Kanye West issued a mea culpa to Broadway star Jarrod Spector, who plays Sonny Bono in the new musical The Cher Show, after the actor called out the rapper on Twitter for allegedly staring at his phone instead of paying attention to the performance.
About an hour into Monday’s matinee premiere at New York City’s Neil Simon Theatre — where West was in attendance with his wife, Kim Kardashian — Spector tweeted that he should “look up from your cell phone” and enjoy the show.
Hey @kanyewest so cool that you’re here at @TheCherShow! If you look up from your cell phone you’ll see we’re doing a show up here. It’s opening night. Kind of a big deal for us. Thanks so much.
While some users commented on the irony of the actor tweeting the admonishment on his own phone during the show, others congratulated him for having the nerve to speak his mind. One person called it “a sweet roast,” while others suggested anyone using devices after the theater goes dark should be escorted out. Then a few hours later, West himself weighed in — but with a surprisingly humble response.
He told the actor that he and Kardashian — a known Cher superfan who’s channeled and even outright dressed up as the icon on several occasions — were so moved by the cast’s performance of the Sonny and Cher hit “I Got You, Babe” that they grabbed each other’s hands. He then expressed his “appreciation” for the song and called it a masterpiece.
the dynamics of Cher and Sonny’s relationship made Kim and I grab each other’s hand and sing “I got you babe” please pardon my lack of etiquette. We have so much appreciation for the energy you guys put into making this master piece.
The famous pair had planned to leave the show during intermission, according to TMZ, but instead they pushed their flight back so they could stay until the end. Allegedly, West was so enamored of the performance he was actually taking notes on his phone — not getting distracted.
Plenty of the musician’s fans jumped to his defense. If he bought his ticket, he should be allowed to do whatever he wants during the show, some people tweeted — though others agreed he was violating show etiquette and “not respecting the performance.”
Spector has yet to publicly acknowledge West’s apology, but some cynics on Twitter feel the actor got what he wanted out of the tweet: publicity for the new show. One person who hasn’t chimed in on the confrontation is Cher herself — though the outspoken legend has publicly commented on her devout admirer, Kardashian, in the past.
When the KKW Beauty founder dressed in an elaborate Cher costume for Halloween 2017 alongside best friend Jonathan Cheban as Sonny, the diva tweeted her appreciation, writing, “You look BEAUTIFUL little Armenian sister.” That same year, Cher told People she thought the chainmail look Kardashian wore to Balmain’s July 2017 Los Angeles boutique opening — an outfit reminiscent of the risqué Bob Mackie designs Cher became famous for wearing in her heyday — was “unbelievable,” saying “I just thought it was perfect and things are almost never perfect but that was perfect. I loved it.”
Sonny and Cher over the years
Sonny and Cher over the years
Musical duo Sonny Bono And Cher dancing at the party following the premiere of the movie 'Dr Dolittle', at the Hollywood Paramount Theatre, CA, December 21st 1967. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
12th December 1967: A headshot of married American pop singers Cher (left) and Sonny Bono (1935 - 1998) of the pop duo Sonny and Cher at an S.D.G. party for actor James Coburn. Cher has bangs and a bouffant ponytail on top of her head; she wears dramatic eye makeup and false eye lashes. Sonny wears a bohemian peasant blouse with floral embroidery. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 12 Singer Sonny Bono and singer Cher on June 12, 1977 arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL -- 'The Phyllis Diller Happening' Episode 1006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sonny & Cher: Cher, Sonny Bono -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Close-up of Sonny Bono and Cher head-to-head, looking upward. (Photo by Arnaud de Rosnay/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 19: Sonny and Cher on THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR. Image dated May 19, 1967. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
British model and actress Twiggy (right) with American singing duo Sonny Bono (1934 - 1998) and Cher at an outdoor party given to welcome Twiggy to Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, April 30, 1967. Sonny and Cher are wearing matching saffron outfits of a thick patterned material. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Sonny & Cher 1965 (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
(NO AGENCIES IN UK, FRANCE, GERMANY, HOLLAND, SWEDEN, FINLAND, JAPAN.) Sonny & Cher 1965 during Music File Photos - The 1960s - by Chris Walter at the Music File Photos 1960's in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
GERMANY - CIRCA 1960: Photo of SONNY & CHER (Photo by K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns)
1970: Sonny (1935-1998) and Cher Bono pose for a promotional photo for 'The Sonny and Cher Show' in 1970. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Hollywood: Sony Bono and Cher Allman, failled to attain success in separate show business careers following their estrangement and divorce, said a press conference they are getting back together next year in a new television variety show. They emphasized that the reunion was soley for business purposes. Remarriage was not in their future, they said.
CIRCA 1978: Entertainers Sonny Bono & Cher attend an event in circa 1978. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Portrait of Cher and Sonny Bono photographed in 1965.; (Photo by King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Sonny and Cher are together again- on television and briefly July 14. After Sonny Bono finished performing on the Tonight Show, Cher came on as a surprise guest. It was assumed that Sonny knew that Cher, his former wife, was going to come on, but actor George Segal, guest host, didn't. Sonny and Cher were divorced June 27th. Cher married Greg Allman June 30th and there were reports that she filed for divorce nine days later.
Portrait of singing duo Sonny Bono and Cher, wearing formal dress on an outdoor patio, circa 1975. (Photo by Archive Photos/Moviepix/Getty Images)
Cher and Sonny during Sonny Bono and Cher Arrive at JFK - July 20, 1977 at JKF Airport in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)