Lil Wayne Reportedly Tried to Stop 'Nightline' From Airing His Controversial Interview

Lil Wayne and his camp reportedly reached out to ABC News multiple times to keep the interview from airing.

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Lil Wayne reportedly fired his publicist after his headline-making Nightline interview aired, according to TMZ.

The rapper wasn't happy with the resulting interview. His camp repeatedly demanded ABC News not to air the piece by sending the network multiple emails but never received a response. 

In the sit down, Wayne made controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter movement, telling the interviewer, "Don't come at me with that dumb shit, man. My life matter. Especially to my bitches." The internet immediately went off, with Wayne being on the receiving end of some major backlash.

In the days since the interview first aired, Wayne has apologized for what he said and offered up his own explanation of what happened. "When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated," Wayne explained to TMZ. "From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses. Apologies to anyone who was offended." The site adds that he felt a line was crossed when he was asked questions that were not pre-approved. 

ABC News told TMZ no questions were pre-approved ahead of the interview. "When it came to the questions and the topics of the interview nothing was off limits," the network said.

Wayne's previous opinions on race also created controversy. If you remember, the rapper went on record saying there is "no such thing as racism" back in September. In a follow-up interview, he supported his claim by telling a story about a white police officer saving his life when he was younger.

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