Justin Timberlake Plays Down Kanye Swipe

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March 12, 2013 | 3:16pm EST

Justin Timberlake has played dumb over reports he changed the lyrics to his hit song Suit & Tie to take aim at Kanye West during a recent TV performance, insisting he can’t recall exactly what he said.
The pop superstar, who teamed up with West’s best pal Jay-Z for his musical comeback, altered a line in the track for his weekend set on comedy show Saturday Night Live and appeared to hit back at the Stronger hitmaker for telling concert-goers in London that he “ain’t f**king with that Suit & Tie”.
Instead of the original words, “Aww, s**t so sick, got a hit and picked up a habit”, he switched it to, “My hit’s so sick, got rappers acting dramatic” – but Timberlake is refusing to own up to the sneaky jab and has urged fans to “keep calm”, because he is a huge fan of West’s work.
When quizzed about the lyric change on the first night of his week-long TV residency on talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, he brushed off the question, saying, “Did it seem that way? I don’t remember that. Did I change a line? It is live… You know everyone? Keep calm. Let me just say, for the record, I absolutely love Kanye. So there’s that.”
During the chat, Timberlake also revealed he was battling illness to promote his new album, The 20/20 Experience, stating, “I’m sick… I’m on some weird drugs right now, anything could happen on national TV right now.”
The project is the singer’s first new album in seven years.