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Ailing Morrissey cancels Kilborn appearance

Heaven knows Craig Kilborn is miserable now.

The talk show host’s highly anticipated plan to broadcast performances by his idol, Morrissey, every night this week fell through Monday when the English singer bowed out because of illness, a spokeswoman for CBS’ “Late Late Show” said.

The moody Mancunian was set to tape two songs Monday, including his new single “Irish Blood, English Heart,” for broadcast Monday and Tuesday. He was then scheduled to return Wednesday to tape three songs to round out the week.

“Morrissey has regretfully had to cancel his appearance on the ‘Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn’ this week,” according to a statement sent to the show by his Sanctuary Records label and set to be read on-air by Kilborn Monday.

“He has been involved in an exhaustive global promotion campaign for (his new album) ‘You Are The Quarry’ the past several months. Unfortunately the strain of his schedule and a recent bout with meningitis resulted in his doctor insisting that he cancel all current appearances. He remains very appreciative of Craig’s continued support as well as the support of his fans.”

Kilborn’s producers said they hoped Morrissey might be well enough to come in Wednesday.

Monday’s broadcast will now feature a rerun of Morrissey’s performance of “First of the Gang to Die,” another track from ”You are the Quarry,” which he performed on the show in September 2002.

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