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'We Stand By'

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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61.

Timdog    

Another black man with a VOICE...silenced by the white establishment...SAD :(

Tupac would have made Matt Lauer pee his pants and checked George Bush for worrying about what some rapper things about him....Where have the intelligent rappers gone????

1380 days ago
62.

john     

The real problem is that the guy cannot string 3 or 4 sentences in a group.

1380 days ago
63.

george clooney    

#10 You like little boys don't you?

1380 days ago
64.

Sherry    

I feel for Kanye West....he went on the show to show he made mistakes and is owning up to them. I feel he is a very sensitive man who truly misses his mother's input and guidance. He will make mistakes, just like we all do. Yes he may be outspoken and say things that we may not agree with, but he has the right to say how he feels and believes. I wish him much happiness as he seems so alone and at times guarded. I find him, even at my age, a truly talented person. He may across as arrogant but I think he is just a convinent man.

1380 days ago
65.

ron    

this guy....is a pure and total Jerk. Mr. West I mean. not GWB.
he is a total idiot and who cares about him. His music stinks like my dogs dodododododododo

1380 days ago
66.

BrookeKJ    

Kanye is one of the dumbest people ever interviewed on Today. Please make him go away. Why is he famous? He sounds so uneducated and ignorant.

1380 days ago
67.

Bubba    

Kanye West does what he knows how to do best and that is *itch, he should back to school and reeducate himself on how to speak in public...or maybe he should just rap everything...BTW his new album SUCKS! Kanye get a life and a career.

1380 days ago
68.

Nikkcolle    

People don't like Kanye because he is an idiot not because he is black. If all reason fails play the race card.

1380 days ago
69.

Patti    

Kanye is so uneducated he didn't know how to respond. Natt had him by the short hairs and he knew it so he WHINES and tries to get out of it. I am SO over this poor excuse for a man.

1380 days ago
70.

cmueller    

It was difficult to watch the interview. The tone of it gave way too much importance to anything KW has to say. He's an impulsive idiot. Confidence + immaturity + wealth is not an agreeable combination for Mr. West.

1380 days ago
71.

jmak10    

Matt Lauer is an *******, I have no-respect for him after the way he treats his poor wife. Kanye is also an *******, who gives a rats ass what he has to say. I am so glad that I don't watch NBC.

1380 days ago
72.

bea    

Kanye is the epitome of "a BULLY." This is the type of person that tortures people of all types including the POTUS and Taylor Swift who did not deserve his very hurtful comments and behavior.

1380 days ago
73.

SEER    

I watched the interview and West came off like a blithering idiot. He couldn't get a clear sentence out that meant anything. An actual "I'm sorry" would have surficed. The more he opens his big mouth the more of an ass me looks like. SHUT UP FOOL!

1380 days ago
74.

SEER    

I watched the interview and West came off like a blithering idiot. He couldn't get a clear sentence out that meant anything. An actual "I'm sorry" would have surficed. The more he opens his big mouth the more of an ass he looks like. SHUT UP FOOL!

1380 days ago
75.

janja    

Gosh if only anyone gave a flying crap this would really be a story!

1380 days ago
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