KANYE West must have realised he dropped a Barack when Obama weighed in about his MTV awards blunder.
The US President called Kanye a “jackass” for storming the stage and telling teen singer Taylor Swift that her gong for Best Female Video should have gone to Beyonce.
Obama made the remarks in an off-the-record part of an interview with US TV network CNBC. But Terry Moran, a reporter for rival station ABC, heard the snipe and told his million Twitter followers.
He said: “President Obama just called Kanye West a jackass for his outburst at VMAs when Swift won. Now that’s presidential.”
The Tweet was quickly removed, followed by a grovelling apology to the White House from ABC.
Meanwhile West says he plans to take some time off to think about things after his outburst at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday.
West has faced a chorus of criticism since he jumped on the stage as Swift accepted her Best Female Video award and argued that Beyoncé’s Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) was more deserving.
He was greeted with boos from the audience and apologised on his website the following day.
He used his appearance on The Jay Leno Show Monday night to apologise yet again. “After this, I need to just take some time off and analyse 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 just something I’m going to have to deal with,” he said.
“It was rude, period,” West told Leno. –– The Sun.