However, when asked if he had any desire to "take back" his actions or apology, West assumed neutrality, explaining, "You know what?
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No official explanation was given for the cancellation of the tour, with people speculating that there was tension among Kanye's and Lady Gaga's camps regarding the creative direction of the tour.
However, the negative publicity of Kanye's actions during the VMA's may have been the boiling point that pushed Live Nation to subsequently cancel the thirty-four stop, North American tour. Paisley then remarked, "What kind of security do we have if a 4'9" 88-year-old man gets by it?
Various celebrities and industry figures, including Pink, Janet Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Joel Madden, Adam Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Ryan Seacrest, Chris Jericho, Jeremy Fall, and Dane Cook, spoke out about the incident through Twitter and other outlets, condemning West for the verbal outburst.
Rapper 50 Cent, who has a history of feuding with West, said winning the award was Swift's special moment that night and that West took it away. In what was an off the record part of an interview, West's behavior even received condemnation from U. President Barack Obama, who had invited West to perform at the Youth Inaugural Ball in January.
This year was also the first year since 2006 to return to the Radio City Music Hall for the awards and unlike in 2008, where the show was held in a warehouse, this show was at a real venue with a live audience.