Grammy- and Oscar-winning star Jamie Foxx has confirmed he will host the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert in Cardiff, Wales.
Foxx, 43, tells Us Weekly, “Michael was larger than life and I have admired him, honored him, joked about him but always loved and respected him … I hope I honor his legacy in a way that would make him laugh and cry.”
Despite the addition of Foxx, plans for the Oct. 8 show have not been smooth sailing.
Infighting among the Jackson family resulted in Janet, Randy and Jermaine Jackson saying they’re skipping the show. They will instead be in Los Angeles for the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with Michael’s death. Beyonce, once a scheduled performer, is pulling out of the gig according to RadarOnline — presumably because of her pregnancy. And finally, promoters are now offering 2-for-1 deals on tickets, angering those who previously bought show passes.
Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight among others remain scheduled to perform.