Congress may wanna look to Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmelfor some inspiration these days.
After a Twitter war resulting from a sketch mocking West, the two sat down face to face Wednesday night on Kimmel’s show and had a civil conversation in which ‘Ye calmly explained to Kimmel why his “creative genius” should not be mocked.
West, per The Hollywood Reporter, said he’d been frustrated with the press in general, a.k.a., “Every person who feels it’s ok to treat celebrities like zoo animals.”
Kimmel told West: A lot of times, I think you bring it on yourself, this kind of misunderstanding about you. …A lot of people think you’re a jerk and I often in my own personal conversations say ‘no, I know this guy, he is not a jerk’.”
West said: “I’m totally weird. I’m totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes. For me to say I wasn’t a genius — I would just be lying to you and to myself,” he said.
The whole Kanye/Kimmel feud started when the late night host recreated the video of ‘Ye’s Radio 1 interview with the BBC’s Zane Lowe, using two children as Kanye and Zane. After being mocked in the video, which went viral last month, Kanye posted on Twitter: “Jimmy Kimmel is out of line to try and spoof in any way the first piece of honest media in years.” The rapper then wrote a number of further tweets, criticizing the Kimmel and the sketch.
On Wednesday, both assured viewers that their beef was not a publicity stunt.
West told Kimmel of the Zane interview: “I was really vocal about a lot of things that I’ve been dealing with over the past ten years when I was put in the classification of ‘just a celebrity.’
“I say things the wrong way a lot of times, but my intention is always positive.”
Later on, Kimmel gave West, 36, a tiny leather jogging pants for his baby, North West, with Kim Kardashian. If you recall, in the Zane interview, West ranted about Fendi having the audacity to turn down his idea for leather jogging pants.
Ironically, West admitted he hadn’t even watched Kimmel’s BBC mockery in full before attacking the late-night host.
Watch West’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” below.