Kanye West Cancels Today Appearance After Matt Lauer Spat

Entertainment Nov. 12, 2010 AT 2:30PM
Kanye West Cancels Today Appearance After Matt Lauer Spat Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for ACE Awards

Kanye West has backed out of an upcoming Today show performance because of a beef with Matt Lauer.

West, 33, was slated to perform on the NBC morning chatfest the day after Thanksgiving, but he Tweeted Friday: "I'm not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons."

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West appeared on the show earlier this week and got upset when producers showed a clip of former President George W. Bush discussing his hurt feelings after West called him a racist following Hurricane Katrina. "I didn't need you guys to show me the tape in order to prompt my emotions or whatever," a miffed West told Lauer.

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He got angry again when producers later showed footage of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, during which West famously interrupted Taylor Swift on stage. "Yo, how am I supposed to talk if you're going to run the thing in the middle while I'm talking?" he griped. "Please don't let that happen again. It's ridiculous."

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Although West later said he felt "very tortured," Lauer and the Today show team are making no apologies.

And, despite backing out of his scheduled performance, West Tweets: "I don't hate Matt Lauer. We don't promote hate. That's the whole point!!! I promote love and truth! ... All positive energy ... all smiles. Much love to Matt and the whole Today Show."

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