02/26/2013 12:03 am ET

Morrissey Cancels On Jimmy Kimmel Due To 'Duck Dynasty' Cast Appearance

Vegetarian rocker Morrissey canceled his scheduled performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" this week due to an appearance on the show by the cast of "Duck Dynasty."

The singer, who was slated to perform on the late night talk show to kick off his already-postponed tour, released a statement on Monday saying he "cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of Duck Dynasty will also be guests."

The statement continued: "Morrissey would be honored to play the show, if 'Duck Dynasty' were removed."

The A&E reality program focuses on a family that became wealthy by making duck-call tools for duck hunters. The former Smiths frontman is a staunch animal rights activist.

E Online reports that Morrisey also stated:

"As far as my reputation is concerned, I can't take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers. If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty, then we must step away."

According to the Associated Press, a source close to Kimmel said the singer's performance would be rescheduled.

Morrissey has been in the headlines this month for hosting the first all-vegetarian concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.