Timberlake to headline halftime show at Super Bowl LII

Timberlake to headline halftime show at Super Bowl LII

Timberlake announced that he will be performing during Super Bowl LII, which will kick off from U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018, in a short video clip on Twitter alongside Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. That appearance, however, was quickly eclipsed by the notorious episode three years later, in which he tore off co-star Janet Jackson's top, briefly revealing a bejeweled nipple.

Jackson remains banned from singing at the Super Bowl, and several people on Twitter were angered by the choice of Timberlake.

On Sunday, after the Timberlake Halftime show announcement, the hashtag #JusticeForJanet began trending, with fans calling for Jackson to be invited back to perform.

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Other recent halftime performers have included Katy Perry with Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott, Mars with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beyonce with Destiny's Child and Madonna.

"What I really want to do is take the opportunity to put together a performance that feels like it unifies", Timberlake said. "But...no...that's not going to happen".

Timberlake apologized for the incident and said it was "not intentional and is regrettable". The performance went off without a hitch until the end, when Timberlake ripped a plate off of Jackson's top, exposing her breast on national television. "I feel like that would be the ultimate accomplishment, and then the icing on the cake is at some point within that 12 minutes that everybody is shaking their booty". The annual championship game will air on NBC, which is also home to Fallon's popular talk show.