"We all make mistakes in life," says the VMAs host, who calls West "a nice bloke"

By Michael Y. Park
Updated September 14, 2009 01:15 PM
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If anyone can sympathize with Kanye West‘s predicament, it’s foul-mouthed comedian Russell Brand, who hosted the MTV Video Music Awards during which West infamously slighted Taylor Swift.

“Because in the past I’ve made mistakes and done things a little bit daft,” Brand tells Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show Monday morning. “I know Kanye, and I know he’s a nice bloke. We all make mistakes in life.”

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Brand, 34, says people should stop laying into West, who has apologized, and cut him a little slack for getting “a little bit excited.”

“We’re all people, these things are a bit silly, no one died,” Brand says.

Still, Brand admits that he wanted to gently confront West backstage after the incident.

“Taylor Swift’s a young kid, isn’t she?” he says. “Yeah, you can’t make a pretty girl cry.”