News: MTV Reps Say Kanye West Was Not Banned From Hope For Haiti Telethon

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 1:45PM

Written by Biz Jones

MTV representatives have denied reports that rapper Kanye West was banned from tonight's Hope For Haiti telethon due to his past public outbursts.

According to the rep, a request for West to appear on the telethon was made.

A rep for MTV tells "That's absolutely not true. We DID reach out to Kanye." Access Hollywood reports that West didn't respond. (US Magazine)

Early reports said West was not invited because of his controversial 2005 Bush remarks.

"After what he said on the Katrina telethon and the way he behaved at the MTV Video Music Awards, everyone agrees it's just best that he does not participate," a producing partner told me. "Kayne has to make everything about himself. He will do anything to steal the spotlight and, well, this night it's just not about him." (Pop Eater)

Despite West's absence, the event will still feature a mixture of celebrities.

Whether or not Kanye is invited, 'Hope for Haiti' has a star-studded lineup that includes Bono, Jay-Z, Bill Clinton, Chris Rock, Bruce Springstreen, Rihanna and Taylor Swift--who didn't have a great experience last time she shared the stage with Kanye. The telethon airs at 8 pm EST Friday. (Huffington Post)

West's 2005 comments came days after New Orleans' Hurricane Katrina disaster.

West has had several controversies throughout his career. On September 2, 2005, during a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina relief on NBC, A Concert for Hurricane Relief, West was a featured speaker. Controversy arose when West was presenting, as he deviated from the prepared script. Actor Mike Myers, with whom West was paired to present, spoke next and continued to read the script. Once it was West's turn to speak again, he said "George Bush doesn't care about black people." At this point, telethon producer Rick Kaplan cut off the microphone and then cut away to Chris Tucker, who was unaware of the cut for a few seconds. Still, West's comment reached much of the United States. (Wikipedia)

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