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Janet Jackson to host comic show
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake
Jackson caused a furore after a TV duet with Justin Timberlake
Singer Janet Jackson is to host TV comedy show Saturday Night Live next month in her first network performance since her infamous TV breast-baring.

NBC said Jackson would present and perform on the 10 April edition of the show, broadcast live from New York.

She caused national outrage by exposing her breast during a televised duet at the Super Bowl on 1 February.

A Saturday Night Live spokesman said he did not know of plans for a tape delay to prevent any possible vulgarity.

The show - a US comedy institution - has already lampooned the incident. Will and Grace star Megan Mullally ripped the breast pocket from American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken.


Saturday Night Live has itself been accused of profanity, including a notorious incident in 1981 in which the F-word was used.

Jackson, 37, was barred from appearing at the televised Grammy awards after she declined demands to issue an on-air apology for the Super Bowl incident.

She later bowed out of plans to star in a TV movie about veteran singer Lena Horne after Horne said she was offended by Jackson's act.

The incident led to calls by US politicians for tough measures to "clean up" the nation's TV coverage.

US broadcasters could face fines of $500,000 (273,000) for indecency after politicians overwhelmingly recommended a steep increase in penalties.

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