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Morrissey Ditches Kimmel With ‘Duck Dynasty’ Diss

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Bigmouth strikes again, as Morrissey’s dedication to vegetarianism inspires him to cancel a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday (February 26).

The “smell of burning flesh” caused the former Smiths frontman to flee the stage at Coachella in 2009, but this time it’s the mere presence of Duck Dynasty cast members. The popular A&E reality show centers around a family that sells products for duck hunters, some of whom are scheduled to appear on Kimmel Tuesday.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Morrissey reps thanked Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the invitation and explained the change in plan. “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 continued: “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.”

Moz’s cancellation is the latest in a line of vetoes from the “Meat is Murder” singer. Los Angeles’ 20,000-seat Staples Center made headlines last week when facility management offered appease the singer’s requests by focusing on vegetarian fare during his March 1st show.

Despite not having a new album to promote, Morrissey has added several dates to his ongoing North American tour, which has seen various health-related cancellations. When asked why he’d be touring without having new material to promote, he told Billboard simply, “Because a lot of people like me.”

Morrissey’s 2013 North American Tour Dates:

Feb. 27: San Diego (Balboa Theater)
March 1: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
March 2: Los Angeles (Hollywood High School)
March 4: Davis, CA (Robert Mondavi Center)
March 6: Seattle (Moore Theatre)
March 8: Portland, OR (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)
March 9: San Francisco (Regency Ballroom)
March 18: Lawrence, KS (Liberty Hall)
March 19: Lincoln, NE (Rococo Theatre)
March 22: Minneapolis (Orpheum)
March 23: Chicago (Chicago Theater)
March 27: Clear Lake, IA (Surf Ballroom)
March 29: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
March 30: Atlanta (Cobb Energy Center)
April 2: Asheville, NC (Orange Peel)
April 3: Richmond, VA (National)
April 6: Philadelphia (Tower Theater)
April 8: Flint, MI (Whiting Auditorium)
April 9: Indianapolis (Murat Theater)
April 12: Beaumont, TX (Jefferson Theater)
April 13: Pharr, TX (Pharr Entertainment Center)
April 15: Dallas (Palladium)
April 16: Austin (Austin Music Hall)
April 19: Phoenix (Marquee Theater)
April 20: Las Vegas (The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
April 23: El Paso, TX (Tricky Falls)
April 26: Denver (Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre)
April 28: Salt Lake City (Kingsbury Hall)
April 30: San Francisco (The Warfield)

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