VMA Executive Producer Says Nicki's Outburst Was 'In No Way Planned'
Van Toffler shed light on the many surprises of the 2015 VMAs.
No event in recent history has been more surprising than the 2015 VMAs.
This past Sunday, we saw the "Bad Blood" between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift swept away with a joint performance, a comeback by Justin Bieber that ended in a mysterious crying fit, and a caliber of shade thrown from Minaj toward Miley Cyrus that the dreariest of Swedish winters couldn't rival.
Now, despite many a rumor to the contrary, VMA executive producer Van Toffler claims these events were far from scripted.
In an interview with MTV, Toffler said that "in no way was any of that planned," following up by sharing that though the "produced chaos" makes these shows a hell of a lot more interesting, producers honestly have no way of knowing if or when any of it will occur.
Using Bieber's breakdown as an example, Toffler said, "We didn’t anticipate Justin Bieber was going to cry, but we’re not going to go to commercial when he has such an emotional reaction to it. As much as people might think a lot of this is planned manipulation, it’s not at all."
Ultimately, the producer said, "It felt like this great mix of heartfelt, sincere moments, silliness, people being loud and musical and these unique performances."
So, there you have it. No planned breakdowns, no scheduled throwing of the shade, and certainly no anticipated flatulence.