×

No Prince Hologram During Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl Set, Sheila E. Promises

In the wake of a mortified online reaction to a TMZ report that Justin Timberlake would incorporate a hologram of the late Prince into his Super Bowl Halftime performance in Minneapolis this evening, Sheila E. posted late Saturday that she’d spoken with Timberlake and “there is no hologram.”

“Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans,” she wrote. “I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I’m sure is going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. There is no hologram. ”

While it remains possible that Prince, a proud Twin Cities native, will be honored in some way during Timberlake’s performance, both the hologram and an appearance by Prince’s former band The Revolution — who performed at a Timberlake album-listening party held at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios on Friday night — can be ruled out: A source close to the situation told Variety on Saturday that The Revolution will not be appearing. Reps for Timberlake and the Prince estate declined or did not respond to Variety’s requests for comment.

Earlier on Saturday, Sheila — who was a close friend, collaborator and former fiancée of Prince’s, with a relationship going back to the late 1970s — added her voice to a horrified chorus of online fans in the wake of the TMZ report, which said earlier in the day that “we’re told Justin does have one pretty cool trick up his sleeve — a hologram to honor … wait for it … Prince, in his hometown.”

On Saturday afternoon, Sheila posted: “Prince told me don’t ever let anyone do a hologram of me. Not cool if this happens!”

Sheila, who comes from a distinguished family of percussionists, and Prince first met in the late 1970s. While they jammed together frequently, they did not collaborate on record until the 1984 hit “Erotic City,” which was the B-side of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” single but rapidly became an R&B hit on its own. Under his then-frequent pseudonym Jamie Starr, Prince helmed Sheila’s first solo album, “The Belle of St. Mark,” and brought her out as the opening act of the “Purple Rain” tour. She set aside her solo career in 1987 to play drums in his “Sign O’ the Times” and “Lovesexy”-era bands — she says the two became unofficially engaged during this time — and while she left the band amid some hard feelings in 1989, the two soon patched things up and performed together often over the coming decades.

More TV

  • Elisabeth Moss Handmaid's Tale

    Why Elisabeth Moss Deserves More than 'The Handmaid's Tale' (Column)

    Elisabeth Moss has a long talk with a somewhat less-than-present conversation partner, to which Moss herself brings a certain wired tension. Her physical posture, upright even as her voice frays with exhaustion, indicates as much as do her words a new resolve to do better than she’s done as a caretaker. Having run out of [...]

  • jeffrey hirsch Starz

    Listen: Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch Spots an Opening in the Global Streaming Market

    Streaming content is about as competitive as a business gets these days, but don’t tell that to Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch. He’s aggressively moving to establish the Lionsgate-owned premium programmer around the world while the time is right for his company to stake its claim. “Other than Netflix, we’re probably be the second or third [...]

  • Peak TV Saturation TV Placeholder

    USA Network Gives Series Order to 'Cannonball' Competition Show

    USA Network has given a series greenlight to a competition reality series “Cannonball,” from ITV Entertainment. The show revolves around 16 contestants who compete in a series of physical challenges. One contender will be eliminated in each episode. USA has ordered 10 episodes. The series is expected to bow next year. ” ‘Cannonball’ is pure [...]

  • A.P. BIO -- Pilot -- Pictured:

    'A.P. Bio' Revived for Forthcoming NBCUniversal Streaming Service

    “A.P Bio” has made the grade after all, with NBCUniversal reviving the comedy for its unnamed, still-unlaunched streaming service. The NBC series, which ran for two seasons before getting canceled, performed well online, according to the network, with ratings showing a long tail on streaming platforms as new viewers came to the show late. Nearly [...]

  • Jeffrey Epstein

    'Morning Joe' Airs Archival Footage Linking Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump

    President Donald Trump told reporters recently that he hasn’t spoken to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein in more than a decade and that he was “never a fan” of the one-time banking wunderkind and accused sex-trafficker. But footage aired Wednesday morning on “Morning Joe” appears to suggest some of what Trump said wasn’t accurate. The footage [...]

  • Veronica Mars -- "Spring Break Forever"

    'Veronica Mars' Team Talks Leaning Into Noir Mystery for Hulu Series

    After three seasons on broadcast television in the mid-aughts, followed by a fan-funded feature film, “Veronica Mars” is heading to Hulu with an eight-episode standalone season and, most importantly, a new mystery. “I don’t want it to be a nostalgia show,” creator Rob Thomas tells Variety. “Kristen [Bell] says she would do it until it’s [...]

  • Alicia Keyes Kyle Jarrow

    Alicia Keys, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul to Exec Produce Showtime Musical Drama

    There’s music in the air for Showtime. The premium cable network has made a series commitment to a yet-to-be-titled musical drama series executive produced by Alicia Keys, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The series, which will be produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, “traverses generations to tell an emotionally complex family story that interweaves modern-day [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content