Barack Obama 'calls Kanye West a jackass'
Published Sep 15 2009, 13:01 BST | By Mayer Nissim
President Barack Obama
was reportedly overheard calling Kanye West a "jackass" for his interruption
of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at last weekend's MTV Video Music Awards.
The comment was allegedly made yesterday in an off-the-record segment during an interview with CNBC and was later leaked by Terry Moran, the co-host of ABC's Nightline
Writing a now-deleted message on his Twitter page, Moran said: "Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a 'jackass' for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT'S presidential."
An ABC spokesman later said: "In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview.
"This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologise to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again."
West has since apologised
for the on-stage outburst and said
that he was "in the wrong" over the incident.