Kanye West Banned From “Hope for Haiti”

Kanye West probably has a few New Year’s resolutions after his disastrous year of jerkiness, from snubbing Taylor Swift to generally being all about himself. His diva behavior can be traced back all the way to 2005, when at the Red Cross fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina, West made the controversial statement live on-air that, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Some people applauded West for his words while others thought he was way out of line. Either way, it looks like the folks behind tonight’s “Hope for Haiti” telethon don’t want to take a chance on the rapper. They’ve taken the pre-emptive strike of banning West from the event. “Hope for Haiti” airs tonight at 8 pm (EST) on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, MTV, CNN, and Bravo. The telethon is organized by George Clooney, who has recruited a number of A-list celebrities. Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Robert Pattinson, Will Smith, Meryl Streep, and Leonardo DiCaprio are just a handful of the 140 celebrities participating in the relief effort this evening. But West will not be among them. “Kanye has to make everything about himself,” says a producer. “He will do anything to steal the spotlight and, well, this night it’s just not about him.”

There must be some way to have him there and keep him quiet. Promises of Hennessy perhaps? [Vulture, MTV]