Kanye West Issues Apology to Taylor Swift on Jay Leno’s New Show

Kanye West has made another apology to Taylor Swift for his behavior on Sunday night’s (Sept. 13) MTV Video Music Awards — this time on the premiere of The Jay Leno Show. Leno was not scheduled to interview him Monday (Sept. 14) while he was on the show to perform with Jay-Z and Rihanna. However, West asked for the opportunity to talk about taking the microphone away from Swift during her acceptance speech for best female video to proclaim the superiority of Beyonce’s video. “It’s been extremely difficult … just dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away from a talented artist,” he said. I only wanted to help people. My entire life, I’ve only wanted to give and do something that I felt was right. I immediately knew in this situation that it was wrong, that it wasn’t a spectacle … it was actually someone’s emotions that I stepped on. It was just rude — period. I’d like to be able to apologize in person.” West said he knew he’d made a mistake in interrupting Swift’s speech “as soon as I gave the mike back to her and she didn’t keep going.” When Leno asked West what his late mother would think of his actions at the awards show, he replied, “Obviously, I deal with hurt. So many celebrities never take the time off. … I need to, after this, take the time off to analyze how I’m going to make it through the rest of this life, how I’m going to improve. I am a celebrity, and that’s something I have to deal with. If there’s anything I can do to help Taylor in the future — or help anyone — I’d like to.”