Morrissey, the former front man for English alternative rock band 'The Smiths' cancelled a recent appearance on ABC night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" when he found out the stars of the A&E hit "Duck Dynasty" would also be appearing.

An avid animal rights activist, Morrissey was quoted as saying, “As far as my reputation is concerned, I can't take the risk of being alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers.”

Morrissey (Mike Pont/GettyImages)

Following the cancellation, Morrissey released this statement,

Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow, February 26.  However, he cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of Duck Dynasty will also be guests. Morrissey would be honored to play the show, if Duck Dynasty were removed.

 

The Louisiana native Robertson family of 'Duck Dynasty' are the owners of legendary hunting brand Duck Commander and have risen to popular fame through their reality show which depicts their unique lifestyle filled with hunting, family, fun antics, faith, and of course their trade mark long beards.