Rapper Kanye West & TV show host Jimmy Kimmel’s well-publicized beef was not staged as many may have thought, but has been settled by both parties.
But both said that their beef was authentic during a 30-minute interview on Wednesday night’s show in which West discussed a range of topics including his artistry, paparazzi, family, fashion and the idea of celebrity.
Kimmel said early in the interview that he knows West personally and always found him friendly, but that he seems misunderstood.
“I don’t know if you know this, but a lot of people think you’re a jerk,” Kimmel said after West called himself an artistic genius. West was objecting to the idea that he’s “just a celebrity.”
“When you said you think you’re a genius, I think that upsets people,” Kimmel said. “But the truth is a lot of people think they’re geniuses, but nobody says it because it’s weird to say it. But it is most certainly more honest to say, ‘I am a genius.’ ”
“I’m totally weird and totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes, and the thing is for me not to say I’m not a genius I’d be lying to you and to myself.”
The fight broke out the day after Kimmel hired a child actor to portray West in a recreation of an interview West gave on BBC Radio 1 in which he discussed the limitations he’s faced as his fame has grown, among many other topics.
West told Kimmel he’s often upset with his portrayal in the media but usually keeps his reaction to himself. This time, though, since he knew Kimmel, he felt he had a license to reach out by phone and discuss his disapproval man to man.
“That elevates sometimes,” West said. “Jimmy does his thing, I do my thing, and at some point egos can flare up, and we kind of took it back to high school.”