Taylor Swift’s Tuesday morning (Sept. 15) appearance on ABC’s The View prompted a phone call from Kanye West to apologize for his impromptu speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Swift told the hosts of The View that she still hadn’t been contacted by West in the aftermath of his outburst on the awards show, but she said she would be willing to speak to him. “Sure. I mean, he has not personally reached out or anything, but if he wanted to just say hi,” she said.
West phoned her shortly after the Tuesday episode of The View aired.
“Kanye did call me, and he was very sincere in his apology, and I accepted that apology,” she told ABC News Radio.
Swift’s “You Belong With Me” was named female video of the year at Sunday’s (Sept. 13) awards show in New York. As she was beginning her speech, West unexpectedly walked onstage to proclaim that Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” also nominated in the female video category, was “one of the best videos of all time.”
The interruption quickly grabbed national headlines, including a report on Politico.com that President Barack Obama had referred to West as a “jackass” in an off-the-record comment to CNBC.
West apologized for his actions in two separate blogs on his official Web site. Appearing Monday (Sept. 14) with Jay-Z and Rihanna on the premiere of NBC’s The Jay Leno Show, West once again apologized, saying, “It was just rude — period.”
Other than a brief interview with MTV News following the awards show, Swift had not commented on the controversy until her appearance on The View that had been scheduled prior to the VMAs.
Recalling her reaction when she realized she had won the award, Swift said, “My overall thought process went something like, ’Wow, I can’t believe I won. This is awesome. Don’t trip and fall. I’m going to get to thank the fans. This is so cool. Oh, Kanye West is here. Cool haircut. What are you doing there?” And then, ’Ouch!’ And then, ’I guess I’m not gonna get to thank the fans.'”
Swift said she didn’t have time to mentally process the situation at the time.
“I’m not going to say that I wasn’t rattled by it, but I had to perform live five minutes later, so I had to get myself back to the place where I could perform,” she said.
She has found strength through the support of other artists and fans.
“There were a lot of people around me backstage that were saying wonderful, incredible things and having my back,” she said. “All the other artists that came and showed me love in the hours following it and all the people tweeting about it and all the fans … I just never imagined that there were that many people out there looking out for me. So it was really wonderful to see that people were out there defending me — so I didn’t have to.”
During her appearance on The View, Swift performed acoustic versions of “Fifteen” and “You Belong With Me.” The 19-year-old, who still lives with her parents near Nashville, also revealed that she’ll soon be making other living arrangements.
“I haven’t told anybody this yet, but I just got my first condo,” she said before adding, “Yes, I have told my mother.”