Kanye West Apologizes For Realz

Kanye West issued an apology to Taylor Swift for interrupting her acceptance speech Sunday night at the MTV VMA Awards:

I feel like Ben Stiller in “Meet the Parents” when he messed up everything and Robert De Niro asked him to leave…      That was Taylor’s moment and I had no right in any way to take it from her.  I am truly sorry.

After the incident Sunday night, Kanye posted a slightly deranged, all caps apology that was gone from the site by Monday morning:

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Kanye West and Xxxtentacion are dropping a song together

“I’M SOOOOO SORRY TO TAYLOR SWIFT AND HER FANS AND HER MOM. I SPOKE TO HER MOTHER RIGHT AFTER AND SHE SAID THE SAME THING MY MOTHER WOULD’VE SAID. SHE IS VERY TALENTED!”

“BEYONCE’S VIDEO WAS THE BEST OF THIS DECADE!!!! … EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE!!! NO DISRESPECT BUT WE WATCHIN’ THE SHOW AT THE CRIB RIGHT NOW CAUSE … WELL YOU KNOW!!!! I’M STILL HAPPY FOR TAYLOR!!!! “

Kanye is set to appear on the premiere episode of Jay Leno’s 10 pm talk show on NBC tonight. Leno must be thanking the talk show Gods for his good fortune. Unfortunately, it’s reported Kanye will be singing only.   Drat.

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60 Comments

  1. Kanye, Kanye…bet you’re regretting drinking that bottle of Hennessy (I think) on the red carpet now. If it was the first time he’d ranted, I might take his apology a bit more seriously. He has a history of these types of things, so…

  2. Sorry Kanye, not buying it nor your music (which is why you are “apologizing”). The dude needs to get his a$$ into therapy and stay there for a very long time.

  3. What I dislike most about Kanye is not what he did last night, but that he would do it. Decent people don’t have it in them to do things like that. I doubt his apology comes from the heart as much as from the pocketbook. Anyway, there are some things that are unforgivable IMHO.

  4. I don’t take his apology seriously. Excuse the pun, “How could you be so heartless?” Kind of feel bad for Kris that he has to do that song tomorrow night.

    I REALLY DISLIKED Danny during the season, and miraculously I started to like him during the tour. I really dislike Kayne more than I ever did Danny. It’s not going to change. Kanye is not mature enough to deserve and appreciate his success.

  5. If I’m reading this blurb from TMZ correctly, the Beyonce calling Taylor up on stage was scripted.

    As soon as the VMAs ended, Beyonce Knowles wasted no time distancing herself from Kanye West’s infamous hissy fit — we’re told Bey’s camp almost “immediately” approached Taylor Swift to make sure she was okay.

    Taylor’s rep tells us Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles approached Taylor outside her dressing room once her subway car performance was over.

    We’re told Mathew wanted to make sure Taylor was doing fine after West’s diss — and they even discussed ways to make up for it.

    Taylor’s rep tells us the singer was mainly upset because she wasn’t able to thank her fans for voting for her — which was eventually made right when Beyonce invited her back on stage to finish what she started.

    Taylor’s reps tell us she had never met Beyonce or Kanye before the last night’s weirdness went down.

    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/#ixzz0R7ZK4wPk

  6. I sure hope that Kanye sent Taylor a boatload of flowers today and called her to offer a personal apology. Otherwise…its all just posturing!

  7. I imagine his “apology” was more fueled by the firestorm of public opinion turned against him than true remorse. Just sayin’.

  8. Reading over the TMZ posts, Kanye really f-ed up this time. The backlash is crazy and coming from some really random people.

  9. He’s really done it this time. He needs professional help in just about every way imaginable.

  10. I don’t buy the apology for one minute. He got what he wanted, free publicity.

  11. Cant believe I’m sort of defending Kanye, Ive only listened to a couple of songs of his, but I don’t get why so much outrage. He threw a tantrum at an award show that nobody takes seriously..meh. It was funny while it lasted and should give talk show hosts material for days but that’s pretty much it.

    I don’t see how it would or should affect his record sales, this angry baby behavior is nothing new, those who like his music will still like after this dies down. Dont really see “not being nice to the cute girl” as a career breaker, heh.

