Kanye’s Messy Interview With Matt Lauer
Kanye West’s interview with Matt Lauer during the Today show last week was perhaps one of the most painful things I’ve watched on television since…well since the Chicago native’s notorious VMAs stunt over a year ago, but apparently, the train wreck could’ve been avoided. Reportedly, ‘Ye’s people hired seasoned media trainer Susie Arons of Rubenstein Communications to prepare the hip-hop star for the sit-down. After weighing the pros and cons, she and team ‘Ye agreed to call off the whole thing, but at the last minute on the day the interview was taped, Arons was informed the “Runaway” rapper had decided to go through with it, and she hurried over to NBC’s Rockefeller Center where ‘Ye was waiting. A “Today” show insider told Page Six:
“West shut himself in a dressing room with Susie, and could be heard rehearsing possible questions and answers. But the interview began, and it was as though he had crammed for a test and then his mind went blank.”
After seeing the strained expression on ‘Ye’s face during the interview when it aired on Thursday morning, I venture to say getting his jaw wired shut in the wake of his infamous 2002 car accident was less painful for him than this debacle. Ouch!
Anyway, following the taping of the interview, ‘Ye took issue with Lauer on Twitter, claiming the legendary newsman “forced his answers.” On Friday, Aronson resigned from her post on ‘Ye’s team, less than a week after being hired, while his upcoming concert on Today, originally scheduled for Black Friday, has been canceled. SMH, ‘Ye needs more people.
Check out the entire fiasco in the video below: