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Video: Kanye West Lashing Out at Matt Lauer on 'Today'

November 12, 2010 03:55:58 GMT

Upset about old footage showed during his chat with Lauer, the rapper snapped, 'Yo, how am I supposed to talk if you're going to run the thing in the middle while I'm talking?'


Video: Kanye West Lashing Out at Matt Lauer on 'Today'
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After Kanye West launched Twitter rant against Matt Lauer on Wednesday, November 10 following his visit to "Today" show, MSNBC has now revealed the full footage of the interview. It shows West's remark about former U.S. President George W. Bush, accusing him of racism and of what made the rapper upset.

"As far as it being the worst moment of his presidency, you know, I can't really speak to that. But his take, his explanation, I completely agree with and I empathize with totally," West stated about his racist remark against Bush after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. However, the interview quickly turned sour when Lauer played a segment from a recent interview with Bush.

"I didn't need you guys to show me the tape in order to prompt my emotions or whatever," West snapped in the interview which was taped on Tuesday, November 9. "I don't need all the jazz... Can we be quiet for a second?... I'm here to man up to different mistakes that I made, and speak to the moment when I pegged George Bush as a racist. I came here to say that I made mistakes and I've grown as a person."

West lashed out again when "Today" cued another clip of him interrupting Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards. "Yo, how am I supposed to talk if you're going to run the thing in the middle while I'm talking?" West said in an annoyed tone. "Please don't let that happen again. It's ridiculous."

After taping the interview, West took it to his Twitter page to slam Lauer and "Today" over the practice of showing old footage during interviews. "Let me tell you how they did me at the Today show... While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the MTV (clip) under me with audio!... I don't mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show... and that's a very nice way for me to put it! He tried to force my answers," he wrote.

Calling the chat "brutal", West went on, "I came there with only positive intent. I feel very alone, very used, very tortured, very forced, very misunderstood, very hollow, very very misused. He played clips of Bush and asked me to look at his face while I was trying to talk to him. I wish Michael Jackson had twitter!!!!!!"

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posted by This One\'s Perspect on Nov 15, 2010
Turboy -- Are you kidding? West is far from an idiot. Yes, he is emotional and has no filter (hence his apologies for various statements he has made over the years), but the verses he writes demonstrate a profound understanding of the English language and of U.S.and world history. Not to mention, his incredible success, despite several significant missteps, shows that he has his finger on the pulse of a significant segment of the population. West is a cultural phenomenon who has raised his profile to the point where a former president is discussing him and, no doubt, giving significantly more consideration that he otherwise would have, to the impression left on many (even if not you) by his administration's response to Katrina. Moreover, while I think West was absolutely wrong in his contuct toward Taylor Swift at the VMA's many think she should thank West for making her a household name. Bottom line -- don't mistake West's arrogance, nerves and, perhaps, anger for stupidity. This is a smart young man who has parlayed his gifts and talents into tremendous success. Don't be so quick to judge or to label. That was what West was apolgizing for during the Lauer interview. Had you focused a bit more on the substance of West's remarks over the form in which they were delivered, you might have learned something.
posted by nitethief on Nov 14, 2010
obama is right west is a jack ass
posted by dewvid on Nov 12, 2010
Lauer, you are a shameful lier. Bush clearly said "ONE" of the worst moments not "THE" worst! It's commentators like you that make Foxnews so popular. Good luck in your fading career.
posted by belle on Nov 12, 2010
...nothing West said made any sense and he didn't answer any of Matts questions. And its so funny that some of you actually think the interview was set up. You ppl are just as nuts as Kanye!
posted by monako on Nov 12, 2010
Interviews are about getting to the bottom of the issue and the bringing out the inner most feelings of a subject. Lauer & Today Show did just that. All Kanye was doing before the clip was lip service. But after that, we heard what he really wanted to say. Good job, NBC!
posted by CaptainB on Nov 12, 2010
What is Mr. West's greatest contribution to this nation? Scientific, political, military, or just hippity hop?
posted by Skillet on Nov 11, 2010
Why do people even care about this? it seems like people are glued on stupid stuff! Bush was a horrible president! EVER! A man makes mistakes we let it go we move on we try to get to a better time! Everybody got something to say but never want to listen and would rather drag stuff on forever! We got worse stuff going on!
posted by louanski on Nov 11, 2010
President Bush deserves respect whether you like(ed) him or not- and should be addressed as such- not called "George Bush" - Kanye West talks like he is almost illiterate. It just goes to show you what money does for you!
posted by summerlove on Nov 11, 2010
The host did a horrible job...This wasn't about Taylor Swift and no one cares about that incident anymore...He completely cut Kanye West off so we couldn't hear what he was going to say. And calling the Taylor Swift incident racist? That is just plain ridiculous. Prejudice may be a better use of a word, but not racist. The host set up Kanye. Yes, Kanye has some issues but he wasn't given a fair chance to express himself.
posted by PicoFlash on Nov 11, 2010
Oh, Kanye stepped out of the the looney lefty cage and said something decent about the evil enemy, George Bush. The animals go wild when one of their own stray. So obvious and pathetic. Hugs for Kanye. Love is more powerful than hate.
posted by adult4sanity on Nov 11, 2010
Although I honestly appreciate what Mr. West seems to be saying "I screwed up, lets move on". I get the feeling from his body language and approach that what he is really saying is, "Hey, I am really sorry you didn't like what I said, and I am surprised that my celebrity didn't give me a free pass for making inappropriate comments about the leader of our country or my rude behavior toward Taylor Swift. However, I am human. Can my appearance of maturity now let us just move on so I can make money again".
posted by Inyoface on Nov 11, 2010
Kanye West is what we call an uppity nigger and if he can't handle the heat from the mistakes he makes, he needs to get a job as a busboy or a janitor.
posted by Me on Nov 11, 2010
He thinks he is really deep and articulate. He sounds like an arrogant uneducated asshole. I bet someone else writes his songs for him.
posted by arizona guy on Nov 11, 2010
Why do you give this piece of shIIT any air time at all? Kanye West is an idiot and should be baned from TV.
posted by Commeting today on Nov 11, 2010
West needs to chill out
posted by turboboy on Nov 11, 2010
Everyone calls this guy a genius, but he is a retard that does not have the education or vocabulary to even say what he thinks!!! typical hamster

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