Kanye West Touts His Genius On Kimmel

10/11/2013
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(Radio.com) Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel seem to have buried the hatchet. After Kanye waged a Twitter battle against the late night host for a parody he didn't find too funny the rapper appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night (October 9) to make nice. And of course, tout his genius.

Things started off quiet with Kimmel trying to warm his guest up by asking him what he's wearin before soon turning it into an ersatz therapy session that addressed Kanye's feelings on his on celebrity.

Kimmel admitted he had only seen a few short segments of Yeezy's interview with BBC Radio, the interview that inspired Kimmel's parody. "Yeah, that's what I thought," Kanye said, straight face. But after playing the clip of the parody, featuring a little boy doing his best Kanye impression, 'Ye cracked a smile.

As for whether this whole thing was a publicity stunt, Kanye says he's never done anything as a publicity stunt. "I don't follow rules of normal celebrity or whatever a publicist tells me to say anything so, I don't do publicity stunts, period. So don't ever think that."

The two then talked about the phone call they had, the one where Kanye gave him two choices, both being to apologize for the skit, which Kanye said he didn't watch all the way through because he didn't want to be "infuriated."

"We kind of took it back to high school for a bit," Kanye said about their chat, admitting that Kimmel, who he had met at a wedding, became the person he could hold accountable for all the nasty headlines on the rag magazines and other untrue things that have been said about him on the Internet.

Kimmel agreed with Kanye, admitting that he understands his point about feeling like a zoo animal when it comes to the media and didn't think he would hurt someone with a little comedy bit. But Kimmel did address Kanye's own hand in the media's portrayal of him.

"I don't know if you know this, but a lot of people think you're a jerk," Kimmel said flat out to the rapper. He then told a story about this wedding for a mutual friend of theirs where Kanye took a picture with Kimmel's dad. "To be so nice to everyone there, that says a lot about you."

Kanye got a chance to explain the BBC interview, saying it was his chance to express himself. "I'm a creative genius, there's no other way to say it."

Adding, "I know you're not supposed to say this about yourself, I say things the wrong way a lot of times. My intention is always positive and bring more things to the world. I want to help the world, I want to make people's lives easier. I spent two of my checks from telemarketing when I was 18 years old on my first pair of Gucci slippers and this was before there was H+M and Zara, you know this is before you could find cool stuff when we were growing up. And to me, I care about cool stuff, it means something to me, means stuff to a lot of people that are like me." A lot more including video of the interview.

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