Kanye West has buried the hatchet and sat-down for a “clear-the-air” chat with Jimmy Kimmel on national television.
The outspoken hip hop star had launched a Twitter tirade after Kimmel spoofed an hour-long interview Kanye gave to the BBC. The parody featured a child actor re-enacting West's interview word-for-word, and drinking a milkshake.
That battle, apparently, is now over. Kimmel spends the first few minutes of the televised interview back-peddling. Though he does tell Kanye “a lot of people think you’re a jerk.”
The broadcaster is in conciliatory mode for the hyped “Jimmy Kimmel Live” episode, opening the conversation with a light apology and politely asking the rapper what he’s wearing (Ralph).
He goes on to say he’d only seen snippets of the interview, which was later mocked in the parody sketch. The pair also confirm the whole blow-up wasn’t a publicity stunt.
West briefly heats up as he explains the frustration at being a celebrity, and how the two egos at play here contributed to the bust-up. “We kinda took it back to high-school for a little bit,” the rapper says.
Though his tone is largely apologetic, Kimmel does manage this line: “Some of these things are hurtful and the truth is important but on the other hand I will also say that a lot of times…I think you bring it on yourself this misunderstanding about you. I personally found it kind of odd to be in the position I was in because as you said…often…a lot of people think you’re a jerk. And I’ve often in my own personal conversations, said 'no I know this guy, is not a jerk. I’m telling you he’s not a jerk'.”
Kanye later spins into a weaving rant on own his talents. “I’m totally weird, and I’m totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes. For me to say I’m not a genius, I’d be lying to you and myself,” he tells the cheering studio audience.