Originally created 03/17/04

Cedric the Entertainer subs for Timberlake in 'Motown 45'

LOS ANGELES -- Justin Timberlake is out, and Cedric the Entertainer is in as the new co-host of ABC's "Motown 45" special.

Cedric, the co-star of "Barbershop 2: Back in Business," will emcee the show with singer Lionel Richie.

Among the artists slated to perform in the tribute to Motown Records are The Commodores, The Four Tops, Macy Gray, Gladys Knight, The Temptations and original Supremes Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong.

Timberlake dropped out of the show because of a conflict with filming his first movie, "Edison," as a young journalist who discovers an elite team of corrupt police.

The recent Grammy winner had been tapped earlier this year to co-host the anniversary celebration of the legendary soul music label along with Richie.

Timberlake was engulfed in controversy for much of February after he ripped off part of Janet Jackson's costume during the Super Bowl halftime show, revealing her breast. The choreographed stunt, which both said was not meant to include nudity, sparked a national outcry and an FCC investigation. CBS, which aired the Super Bowl, only allowed Timberlake to participate in its Grammy broadcast after he agreed to apologize on the air.

The special will tape at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on April 4 and is tentatively scheduled to air sometime in May.


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