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Kanye Interview

11/11/2010 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Matt Lauer is holding his ground against Kanye West -- claiming he stands by his recent interview with the rapper ... despite Kanye's allegations that Matt manipulated him into showing remorse for George W. Bush

Matt Lauer and Kanye West
Kanye flipped out on Twitter yesterday -- after "Today" aired a clip of the interview -- claiming Lauer "tried to force" his answers during Tuesday's sit-down ... in which the rapper said, "I would tell George Bush, in my moment of frustration that I didn't have the grounds to call him a racist."

But Lauer stood by his interview -- which addressed the rapper's famous post-Katrina remark that Bush "doesn't care about black people" -- airing the entire segment this morning to prove that nothing was taken out of context.

Kanye is scheduled to return to "Today" for a performance on November 26th -- and sources at the show tell us they're still expecting the rapper to show up. 

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31.

Carl    

@Mike,

Get over yourself. I'm a big fan of actors like Will Smith and Denzel Washington. Although I'm not a huge rap fan I still really like people like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog. All of them are rich, famous, and black. None of them act like spoiled 5 year old brats.

1350 days ago
32.

CGS    

Kanye is a racist, whining, chip on his shoulder, attention needing child.

1350 days ago
33.

Kev the Realist    

Kanye is a whining complianing ignorant moron. Who the hell does he think he is ( other than some uneducated, high and might black man) and what gives him the right to criticize anything. NBC does this for everyone and they should make their statment and univite this ungrateful slug from performing in 2 weeks. Why the hell does he feel that he has a platform to expouse his mornic views. His MTV circus act was racism. He is an opinionated black man who thinks he is somehow endowed with the ability to speak for the regular man on the street. His beyonce spouting was biased and racist. Noone ele complains when either a white or a black wins anything, except for this idiot. NBC should cancell his performance. He has learned nothing from his last stunt and shame on NBC for giving him a platform. He is an ignorant idiot who shoiuld go back to the ghetto from whence he came. NOBODY CARES. He is another loser.

1350 days ago
34.

Lets Be Honest    

K.West has every right to ust the word racist, that is when he's looking in a mirror.

This guy needs to just disappear.

1350 days ago
35.

Nostradamus    

Is our Union in such a sad, pathetic state that Kanye's opinion is of any relevance?

1350 days ago
36.

Todd    

When you listen to the interview with Matt Lauer, its amazing how little education this guy has. When he speaks he has no idea what he is saying and thats why is getting irritated. read a book dude. Just making up words and Puttin them into a sentence Alphabet soup style. When he speaks, he is trying to sound like a pretend elitist. He is nothing but a Douchebag thug.

1350 days ago
37.

caddymattdaddy    

I never understood why everybody looked to George Bush to fix everything in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. Where was the state government? Where was the governor? Living in California I can tell you for certain: if we ever had a disaster equivalent to Huricane Katrina in Southern California, Arnold would be the first one here. Beleive it. When we had those huge fires a few years back, he was the first one here re-assuring people that he would do whatever it took to help. He said that even though California was struggling financially there would always be enough money for things like this and I'm telling you that put a lot of peoples minds at ease. So I ask, where the hell was the Loisiana state government??? Why wasn't their governor bringing them water in his car using his own money? Arnold would have!!! Stop blaming Bush for the failures of Louisiana!!!

1350 days ago
38.

Bryan    

Who gives a flying f#*k about what Kanye West has to say about anything??? The guy is ridiculous!

1350 days ago
39.

TMZ dont like me    

Uh, caddymattdaddy. At the time Hurricane Katrina hit, the governor of Louisiana was a WOMAN. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. And IIRC, she was too shaken and upset by the disaster to do anything but weep openly on TV, begging the fed govt. to come down and help....

1350 days ago
40.

kickaboo    

" When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? " Eleanor Roosevelt

At least 1,836 people lost their lives in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane; total property damage was estimated at $81 billion.

http://www.businessinsider.com/deindustrialization-factory-closing-2010-9 The United States has lost approximately 42400 factories since 2001 .... Every single month America does into more debt and every single month America gets poorer.

http://www.globalissues.org/

It is about human beings.

1350 days ago
41.

Mike    

Yo!!! Tired,

You're right YOU ARE tired!!!! And you know what...Kanye is an A- S-S!!! Plain and simple. If it was all about being and @ss then discussion should be about more than Kanye. The point that I was making it that some people acting like they were a fan BEFORE all this happened when they really weren't. Like you!!! And Dude...take some english classes or run some spell check before you post up some stupidness.

1350 days ago
42.

nancy    

matt lauer, love you.west go away i will never listen to you, matt i listen to you every morning and will continue to do so,except the day after thanksgiving when that loser will be on. i will return the following mon. how he could do what he did to taylor and have any fans at all remains a mystery. your a LOSER.........GO AWAY!

1350 days ago
43.

Fredo    

That's why Kanye is in the running for "World's Biggest Dueschbag"

1350 days ago
44.

commykilla    

TJluvsMJ2 you are a moron. Is everything crazy kanye says gospel to you? You might not like Bush, but to call him a racist is pretty ridiculous. Especially if you look at the facts

1350 days ago
45.

Ms_Tell    

Haha, Kayne is just a dumb rapper with some money and he can't come close to matching wits with a sharp man like Matt, so now he whines about it and next thing you know, he will be calling "racist" cause that is all this whiny lil beetch can do.

1350 days ago
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