"Yo Britney. I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you be #1, but me and Jay-Z single is one of the best songs of all time," the New York Daily News quoted him as tweeting on Friday. While the tweet to Spears was caught in a screengrab by popeater.com, West apparently received enough backlash from the apparently not-funny yet joke that he took it down on Friday.
"On a serious note, I'm truly happy for @AvrilLavigne and @BritneySpears ... No hate in 2011!" he wrote. "I thought LOL signified a joke ... I didn't get the 2011 LOL doesn't signify a joke anymore memo ... LOL or something else I guess," he added.
On Spears' Twitter account, her manager Adam Leber, tweeted back at West, "Thanks for 'letting' us be #1. Much appreciated ..."