Kanye West Claims Rihanna Triggered Domestic Violence Incident In Deleted Clips From 2019 David Letterman Interview, Audience Members Recall
Did Kanye “Ye” West really say Rihanna is responsible for the domestic abuse she faced?
A few audience members are coming forward with claims that Netflix and David Letterman’s production companies edited out inflammatory comments made by Kanye West during a 2019 interview.
During season two of the Netflix series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman,” audience members Noah Reich and David Maldonado said they were sitting front row of a local Los Angeles theater when Kanye West went on a questionable rant about the Me-Too Movement.
According to Reich and Maldonado, Kanye complained that media coverage of misconduct allegations always favored women over men and that Barbadian singer Rihanna benefited from this narrative. Reich said the Yeezy founder used Rihanna as an example and claimed,
“Chris Brown’s career is basically over and you have Rihanna and everyone took her side. She must have done something to merit what happened to her.”
While Kanye may have felt Rihanna was at fault, Chris Brown ultimately pleaded guilty to felony assault charges after attacking the “Needed Me” singer in 2008.
In addition to claiming Chris Brown was railroaded, audience members said Kanye shared an unnamed music executive friend was “MeToo-ed” and he’s concerned he could be next. It’s unsure what friend Kanye was speaking of, but some speculate it was R. Kelly.
Reich was stunned by Kanye’s words. They shared,
“It was shocking to see that Kanye West could share harmful alt-right beliefs, conspiracy theory after conspiracy and misogynistic beliefs about women for the majority of the interview and end up with an edit that removed all those items in favor of celebrity fluff content.”
Instead of Kanye’s alleged comments making the 55-minute interview, the show mostly focused on some of the more positive things happening in the entertainer’s life at the time. The segment also highlighted Kanye’s parenting, mental health, and businesses.
When asked why comments about Rihanna, R.Kelly, and other more damaging statements were left on the cutting room floor, David Letterman’s company, Worldwide Pants, Inc., said in a written statement,
“Nearly four years ago, in an interview for ‘My Next Guest,’ Kanye West discussed a wide range of topics with David Letterman, including, family, fatherhood, music and creativity. Kanye also told Dave that he had just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder six months earlier, which led to a personal discussion about mental illness, its stigma and treatment, and for the first time he talked about what he experiences when he has bipolar episodes.”
The statement continued,
“Mr. West subsequently began an offensive rant about the MeToo movement. He also later spoke about liberals purportedly bullying Trump supporters, and about free speech being suppressed. These points were represented in the show, the producers went to great lengths to accurately present them, and Dave challenged him on each of these.”
In agreement with Worldwide Pants, Netflix clarified that the episode was edited for time. They also stated that producers attempted to accurately portray the conversation and the variety of issues covered. This included the rapper’s views on #MeToo and his belief that the media is biased and intolerant.
As of now, the deleted scenes have not been released to any source.
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