Kanye West Demanded Public Apology in 'Angry Phone Call' to Jimmy Kimmel (Video)
The late-night host, who was the subject of the rapper's Twitter tirade on Thursday, says West called him earlier in the day; jokes Kimmel, "Finally, I'm in a rap feud."
Jimmy Kimmel wasted no time in addressing Kanye West's angry Twitter tirade against the late-night host on his show Thursday night.
"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 opening his 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 reenact 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."
Kimmel's response: "Which, by the way, was a spoof. I don't know if he thought that was the news."
He added of their phone conversation: "And by the way, he told me on the phone -- and I swear to God this is true-- 'I am the most powerful voice in media. I am PAC.' He said 'PAC' a few times to me. I guess he means Tupac."
Kimmel continued, "He said, 'You will never be able to show your face at a 14-year-old's high school football game and be cool again!' He really is Pac. I mean that's right out of the Tupac playbook, isn't it?"
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."
He also joked, "Right now we're at DefKanye Five," and asked Guillermo if he had his back.
Kimmel additionally showed a photo of West posing with Kimmel's dad at a wedding they had all previously attended.
Earlier in the day, 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 Tuesday's 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, and that he would explain the whole situation on his show later that night.