Dick Clark says viewers who tune in to Sunday's American Music Awards telecast will get to hear jokes from host Jimmy Kimmel — instead of long sequences of bleeps.
Clark, the show's producer, hired the Osbourne family to host the program last year — with disastrous results.
"It seemed like a good idea at the time," Clark told The Associated Press on Friday.
The Osbourne's expletive-laden introductions had the ABC network censor working double-time — perhaps unnecessarily in some cases — to bleep out the foul words. ABC will broadcast this year's show
Clark says they didn't curse as much as viewers thought, because whole sentences were censored, not just the offensive words.
"We had a very nervous ABC censor who slaughtered the show and left it full of holes making it appear to be a far more lascivious presentation than it was," he said.
This year, Kimmel — who has his own late-night ABC talk show - will take the reigns as host of the live telecast.
"I think Jimmy pretty much does his own thing," Clark said. "But we've cautioned him about a couple of little areas."
Clark promised an eclectic array of performers aimed at the broadest possible audience.
Among those taking the stage for the 31st annual awards telecast will be rocker Sheryl Crow, teenybopper Hilary Duff, grunge-pop Pink, rappers OutKast, rock-thrasher Kid Rock, soul songstress Ashanti and country star Toby Keith.
FAVORITE POP/ROCK MALE ARTIST Clay Aiken Kid Rock John Mayer Justin Timberlake
FAVORITE POP/ROCK FEMALE ARTIST Celine Dion Avril Lavigne Jennifer Lopez
FAVORITE POP/ROCK BAND DUO OR GROUP Fleetwood Mac Matchbox Twenty 3 Doors Down
FAVORITE POP/ROCK ALBUM Evanescence, Fallen Norah Jones, Come Away With Me Kid Rock, Cocky Justin Timberlake, Justified
FAVORITE SOUL/R&B MALE ARTIST Ginuwine Jaheim R. Kelly Luther Vandross
FAVORITE SOUL/R&B FEMALE ARTIST Aaliyah Ashanti Beyonce
FAVORITE SOUL/R&B BAND, DUO OR GROUP B2k Dru Hill Isley Brothers
FAVORITE SOUL/R&B ALBUM Ashanti, Chapter Ii Beyonce, Dangerously In Love R. Kelly, Chocolate Factory Luther Vandross, Dance With My Father
FAVORITE RAP/HIP-HOP MALE ARTIST Eminem 50 Cent Nelly Sean Paul
FAVORITE RAP/HIP-HOP FEMALE ARTIST Missy Elliott Eve Lil' Kim
FAVORITE RAP/HIP-HOP BAND DUO OR GROUP Black Eyed Peas Bone Crusher Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
FAVORITE RAP/HIP-HOP ALBUM Missy Elliott, Under Construction 50 Cent, Get Rich Or Die Tryin Sean Paul, Dutty Rock EMINEM, & Others 8 Mile Soundtrack
FAVORITE ADULT CONTEMPORARY ARIST Celine Dion Cher Norah Jones
FAVORITE ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ARTIST Metallica Linkin Park Coldplay
FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST Mercyme Third Day Steven Curtis Chapman
FAVORITE LATIN MUSIC ARTIST Ricky Martin Kumbia Kings Luis Miguel