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Matt Lauer upsets Kanye West, 'Today' appearance cancelled

Matt Lauer: West became upset when during the interview "Today" showed a tape of when he interrupted Taylor Swift at last year's MTV Music Awards. The incident that prompted a tremendous backlash against West.

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In this Sept. 13, 2009 file photo, Singer Kanye West takes the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she accepts the "Best Female Video" award during the MTV Video Music Awards on in New York. West has canceled his appearance on NBC's 'Today' after the clip was played in an interview he taped with Matt Lauer

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Kanye West has backed out of a scheduled performance on NBC's "Today" show after getting upset with how his interview this week with host Matt Lauer this week was handled.

The rapper tweeted Thursday night that he would not perform on the day after Thanksgiving, and "Today" confirmed that it received official word of the cancellation on Friday.

West became upset when during the interview "Today" showed a tape of when he interrupted Taylor Swift at last year's MTV Music Awards. The incident that prompted a tremendous backlash against West.

The musician had a coveted spot: He was due to perform on Black Friday, when New York streets around the "Today" studio are likely to be crowded with holiday shoppers.


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