Given our coverage and commentary on the recent beef between Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel, a followup was in order. Last night, Kanye made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to mend fences with the talk show host over their recent blowup on Twitter. Watching the nearly 20-minute conversation, it would be difficult to recant the claims of narcissism, but at the very least, through the discussion and as Kimmel allowed Kanye to process his thoughts, viewers got to see a side of him they perhaps had not seen before.
Without actually apologizing for the skit that had caused Kanye’s negative reaction, Kimmel acknowledged that the skit had taken portions of Kanye’s earlier BBC Radio 1 interview out of context; he also acknowledged that is fairly easy for lampooning to cause hurt to celebrities, and that the skit had not been with that intent. Kanye, in turn, acknowledged that with egos flaring, he and Kimmel had “gone back to high school for a little bit, and even endured with a smile as Kimmel played another humorous segment with Josh Groban singing some of Kanye’s “best tweets.”
One thing was made clear during the course of the interview: Kanye is simply not interested in adhering to societal norms as to what is appropriate to say in public. (He even seemed pleased with his own audacity over his Twitter rants against Kimmel.) He is also a creative genius—he told us so, adding, “For me to say I wasn’t a genius, I’d just be lying to you and to myself.”
All told, though, this was a refreshing piece of television for the right reasons—instead of watching two people duke it out, we watched two people explain themselves and settle their differences. Take a look.