Billy Ray Cyrus has cancelled his interview with Piers Morgan in the wake of his daughter Miley Cyrus’ performance at the MTV VMAs.

The 52-year-old country star was due to appear on Piers Morgan Live last night, but decided to pull out at the last minute.

In fact, he gave such short notice that his interview was suggested at the beginning in the east-coast airing of the show and the cancellation was only announced with 15 minutes left to go.

In an effort to explain what had happened, Morgan said that Cyrus had been due to explain his daughter’s behaviour at the VMAs but  the host was interrupted by director Morgan Spurlock who was also in the studio who added: “He’s got some explaining to do!”

Morgan continued: "I'm not sure he's quite worked out what his explanation is yet so we've decided to postpone it. We are going to get the first interview. I know he's watching tonight, so, Billy Ray, good evening, and when you're ready, we will talk about this.”

Cyrus’ 20-year-old daughter had caused controversy after she performed a provocative routine at the VMAs to her own song We Can't Stop and Robin Thicke’s song Blurred Lines.

Cyrus had already spoken to Entertainment Tonight about his daughter’s performance: “Of course I'll always be here for Miley. Can't wait to see her when she gets home.”

He added: “She's still my little girl and I'm still her dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change."