  12. Part of it is I think Kanye cannot bear not to get any attention at these functions. A massive ego. Part of it is that I think he believes strongly in things and wants to express that. It is unfortunate that he doesn’t stick to doing it thru his music. I can believe he feels bad that he did this to a young girl. He was drunk, he probably didn’t know much about her and found out as soon as he was sober that he had made a mistake. In the mess that is Kanye, there is someone who has some legitimate things to say. Kanye, find a better forum than award shows please.

  13. Whatevah Kanya, you are done in my book. First by showing no respect to the President of the United States and I don’t care who was in office. And now by bullying the sweet little Taylor Swift for no f*cking reason.

  14. I’m good with that apology, even if it was written by his publicist. LOL.

    I can’t help liking Kanye, I really can’t. LOL

  15. Kanye is set to appear on the premiere episode of Jay Leno’s 10 pm talk show on NBC tonight. Leno must be thanking the talk show Gods for his good fortune.

    That’s exactly what I was thinking, especially after hearing this commentary this afternoon on the Leno debut tonight. Obviously, this Hollywood Reporter dude recorded this before Kanye’s tirade last night, which still smells slightly of publicity stunt to me though-especially when you add that he’s going to be on Leno tonight.

    If talk show history has taught us anything, what really gets the watercoolers bubbling are the folks sitting opposite Leno on the couch.

    No one should know that better than Leno himself. Back in July of 1995, there was an unforgettable appearance by Hugh Grant. The actor was in the difficult position of defending a recent arrest on charges of soliciting a prostitute on the Sunset Strip. Leno opened the interview with a simple question: “What the hell were you thinking?”

    The awkward exchange that followed is more than just a classic TV moment; it’s credited with sparking a ratings rocket that propelled Leno past David Letterman for the next 14 years. And when you really think about it, Leno’s guest booker deserves more credit than the host himself. The best thing Leno did was just ask the question and then stay silent while Grant squirmed oh so memorably.

    So who does Leno have booked for week one? Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Cruise and Miley Cyrus. Household names, for sure. But even the biggest star in the world isn’t enough unless they are provocative.

  16. Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol…………

    Imagine the scenerio. He goes on Leno tonight and he admits to a drinking problem ( as evidenced last night with the gazillion pictures of him, his bald gf, and a bottle of Hennessy), will seek rehab with the help of Dr. Drew. Of course it will all be recorded on the next special addition of Celebrity rehab.

  17. Cant believe I’m sort of defending Kanye, Ive only listened to a couple of songs of his, but I don’t get why so much outrage. He threw a tantrum at an award show that nobody takes seriously..meh. It was funny while it lasted and should give talk show hosts material for days but that’s pretty much it.

    I don’t see how it would or should affect his record sales, this angry baby behavior is nothing new, those who like his music will still like after this dies down. Dont really see ‘not being nice to the cute girl’  as a career breaker, heh.

    It’s not so much that he threw a fit at an awards show, that would be considered completely normal Kanye behavior and people probably wouldn’t have cared too much if it was his award to be accepting, or if it was his moment that he was f’ing up. But the fact that he took away Taylor’s moment from her was completely unacceptable. Taylor seems like such a sweetheart, and this was her first time being invited to the VMAs much less winning a relatively significant award.

  18. I must give credit where it’s due — Danny Gokey, of all people, had the best celebrity tweet of the night:

    I have one question – How could you be so heartless??about 18 hours ago from web

    It’s being quoted everywhere. He even beat Kris to the punch. Good for you Danny!

  19. I must give credit where it’s due ‘” Danny Gokey, of all people, had the best celebrity tweet of the night:

    I have one question ‘“ How could you be so heartless??about 18 hours ago from web

    It’s being quoted everywhere. He even beat Kris to the punch. Good for you Danny!

    There were HUNDREDS of people tweeting that last night. No way of knowing if Danny was the first,I doubt it- especially when he was in the middle of a concert when I first saw it on twitter.

