Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Kanye West on Jay Leno Silent When Asked About Mom

Jay Leno thanked Kanye West last night when the rapper appeared on the first episode of Leno's prime time NBC talk show. West sounded contrite, again apologizing for his Taylor Swift incident on the MTV Music Video Awards Sunday night. He said it was "rude period." His earlier apology, a statement online in all caps, had not been well received.

West was speechless when Leno asked him how his late mother, a college professor, would have felt about what he did, going on stage during a major awards show and telling the winner she did not deserve to win for best video by a female, that Beyonce did. The rapper implied that he has not really recovered since his mother's death. She died in 2007.

It may be that extended grief is a factor, but people who've watched Kanye know that he was behaving badly before his mother's passing. A full year before Donda West died from surgery complications, West acted out at the 2006 MTV Awards in Europe. He rushed the stage shouting about his own video back then.

Leno commended West for appearing during the controversy. He said a lot of stars would have cancelled. Following his chat with Jay, West performed with Rihanna and Jay-Z.

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