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Kanye West cancels 'Today' performance set for Black Friday

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Kanye West has canceled a "Today" performance that had been announced by Matt Lauer on the show Thursday, the network learned officially Friday. West had been scheduled to play live outside the studio in New York the day after Thanksgiving.

Lauer interviewed West on Wednesday for a piece to air Thursday. The rapper, upset by video clips played during their sit-down, fired off a series of messages on Twitter afterward, accusing the show of being "brutal" and trying to set him up and force his answers. Among those messages was one saying, "I don't mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show," which apparently meant he was not coming back for the live gig. 

Kanye West tweet Now in Abu Dhabi, he sent further messages out early Friday, referring to behind-the-scenes footage aired Thursday on "Today," including an explanation of how Lauer's announcement that the rapper would perform on the show later in the month made West look like the villain:

I blatantly said I'm not performing on a tweet and to everyone around me and the next day they still announced a performance. Do you guys see what I'm saying now, this is just a small slice of the day to day [stuff] that goes on that helps to precipitate the idea that I such an [idiot] cause when I don't perform oh noooow I'm the one that's crazy or a jerk! If I hadn't tweeted about how they set me up at the show they would have never played the extra footage that displayed how disrespectful.... I want you guys to look at that footage and start to put everything together now.

Not that he is framing Lauer as the villain, right? "All positive energy ... all smiles," he tweeted. "Much love to Matt and the whole Today Show. I accept ya'll future apology in advance LOL!"

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Kanye West reaches into the crowd as he performs at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 12. Credit: Mike Blake / Reuters

 
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He is psychotic, there's no doubt about it.

Kanye is such a baby. His feelings are hurt so he runs away to console himself. Man up, Bro. Nobody set you up.If you are too immature to face the music for what you say, Swift & Bush)keep your damn mouth shut and go live on an island, all by yourself. Create your own government and say what you want to say and not worry about repercussions. Sorry about the big word but that was all I had on hand. Sissy!

The today show does care about black fridays.

Ok really? whats wrong with his teeth? Why are YOU! yeah you, soooo concerned with his teeth?

Kanye West is arrogant, crass, self-centered, bigoted, conceited, and so full of himself that that aroma permeates any area he is in and fouls it with the stench! It's time for Mr. West to grow up and act like a mature individual rather than the ingratiating thug that he is!

Kanye: "I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused."

BoooHooo Kayanne! You jest mad that the whole world sees the real you on tape. But I do understand the hollow part. That's what you should feel after you misuse, abuse, slander and put down others = hater!

Really?...Kanye...JUST SHUT UP, ZIP IT, STIFLE, FORGO ANY UTTERANCE OTHER THAN THOSE PERTAINING TO YOUR CHOSEN WORK IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. YOUR SOCIAL COMMENTARY IS A JOKE, AN INSULT AND THE PRODUCT OF A FOOL!.....GO AWAY...FAR, FAR AWAY!

Mabe the TODAY show can get a good!!!! replacement. should be easy.

What a COWARD!!! Even if he did go through with it, I'd probably fly out to New York just so I could throw rotten food at him anyways.

Don't do it Matt, don't apologize!

What a shock. Mamby Pamby jerkoff idiot kanye is backing out of something he promised to do.

considering his 'savior' mentality it surprising that he backed out of something on "BLACK" friday.

Who's the villain now kanye. (your name doesnt even deserve to be capitalized)

Too bad mom aint here to knock you upside your fool head

I hate The Today Show.

But then Stephanopoulos is soooo much worse. And the CBS Early Morning is poop.

So I listen to the radio when I get up. Or a CD. Very refreshing.

What a PANSY!! He also needs to learn basic English grammar. Its time for him to hang it up. RETIRE
BOYCOTT KAYNE WEST!!! He is the ultimate loser

Who cares?

How do morons like this become famous? Maybe for the same reason people like George W. Bush get elected president and movies like Jackass 3D become number one at the box office. Maybe we should eliminate I.Q. tests and S.A.T.s in this country to judge intelligence and just count tattoos and/or missing teeth. .


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