  20. Cant believe I’m sort of defending Kanye, Ive only listened to a couple of songs of his, but I don’t get why so much outrage. He threw a tantrum at an award show that nobody takes seriously..meh. It was funny while it lasted and should give talk show hosts material for days but that’s pretty much it.

    I don’t see how it would or should affect his record sales, this angry baby behavior is nothing new, those who like his music will still like after this dies down. Dont really see ‘not being nice to the cute girl’  as a career breaker, heh.

    I don’t think anyone cares what the impact will be on Kanye or his record sales at all – except possibly his agent and record company. People were put off because Taylor is still seen as a child. I heard and read that comment over and over today. “You don’t do that to a kid!” Also veterans of those awards were really happy to see someone who was so blown away by winning a VMA and were truly upset for her because of what happened. They recognized what a moment this was for her and she was unjustly robbed of that. It might not seem important, but I think it was a real thrill for her.

    Kanye needs a keeper.

  21. What an effing tool! Even that apology was hella insincere! And too bad for the putz that his own rendition of “Heartless” ain’t the shizz anymore.

    4 points for Taylor, 2 points for Kris, NO points for Kanye!

  22. Once again, there were HUNDREDS of people tweeting that last night. No way of knowing if Danny was the first,I doubt it- especially when he was in the middle of a concert when I first saw it on twitter.

    I believe that Will is giving Danny kudos for turning Kanye’s own words back around on him, not for being first to tweet. The poetic justice of it is what makes it quoteworthy.

  23. Once again, there were HUNDREDS of people tweeting that last night. No way of knowing if Danny was the first,I doubt it- especially when he was in the middle of a concert when I first saw it on twitter.

    “Once again”? That’s what I get for not reading any of the comments before posting. However, notice that I said “celebrity tweet” and I stand by that. Numerous articles have quoted it, and I’m sure if any other celebrity had tweeted it they wouldn’t have chosen Danny’s.

  24. SHOCKED is not the word, SHAMELESS is good! He seems to be suffering from the musical industry drug called “EGO”! It’s been known to kill the careers of a lot of so called celebraties..aka stars! He seems to think the world spins because of his thoughts, words and actions… well this action just might put a new spin on his career! DONE!

    The ONLY reason this over-blown smart-ass is apologizing is he woke up this morning to his peeps ringing his phone off the wall as the $$$ signs where flying out the crib-hive window like a swarm pissed off bees. I truly hope this stings him in the ass and he learns something from it but personally I doubt it!

  25. David Cook writes on his twitter

    “Sounds like kanye was home sick during finishing school..”

    I wish Allison would dedicate “Cry Baby” to Kanye…

  26. Taylor seems like such a sweetheart, and this was her first time being invited to the VMAs much less winning a relatively significant award.

    Nah she was actually there last year. She was nominated for Best New Artist but lost to Tokio Hotel. But this is her first time to win… and for a country artist, it is a BIG deal. I felt so bad for her, especially when reading her interview when she said she was so excited when she won but after what happened with Kanye, she wasn’t that excited anymore.

  27. Sorry will and josie, my fault- i mentioned that in a different thread. Forgot where I was, lol.

    Seriously though- I watched Twitter explode last night right after it happened, and people tweeted that alot.

  28. the Beyonce calling Taylor up on stage was scripted.

    I don’t think it was scripted. The VMAs wanted to make it up to Taylor. After all, it is their show, they should have had control of Kayne. If he was drunk and near the stage, he should have been told to leave. So, it sounds like they were working a way to get Swift back on the stage and Beyonce’s people were thinking the same thing.

    There is no way Kayne’s people would agree to some master plan to make him look like the biggest tool in the world just to give the VMAs some buzz after the fact. So unfortunately, I think we will be seeing Kayne carted off to rehab any day now. And I believe Rihanna will also be on Jay’s show tonight. Just what she needs, to be around another idiot who can’t control his impulses.

  29. I think I am deleting his songs from my iPod. Not Kris’s version of Heartless because Kris is amazing, but I don’t think I can support Kanye anymore. I knew he was a stupid egomaniac, but last night he took it way too far. Glad Taylor got her time.

