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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

President Obama Kanye West

President Obama Kanye West

President Obama Kanye West - Barack Obama labels Kanye West a jackass, US President Barack Obama has reportedly labelled Kanye West a "jackass" for his outburst at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

The rapper interrupted singer Taylor Swift on Sunday night as she accepted a best female video award for her song You Belong With Me, arguing that Beyonce's Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) was more deserving.

Beyonce, who looked embarrassed by the outburst, later invited Swift to share the stage with her after receiving her own award.

Mr Obama reportedly made the comments during informal chatter as he was being miked up for an interview on CNBC.

The comments were not made on air and were off the record, but ABC News employees - who had access to CNBC's feed - posted them on Twitter.

The comments were tweeted to 1 million followers on the micro-blogging site by Nightline anchor Terry Moran.

ABC apologises

The posts have since been deleted, and ABC News had apologised to CNBC and the White House for breaching editorial standards, it said.

"In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview," ABC News said in a statement late on Monday.

"This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologise to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again."

ABC News senior vice-president Jeffrey Schneider said that the organisation had reached out to the White House and CNBC in a series of telephone calls.

"It was a mistake. It's certainly one that we regret. We certainly made that very clear to CNBC and the White House," he said.

ABC said several staff members heard the comment because they share a transmission line with CNBC, but did not hear the stipulation that the comments were not for reporting.

The White House has said it will not comment on what Mr Obama might have said in off-the-record conversations.

"I'm not going to get into what the President had to say in an off-the-record conversation," said Mr Obama's deputy press secretary Bill Burton.

West apology on Leno show

Meanwhile, West used an appearance on the Jay Leno show to offer another apology for ruining Swift's night and to say he was going to take some time off for reflection.
West said he knew he was wrong the moment he handed the microphone back to Swift, when he was bathed in boos.

"It was rude, period," West said. He posted a second apology to Swift on his blog on Monday, and told Leno he wanted to apologise to the country music star in person.

West took a long pause when Leno asked what his mother would have said about the incident. West was very close to his mother, Donda, who died in November 2007. He said "yes" when Leno asked whether his mother would have given him a lecture.

"So many celebrities, they never take the time off," he said. "I've never taken the time off to really - you know, 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, 'cause, 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 analyse how I'm going to make it through the rest of this life, how I'm going to improve."

He had already been set to perform on Leno's first prime-time show on NBC, but asked for time to talk, with the controversy swirling. It might have been a stroke of luck for Leno, whose daily prime-time comedy show already was the most buzzed-about autumn debut. With West, it's likely to draw even more curious viewers.

It was reminiscent of when Hugh Grant appeared on the Tonight show with Leno in 1995 to make amends after being arrested with a prostitute - only this time there weren't many laughs. The Grant appearance was a springboard for Leno to eclipse David Letterman in the ratings.

Leno was quick to refer to the West incident with one of his first monologue jokes on Monday, saying Mr Obama had invited West and the 19-year-old Swift for a "root beer summit".

West has been in trouble before with ill-timed comments, raising scenes after losing awards himself at the VMAs, the Grammys and the American Music Awards. In 2005, West said during a telethon to raise money for victims after Hurricane Katrina that then president George Bush "doesn't care about black people".

MTV wasn't complaining on Monday. Televised on MTV, MTV2 and VH1 simultaneously on Sunday, the awards show was seen by 11 million people, Nielsen Media Research said. That is up 21 per cent over last year and was the most-watched Video Music Awards since 2002.

A corporate partner of MTV jumped to take advantage of it. Comedy Central, like MTV owned by Viacom, planned to rerun four times in a row on Tuesday a South Park episode that poked fun at West's ego.

West spoke on Leno's show before performing with Jay-Z and Rihanna on Jay-Z's song Run This Town.

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