TMZ Interviewer Calls Kanye West ‘an Under-Medicated, Mentally Unstable Megalomaniac’

Charles Latibeaudiere says he was offended by West’s slavery comments, but wanted to let him reveal himself

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TMZ executive producer Charles Latibeaudiere called out Kanye West as “an under-medicated, mentally unstable megalomaniac” after the rapper said slavery was “a choice” in an interview on Tuesday.

“Since so many of you asked,” Latibeaudiere wrote in a series of tweets. “Yes, I was pissed about a lot of Kanye’s comments… especially the s— about slavery being a choice!”

During his appearance on “TMZ Live,” West said slavery “sounds like a choice” made by black people, because it went unchallenged for 400 years. “You was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison,” he said.

Latibeaudiere took some criticism for not pushing back on West’s statements in the interview, but the host explained on Wednesday that he was attempting to let West “reveal” himself.

“Now, here’s why I restrained myself. The way I learned to interview someone is to let them speak. Don’t talk over them and get in the way of letting them reveal themselves,” he wrote. “Of course I wanted to immediately fire back by asking if he was losing it … or remind him about the pain OUR people endured in slavery!! And yes, I would have gone back to it, and challenged him once his rant abated.”

But instead it was TMZ reporter Van Lathan who stood up to West, saying that he is “entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world, real life consequence behind everything you just said.”

Lathan said he was “disappointed” and “appalled” by West’s take on slavery, which he pointed out has impact on the lives of people who do not have the privilege West’s success affords.

Latibeaudiere praised Lathan for his eloquence, adding that he nonetheless has “personal regrets about the way it all played out.”