    The Beyonce thing did seem somewhat scripted, I liked what Beyonce did, but I have a gut feeling telling me that Beyonce knew it would happen and went up there to show her nice side. I don’t really believe my gut in this situation.

  30. Leno must be thanking the talk show Gods for his good fortune. Unfortunately, it’s reported Kanye will be singing only. Drat.

    Even if the original plan was to have him “sing” and not be interviewed, somehow I think they’ll manage to find time for a little chat about this.

  31. lostinidol by scripted I mean, Taylor may have been aware that Beyonce was giving her the opportunity to finish her speech.

  32. I think Beyonce’s people and Taylor talked right after the incident and Beyonce knew ahead of time that she would win the last VMA so she could prepare herself to announce Taylor. It seemed a little convenient that Taylor was near the stage at that moment.

  33. I think that’s Kanye’s hangover talking.

    It really does make sense, now that I think about it, that Beyonce’s dad went backstage to talk to Taylor. It’s possible he said to her then, “Honey, if Beyonce wins an award, she’ll be calling you up on stage with her. So, let’s make sure you’re prepared.” After all, wasn’t B nominated for at least 2 other awards? She was likely to win something.

  34. It seemed a little convenient that Taylor was near the stage at that moment.

    Taylor said she was told to stand by just in case. I think Beyonce got word to someone about what she wanted to do if she won, whether or not she was certain of winning.

  35. MTV already confirmed this. Don’t make me go find it peeps. This was all done backstage after the incident. No biggie.

    Here’s the blurb from MTV:
    You know, they told me to be ready just in case she might want to say something,” Swift explained. “It was just so wonderful and so incredibly classy of her and just gracious and wonderful to let me say something. She’s just been my hero and one of my idols ever since I was little. She’s a great person

  36. That was a crappy apology. It’s called damage control after his non-apology blog. He didn’t realize how bad it was last night. In the light of day he realized the error of his ways, lol.

    The Beyonce part maybe not scripted, but I am sure that Beyonce knew that it had to be addressed or she would be in for a little negativity herself, even though she did nothing wrong. Glad that Daddy Beyonce worked out something so that Taylor could have her moment, and still have Beyonce have hers.

    For the record, I’ve never liked Kanye, and it soured me to his music, because I heard about his ego before I heard his music. If I had heard his music first, maybe things would be different. His rep preceeded him. I don’t think that he would stage this. I think it was a booze driven reaction. I don’t know if he has a problem with alcohol, but I do think he has a problem.

  37. Boycott Kanye West on Jay Leno tonight to show support for Taylor Swift. That was her moment to shine and Kanye trashed it. Trash Kanye!

  38. Oh, for heaven’s sakes. I know everyone loves a good righteous pile-on but I found Kanye’s apology to be very real. Would most of you buy anything he said at this point? I heard Russell Brand explain that he decided not to make any Kanye jokes because he had no interest on piling on the guy. He recognized that he’s done some crazy impulsive hurtful things too in his past. My guess is that Kanye’s propensity for spontaneous passion that sometimes veers off in inappropriate ways is also the fuel for his musical intelligence and success.

    I’m certainly no Kanye West fan, although I do like some of his stuff, and think the guy has a serious case of the overblown ego and maybe some other issues. But, so do alot of people. They just don’t happen to be in the public eye. It is not a crime. He did not physically hurt anyone. I keep going back to the fact that Kanye didn’t jump on stage to say he was the best. He was doing it for Beyonce. There’s a world of difference there that is just glossed over.

    If you are one of those, like myself, that think that Taylor Swift is getting way more credit than she really deserves, you could get a sense of the outrage at her getting this award. It certainly does not justify Kanye’s completely inappropriate response, but I just happened to be hollering at my screen when I noticed that suddenly Kanye was there on the stage with Taylor.

    I’ve heard that Kanye has told everyone that he doesn’t drink, so to see him obviously packing the booze here could explain why we was out of control last night. The guy needs to step back and hopefully get some good counseling. I sincerely hope he does.

