Jimmy Kimmel addressed Kanye West’s profanity-studded Twitter rant in which he went off on the late-night host in response to a bit from Jimmy Kimmel Live that poked fun at Kanye’s much-talked-about interview with BBC Radio One.
“Quick question,” Jimmy Kimmel kicked off his monologue on Thursday.
“Did anyone else get a very angry phone call from Kanye West about an hour and a half ago? Just me? OK, I didn’t know if he was mad at all of us.”
Picking up the subject again about 15 minutes later, Jimmy Kimmel described the pre-rant call he got from Kanye West.
“He told me I had two choices: apologize publicly…and that was really the only choice!” Jimmy Kimmel said.
“The other choice he gave was that my life – <<Your life>>, he said, <<is going to be much better if you apologize>>. Then he started tweeting today and I don’t even know if I’ve seen some of these tweets, because they’re happening as we speak…”
Then Jimmy Kimmel started going through Kanye’s tweets (which were all in caps), starting with the one that got the ball rolling: “Jimmy Kimmel is out of line to try and spoof in any way the first piece of honest media in years.”
The funnyman continued to parse the tweets, including the one that inquired whether Jimmy Kimmel would like it if Kanye West did a spoof about “your face or you f***ing Ben Affleck.”
“Which, by the way, was a spoof,” Jimmy Kimmel reminded everyone.
“I don’t know if he thought that was news.”
Noting the use of the hash tags “#nodisrespecttobenaffleck” and “#alldisrespecttojimmy kimmel,” Jimmy Kimmel cracked: “A lot of hash in those tags.”
“And he told me this on the phone, I swear,” he continued>
“He said, <<I am the most powerful voice in media. I am ‘Pac!>> He said <<I am ‘Pac>> a few times to me. He said, <<You’ll never be able to show your face at a 14-year-old’s high school football game and be cool again>>.
“He really is ‘Pac,” Jimmy Kimmel said, smiling but looking a bit baffled.
“That’s right out of the Tupac playbook, isn’t it?”
“I don’t understand it, I don’t know why he’s angry again,” Jimmy Kimmel continued.
“I thought the bit was pretty innocuous. Finally I’m in a rap feud.”
“Do you have my back?” he asked side-kick Guillermo, who promised, while munching on a snack, to watch his boss’ back.
“Right now we’re at Def-Kanye Five,” Jimmy Kimmel concluded.
“Thanks, Kanye, appreciate it.”
Jimmy Kimmel promised to keep us posted and all remains quiet on the Twitter front for now.