CBS is pulling the plug on Billy Joel at the worst possible moment, and fans are very angry

CBS is pulling the plug on Billy Joel at the worst possible moment, and fans are very angry

angry Billy Joel Fans took big shots at the network Sunday night after a televised concert was cut short while his most famous song was playing.

Viewers who had been waiting the longest for CBS's broadcast of the 100th event at New York's Madison Square Garden had to wait a little longer when it was postponed due to the network's expanded coverage of the Masters golf tournament.

Then, at the end of the show, as Joel performed a rousing version of “Piano Man” with the MSG crowd and fans at home singing along, viewers in several cities watched their screens go black, followed by the local news:

At least one station offered an apology and explanation.

“As a guy who grew up next to Billy Joel's hometown, and who went to The Last Play at Shea, it was my duty to apologize to everyone for cutting off Billy Joel's telecast tonight,” said Evan Klosky, 10 Tampa sports director. bay, He said on X. “Not to get into the weeds, but there was a special report after the gentlemen and it was not accounted for by the powers that be outside this building.”

“Tons” of stations in the Eastern and Central time zones cut local news, Klosky wrote, adding that the problem was not with those local stations but “was an error by people above the local affiliates, unfortunately.”

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Rex Smith of WANE 15 in Fort Wayne also apologized to viewers:

But most fans had no idea what happened or why, and took to social media to express their anger.

Some have compared it to the infamous 1968 “Heidi Game,” in which NBC interrupted a football game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders to show a children's movie.

Viewers missed One of the most dramatic endings In the history of sports.

Billy Joel fans on Sunday called out the shameless decision makers at CBS who should now figure out how to run a live concert broadcast — and many turned to X to put some pressure on:

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