    Kanye definitely has an uphill battle here. He’s lost alot of trust with folks. But he knows alot about overcoming adversity and if he takes the higher road, he can use that understanding as fuel. I always believe in forgiveness. It is possible for anyone to change, connect to their better angels, and heal that which wounds them and others. Same with Kanye. No boycotts, or hatefest here.

  39. When I first saw the reaction shot of Beyonce in the audience, she didn’t look angry or even embarrassed so much as confused. She was almost giggling. But I do think she felt bad.

    It may have been pre-arranged between Beyonce’s camp and Taylor’s camp that Beyonce would call her up if she won — but what if she didn’t? I would hope that whoever won Best Video would have called her up.

    Oh, by the way, #kanyewestisadouche. Let me tell you, I loathed George Bush with the heat of a thousand suns, and I thought that part of the reason the response to Katrina was so slow was because of the city’s demographics. But it was still uncool for him to blurt out “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” at the telethon — even if it was true. The idea was to get people to send money, not to piss people off.

    Perhaps Kanye and Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina — the guy who called Obama a liar in the middle of Obama’s speech to the joint session of Congress — were separated at birth? And apparently Serena Williams went to the same school of bad manners. Is there something in the water all of a sudden?

  40. Well, this is all very interesting. People seem more passionate about Kanye West’s little tantrum than they did about Chris Brown’s actions. Where was all the celeb outrage then? Shortly after the incident, CB was out partying with Ashton Kutcher. Just saying.

    Sure, Kanye is an asshat, but this incident isn’t hurting anyone but himself. Taylor Swift will be fine.

    I’m also not going to pile on him, although I thought it was funny that Obama called him a jackass for his actions off the record and some reporter tweeted it. Ooops.

    BTW, Kanye isn’t completely evil personified. Like most people, he’s probably complex. He recently gave a free concert for Chicago area kids who had improved their grades as part of his foundation.

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/06/kanye-west-in-free-concert-for-school-kids.html

    I saw some of the kids interviewed on the news that night and they were excited and motivated.

    Personally, I hope he tones it down so that his good works actually have impact with kids and he doesn’t ruin it all.

    People act like he committed some felony or something. He just made some stupid remarks at a stupid awards show and took away someone’s moment. Stupid? Yes. Classless? Yes. Evil? I’d say no.

    Of course, I do like his music, so maybe that’s part of it. *shrugs*

  41. SybilTrelawney, I think civility and mutual respect have been dying for awhile now. This week seemed to be particularly explosive evidence of it, but check out the townhall behavior for more.

    I’m glad that it’s still considered necessary for public figures to offer an apology, no matter how sincere it may seem. I keep on hoping that these flares of inappropriate acting out serve as mirrors for society instead of examples of what people can get away with. It remains to be seen.

    BTW, is anyone else wondering where security was at this event? How was Kanye even able to get on the stage? I hear that Pink had to be restrained from attempting to beat up on Kanye. I’m sure people would have loved to see that. Then again, I don’t really want to live in a world that is like one big Jerry Springer show.

  42. Thank you Kanye for Heartless that Kris sang/sings so beautifully. Beyond that you are a piece of crap. What you did was arrogant, thoughtless, and unforgiveable.

  43. Kayne sat down with Jay for a few minutes before he sang and talked about his rude behavior.

  44. LOL Kanye. Oh you. You don’t mean that apology one whit, and you know exactly what you’re doing with that publicity stunt.

    Funny that the outrage at this is more universal by far than the outrage at Chris Brown BEATING Rihanna… there you had a fifty fifty split in many places regarding whether he was to be blamed.

    Is this because Taylor is white? Or just because Kanye started out with a worse reputation?

  45. PJ, agreed. No evil here. No felony committed. No violence nor threats occurred (actually Kanye started out by telling Taylor that he was really happy for her). Just a stupid act by a famous guy who has a propensity for grabbing the stage at inappropriate times. I am also astonished by the venomous reaction to Kanye compared to the mixed response that happened regarding Chris Brown and his actions. One commits serious assault and has all kinds of defenders, the other has a moment of essentially harmless stupidity and gets beat down to the ground. Maybe people are just responding to an accumulation of Kanye’s tendency toward pompasity, but I’d like to think that people’s responses have some kind of corollary to the actions committed.

