Kanye West's headlines went into syndication this week, as news outlets revisited Taylor-Swift-gate and Bush-Doesn't-Care-About-Black-People-gate (yes, those things happened long ago). One of the reporters West found himself across from was Matt Lauer on the Today show, where he didn't like the way things were being run. According to the NY Times, he taped the interview with Lauer, then preemptively criticized the program on Twitter.
West claims they "tried to force my answers," and complained when the show played archival footage of the aforementioned incidents to prompt his reactions. The piece aired yesterday, and was followed by Lauer explaining that "nothing unusual" went on during the interview, and that he was looking forward to the rapper's performance on the show later this month. Or not...
West took to Twitter last night and declared: “I’m not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons. I’m so happy the world got to see just a small piece of ‘the set up.’ If I hadn’t tweeted about how they set me up at the show they would have never played the extra footage that displayed how disrespectful. I want you guys to look at that footage and start to put everything together now." He signed off saying, “Much love to Matt and the whole Today Show. I accept ya’ll future apology in advance LOL!”
NBC has confirmed the performance—set for November 26th—has been canceled... but as of now West is still confirmed to be a part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (which, incidentally, airs on NBC and is usually hosted by the Today show folk). Below is the full Today show interview, do you think he should have apologized, or do you agree with Sarah Silverman, who said: "I still feel Kanye saying 'George Bush doesn't care about black people' was brave & poignant & reflected a moment in time"?