After the Grammy Awards announced that rapper Ye will be banned from performing in its upcoming telecast, the show's host Trevor Noah is speaking out against the move and in defense of Ye.
The Grammys' decision comes just days after Ye lashed out at Noah for doing a segment on The Daily Show in which he cautioned people to take seriously Ye's erratic behavior towards ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Pete Davidson, which some have called stalking, harassment or a form of domestic abuse.
In a tweet over the weekend, Noah criticized the Grammys' move.
See his tweet below.
On Friday, Ye's reps confirmed they had been contacted by the Recording Academy, which presents the Grammys, and notified that Ye would be barred from performing due to his "concerning online behavior."
Ye's recent online interaction with Noah following his The Daily Show segment was cited as being part of the Recording Academy's decision. In that interaction, Ye directed a racial slur at Noah used by some Black people to accuse other Black people of being traitors to their race.
It resulted in a 24-hour suspension for Ye from Instagram.
But the interaction with Noah is just one chapter in a long-running saga of erratic and often disturbing recent behavior from Ye. He has repeatedly harassed Kardashian and Davidson on social media, posted screenshots of their private conversations, urged his fans to harass Davidson in public and released a music video in which he kidnaps a Davidson lookalike and buries him alive.
Given all of that, it's easy to see why Ye's team reportedly "isn't surprised" by his ban from a live broadcast like the Grammys—even with a delay to allow censoring of unacceptable content.
But some on Twitter agreed with Noah the ban goes too far.
But many others felt Noah was being far too lenient with Ye.
The Grammys will be held April 3.