped her obviously bogus lawsuit probably after realizing that she had about a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.
An NFL spokesperson told TMZ, “We are not going to comment on any speculation regarding potential guests. There may be no guests. Along with Pepsi, we’re excited to have Justin Timberlake.”
The NFL is going to play this up all the way until halftime of the big game and the world will be watching.