  46. He apologized again on Leno. He said he realized he had been rude when he handed the microphone back to Taylor and people were booing him. Wow, he doesn’t need lightning to strike him.

    @Sherena Interesting point about this compared to the Chris Brown incident.

  47. I think in comparison to Chris Brown beating Rihanna, celebs were more apprehensive to give their comments on that because they didn’t know all the details. And it was something so personal between boyfriend and girlfriend and it’s hard to involve yourself in that kind of domestic drama when you don’t even know the root cause of it all.

    There of course is more celeb outrage with this because it happened in a live awards show, and it was all out in the open…black and white- in the big stage, Kanye was a douche to a teenage girl who was having a moment winning her first VMA. It’s easier to go “Oh fuck you Kanye”over that than make a comment about Chris Brown and Rihanna when the details about that were so sketchy.

  48. I’m not talking about the celeb response, although that was different too. I’m talking about the response from regular people. An informal poll of 200 young people in Boston found that more than 1/2 of them thought Rihanna was responsible for Chris beating her. And then if you looked at the comments on pop culture articles, there would be a TON of people, mostly women, defending Chris. But if you look at the articles for this incident– 99% critical of Kanye. The difference is a pretty huge one.

    I think it’s interesting. No hard and final conclusions or accusations here, just… interesting.

  49. Ooh, I hope Obama didn’t. Kanye is a big Obama supporter, isn’t he? That would be sad for him.

  50. It’s easier to go ‘Oh fuck you Kanye’ over that than make a comment about Chris Brown and Rihanna when the details about that were so sketchy.

    What was sketchy about the bruises on her face? And his subsequent guilty plea where he probably struck a deal?

    Ooh, I hope Obama didn’t. Kanye is a big Obama supporter, isn’t he? That would be sad for him.

    When you act like a jackass, you get called one. LOL. He’ll get over it. But good point in your earlier post about race or reputation. I don’t have an answer for that.

  51. What was sketchy about the bruises on her face? And his subsequent guilty plea where he probably struck a deal?

    People didn’t know the exact details of what happened that night, and as I said, it’s personal domestic drama between boyfriend and girlfriend, it’s hard to involve yourself when you’re a celebrity into something personal that just happened to happen between two famous people. The pics of Rihanna also didn’t get released right away, by then I’m guessing most celebs had been advised to not comment about it. Unlike this VMA event that was all it happened this one minute and then the next minute every celeb was tweeting about it because what happened was crystal clear unlike with Chris-Rihanna when it first broke out, all the details were fuzzy.

    Kanye’s tirade was in a public event recorded live, everyone knew exactly what went down. It’s easy to make a comment about that and not put yourself in an uncomfortable position afterwards in case you may have been misinformed.

    Also, I think since Chris’ case was sort of a criminal case, they know it was going to court so they just let the courts decide. Like with T.I.’s illegal weapon charges, I don’t think lots of celebs commented about that either. With Kanye, it’s like, no one else is going to reprimand him for this but us… so I guess that’s why there is more outburst also.

  52. It’s pretty clear to me that Kanye realizes that he needs a time out to get himself back together. If you check out the Leno interview, you can tell he’s being sincere. He realizes he’s gotten off track some how. Celebrity can really mess a person up. Especially in this culture today. It’s bubble living and can lead to all kinds of crazy behavior.

  53. He may be truly sorry for his actions but it truly does not excuse them. he will do something like this again, it is inevitable. He thinks he is as big as Elvis, remember? AND it was totally appropriate for Jay to bring up what his mother would think…it might have been the only way to shame him into humility. If the crowd and public had not turned on him in the overwhelming way they did, he would continue with this type of behavior.
    Once an A$$ always an A$$.

  54. Well, this is all very interesting. People seem more passionate about Kanye West’s little tantrum than they did about Chris Brown’s actions. Where was all the celeb outrage then? Shortly after the incident, CB was out partying with Ashton Kutcher. Just saying.

    Exactly. He got on stage (again, at the VMAs, we’re talking the Oscars here) and was a dick. Big deal. Its not like he beat up his girlfriend, heh.

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