After being a part of one of the most controversial Super Bowl halftime shows of all time, pop star Justin Timberlake is reportedly putting the finishing touches on a deal to headline the halftime show for the upcoming Super Bowl.
Us Weekly quotes an unnamed inside source saying Timberlake is finalizing a deal. The insider adds: “As of right now, it will just be Justin — no surprise performers.”
Timberlake was performing with Janet Jackson when the infamous “nipplegate” incident occurred during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers on Feb. 1, 2004, in Houston. Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” occurred when Timberlake pulled off a part of Jackson’s costume, briefly exposing her right nipple.
The incident spawned an intense debate over indecency in broadcasting, with the FCC eventually fining CBS a record $550,000 — a fine that was later overturned. Us Weekly notes that the FCC also implemented new policies, including adding a five-second broadcast delay for live performances.
Super Bowl LII is set for Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis.