“What that bitch tell me to do? All I can see is me dancing with Michael Jackson in a room straight outta Tron. Oh, shit, this Matt Lauer dude’s been axing me shit the whole time. Play it cool, Kanye. Play it cool…”
Before filming his now-disastrous interview on The Today Show, Kanye West‘s people hired media expert Susan Arons whose immediate, and clearly correct, instinct was to back the hell out. Fortunately for us, Kanye West apparently drives himself to interviews. Oh, good. Page Six reports:
But on Tuesday morning, Arons was notified that West was waiting at NBC’s Rockefeller Center studio for the Lauer chat, and she rushed over at West’s request.
According to a show insider, “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.”
West grew frustrated when a clip of him interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards was shown and said, “Yo, how am I supposed to talk if you’re going to run the thing in the middle while I’m talking?”
When Lauer and West took a break, West “huddled again with the media trainer because he still hadn’t found a way to express himself,” said our source. The disastrous interview aired Thursday, and Arons resigned from working with him yesterday morning.
INTERVIEWER: So, tell me a little bit about your career.
SUSAN: I, uh, I allowed Kanye West to speak on national television once.
INTERVIEWER: …. *places Japanese dagger on table* I’ll be outside.