Media Feud Du Jour: Matt Lauer vs. Kanye West

By Alex Weprin 

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Yesterday rapper Kanye West taped an interview with “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer, and was apparently so incensed with what happened he decided to preemptively comment about it on Twitter. “Today” will run the full Kanye West interview tomorrow morning.

West also responded to the comment former President George W. Bush made, in which Bush said West’s comment about him after Hurricane Katrina was an “all time low” in his presidency.

West began his rant by explaining that he was about to depart for Abu Dhabi. The following are his tweets in paragraph form, see the full exchange here:

Before I take off let me tell you how they did me at the Today show. I went there to express how I was empathetic to Bush because I labeled him a racist and years later I got labeled as a racist. While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the “MTV” under me with audio!!!!!! I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today show, and that’s a very nice way for me to put it!

HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I ONLY CAME THERE WITH POSITIVE INTENT…  Yo I really wonder if Matt Lauer thought that shit was cool to play the “MTV” clip while I was speaking about Bush? He played clips of Bush and asked me to look at his face while I was trying to talk to him. I wish Michael Jackson had Twitter!!!!!!! Maybe Mike could have explained how the media tried to set him up!!! It’s all a fucking set up!!

It looks like Lauer’s interview with West tomorrow may turn out to be some real “must see TV.”

Update: “Today” released a statement responding to West’s Twitter tirade:

“We look forward to airing Matt Lauer’s interview with Kanye West tomorrow on ‘Today.’”

Alrighty then.