Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West have kissed and made up. In what was a public end to their feud on Wednesday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the two men discussed the feud and the pressures of celebrity.
Periodically during the talk, you could hear their voices falter as they presented facts to each other about the verbal altercation the two have been sharing over Twitter.
The feud began when Kimmel presented a sketch on his show, where children re-enacted an interview that West had given to BBC Radio’s Zane Lowe. West went on a rampage with tweets flowing throughout the airwaves. West wanted Kimmel to apologize to him publically.
Kimmel stated that he had heard only a small portion of the interview when they put together the sketch. He said he mostly wanted to do the sketch because he finds it funny when kids curse.
Kimmel told West on Wednesday’s show:
I think some people read into it differently – that we were positioning you as a child, which was not the case.
The talk show host stated he has done similar sketches about other celebrities.
West admitted he had released all of his frustrations from years of being talked about in the tabloids in the tweets he had sent Kimmel. He states he does not know the reporters who tear him apart in the media, but they report all sorts of headlines about him that are not always true.
West commented about his Twitter rampage:
This is the one person I know, so I can go and let out everything that I feel about every single bogus “Weekly” cover. Every single bogus skit…every person who feels it’s okay to treat celebrities like zoo animals.
Kanye stated he knows Kimmel had been nice to him in the past, so he felt secure in letting out his frustrations on Twitter.
Kimmel agreed with the statement about celebrities being treated like zoo animals under the scrutiny of the media. He also asked if West didn’t bring a bit of the negative attention upon himself. Kimmel opened up and told Kanye that a lot of people believe he is a jerk.
Kimmel claims he stands up for West when people make the comment. Kimmel held up a photo of West and his father at a wedding.
West admitted there was anger behind his tweets he sent Kimmel, although he found humor in them as well.
I thought it was so amazing I was saying it in real time in real life. The only reason I could do that is because we could speak on a similar level. We can go back and forth.
West has had issues with the media during the year and finds their ruthless manner to get stories and photos is insensitive and rude.
When people hear my music, they have a good time. And I should be respected as such when I walk down the street. Don't ask me a question about something you saw in the tabloids. Don’t try to antagonize me. Because you know what – it’s not safe for you in this zoo.
The meeting between the two men lasted most of the show, leaving no time for the guest band of the evening, the Arctic Monkeys (ironically enough, with the discussion of zoo animals).
Now if only our government could get together and discuss the resolution to their problems, we’d be set.