ABC books Janet Jackson for (almost) live concert. She'll perform on ''Good Morning America,'' but with a five-second audio and video delay

By Gary Susman
Updated March 12, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Even though warm springtime weather is coming, Janet Jackson might want to wear a few extra layers. The New York Daily News reports that ABC’s ”Good Morning America” has booked her for a live outdoor performance on March 31. Well, not quite live; thanks to her Super Bowl fiasco last month, she’ll be on five-second audio delay, lest she let slip some profanity, and even five-second video delay, lest Justin Timberlake show up again and rip her top off.

According to the New York Times, the performance has been booked since November, to coincide with the release that week of her new CD, ”Damita Jo,” but after Jackson’s Feb. 1 ”wardrobe malfunction,” ABC execs agreed to go forward with the concert only after imposing the delay. And Jackson will also now have to face a round of ”What were you thinking?” questions from Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson, the Daily News reports.

The performance, which will take place in Manhattan’s Battery Park, will be her first TV appearance, as well as her first live show, since the Super Bowl — stealing some of the thunder from her scheduled April 10 gig on NBC’s ”Saturday Night Live,” where she’ll serve as both host and musical guest. We’re guessing that show airs late enough not to need a tape delay.