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Trevor Noah says Kanye West — who has been banned from Grammys and Instagram — should face 'counsel ... not cancel'

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Late-night television host Trevor Noah said over the weekend that rapper Kanye West — who in recent days has faced an Instagram suspension as well as a Grammys ban — ought to be counseled and not canceled.

What's a brief history here?

West has faced mounting criticism over his public displays of anger and disappointment on social media following his legal separation from estranged wife Kim Kardashian.

The rapper has also been at the center of a controversy surrounding Kardashian's current flame, comedian Pete Davidson, whose likeness West featured in a music video in which the Davidson likeness was assaulted and buried alive.

As a result of the ongoing drama, Instagram banned West for a period of 24 hours and the Grammys announced that the rapper — who has been nominated for at least five Grammys this year — would no longer perform at the Grammy Awards for this year's ceremony.

What are the details?

Noah on Sunday tweeted, "I said counsel Kanye not cancel Kanye."

Noah's tweet has received more than 55,000 likes at the time of this reporting.

A deeper look

Noah earlier this month said that West ought to keep his ongoing divorce from Kardashian off social media in order to respect all parties involved — including the couple's three children — prompting West to leave a racial slur on Noah's own Instagram page.

"Over time, Kanye has become more and more belligerent in how he tries to get Kim back," Noah said a the time, pointing to West's very public complaints about very private family matters as well as the music video featuring Kardashian's new beau.

He added that while Kardashian and her family have always thrived in the spotlight, "There's an element of a woman saying to her ex, 'Hey, please leave me alone.' It touches on something that is more sensitive and more serious than people would like to admit, I see a woman who wants to live her life without being harassed by an ex-boyfriend or an ex-husband or an ex-anything."

Noah continued, "You may not feel sorry for Kim because she's rich and famous, but what she's going through is terrifying to watch. And it shines a spotlight on what so many women go through when they choose to leave [toxic relationships]."

He concluded, "What we're seeing here is one of the most powerful, one of the richest women in the world unable to get her ex to stop texting her, to stop chasing after her, to stop harassing her."

Noah is set to host the 64th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3.

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