Pop singer Robin Thicke blamed singer Miley Cyrus for their raunchy performance during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in August.
Thicke, who is married to actress Paula Patton, passed the buck in a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey for her popular series Oprah Behind the Scenes.
In a video teaser for the show that airs on Sunday at 9 p.m., an incredulous Oprah asked 36-year-old Thicke to explain his decision to perform with a ‘Twerking’ Cyrus, 20, in front of millions of impressionable teenagers tuning in on TV.
“You didn’t think of it (the VMA performance) as sexual?” asked Oprah. After pausing to consider his response, Thicke replied, “I was on stage, so I didn’t see [the performance].”
He added: “I’m looking up at the sky, I’m singing, I’m not really paying attention to all that. That’s on her.”
Thicke’s lies are reminiscent of Justin Timberlake who feigned ignorance after his and Janet Jackson’s “nipplegate” Super Bowl performance blew up in their faces. Like Timberlake and Jackson, Thick and Cyrus practiced their controversial routines beforehand.
Cyrus confirmed that Thicke knew what she was going to do before they hit the stage.
“Me and Robin the whole time said, ‘You know we’re about to make history right now,’” she said in an interview after the show.