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Popular Singer Pulls Out of 'Kimmel' Appearance, Refuses to Share Stage With 'Animal Serial Killers' NY Times

A well-known singer pulled the plug on a scheduled appearance Tuesday on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” refusing to appear on the same show with cast members from the A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty," reports The New York Times' ArtsBeat.

Morrissey, the former leader of the Smiths and a singer known for his animal rights activism, labeled the “Duck” folks "animal serial killers," the piece notes.

Morrissey, whose band created the 1985 hit album "Meat Is Murder," said his reputation couldn't "take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers." He added, "If Jimmy cannot dump ‘Duck Dynasty,’ then we must step away.”

The story notes: "His views on killing ducks for sport are pretty far from the bushy-bearded duck-hunting gang on ‘Duck Dynasty,’ who manufacture calls and other gear for hunters."

Kimmel's show replaced Morrissey with the band Churchill, the story adds.

The report adds: “The performance was to have been Morrissey’s first since last month, when he canceled several concerts after being diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer. He is now scheduled to resume touring on Wednesday in San Diego before returning to Los Angeles for a show at the Staples Center.”

The story notes that Staples Center refused a request by Morrissey to serve only vegetarian dishes at his concert, but agreed to add some vegetarian options at its restaurants.