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'MTV exploited Britney and me'

American rapper Kanye West has denounced MTV for misleading him and for exploiting him and fellow musician Britney Spears.

art and culture Updated: Sep 11, 2007 16:25 IST

Outspoken rapper Kanye West is railing against MTV after leaving empty-handed from the MTV Video Music Awards, charging the network with misleading him - and also exploiting Britney Spears.

"They exploited Britney in helping to end her career," West told a radio station in New York on Monday.

"When Britney was opening (the awards), near the end, I felt so bad for her. I said, 'Man, it's a dirty game. This game will chew you up and spit you out'," quoted West as saying.

The rapper doesn't just take umbrage with the handling of Spears, whose performance Sunday night dressed in a black bikini and black boots was slammed by critics and fans alike for being vulgar.

West says he felt misled and "betrayed" by the network, and has promised to never work with MTV again. West also felt that he should have performed on the main stage and not from a private suite where many artists performed for small groups of fans throughout the telecast.

"I wasn't mad that I just didn't win any awards," West says. "For me, they (MTV) made it seem like performing on the main stage was a bad thing, and the suites were just so great.

"And I just feel like I got betrayed by them," he said.

First Published: Sep 11, 2007 12:35 IST