President Barack Obama called hip-hop musician Kanye West a "jackass" during an off-the-record moment while conducting an interview Monday with CNBC, an ABC News anchor reported on Twitter.
Obama was apparently weighing in on an incident that occurred the night before during the MTV Video Music Awards where West grabbed the microphone from teen country singer Taylor Swift to announce his belief that Beyonce had a better music video.
"Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a 'jackass' for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT'S presidential," "Nightline" co-anchor Terry Moran wrote Monday evening to his more than 1 million followers.
The tweet forced the network to issue an apology after the Internet quickly became abuzz over the stunning quote published on the microblogging site.
An ABC spokesperson 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," Politico reported. "This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again."
Moran's tweet has since been deleted, but can still be accessed.
West, who is no stranger to controversy, apologized for the incident following Sunday night's MTV broadcast and again Monday night during an interview on the premiere of NBC's "Jay Leno Show."
The White House had no immediate comment on the matter, Politico reported.
Damn. Guess somebody needs to let that idiot Glenn Back know about this matter--yunno, Obama going after one of his own like this surely proves that he can't be a "racist", right? Anyway, people need to move on from this episode. Kanye's apologized like 3 times already, Beyonce made a classy move later in the show to let Taylor Swift have her shine and people have been pulling stunts and interrupting awards shows since the beginning of time. When Kanye made that dumb remark about George W. Bush not caring about Black people, people (esp. on the Left) loved him. Now he interrupts some young, white, blonde country singer's acceptance speech on MTV and America's latent racism comes out. Funny that.