"I'm sooooo sorry to Taylor Swift and her fans and her mom ... I'm in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment!…………….. Beyonce's video was the best of this decade!!!" -- Kanye "I'mma Let You Finish" West, writing on his blog in the immediate aftermath of his microphone-swiping moment at the MTV VMAs in September 2009, when he interrupted Swift's acceptance speech for the Best Female Video award to let the world know that Beyoncé should have won for "Single Ladies."
He later deleted the post and replaced it with something a touch more contrite: "I feel like Ben Stiller in 'Meet the Parents' when he messed up everything and Robert De Niro asked him to leave … That was Taylor's moment and I had no right in any way to take it from her. I am truly sorry."
Kanye's mea culpa tour continued with a stop on Jay Leno. "My entire life, I've only wanted to give and do something that I felt was right," the penitent singer explained. "And I immediately knew in the situation that it was wrong, and it wasn't a spectacle or just — you know, it's actually someone's emotions, you know, that I stepped on. And it was very -- it was just -- it was rude, period."