Last month, Kanye West went on an epic Twitter rant berating late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. West was upset about a sketch that aired on Kimmel’s show poking fun at an interview between him and BBC radio host Zane Lowe. Last night, Kimmel had West on his show to patch things up with artist and hopefully clear the air between the two.
After sharing an awkward hug/handshake, Kimmel started the interview by saying “Thank you for coming. I’m glad you did, I wanted to clear this up. I really felt bad about all this stuff.”
Trying to ease the tension, Kimmel followed with, “Well I guess the first question I should ask is who are you wearing?” West and Kimmel went on to have a rather cordial interview, wherein Kimmel took the time to apologize to West, admitting that he had not watched the complete BBC interview and perhaps misunderstood what West was trying to accomplish.
“I do think that, somewhere in you, you want people to understand where you’re coming from…I’ll be honest with you, I only saw a couple little parts of the interview when we did this sketch,” said Kimmel. “In fairness, there was context to it and we took it out of context.” The two also dismissed the theory that this was an orchestrated publicity stunt between Kimmel and West. “I’ve never done a publicity stunt in my life,” said West.
West and Kimmel laughed and made up as they explained the nature of their friendship. All the comradery and fellowship aside, viewers were still treated to a few classic Kanye ramblings. West talked about being a creative genius, compared himself to Muhammed Ali, and discussed how he invented leather jogging pants.
“I’m not running for office,” West said to Kimmel. “I’m just here to make good music and make people feel good when they hear my music. When I did that interview, I was really vocal about a lot of things I had been dealing with over the past ten years, when I had been put in the classification as just a celebrity. For me, I’m a creative genius and there’s no other way to word it. I know you’re not supposed to say that about yourself. I say things the wrong way a lot of times, but my intention is always positive. I want to bring more things to the world, I want to help the world, I want to make people’s lives easier.”
Watch the full interview below.