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Posted at 4:02 PM ET, 11/12/2010

No more 'Today' for Kanye West

By Liz Kelly

Okay, I totally called this one.

In the wake of Kanye West's disastrous "Today" interview earlier this week -- an interview West characterized on Twitter as "BRUTAL" (his caps, not mine) -- West has pulled out of an upcoming performance on the show that had been scheduled for Nov. 26.

On Friday, West again used his medium of choice to tweet this update:

“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” I blatantly said I’m not performing on a tweet and to everyone around me and the next day they still announced a performance….And I don’t hate Matt Lauer… We don’t promote hate. That’s the whole point!!! I promote love and truth!

Earlier in the week the rapper appeared on "Today" to apologize for accusing then-President Bush of racism in 2005 because of the White House's mishandling of the response to Hurricane Katrina (aka, the "worst moment" of Bush's presidency). During West's sit down with Lauer, the rapper was disturbed upon being interrupted by footage of himself interrupting (there's that word again) Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Source: The Associated Press

Earlier coverage:

Why Kanye West should not have apologized to George W. Bush on the 'Today' show

Kanye West on 'Today': Matt Lauer responds

By Liz Kelly  | November 12, 2010; 4:02 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  Kanye West  
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Are there so few performers or otherwise noteworthy people in the world wanting airtime that Kanye was booked twice in one month? Honestly. It's like TV media doesn't know what to do with itself these days unless Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and/or Kanye are involved.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | November 12, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse


Ignore Bush's war crimes trial for torture. Ignore Bush'e unconstitutional spying on American citizn's. The un-necessary deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, the economic collapse. No, ignore that and focus on a moronic pop star who called Bush on his neglect of New Orleans after Katrina.

These allows the rightwing extremists to paint anyone who complains about Bush as being "just like that Rap singer!"

When will the media learn to not get played!

Posted by: thebobbob | November 12, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Count me firmly in the ranks of those who view this whole episode as an example par excellence of the TV media's obsession with people and topics that are irrelevant, nonsensical, and petty. The economy is a mess and could get worse, millions are unemployed, we are fighting two wars, getting spending under control requires pain we are unwilling to endure--and the news team of a major American network takes a years-old minor dust-up between a former president and a inconsequential celebrity and blows it up to ridiculous proportions.

Matt Lauer is living proof that you do not have to be female to be a dingbat.

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Posted by: fd7safdash | November 13, 2010 6:10 AM | Report abuse

And this guy West is who,exactly? I should pay attention to idiots like this? Not likely, but thanks for the offer...

Posted by: xlrp3 | November 13, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

People still watch the "Today Show"?

Posted by: angie12106 | November 13, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

The Today always focuses on celebrity trash. They cover that crap like its the most important thing in the world.

Posted by: rj2008 | November 13, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Stopped watching Lauer and Sob-sister Curry a long time ago. Lauer thinks he is a heavyweight and doesn't understand that trying to badger someone to get some controversy is not an "interview" and is not the purpose of an "interview" -- I'm no fan of Kanye, but he should have just walked off the show. Then Curry could have made her Concern Face. These people take themselves way too seriously--they are morning breakfast cereal. They have no gravitas. They fill in the blanks between the news and the weather, their 2 minute segments are ahallow, throw-away timefillers. And yet they think they are stars, they are serious journalists!

Posted by: Beckola | November 13, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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