Kanye West rarely does late night TV. And you better believe he doesn’t do it after he feels like the host has insulted him in some way.
Which makes the surprise announcement that he will be sitting down with Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night (October 9) even more shocking, especially considering that the two were in the midst of a serious beef just a few weeks ago.
As you might recall, West ripped into Kimmel on September 26 after a sketch on the show that used children to spoof Kanye’s wide-ranging hour-long BBC Radio 1 interview. Incensed about the perceived slight, Kanye locked down the caps and went off on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host.
“JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS,” West tweeted (in since-deleted posts) the next night.
“JIMMY KIMMEL, I DON’T TAKE IT AS A JOKE … YOU DON’T HAVE SCUM BAGS HOPPING OVER FENCES TRYING TO TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR DAUGHTER,” he continued. “JIMMY KIMMEL PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES … OH NO THAT MEANS YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOO MUCH GOOD P—Y IN YOUR LIFE … YOU CAN’T PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES. YOUR FACE LOOKS CRAZY … IS THAT FUNNY? … OR IF I HAD A KID SAY IT WOULD IT BE FUNNY???”
The rant continued, getting stranger, as Yeezy complained that he’d been a guest at the wedding of one of Kimmel’s friends and felt betrayed by a phone conversation they’d had before Kimmel took the stage the night after the skit. When Kimmel came out following the phone call to do his monologue, he seemed stunned by the heated exchange with the rapper.
“We just had the kids say the stuff Kanye said,” Kimmel explained. “Apparently this upset him. He called me. He said a lot of things. He told me I had two choices: Number one, apologize publicly … and that was really the only choice. The other choice he gave was, ‘Your life is going to be much better if you apologize.’ ”
Keeping in mind that Kimmel is the same guy who punk’d the planet with the “Worst Twerk Fail EVER” video, some have questioned if the whole Kanye feud is an elaborate gag from the notorious late night prankster.
The prank potential cranked up a day later, when Ye’s friend, fashion consultant Jibril Durimel , threw his hat into the ring and lashed out at Kimmel. “If more people actually listened they’d grow wiser after listening to the interview. Jimmy K is the EVIL guy trying to keep people in a boz and not want more out of themselves,” he tweeted. “He does this by making fun of real dreamers.”
Kimmel mostly kept mum about the continued blowback, though he did challenge Yeezus to a “rap battle,” adding the hashtag #playtheclarinet.
Will the joke be on us? We’ll just have to tune in to find out.