HONOLULU -- The NFL is changing the Pro Bowl's halftime show
because of Janet Jackson's breast-baring at the Super Bowl.
Singer JC Chasez was dumped from the program for the all-star
game Sunday after fellow `N Sync member Justin Timberlake's stunt
with Jackson at the championship game.
The new Pro Bowl halftime plan includes hula dancers, drummers,
conch shell blowers and local singers.
"The commissioner said Monday morning that we will change our
policies and procedures as it relates to entertainment during our
games," league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. "This is immediate
action that reflects that approach."
Timberlake ripped off a piece of Jackson's outfit, exposing one
of her breasts covered only with a "nipple shield" during the
halftime show Sunday. Jackson issued an apology Monday night,
saying it was a last-minute stunt that went awry.
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue called it "offensive,
embarrassing to us and our fans, and inappropriate."
"We will change our policies, our people and our processes
before the next Super Bowl to ensure that this entertainment is far
more effectively dealt with," he said Monday.
Chasez issued a statement Wednesday through Gina Orr, publicist
for 'N Sync's label, Jive Records in Los Angeles.
"No one could be more disappointed than I that the NFL has
canceled my halftime performance at the Pro Bowl this coming
Sunday," Chasez said. "I've told the NFL I understand the
pressure that they are under since the Super Bowl."
Orr said she couldn't immediately say whether Chasez would still
perform the national anthem at the Pro Bowl as planned.
The new halftime show -- with 200 hula dancers, 1,000 other
dancers, drummers and a new song called "Welcome to my Paradise"
-- originally was supposed to be pregame entertainment.