Kanye West says it’s not his fault his fans watching on TV couldn’t enjoy his performance at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.
In a statement released Tuesday, the rapper, 37, laid the blame squarely at the door of ABC – the network which aired the show.
‘Kanye West was grossly over-censored at the Billboard Music Awards,’ the statement released by his publicist said. ‘Non-profane lyrics such as ‘with my leather black jeans on’ were muted for over 30 second intervals. As a result, his voice and performance were seriously misrepresented.’
He also apologized to fans for the way TV executives cut the audio throughout his on-stage appearance in Las Vegas, claiming the amount of muting of his lyrics was ‘unwarranted.’
The statement appeared on his Instagram page along with a link to where fans could watch his Billboard performance uncensored.
‘It is ridiculous that in 2015, unwarranted censorship is something that artists still have to fight against,’ the statement continued. ‘Although West was clearly set up to face elements beyond his control during the live broadcast, he would like to apologize to the television audience who were unable to enjoy the performance the way he envisioned.’
The remarks follow a huge backlash on social media from angry fans following the awards show broadcast on ABC.
ABC and Dick Clark Productions have so far made no comment.