Monday night, rapper Kanye West apologized to Jay Leno for interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. "It was rude. Period," West said of the incident.
West was originally scheduled only as a musical guest on Monday's first-ever episode of "The Jay Leno Show." He was slated to perform "Run This Town" with Jay Z and Rihanna.
However, before the performance, West sat down with Leno for a few minutes to talk about his actions at the MTV awards show.
At the show, West came on stage as Swift was accepting a Best Female Video award. He suggested Beyonce should have won the honor.
Talking to Leno, West said he knew he'd crossed the line when Taylor Swift left the stage immediately after his comments.
Leno brought up West's mother, who died in 2007. He asked what she would have thought of the rapper's behavior at the awards show.
West was emotional in his response, adding that his own sense of hurt made him hurt others. He said he needs to take some time off to think about his future. He also said he'd like to apologize to Swift in person and do anything he can to help her in the future.
What do you think? Do you buy the apology, or do you think West's career is doomed? Anyone still think the whole Kanye West/Taylor Swift feud was staged?
After the interview, West performed with Jay Z and Rihanna as planned. The audience applauded the performance.