The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has said, "Thanks, but no thanks" to the Cheetah Girls, dropping the Disney-branded act from this year's event in the wake of seminude photos of one group member — Adrienne Bailon, 25 — surfacing on the Internet.
Officially, Macy's reps tell the New York Daily News that "scheduling issues" are to blame for the late-in-the-game change. The Girls' itinerary, however, is free and clear for Thanksgiving Day.
Earlier this month, posterior-baring photos of Bailon — who with Sabrina Bryan and Kiely Williams comprises the Cheetah Girls — went viral after they were purportedly "stolen" from her laptop. Publicist Jonathan Jaxson, however, claims the leak was an orchestrated maneuver designed to spice up Bailon's image.
"Adrienne wanted to distance herself from the Cheetah Girls," Jaxson tells the News. He adds that he has pulled the pilfered pics ploy "before with several stars... but this is the first time it's ever bitten me, or a client, in the rear." (No pun intended, presumably.)
Bailon joins High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens (who also has appeared undressed online) and Hannah Montana's Miley Cyrus (who let herself be draped in only a bed sheet for Vanity Fair) as Mouse House sweethearts who have sullied Mickey's image.
Reps for Bailon and the Cheetah Girls have yet to comment on the photo scandal.