Miley Cyrus' dad, Billy Ray, bailed last night on his first in-depth interview regarding his daughter's performance at the VMAs Sunday. Billy Ray Cyrus was scheduled to appear Tuesday on "Piers Morgan Live", but canceled at such a late moment that he was still included in the East Coast feed's show-opening tease about what was to coming up later in the program, according to E! News on Aug. 27. Meanwhile, "View" co-host Sherri Shephard stopped by "The Tonight Show" and told Jay Leno what she thought about Miley Cyrus' VMA performance at the Barclays Center, saying she's going to hell.
Piers Morgan didn't announce Billy Ray's cancellation until there were only about 15 minutes left in the show.
No official reason was given, but the host joked that the country singer dad probably just hadn't quite figured out what to say about Miley yet.
As the fallout from Sundays MTV Video Music Awards continues, Billy Ray Cyrus did speak to ET briefly yesterday about the fiasco.
He referred to the entertainment business as being like a circus, and basically said how much he loves his daughter, and that he'll always have her back.
Sherri Shephard wasn't quite as kind when she told Jay Leno that she watched Miley's performance, and in her opinion the 20-year-old is, "going to hell in a twerking handbasket".
Shephard explained that giving her move a cutesy artistic name like twerking doesn't change things. When Sherri grew up, she said, that was called a "ho" move.
Miley herself also doesn't seem too phased about all the negative criticism she's received for her racy number.
"Smilers! My VMA performance had 306.000 tweets per minute. That's more than the blackout or Superbowl!", she recently said on Twitter.
It's interesting to note Miley's cohort in the over-the-top performance, 36-year-old Robin Thicke has managed to remain above the fray in all of this.