Kurt's comments about the Joubert thing (from 2009):
As for Plushenko, evidently Plushenko & his people were extremely interested in getting Kurt to choreograph for him, but Kurt thought about it and realized he was much too busy to fly out to Italy or Spain for a week, and definitely too busy for a continuing relationship, tweaking and refining a competitive program, so he said no. This was in early 2011. Since then, Kurt's decided not to choreograph competitive programs at all, full stop, and has been turning down all requests. Jeremy Abbott even said in a recent icenetwork article:Q: In the last few years, you seemed poised to take over the choreography world, choreographing for skaters like Evan Lysacek, Carolina Kostner, and Alissa Czisny. In particular, previous interviews made it sound like you were going to work with Brian Joubert through the 2010 Olympics. Why did you back off of it this year, and what happened with Joubert?
I had to put choreography for other people on the back burner, as they say. It was taking so much of my time and I was not doing my own training. I also could not follow up enough for the athletes. It was not fair to them and not good for my skating either. I was having knee trouble and not taking care of myself...not good. It had to go.
Joubert... well he was to come and work with me, but I had jury duty so I could not promise I would be available when he wanted to work so he went elsewhere. He was to join up with me later to do the short, but he neither showed up or called or emailed. I waited for some sort of word until I finally called out to him, but heard nothing for at least a week, so I emailed again and got the email back saying that work had gone so smoothly with his new choreographer that they just worked on a new short together as well. This is all fine, and it is his career, and I was telling him he needed to expand how many choreographers he was working with and not use just me, and so I would have been fine with all that, except he made it clear he was coming back for the short and I was clearing my schedule for the expected visit. How can a skater just get a solo done by another person and not even call to let me know I have no idea.
So yeah, no competitive choreography from Kurt for anyone.His respect for Browning is so great, it moved him to ask the four-time Canadian world champion to choreograph his new short. "He told me flat out he doesn't do competitive programs anymore," Abbott said. "I had picked a piece of music I knew he loved and said, 'If I do this, I would only want you to [choreograph] it.' He said, 'I love your skating and I love you as a performer, but I said no to everyone who asked me and it wouldn't be right to say yes now.' So if he couldn't do it, I didn't want to do [the music]."
As for the original Twitter "controversy", all I have to say about that is that people overreact like crazy and bring their own biases to interpreting a mere 140 characters. Kurt singled out Buttle and Plushenko to praise, and was blown away by Plushenko's jumping, and instead of taking it for the compliment that it was that he'd be moved to comment at all on Twitter about it, people got all upset that he only mentioned Plushenko's jumping. Poor Kurt. BTW, with the exception of poor Patrick, Kurt thought all the men at the Japan Open were "out of their minds good".