News: Kanye West Gets Emotional On "Jay Leno Show" Premiere, "I'm Just Ashamed That My Hurt Caused Someone Else's Hurt" [Video]
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009 10:15AM
Kanye West has given his first public interview since last Sunday's Video Music Awards rant on "The Jay Leno Show" premiere and said his actions have forced him re-examine himself and his career.
Speaking with television host Jay Leno, Yeezy offered another apology to country singer Taylor Swift.
""It's been extremely difficult...Just dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away, you know, from a talented artist or from anyone, because I only wanted to help people. My entire life, I've only wanted to give and do something that I felt was right. And I immediately knew in the situation that it was wrong, and it wasn't a spectacle -- it's actually someone's emotions, you know, that I stepped on. And it was very -- it was rude, period. And, you know, I'd like to be able to apologize to her in person...I deal with hurt. And, you know, so many celebrities, they never take the time off. I've never taken the time off to really -- just music after music and tour after tour. I'm just ashamed that my hurt caused someone else's hurt. My dream of what awards shows are supposed to be -- and I don't try to justify it because I was just in the wrong. That's period. But I need to, after this, take some time off and just analyze how I'm going to make it through the rest of this life, how I'm going to improve. Because I am a celebrity, and that's something I have to deal with. And if there's anything I could do to help Taylor in the future or help anyone, I'd like -- you know, I want to live this thing. It's hard sometimes..." ("The Jay Leno Show")
There were also rumored reports which claimed President Barack Obama weighed in on Ye's rant.
During a CNBC interview on Monday, President Obama called hip-hop artist Kanye West a 'jacka**' over his behavior at the MTV Video Music Awards. Obama's colorful remark was actually made in an off-the-record portion of the interview that was tweeted -- and then deleted -- by ABC News reporter Terry Moran. 'Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a 'jacka**' for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT'S presidential,' Moran wrote. Politico's Michael Calderone has ABC's statement apologizing for Moran's journalistic breach. (Miss Info)
Best Buy senior music merchant Chris Smith has said the move on Ye's behalf may help him out in the long-run.
"Quite honestly, it could end up helping his cause," Smith said. "He has been so pop-leaning of late and appealed to a wider, greater crossover audience. There may be a fear out there that he lost his edge, his street cred. This may have been a way to gain that back, to show that he still has an edge." (Los Angeles Times)
Despite multiple apologies, 50 Cent took Swift's side and scolded Ye for his on-stage rant.
"That was interesting," Fif said in an interview. "When you nominated for the first time, what you saw from me in 2004 was The Grammy's. When I went up, Evanescence won Best New Artist and it was like, I sold 12 million records. That's the largest debuting hip-hop album today and I was overlooked and I still don't have a Grammy. It's been 13 nominations. It's because I wrote the harsh realities, I've been overlooked, completely. So when you got an artist there for the first time and you go and you wanna tell them, well, you know, Beyonce is great. There's nobody that's confused in that actual area. But Taylor Swift is great and is new at that point and you can't replace it. Even an apology can't replace what it feels like for the very first time receiving that award. Now in her head, 'My first award was Kanye West.' And it's damaging, I wish he would come take one of my awards so I can black his eye and in front of everybody..." (Much Music)
Check out Kanye West's interview below: