By Rob Brunner
Updated September 14, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Kanye West just offered a pretty heartfelt apology on Leno‘s kickoff episode tonight, before joining Jay-Z and Rihanna for a phenomenal run through Jay-Z’s recent single “Run This Town.” During the brief interview segment, Leno asked West what the rapper’s late mother would have said about the Taylor Swift incident, eliciting a long, emotional, and excruciatingly awkward pause. I can’t defend Kanye’s awful behavior at the VMAs, but it seemed like a bit of a low blow, especially coming from nice-guy Jay Leno.

What did you think? Did Kanye deserve that kind of grilling, or is bringing up his mother a bit unfair?

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