Justin Timberlake has announced that he’ll be the headliner for the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, a fateful return to TV’s most-watched night 13 years after the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” that occurred during a duet with Janet Jackson in 2004.
Timberlake made the announcement via Twitter with a video of him and comedy BFF Jimmy Fallon doing a “halftime”/”have time” bit. Get it?
It’s an interesting moment for Timberlake to return to the Super Bowl stage, given that he’s largely transitioned to acting, despite ten Grammys over the course of his singing career and memorable hits ranging from “SexyBack” to “Cry Me a River” (and, of course, a permanent spot in the hearts of girls who grew up pining over his NSYNC-era curls). He did, however, recently release the song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” on the soundtrack for the animated movie Trolls.
In an interview with sportscaster Mike Tirico, Timberlake discussed what he has planned for the show, which, thankfully, does not appear to involve exposing anyone’s breasts—an incident that led to legal battles and a $550,000 fine for CBS by the FCC. Not to mention the unfair and sexist damage done to Janet Jackson’s career.
“That won’t happen this time,” Timberlake laughed when asked by Tirico about the incident. In reference to especially acrobatic halftime acts like Lady Gaga’s 2017’s performance, which saw her fly to the stage from the ceiling, he said: “I don’t know, man, I’m 36 now, I don’t know how much of that I can do anymore.”