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Kanye West backs out of high-profile 'Today' show performance gig
NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West has backed out of a scheduled performance on NBC's "Today" show after getting upset with how his interview with host Matt Lauer this week was handled.
West's record company confirmed the cancellation to "Today" on Friday after the rapper said on his Twitter account that he wouldn't perform. He was scheduled to appear Nov. 26, part of a promotion drive for his new disc, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," which is being released Nov. 22.
During the interview, which was taped Tuesday and aired Thursday, West appeared thrown when "Today" aired a video clip of an embarrassing moment — when he grabbed a microphone from Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and said Beyonce should have won an award instead of Swift.
West tweeted this week that he felt "set up" by the interview and that Lauer tried to force his answers. His cancellation notice was accompanied by mixed messages.
"Much love to Matt and the whole Today show," he said in a Twitter message. "I accept ya'll future apology in advance LOL!"
West's decision could be a lose-lose situation. It deprives "Today" of an appearance from one of music's most popular performers on the day after Thanksgiving, when many people are off from work and school.
From West's standpoint, he was due to perform on Black Friday on the nation's most-watched morning show, when New York streets around the "Today" studio will likely be clogged with holiday shoppers who might be persuaded to add his disc to their lists.
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