NEW YORK (Reuters) - Producers of the hit children’s TV show Sesame Street have canceled an appearance by pop singer Katy Perry following feedback from parents.
Perry, who rose to stardom in 2008 with the No. 1 single, “I Kissed A Girl, was set to appear on the premiere of the show’s 41st season on Sept 27.
But after a segment of the show appeared online on Monday Sesame Workshop, which produces the show, decided not to air it.
“In light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video which was released on YouTube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers,” the show said in a statement, adding it valued the opinions of viewers, particularly parents.
The segment features Perry singing a rendition of her 2008 single “Hot N Cold” to the Muppet Elmo. The song, originally about an elusive lover, was rewritten for the clip.
The producers said the show, which has a long history of working with actors, athletes, musicians and artists, has always been written on two levels — for the child and adult.
“We use parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show because we know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or care-giver,” the producers said.
Perry is not the first celebrity to be pulled from the show. A music video featuring singer Chris Brown was canceled in February when Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna.
Perry’s hit song “California Gurls,” the lead single from her current album, Teenage Dream, was named Billboard’s song of the U.S. summer season.
The singer and her fiance British comedian Russell Brand made headlines last week when Brand was arrested following a scuffle with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport.
Sesame Workshop said Perry’s fans will still be able to view the music video featuring Perry online.
Reporting by Sabrina Ford, Editing by Patricia Reaney