Update: MTV Denies Banning Kanye West From Telethon
The Internet was abuzz yesterday with news that Kanye West had been banned from the “Hope For Haiti” star studded telethon.
Now however, representatives for MTV Networks are vehemently denying those claims saying they’re “absolutely not true.”
As previously reported, a source released a statement saying that Yeezy was banned because of his tendency to “steal the spotlight and the infamous remarks about George Bush he made at the Katrina telethon.
They told AOL’s PopEater,
“After what he said on the Katrina telethon and the way he behaved at the MTV Video Music Awards, everyone agrees it’s just best that he does not participate…Kanye has to make everything about himself. He will do anything to steal the spotlight, and, well, this night it’s just not about him.”
MTV Networks claims however that that’s not the case and while remaining skimp on details, a representative told US Magazine that an invitation was extended,
“That’s absolutely not true. We DID reach out to Kanye.”
The statement holds true to what many other news outlets are reporting, that Kanye was not snubbed out of an invite but that he chose not to participate.
While the telethon will not include Ye, it will include some of the biggest names in entertainment via George Clooney who organized the event.
Celebrity participants include Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, U2, Coldplay, Madonna, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Wyclef Jean.
It will be televised on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, COMEDY CENTRAL, Bravo and E! as well as online and mobile platforms at 8 PM tonight.
Donations for “Hope For Haiti” will be accepted starting at 12 p.m.
To donate you can visit www.hopeforhaitinow.org , call the Hope For Haiti hotline at 877-99-HAITI or text “give” to 50555.