Rocker Adam Lambert returns to the 2011 American Music Awards stage as a presenter two years after a gay kiss stirred worldwide controversy.

“Adam Lambert was never banned from the show,” Larry Klein, executive producer of the American Music Awards, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Lambert's 2009 performance during the award show grabbed international headlines for its inclusion of a kiss with his male bass player, Tommy Joe Ratliff, and some man-on-man simulated oral sex. ABC received more than 1,500 complaints from unhappy parents.

The controversy shook the star, who was still enjoying the spotlight from American Idol.

“That thing got so out of control and was just so out of left field,” Klein said. “The kiss wasn't in the script. Did Adam rehearse it on his own and not tell us? I have no idea.”

Klein added that Lambert was never banned from the show: “Adam was performing on a stage. Did he get carried away? Absolutely. Was he regretful afterward? Of course he was, but it's over. ABC never banned him and Dick Clark Productions never would. We'd absolutely have him back.”

On Saturday, Lambert tweeted to his more than 1.2 million followers: “Excited to present at the AMA's tomorrow! Tune in!”