Having been caught sounding like a poor loser after the MTV Awards, Kanye West has tried to clarify matters.
And come off sounding even more childish:
"And I just feel like I got betrayed by them," the rapper continued. "They opened with Britney. They opened with Justin last year and let him close the show this year, and he had his own suite."
Sniff... sniff... they love Justin more than me, he always gets the cool slots...
Oh, and he didn't like Pamela Anderson's introduction:
"I'm engaged, and I feel like it's disrespectful to my relationship," West said of Anderson's remarks, which he claims MTV assured him would be in acceptable taste.
Anderson was making play of having guested with West for the Touch The Sky video - we're a little at a loss to understand how West could get the hump at someone describing what they did for the cameras, but didn't mind doing it for the cameras.
West is, somewhat self-importantly, cutting all ties with MTV. Why?
It's not all about Kanye, of course - he was also worried about Britney. He claims.:
Here, he might have a point - Britney's comeback (and, more honestly, the prospect of seeing a career vanish) helped this year's awards bounce back in the ratings - 7.1 million. Trouble is, the impressive-sounding 23% rise came after a 28% drop last year, and comes in the context of dwindling audience for the channel as a whole, down to an average below 750,000 now.