Updated 12/6/18 1:52 p.m. EST: The clip of Kim Kardashian defending Kanye's TMZ Live comments about slavery has been scrubbed from E!'s YouTube channel, and will not be airing in the season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. According to TMZ the clip was not approved by Kim, and when she "watched it back, she realized it was inaccurate and not reflective of what happened at TMZ that day."
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In a new snippet from Keeping Up with the Kardashians, from an episode that will air this coming weekend, Kim opens up to her BFF Jonathan Cheban and the production team about Kanye West’s public TMZ Live breakdown.
“When he gets ramped up, he can’t control what he says,” Kim explains in the video, which you can watch up top. “But he loves being ramped up. He’s like ‘I feel powerful when I’m ramped up, like I don’t wanna be so suppressed. Yeah I say crazy shit but I’ve always said crazy shit. That’s why I’m Kanye.’”
Kim then claims Kanye never called slavery a choice, but meant to say that slavery in the future would be a choice. “Kanye’s slavery comment, he never said that. That was just the headline,” she says. “He said slavery was 400 years, if it’s gonna be another 400 years that sounds like a choice to me. He didn’t say slavery was a choice.”
For reference, in the TMZ Live clip from May this is what Kanye says: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It's like we're mentally imprisoned. I like the word 'imprisoned' because slavery goes too directly to the idea of blacks ... so prison is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites being one race. That we're the human race."
TMZ published a post in response to Kim’s comments, stating that the clip wasn’t edit at all and that Kanye never mentioned anything about the future. "To say we edited him or misquoted him ... is a lie," the outlet writes.
You can hear Kanye’s original comments for yourself in the video below.