A somber Kanye West honored an impromptu interview request from Jay Leno during the premiere of his new show to talk about the now infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards tirade against country cutie Taylor Swift‘s best female video win that happened just one day ago.
“Tell us about your day. Did you have a tough day today,” Leno joked with a very serious Kanye.
“It’s been extremely difficult dealing with the fact that I hurt or took something away from a talented artist.”
“It was just rude, period,” Kanye later explained of the incident.
When asked when he knew he was wrong, Kanye explained it was when he gave Taylor the microphone back to finish her acceptance speech, but the visibly shocked teen did not continue.
The entire appearance was not dedicated to the awards show brouhaha. It was, in fact, meant to promote Jay-Z‘s current hit single Run This Town that features West and pop princess Rihanna.