When reports came down earlier today that a member of the Jackson family would attend the BET Awards and make a statement, I secretly hoped it would be Janet. Unfortunately, while watching CNN do press on the red carpet, I spotted the father, Joe Jackson, instead. Joe stopped and spoke to reporter Don Lemon and if any of you saw it then you know how gosh darn awful it was. Joe actually used the moment to promote his new record label. I was absolutely stunned and hoped he would not make the same mistake during the live telecast. Thankfully my prayers were answered when Janet stepped onto the stage during the final minutes of the show. Her comment was brief and yet so heartbreaking. She seemed nervous and almost broke down at the end when said “We miss him so much”. I honestly think the family saw Joe’s comments earlier and quickly dispatched Janet to take his place on live television.
Below is Janet’s statement as well as images and the video
“My entire family wanted to be here tonight but it was just too painful, so they elected me to speak to all of you. I’m going to keep it very short. To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family. And he will forever live in all of our hearts. On behalf of my family, and myself, thank you for all of your love. Thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much. Thank you so much.”