October 08, 2013 3:16pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Kanye West to Appear on Jimmy Kimmel's Show
Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel are ready to sit down face-to-face.
The rapper and the late-night host have been embroiled in a feud since West hit Twitter last month, criticizing Kimmel in a series of tweets. Now, West is set to appear on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night.
West had lashed out at Kimmel after the latter spoofed a recent interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, wherein West expressed his frustration with getting knocked down in the fashion world and declared himself the "biggest" rock star in the world.
That interview became a talking point in an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, where Kimmel highlighted his "favorite" part of West's interview, which he called "weird."
"Does Kanye West know he's not supposed to be his own hype man?" Kimmel asked before showing a snippet of the chat featuring a rambling West.
Kimmel then showed a spoof featuring two kids in the West and Lowe roles -- milkshakes in hand -- via "Kimmel Kid (re)Kreation."
Two days later, West decided to begin his rant, sparking a feud between the duo, with Kimmel assuring his followers that it was not a prank like his recent "twerking fail" video hoax. Kimmel addressed the situation that night on his Sept. 26 show.
"Did anyone else get a very angry phone call from Kanye West about an hour and a half ago? Just me? OK. I didn't know if he was mad at all of us," Kimmel said in his opening monologue.
After the commercial break, he revealed that West really had called him in his office earlier in the day.
"He is very angry because of a bit we aired this week," Kimmel explained to his audience. "He gave an interview to the BBC, and we had a kid actor take the words and re-enact it. We just had the kid say the stuff Kanye said. And apparently this upset him."
Kimmel said West gave him two choices, the first being to "apologize publicly."
"And that was really the only choice -- the other choice he gave was 'my life … your life is going to be much better if I apologize,' and then he started tweeting today," Kimmel said. "And I don't even know if I've seen some of these because they're happening as we speak."
He read some of West's tweets on the air and responded to them.
-- "JIMMY KIMMEL PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES … OH NO THAT MEANS YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOO MUCH GOOD PUSSY IN YOUR LIFE…"
Kimmel's response: "I've seen the video. I know."
-- "SHOULD I DO A SPOOF ABOUT YOUR FACE OR YOU FUCKING BEN AFFLECK…#NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK #ALLDISRESPECTTOJIMMYKIMMEL!!!!"
Kimmel's response: "Which, by the way, was a spoof. I don't know if he thought that was the news."
Kimmel said he still isn't sure why West is so angry given that the bit was "pretty innocuous."
"Finally, I'm in a rap feud," he quipped. "I always wanted to be in a rap feud."
Jimmy Kimmel Live airs at 11:35 weeknights on ABC.