Jackson Will Be Live on 'SNL'
By Frazier Moore,
Associated Press - 4/10/04
NEW YORK - Viewers are used to
watching "Saturday Night Live" aired live. Live, as
in: as it happens, not five or seven seconds later, once the
censors say it's safe for broadcast. But is Janet Jackson safe
to serve as this weekend's host for "Saturday Night Live"
Live television, of course, has
been on a death watch since Jackson (with Justin Timberlake's
help) flashed her way into notoriety during the Super Bowl halftime
With viewers up in arms, the
Federal Communications Commission on the war path and the networks
on high alert that someone else might misbehave, tape delays
have become the norm.
The Oscarcast and the Grammy
show both had them in February. (Turns out, everybody behaved.)
Even "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest,"
which usually airs live, played it safe last week when Jackson
was a guest. There to promote her new album, "Damita Jo,"
she was seen and heard on a seven-second tape delay, just in
Now comes the big test. NBC insists
it isn't changing its long-held policy of airing "SNL"
live, at least for the East Coast. (The last time "SNL"
aired on tape delay was 14 years ago, when foul-mouthed comic
Andrew Dice Clay was host, according to "SNL" spokesman
The network is publicizing Jackson's
appearance (11:30 p.m. EDT) accordingly. "Anything could
happen," cracks one promo, "as long as it meets FCC