R. Kelly decided he didn't want to answer a line of questions being posed by a Huffington Post host on Monday, walking off the set and ending the interview early.
Kelly, who may have the highest charting album by a veteran artists tomorrow when the Billboard charts are released with his new album Buffet, began the interview by talking about the new album but then criticized the support being given along with computer downloads for the set's relatively low sales.
Shortly thereafter, the host tried to tie the lower sales with Kelly's reputation and bad behavior in the past, which ticked off the singer.
"I didn't come here for negative. I came here for positive. I don't give people that's negative towards me the time of day ... When you start getting negativity coming at you, you pretty much don't wanna hear that crap. Especially if it was, what, I don't know how many years ago. So what I'm gonna tell you is that I am going to sit here and talk gonna talk to you like the beautiful lady you are and I'm gonna talk to you with respect but I'm gonna let you know that any other negative things come at me out of your mouth, as far as negativity, I'm gonna get up and walk out and I'm gonna go to McDonald's. Hopefully, the McRib is out and I'm going to go home to Chicago, play me some basketball, go to the studio and work on my next album."The program host did not back down and Kelly asked her if she knew what a "deposition" was before getting up and walking out.
Kelly endured over six years of allegations about having sexual relations with underage girls with the first notices first appearing in 2002 but a trial that did not happen until 2008. The singer was found not guilty on all fourteen charges.
R. Kelly, who has been recording for almost 25 years, had major hits with Bump N' Grind (1994 / #1), I Believe I Can Fly (1996 / #2) and I'm Your Angel (with Celine Dion) (1998 / #1). As a producer, he has worked with Aaliyah, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, B2K, Ginuwine and many others.