Kanye West provided Jay Leno a last-minute topic to discuss on the series premiere of "The Jay Leno Show" Monday, September 14. The rapper infamously cut off Taylor Swift's acceptance speech of Best Female Video at MTV Video Music Awards and he was on the talk show to apologize for the umpteenth time.
West was actually booked to be a musical guest there and Leno himself noted that the interview was unplanned. Welcomed with applause, West showed no smile at all when delivering his apology and even paused for quite a moment in one question.
Leno first of all asked "How was your day?", to which West immediately responded with "It's been really difficult. I'm just dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away from a talented artist or from anywhere." He continued with the bigger picture, saying "I only wanted to help people. All my life I only wanted to give and do something that I felt was right."
"It was just very rude, period," West added. "I'd like to apologize to her in person." He admitted to have realized that it was wrong after he handed Swift back the mic and she didn't say anything.
Leno brought back the subject of West's late mother and asked him what she would have thought about the incident. West gave a good 20 seconds of pause before saying "Obviously, I deal with hurt, and so many celebrities, they never take the time off, and I never took the time off, really. I've really never taken the time off. It's been music after music and tour after tour. And I'm just ashamed my hurt caused someone else hurt."
The short interview was ended with a handshake and West preparing to sing "Run This Town" with Jay-Z and Rihanna.