Matt Lauer Defends Interview, Kanye West Tweets Apology

In Celebs by KGaz , on Friday, November 12, 2010, 11:00 AM (PST)
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Matt Lauer in July 2010:


Kanye West: "I don't hate Matt Lauer."

Early this week, the "Today" Show aired an interview that Matt Lauer conducted with former U.S. President George W. Bush in what was Bush's first on-air interview since leaving office. Later in the week, "Today" brought on Kanye West to respond to Bush's claim that Kanye's 2005 rant against him was the worst moment of his career -- here's the drama from there.

Matt Lauer said at the opening of his interview with Kanye West that even considering the conflict George W. Bush faced during his presidency -- the financial turmoil, Hurricane Katrina, Sept. 11 -- Bush told Lauer his worst moment was when Kanye West spoke out after Hurricane Katrina and called Bush a racist.

Read: Kanye West, Matt Lauer in On-Air Feud

Kanye West appeared on "Today" late this week, and Matt Lauer asked Kanye whether he stands by his statement about Bush to this day. West said he had no interest in exploring the idea of "regret" but that he does believe that the Unites States is a nation that was  founded on racism.

Then when "Today" producers ran footage of George W. Bush responding emotionally to Lauer's Kanye question, Kanye spoke out and said over the footage, "I didn't need you guys to show me the tape to prompt my emotions ... How am I supposed to talk if you're going to run this thing in the middle while I'm talking." Kanye said he wanted to speak to George W. Bush and that the "TV thing" was getting in the way of a real issue he wanted to address in "reality."

Read: Kanye West Twitter Therapy Continues

Then Kanye West took to Twitter in a mass rant that went on for approximately three dozen tweets, including this Thursday: "[Matt Lauer] TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT." Kanye continued tweeting, "I don't trust anyone!" thanks to "the set up" that Lauer's producers had supposedly trapped Kanye in.



Matt Lauer went on air to defend the package, calling the producers' playing back the Bush footage "standard procedure" in an interview. By late Thursday, Kanye was backpedaling with his apologies to "Today":

"You know what ....WE OFF THAT!!!... They made a mistake... they thought they could pull it but they couldn't! That was just a small...All positive energy ... all smiles. Much love to Matt and the whole Today Show. I accept ya'll future apology in advance LOL!"

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