Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kanye West Upset With Today Show Interview About George Bush

Kanye West Upset With Today Show Interview About George Bush

(Story Written by Aliyah Shahid of the New York Daily News)

Kanye West is mad about a "Today Show" interview of him apologizing for calling George W. Bush a racist.

But the show's host, Matt Lauer, isn't sorry at all for showing it.

Lauer played more of the interview with the Grammy-award winning rapper on Thursday, after West went on a Twitter rampage declaring Lauer tried to force his answers.

West was also upset the network replayed footage while he was being interviewed on Tuesday, showing the star storming onto the MTV's Video Music Awards' stage to interrupt Taylor Swift's acceptance speech last September.

"There was nothing improper about it, nothing unusual about it," Lauer said, arguing the network often plays correlating footage during the interview.

In the extended interview, an irritated West says to Lauer, "Yo, how am I supposed to talk if you're gonna run the thing in the middle while I'm talking?," he said, referring to the Swift footage. Lauer then asks producers to turn the volume down so the singer can proceed.

"Please don't let that happen again. It's ridiculous," the singer added.

West, sometimes stumbling and at loss for words, said earlier in the interview that he wanted to "man up to different mistakes" he made and wished he chose his words differently when he said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

West made the heated statements about the former president during a 2005 televised fundraiser for victims of the hurricane.

Bush says in his recently-released memoir, "Decision Points," that the West incident marked an "all-time low" during his time in office.

In the beginning of the interview, the singer also became annoyed when the network showed West footage of an emotional Bush speaking about how hurt he was that West called him racist.

"I didn't need you guys to show me the tape in order to like prompt my emotions," West snapped.

After the interview, Kanye tweeted Tuesday "I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused." And in an even more bizarre message, he wrote "Everything sounds like noise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING SOUNDS LIKE NOISE!!!!!!! I don't trust anyone!"

Lauer stood by the interview. He added that despite the West "hubbub," Lauer was looking forward to the rapper's live performance on "Today" on Nov. 26.

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