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Kanye West:

HELL NO, I Won't Perform on 'Today'

11/12/2010 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West claims there's no way he's going to perform on the "Today" show later this month -- as he was scheduled to do -- strictly because of the way Matt Lauer and Co. handled his interview about George W. Bush.

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Just hours ago, Kanye went to his Twitter page and pounded out the following message, "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.'"

As we previously reported, Kanye butted heads with "Today" over an interview they aired on Wednesday -- in which Kanye said, "I would tell George Bush, in my moment of frustration that I didn't have the grounds to call him a racist."

As of yesterday, the people at "Today" still expected Kanye to do their show on Black Friday -- but now a rep tells us Kanye's officially out.

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Meghan    

He is obnoxious. Every time he opens his mouth he says something that makes him look like even more of an arrogant jerk. He got interrupted by a sound clip of his now famous music awards interruption. How does it feel to have a taste of your own medicine? He is better seen and not heard and the general public is just so sick of him and his obnoxious rants where he always does one of two things...a.) praises himself or b.) trash talks anyone that looks at him the wrong way. Someone needs a large helping of humble pie! He needs a psychiatric evaluation in the worst way.

1337 days ago
167.

Mr Baxter    

Kanye West is a gay fish. This guy is worse than a 2 year old throwing temper tantrums over naptime and his ba ba, not to mention his music is overrated and his visual performances are kitschy garbage.

1337 days ago
168.

ari    

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god what's with all these republican comments on TMZ. wow, guess it makes sense with that new report on conservatives and liberals taste in media... conservatives go for mainstream hits, liberals go or niche cable particularly shows with complex characters. You people are yelling at Kanye, while you should be much more upset with the fact the Matt Lauer gave Bush an easy interview compared to Kanye. And between Kanye and Bush, I think the American people would care more about an explanation from Bush. Don't you...? Seriously.

Posted at 9:29 AM on Nov 12, 2010 by stephan


for one.. Matt did nothing out of the ordinary. secondly.. Bush didn't act like a indignant arse like Kanye did! He always acts offended and like people are out to get him, then he lashes out. If he's going to act like an a$$, then he should expect to be treated as one. Too bad Matt didn't treat him as poorly as he acted!!! I guess Matt is just a much better person than Kanye.

1337 days ago
169.

Lori    

Believe me....nobody wants him to perform on Today. He's whacked!!

1337 days ago
170.

CeeAnn    

Who cares about this loser!

1337 days ago
171.

Lori Walraven    

WOW - republican comments.....seriously.....Kanye was squirming so bad and looking to someone else for direction as what to say...Kanye knew he was wrong to call Prez Bush a racist. If he really believed that Prez Bush was a racist he would have stood by his word. If you can't walk the walk...then don't talk the talk Kanye!!!

1337 days ago
172.

Kev the Realist    

GOOD, Its only too bad that NBC did have the stones, to tell him that he is an idiot and he is NOT WANTED, so his contract is cancelled. Why does the media keep give him publicity. He is a pathetic loser with a big mouth who needs to go back to the Ghestto, where ignorant idiots belong.

1337 days ago
173.

LA    

GLAD he won't be on Today!! He needs to take responsibility for his stupidity and go away!! Get a job you talentless moron!

1337 days ago
174.

youbotherme    

I hope Kanye or somebody in his "camp" reads the comments on all the Kanye stories. It might clue the guy in to how people feel about him. He can apologize from here to hell but actions speak louder than words. He's an ego-maniac that people are just sick and tired of. BTW Kanye, thanks for not appearing on the Today show, now I can watch it! :)

1337 days ago
175.

Milly    

I think it's time to move on from Kanye bashing. He has apologised for his mistakes and has acknowledged being wrong, what more do we want?

1337 days ago
176.

putzco    

You stay claasy, Kanye!

1337 days ago
177.

char    

KARMA!!!!!!!!!! he does not see what comes around goes around yet!

1337 days ago
178.

Malika    

Kanye is not a rasict he was just sayn that george bush was not moving fast enough he was angry at the response so stfu haters

1337 days ago
179.

Meme    

At this point nobody does care. He is always disgruntled about something. And I actually thought he was the one being an *******. Kanye really....just shut the **** up. I can't stand seeing grown ass men always crying. MAN UP!

1337 days ago
180.

ha ha     

I Love♥ Kanye he keeps it real and says how he feels... Get over it people!!

1337 days ago
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