Jimmy Kimmel opened his show Wednesday by promising his audience the great Kimmel-West debate that all were waiting for.
“I hope he doesn’t have one of those trunk-popping machine guns like they did in ‘Breaking Bad,'” Kimmel joked.
Fortunately, stage security guard Guillermo is very thorough.
The two entertainers shared a handshake and quick hug before Kimmel awkwardly joked, “Is that a new grill you have there?”
They then got down to brass tacks, which in this case was talking out their recent on-air and social media beef. The very-public spat began when the comedian spoofed a deeply personal interview that West gave, employing children to reenact the conversation. The hip-hop artist responded with some colorful and somewhat outrageous tweets about Kimmel, who in turn, read them aloud on the air.
Kimmel admitted that he and his staff took the interview out of context — but that it was all for the sake of the joke, saying, “The main reason that I did that is that I like to see kids curse.”
In turn, West — who called himself a “creative genius” on the show — admitted that in his initial angry phone call to Kimmel, he took out all of his pent-up anger and emotion over media injustices on the late night host, saying “We kind of just took it back to high school for a minute.”
“A lot of times, I think you bring it on yourself,” Kimmel suggested, among a rambling explanation about how differently West behaves off-camera and off-stage.
Kimmel even shared a nice photo of his father and the rapper from a friend’s wedding.
He added, “I don’t know if you know this — a lot of people think you’re a jerk.”
West seemed to take it in, but was not to be out-rambled, steering the conversation towards so many other topics, such as:
- “When I was on Earth, what did I do to help?”
- How baby mama Kim Kardashian not getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a travesty
- Paula Deen being old-school racist
- Cell phones that once cost $4,000
- How paparazzi make him money by showing how fresh his outfit is
And perhaps the artist’s best single quote:
- “There’s no black guy at the end of the runway in Paris, honestly.”
Kimmel finally had to cut West off for time — and perhaps sanity. West’s segments ran so long that second guest, Arctic Monkeys were actually bumped to next Wednesday.
Here is the full interview: