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Kanye, Interrupted

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George Bush went off about Kanye West recently in his memoir, “Decision Points” and then reiterated his disgust again to Matt Lauer during an interview for the Today Show. Apparently, The Decider is still staying the course on his comment about the most “disgusting” moment of his presidency — the moment when Kanye West called him a racist (forget about people being tortured to death in their underwear at Abu Ghraib, or all the deaths at the World Trade Center).

Kanye wanted to retract his statement so he took his turn on the show too. It got off to a rocky start when Lauer (creepily) made Kanye watch some footage of Bush’s pained reaction. It seemed to throw Kanye off and he chastised Lauer for baiting him with the footage saying, “I don’t need all the jazz.” Then he proceeded to light up some unseen crew who were presumably making some noise off stage, adding, “Can we be quiet for a second?” It was truly awkward, and yet amazing to see Kanye work. After he settled down, he gave an impassioned response declaring that he really had no right to call Bush a racist, that it was the heat of the moment, etc.

The fun didn’t end there though, when they decided to roll footage of the 2009 VMA Taylor Swift incident while the man was trying to talk again. Kanye, who was clearly on edge already, let Lauer have it. “Yo, how am I supposed to talk if you’re going to run the thing in the middle while I’m talking? he asked, totally interrupted. “I’m hearing it while I’m trying to talk,” he added.

He told his producer/crew to take the audio out of the overheads and asked Kanye to pick up where he left off, but it was too late for things to go smoothly. Kanye, incredulous and looking around off set again (for whatever fool was controlling the video?) ignores Lauer for a beat, then responds, “Please don’t let that happen again. It’s like ridiculous.”

Suddenly, Matt Lauer is a Charles Dickens creation, some kind of Ghost of Kanye’s Past, tormenting him with all these horrifying images and shrill sound bytes. I see a music video in the making. Kanye just gets better and better. Watch the highlights:

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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