News: Kanye West Gets Last Laugh On Jay Leno's Final Broadcast [Video]
Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 2:20PM
Kanye West appeared on talk show host Jay Leno's final primetime broadcast last night.
During the show, Leno played "deleted footage" of a controversial question he asked the rapper regarding his late mother last September.
"On our very first show, I'm gonna show you the unedited version of my interview with Kanye West," Leno said during the telecast before cutting to a spoofed video where he is punched by the rapper. Kanye West sent Jay Leno out with a bang last night ... right on the kisser. During Leno's final episode before his late night comeback after the Olympics, Donald Trump and Kanye West made appearances -- and the latter got to sucker punch that infamous chin. (TMZ)
In the original interview, Kanye displayed his emotions when asked about his actions at last year's Video Music Awards with Taylor Swift's acceptance speech.
"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")
The interview sparked a few reactions from Ye associates including Mos Def.
"Can I be real with you for a minute?," Mos asked a crowd of fans. "Kanye West is my friend, my brother...This motherf*cker ain't kill nobody, ain't take nobody money, he ain't slap that girl. He expressed a sentiment that she was sitting at home feeling, probably. He ain't do it at an appropriate time but he apologized for that...Leave my man alone. He's at least done something good to make you feel good...So this energy right here is for my brother, Kanye West. Don't none of y'all motherf*ckers rock with him if you think he this, think he that. I'm rocking with him...When they start kicking on me like that, I hope somebody on a national platform says 'That's my motherf*cking man.' And Jay Leno, with your banana boat face having a**, you need to apologize to Kanye West for having him with his mother [would say], what she would think, she would think she'd need to smack your f*cking banana face-having a** face off trying to be slick..." (YouTube)
In light of the Swift incident, Jay-Z also spoke up for Ye.
"[Kanye is] like my little brother, I pretty much introduced him on the first Blueprint... He's just a super passionate person, and of course it was rude because it was her moment but that's how he really felt... I think it was rude, but I don't think, the way they're treating, it's on the front of every paper, he didn't kill anybody, like, no one got harmed... At the end of the day, we're gonna celebrate him for his passion... As he grows and matures, he's got to know how to balance that. He'll learn that in the years to come...That passion wasn't fake, it wasn't staged... I don't think he should lay low, I think he should go on tour and have a brilliant career...The thing you have to realize about it, he's been that passionate from his first record, he used to jump on tables, I'm trying to make the first Blueprint and he's jumping on tables. [laughs] If he had changed because of his success, then it would be something else, then it would be a different thing but he's always been that passionate." (BBC Radio)
Check out Jay Leno's Kanye West spoof below: